This coming Wednesday, on May 19, 2010 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.
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.
The first ride of Silence was in 2003 in Dallas, Since then it has spread to hundreds of locations across the world. I’ve ridden the Ride of Silence in Colorado Springs 3 of the last 4 years and plan to again this year. If you’re local check out the info for this year’s Colorado Springs Ride of Silence and come join us.