Tomorrow I’ll be joining many thousands of cyclists in the 10th Annual Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence is a world wide event held every 3rd Wednesday in May to honor all cyclists who have been injured or killed on our roadways, raising awareness that we are here, and that the roads must be shared.
On May 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM, 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, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road 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 and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
This is a global event covering all seven continents. Last years ride was held at over 300 locations, including 24 countries, and all 50 states. I encourage you to participate. Please check the resources on the Ride of Silence website to find a ride near you.
Route: Gateway-Airport Loop
Ride Time: 2:55:29
Stopped Time: 1:41:49
Distance: 48.23 miles
Average: 16.49 mph
Fastest Speed: 25.60 mph
Ascent: 911 feet
Descent: 956 feet