On Monday, friends, family, and fellow cyclists gathered to remember Sylvia Bingham, who was struck by a truck and killed on her bike five years ago. Bingham was only 22.
Bingham was biking to work when she was hit by truck driver Herschel Roberts, who was high on marijuana. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
They gathered not only to remember Bingham, but to promote bicycle safety. Bike Cleveland, the area's bicycle advocates, hosted the event.
Their goal is to stress to drivers that biking is a completely legal alternative to motorized travel and asks them to share the road with those on bikes.
"As we continue to make our city safer for people on bikes it is important to remember fellow cyclists who have been injured or lost their life because of poor planning and engineering decisions in the past," said Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland. "We will continue to see more people choosing or by necessity riding bikes on our city streets, it is important that we build our city to accommodate them and that motorists give cyclists the respect they legally have on the road. No one should have to lose their life for simply riding their bicycle to work."
Bingham's parents also spoke at the event.
"Francoise and I are so grateful to the biking community of Cleveland for organizing this annual ride to promote awareness of the need for safety on the streets and also to remember our daughter Sylvia Bingham, killed 5 years ago today at the corner of 21st & Prospect at 8:48 a.m. This milestone is particularly hard for both of us but we are strengthened by seeing the constant effort of Bike Cleveland, the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op and others to make Cleveland a safer city for cyclists."