Ride of Silence
Friday, May 17, 2013
Posted by: Mark Alpert
On May 15th, 2013 the Ride of Silence was held worldwide in 26 countries and in all 50 states. The ride was established to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling.
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.
There were a few Ride of Silence event locations in our region, and Potomac Pedalers participated in the Rockville, MD ride. Our regular Wednesday evening "Rockville Rambler" ride lead by Reggie Beard and Bob Bloomfield, joined forces with the Ride of Silence for a 10 mile memorial ride around the city of Rockville. Rockville police escorted our group with squad cars, motorcycles and officers on bikes. Photos are below.
Click here to be taken to the Ride of Silence website to learn more about their organization.