LEWES, Del.- Dozens of cyclists spent Wednesday evening riding in total silence to pay tribute to riders who could not be there.

The 17th annual “Ride of Silence” started in Lewes and stretched to Rehoboth. Sussex County’s “Ride of Silence” was one of 373 around the world, where cyclists ride two-by-two, no more than 12 miles per hour, and without speaking a word. The ride is in honor of cyclists injured or killed in bicycle accidents.

Organizer Michael Tyler says the ride not only honors fallen riders but raises awareness as well.

“Cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, however the motoring public isn’t aware of these rights,” he says. “Sometimes they are not even aware of cyclists either.”

While this is the 17th “Ride of Silence,” it is the 16th put on by Sussex Cyclists. Tyler says over the years, the community support has been heartening.

“When we do this ride, cars will go by and give us the thumbs up or they’ll beep their horn,” he says. “Because they know what we are trying to do.”