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Ride of Silence Tonight: The Ride will not be quiet

May 20, 2009

Who:  Cyclists; road, recreation, commuter, race, triathlon. All who legally share
 the road

What:  The world wide Ride Of Silence™ bike rally

When:  Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 7 PM, dedications to begin at 6:15pm

Where: AUSTIN TEXAS RIDE – Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (Lamar and Riverside)
 • to mourn those cyclists already killed by motorists
 • to raise awareness (among motorists, police, and city officials) of cyclists on the road
 • to have motorists know we only want to share the road we ride on
 • to show that cyclists are not going away

On the third Wednesday of May, at 7 PM local around the world, cyclists  will take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place on the streets.

Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclists Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph for no longer than an hour, and remain silent during the ride.

The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.

The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident.  Helmets are required; bright clothing and lights are highly recommended for the ride home.  There are no fees charged anyone to participate.

Last year there were over 300 locations in all 50 US states, and 18 countries including: Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Caribbean, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama,  and Spain.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. ecohustler permalink
    December 16, 2009 4:00 pm

    Why bikes shouldn’t have to follow the rules of the road:

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