Ride of Silence

On May 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silenceā„¢ 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.

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.

For Atlanta riders, we’ll meet at Charles Allen & 10th at 6:45pm. Please wear a black armband to honor those who have fallen, we’ll have some on hand as well. We’ll have a sheet you can sign to indicate if you’re riding in memory of someone in particular. A few words will be said, then our ride will leave promptly at 7pm.

If you have any questions, just ping me, I’m the one attempting to coordinate the ride. Facebook junkie? We’re there too, join the group so we can know to expect you.

Here’s the route we’ll be taking: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Ride-of-Silence

3 Comments so far

  1. atlantabike on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks for organizing this. I’d like to join you and let our members know about the ride as well.

    What’s the Facebook group? I did a search but couldn’t find the Atlanta ride.

    The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign

  2. maigh on May 6th, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    Hi Rebecca –

    I invited your facebook account to the event. :)

  3. maigh on May 6th, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    Sorry – for the rest of ya, it’s: Ride of Silence Atlanta, GA. If you can’t find it, just find/add me as a friend and see what my groups are and latch on from there. :) Then you can stop being my friend again. :|

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