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The 2010 RIde of Silence currently has an official 295 rides world-wide on all 7 continents in 22 countries and in all 50 of our United States.
Let the silence ROAR – Wednesday, May 19, 7 PM, 2010 – One day. One Time. World wide.
This year Auckland, New Zealand, officially leads the rollout of Rides of Silence around the world.
Since the first Ride of Silence in 2003, the Ride of Silence has grown to become an internationally organized annual cycling procession honoring those that have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The goal is to raise awareness that we – ALL CYCLISTS – are here, and to ask that we all share the road. It is a free, slow-paced, silent ride of about 10 miles, to honor for those who cannot ride with us.
Participants are asked to wear black arm bands to show solidarity with victims and their loved ones, and red arm bands to signify a personal injury from a bike/motor vehicle accident. All participating cyclists are asked to wear a helmet.
On Tuesday, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (3rd District, Oregon) demanded attention to green development AND attention to bike fatalities(~2:30 into video) captured by CSPAN (May 18, 2010, YouTube video). This short video is truly inspirational, giving the efforts of the Ride of Silence effort the national level support from one of the biggest bicycling advocates we have in Washington, DC. Earlier this spring Congressman Bluenauer also wrote a very powerful endorsement calling this event the “National Ride of Silence”. This year each Ride of Silence location in the U.S. could read Earl’s endorsement before or after their Rides and thus give all participants much needed comfort and confidence in the direction of our government.
Sadly, however, we have more occasion to ride in silence as we memorialize the tragic cycling fatalities in the news that acomes from our neighbors to the north in Montreal, Canada, where in just the past few days they’ve experienced 2 horrible road tragedies claiming 4 bicyclists, 3 in one crash alone.
Let the Silence ROAR tonight at 7pm in communities around the world. If you cannot find a Ride of Silence near you (see Locations), please consider organizing one in your own community.
In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn has issued a Proclamation declaring May 19, 2010, Ride of Silence Day!
Within the Chicago area, we have five confirmed communities hosting Rides of Silence: Chicago, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, Evanston and Joliet.
One Day. One Time. Worldwide.