Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ride Of Silence, May 21

Click here for Ride of Silence 2008 PSA

The Great Plains Bicycling Club Board of Directors invites GPBC members and friends to participate in the RIde of Silence, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21. The ride starts at Cooper Park (8th & D. Streets) . The ride will follow D. Street to South Street, then east to Sheridan Blvd, then SE on Sheridan to 56th St, north to the Billy Wolfe Trail, back west on the trail to 21st Street, L. Street to 16th Street, south on 16th to D. Street and then west back to Cooper Park. Helmets Required.

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.

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.

Visit the Ride of Silence website for more information.

1 comment:

Ho fo sho said...

Approximately 35 riders participated last night. TeamFIRE was represented by Nicol, Gravy and Jace. It was really really difficult for Nicol to ride silent but she did it!