Bike riders in the hundreds took over Los Angeles streets Friday to honor victims of the Boston bombings.
Like a swarm on wheels, riders with L.A.’s Critical Mass bike group flooded busy streets.
Starting in Koreatown, the cyclists traveled 26.2 miles, the same distance as the Boston Marathon.
Everyone had their own reasons for pedaling.
For Los Angeles County Fire fighter Tony Wright and his daughter, it was about paying respect.
“I think it’s really important, so we all have each others backs throughout the whole country,” Wright said.
For a mother and father, it was a way to explain tragedy to a 6-year-old boy.
“Sometimes you have no words to on what say about that,” Carlos Enriquez told KTLA News as he hugged his son, David.
Of those killed in the Boston bombings, one was almost David’s age.
“It was incredible. It was huge, it was scary, it was loud. We immediately knew it was a bomb,” runner Jennifer Hartman said.
Hartman was a running with friends on the final stretch of the marathon when she was actually caught between both blasts.
“We stopped to get this picture. The other woman we were running with was like, ‘come on, come on, let’s hurry up.’ So we say that if we wouldn’t have stopped we would’ve been at the first explosion, if the other runner hadn’t pushed us along, we would’ve been at the second explosion. We did have quite a bit of luck that day.”
Hartman told KTLA, despite her dangerous encounter she still plans on running in next year’s marathon.
Los Angeles’s Critical Mass bicycle group rides the last Friday of every month.
If you are interested in joining, you can find more information on their Facebook page.