Monday, May 19, 2008

Reminder: Ride of Silence, May 21

Once again, it's time for the Ride of Silence, at 7:00 pm on May 21 in many cities and towns around the world. This is a great way to take part in both remembering those cyclists who have been killed or injured by motorists, and to raise awareness of cycling in a very respectful way. Last year's ride here in our town was very moving. Many of the cyclists here rode with signs or t-shirts remembering friends and loved ones killed on bicycles.

Here's more information from the Ride of Silence website:

On May 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence? will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here...)

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

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