TYLER (KYTX) More than 200 bikers gathered in Tyler Sunday for the first "Vigilance Ride." The event comes just a week after cyclist -- Janice Phillips -- was critically injured after being hit by a car near Troup.
Phillips' condition is improving...but as we know -- that's not always the case. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey was there as cyclists honored the fallen and injured.
Written on these cyclists backs are simple words with a big meaning: father, wife, little sister, human.
"I want people to know when they come up on us, that this isn't just some random person, but that i do have a wife and two daughters that are counting on me showing up," said cyclist Clark Crawford.
The goal of cyclists like Crawford, is to show drivers that they are not just cyclists, but people.
"I hope that, we're not trying to protest, we're not angry, we want to share the road, we're part of this community too, and we just want there to be more awareness," said event organizer Cori Moore.
She organized the ride after learning a good friend and fellow cyclist had been seriously injured after being hit by a car on a county road near troup...
"On my rides, I've noticed the non-cyclist, the motorist are giving us space a lot are really going out of their way to give us space.
Moore adds, despite the growing list of car vs. Cyclist accidents, she dodoesn'think it's malicious, but even brief distraction can lead to tragedy.
Crawford agrees, saying sharing the road is both drivers and cyclists' job.
"I think it's just a lack of awareness on everyone's part and some of that may be on cyclist too, we have to be more aware of what we're doing."