Cyclists promote safety through "Respect Ride"

Richard Griffith of Myrtle Beach and other area cycling enthusiasts are on a mission to help lower the number of bicycle accidents on the roads.

Today, they will host their first "Respect Ride," a 6.4 total mile bike ride starting at Plyler Park in Myrtle Beach. It will start at 10 a.m.

The goal of the event is simple: to teach motorists and cyclists to share the road.

"I contacted some people that I know have been riding a lot of years, and then some people involved with the mountain bike community, and the triathalon community, and said we need to get together. We need to cooperate. We need to have communication among us, and we need to build this community of cyclists so that we can grow the sport and make it safer for all of us," Griffith said.

He said as the number of vacationers and international students, who don't always know the rules of the road, make their way to the Grand Strand, it's important for everyone to be aware of each other on the road.

"I've been hit twice. You know, people just not knowing how fast I'm going on a bike and turned right in front of me," Griffith said.

The event will also include a moment of silence to commemorate those who've died in bicycling accidents throughout Horry and Georgetown counties this year.

He hopes this event will lead to bigger and better things for cyclists along the Grand Strand.

"Eventually where we want to get to is to promote better access, so that if we show the community that people are serious in our area about cycling, then maybe when roads are built, we can have bicycle paths put in," Griffith said.

For more information on the Respect Ride, click here.