May 21, 2008

Ride Of Silence

Today is the National Ride Of Silence.

On May 21, 2008, 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.

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.

This isn't just a made-up issue. Just last night, a woman was killed in Tucson on her bicycle. Share the road, friends, and start seeing bicycles!

"We put our lives in the hands of everyone else on the roads every time we enter them, regardless of our mode of transportation."
David Veatch


Lewis Cash said...

I saw a flyer for this in my home town and wish I could have gone (I hate being so busy).

I'm pretty sure on the flyer though, that it said be sure to wear your helmet. How say you to that dear sir?

Aaron Stiner, DRB said...

It is disturbing just how many cyclists are killed by cars in metro Phoenix. As part of the competitive cycling crowd I hear about it more than I would like.

Each year, the Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler, a nonprofit managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, btw, does an AMAZING Dia de los Muertos exhibition of altars. Last year, the altar that had the most powerful effect on Beth and I honored the more than 20 cyclists killed last year on Phoenix roads. Powerful stuff. It makes you realize the risk you take every time you hit the road for what should be a beautiful ride on the wide open, smooth, Phoenix streets.

On a side note, The Vision Gallery, along with all of downtown Chandler doesn't get enough respect. While this message isn't from an official paid employee of the Chandler Tourism Board, as a Chandler resident, I have to say you Central Phoenix cats don't know how cool we are!