Other than the sounds of slightly-labored breathing and traffic, the slope in front of Green Acres Bowl was silent Sunday as more than a dozen cyclists peered at the alabaster bicycle chained to a utility pole outside.
“They'll think of Allen Hall and they'll think of the rest of us,” said Nora Schreiber, a cyclist who organized the memorial ride. “It's a little reminder.”
Hall succumbed to injuries after being taken to a local hospital to be treated.
Hall's death was the second resulting from a collision between a motor vehicle and a bicycle this year.
Terry Knutson, 70, died after a truck hit his bicycle as he rode across Troup Highway in March.
Ms. Schreiber said as Tyler continues to grow, the importance of safety and attention when on the roads, for riders and drivers, grows as well.
“One of the things that happens when you become a big city is you gain more cyclists,” she said. “The city has a responsibility to protect all our citizens.”
About four days before Hall's death, the city approved plans to add bicycle lanes to some roads in town. The city voted to add and extend lanes along McDonald Road, Donnybrook Avenue and Old Omen Road.
Ms. Schreiber and others in the group, like Miles Zeorlin, said they see firsthand the dangers of riding in Tyler every day.
Zeorlin rides his bicycle often because he doesn't own a car, he said.
“We need to raise awareness,” he said of the dangers facing cyclists on the roads around Tyler. “The only way is to do things like this.”
He said Tyler is a ripe place for a community of cyclers to grow if proper conditions were put in place to protect them from the dangers of busy streets like Broadway and the loop.
Ms. Schreiber agreed.
She said they know it would be difficult to improve busy roadways, like the loop, enough to make them safe for cyclists, but even something as simple as connecting the city's sidewalks would help.
Sidewalks, by Texas law, are off limits to bicycles, but she said just knowing that they were there if riders needed them would be helpful.
Even without major infrastructure improvements, she said there are simple things drivers and riders can do to be better prepared for the hazards of the road.
Read the laws and understand them, she said. Pay attention and realize that bicycles, which are technically defined as motor vehicles in Texas, are out and about as well.
“I've seen riding down the roads how dangerous it can be,” she said. “We're not here to inconvenience (drivers).”