“Ride of Silence” May 18 for Fallen CyclistsPosted: May 11, 2011
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
According to organizers, on May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. As of April 24, 2011, 201 events are registered world-wide up from 149 on this date in 2010!
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 are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike 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.
Locally Channel Islands Bicycle Club is leading a “Ride of Silence“ from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Meet at the Von’s shopping center at Harbor and Seaward (2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura) CA for a 10 mile ride. Find out about other rides you can join at the “Ride of Silence” website: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php