The Westchester Cycle Club will be leading a “Ride of Silence” Wednesday May 19th beginning at 975 Central Park Avenue, at the Midway Shopping Center. This ride will take on special meaning at the half-way point at the “”Ghost Bike” memorial to Merrill Cassell before returning to the shopping center.
This information from the “Ride of Silence” website describes the international mission:
On May 19, 2010, 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. (Read the full history here…)
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.
Please let me know if there are other Rides of Silence tomorrow.