HOUSTON (KTRK) --It's been almost a year since David Rosenfeld was hit and killed while on his bike, but for his friend, Brian Trachtenberg the memory is still fresh. Trachtenberg said he hasn't been able to ride his bicycle since the deadly crash.
"I don't know if I had a friend pass away at this stage in my life," said Trachtenberg. "I never imagine how great that void would be. I don't know who that would be great with everyone. "
Rosenfeld, 47, a father of three, was on his way to honor another cyclist who was killed while riding when he was killed in the Bellaire area last May. Friends say, he was stopped at a red light when he was rear-ended by a car.
Rosenfeld was one of hundreds of cyclists remembered during "The Ride of Silence" on Wednesday. The ride is an international effort which honors cyclists killed or injured in motor vehicle related accidents. It also raises awareness about the rights of cyclists to ride the roads.
The injuries and deaths of bikers are a growing problem. Houston ranked the 16th most dangerous large city based on bicycle-pedestrian deaths in 2014.
Rosenfeld's death serves as a reminder to his friends to pay attention while riding and driving.
"I think we don't even realize that we might be using our cell phone while driving and your peripheral vision will pick up a car because it's big and it's there and you shouldn't be driving and using your cell but if you are you're probably pick up a car," said Trachtenberg.
For more information, you can visit the Bicycle Coalition's website.