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Today – Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the 10th Anniversary of the worldwide Ride of Silence (always the third Wednesday in May). What started in Dallas in 2003 as a memorial ride for a fallen cyclist has grown to become a worldwide memorial bike ride to honor all killed and injured cyclists. As of this morning, more than 360 locations have registered a Ride of Silence event, including at least 24 distinct international locations according to the Ride of Silence website.
The Ride of Silence is an opportunity for the global community of cyclists to ride together on the same night and time (locally) in memory of our fellow cyclists who have been injured or killed by distracted, drunk or otherwise impaired, negligent or careless motorists. This ride is our ride to show – in silent procession – that bicyclists are road users too. By riding together we aim to raise awareness of the need for all road users to Share The Road!
If you have lost a loved one due to a cycling crash, please post it as an “in memoriam” on the League of American Bicyclists Every Bicyclist Counts page.
Find a Ride of Silence near you at the Ride of Silence site.
If you’re in Chicago, join us at Daley Plaza beginning at 6pm, for a 6:45pm departure. The Chicago Ride will pass by the sites of several Ghost Bikes, which are bikes painted white and placed at the site of a fatal bike crash.
See you at the Ride of Silence! One day. One time. World wide.