Ride of Silence

The Ride of Silence is an internationally observed ride taking place the 3rd Wednesday of May and starting at 7PM. This is a silent and slow paced ride to HONOR those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways, to RAISE AWARENESS that we are here, and to ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD. You can find more information about our local Peoria Ride of Silence event through our Event Calendar or our Facebook Page.

Below is a list of known cycling deaths for our area. If you are aware of any corrections to this list or additional names to be added to added, please let us know at info@bikepeoria.org.

  1. Diane Ziegler-Matuska, 34, who was killed by a van while commuting back home from work in Bartonville on April 8, 1986.
  2. Rev. Thomas Triebel, 34, who was killed by a drunk driver in North Peoria on May 6, 1988
  3. Jessie ‘Jay’ Jackson Jr, 47, who was killed by a speeding minivan while training on for a triathlon on Route 90 near Princeville on February 28, 2006.
  4. Dave Tomlinson, 56, of Cuba, who was killed by a SUV during a hit & run near Colona, CO while doing a bike tour on July 10, 2008.
  5. Christopher Bobinski-Curtis, 37, who was killed by a charter bus on his way home in E. Peoria on June 23, 2014.
  6. Dillon Fisher, 13, who was killed by a pick-up truck while riding home in Peoria Heights on November 13, 2014.
  7. Mark Stahl, 60 was struck by a pickup truck that ran a red light while he was crossing Knoxville Avenue on his bicycle at the Forest Hill intersection on July 24, 2020. He died later that day in the hospital.
  8. Corey D. Griffin, 33, of West Peoria died after being struck by an SUV which failed to completely stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Kellog and Waverly in West Peoria on June 7th, 2021.
  9. Troy Erving, 10, of Peoria died after being announced brain dead from a hit and run collision while riding his bike on NE Glen Oak Avenue near NE Starr Terrace. The accident occurred November 9th, 2021. The suspected driver of the truck who was was later found and arrested had a history of traffic and drug charges.
  10. Michael Verchimak, 56, of Peoria Heights, was riding a bicycle along Historic Route 66 when he was hit and killed by a car near County Road 2250 N, just south of Atlanta, IL on April, 23, 2022.