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Ride of Silence rolls around the world TONIGHT!

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!

10th Anniversary Ride of Silence 2003-2013

10th Anniversary Ride of Silence 2003-2013

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.

It’s never too late to show your support for the Ride of Silence via a donation or purchase of a token of the event.

See you at the Ride of Silence! One day. One time. World wide.

2013 Joys of Bikes Calendar

Each year I design and post calendars for sale and donate all proceeds to the Ride of Silence to advocate for sharing the roads and honor all fallen cyclists.

2013 is already upon us, and the calendars are available. You know you need a bike-themed calendar for your office space, your kitchen, your garage, your bike area, etc. Also make great gifts!

2013 Joys of Bikes Calendar
Buy a Joys of Bikes calendar and show your support for the annual Ride of Silence – May 15, 2013 (always the third Wednesday in May and clearly labeled on this calendar so you won’t forget).

In addition to the bike-themed calendar, I’ve also created a Chicago and a Flowers calendar:

Proceeds from the sales of all calendars benefit the Ride of Silence

Proceeds from the sales of all calendars benefits the Ride of Silence

Thanks for your support!

Tampa’s Ride of Silence, May 16th at 6:30PM

For the second year in a row, Tampa will be holding a “Ride of Silence” on May 16th. It’s been a rough year already for Tampa-area cyclists…on track to be the worst, cycling-fatality wise, in recent years. Take a look at the press release below:

TAMPA / HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RIDE OF SILENCE
WHERE: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa
WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th, 6:30 pm
DISTANCE: 11.1 miles
MAXIMUM PACE: 12 mph

TAMPA, FL (May 10, 2012) — On Wednesday, May 16th, cyclists will take to the streets of Tampa as part of
the worldwide 10th annual Ride of Silence. They’ll ride to remember cyclists who have been killed and injured in
traffic crashes and to raise public awareness about bicycle safety. The ride comes at a very deadly time. From
Dec. 24, 2011 through April 30, 2012 (just 129 days), nine cyclists were killed in crashes in Hillsborough County
— an average of one every 14 days! Seven cyclists were killed in just the first four months of this year, a rate
that could make 2012 the county’s deadliest year for cyclists on record.

The Tampa Ride of Silence will start from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 N. Ashley Dr., 33602) at 7 pm,
but riders should arrive by 6:30. There is no entry fee to participate. Cyclists are asked to ride silently without
talking. They are also asked to wear armbands — black for cyclists who were killed in traffic crashes or red for
injured cyclists. All riders must wear bike helmets. And since the ride may continue past sunset, bicycles
should be equipped with head lights and tail lights.

Route Map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/33670864/
Before the ride, the names of these Hillsborough cyclists, killed since the 2011 Ride of Silence, will be read aloud:
1. Morris Taylor, 14
2. Rusty Keen, 40
3. Richard Boone, 50
4. Anthony Penta, 22
5. Jesus Dias, 20
6. Jessy Smith, 29
7. Jessica Wortman, 18
8. Michael Murrell, 41
9. Humberto Saez, 43
10. Kenneth Hamlin, 50
11. Ivan Miller, 78
12. David Jenner, 56

HELP SAVE A LIFE
Many of the Hillsborough cyclists killed in recent months were riding at night without lights. In response, on
March 14th, the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) voted to create a special escrow account for donations to buy bike lights, batteries,
reflective vests, and educational materials for at-risk cyclists. In early April, the full MPO board and the
Hillsborough County Commission approved the creation of this Bicycle Safety Outreach Fund. The County
Commission also voted to allocate $3,000 for the fund. An MPO representative will be at Curtis Hixon Park
before the ride to accept donations for the fund. Even a few dollars could help save a life, but donations are not
required to participate in the ride.

DETAILED TAMPA RIDE DESCRIPTION
The ride will pass Tampa Police Department headquarters, the three county courthouses, the County Center
building, and Tampa City Hall to send a message to our elected officials, our law enforcement agencies, and our
court system that the local cycling community demands safer roads not only for cyclists but for everyone. The
ride will then go past the ghost bike for Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. at the corner of Hyde Park Ave. and Brorein
St., the ghost bike for Diane Vega at the corner of Himes Ave. and Spruce St., and the site on Dr. Martin Luther
King Blvd. near Tampania Ave. where Peiter Vanvliet was killed on March 19, 2011, then return to the park.

THE RIDE OF SILENCE EVENT
The first Ride of Silence was organized in Dallas, Texas, by Chris Phelan in May 2003 after endurance cyclist
Larry Schwartz was killed by the mirror of a passing bus. Since then the idea has spread around the world with
hundreds of cities and towns holding local rides each year.
The Ride of Silence web site: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
Florida Ride of Silence Locations: http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=FL#FL
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All participants must sign a Ride of Silence release of liability and agree to absolve and hold harmless the Ride
of Silence organization and all organizers, ride leaders, and promoters of this event from and against any
blame or liability for any injury, misadventure, harm, loss, inconvenience, or damage suffered or sustained as a
result of participation in the Ride of Silence. (For participants younger than 18, a parent or guardian must sign
the release of liability.)
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Detailed list of 26 cyclists who were killed in Hillsborough County traffic crashes from Jan. 1, 2010 through
April 30, 2012:
http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/bike/Hills_Cycl_Fatal.pdf

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BICYCLE SAFETY STATISTICS
Reported number of cyclists killed in traffic crashes, 1994-2011: 161 (Average: 9/year)
Reported number of cyclists injured in traffic crashes, 1994-2010: 6,656 (Average: 392/year)

FLORIDA BICYCLE SAFETY STATISTICS
Reported number of cyclists killed in traffic crashes, 1994-2010: 1,862 (Average: 110/year)
Reported number of cyclists injured in traffic crashes, 1994-2010: 85,989 (Average: 5,058/year)
Source for 1994-2010 statistics: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
(http://www.flhsmv.gov/index.html)

2012 Bikes Around Town Calendars!

It’s that time of the year … when I create my annual calendars. All proceeds from the sales of these calendars directly support the Chicago Ride of Silence, especially our efforts to locally promote in the Midwest region. Last year’s 2011 calendar sales were great and I have another batch of three calendars for 2012!

In addition to the “Bikes Around Town” calendar, I have “Chicago” and “Flowers in Bloom” calendars, too. All calendars are printed on-demand and shipped directly to you!

2012calendars

Added bonus — buy 2+ calendars and save 50% with code GIFT4THEYEAR. Bikes Around Town calendar also available via the online retailer BikeSweets.com.

Thank you for supporting safe bike culture…one photo at a time!

Ride of Silence in Fullerton, Ca.

Last night my daughter and I joined the local ROS in Fullerton, Ca. We met up with a few other riders in Downtown Fullerton. Our planned route was set for about 8 miles through city streets. This is my 3rd or 4th ROS and it seems to be the same out of riders each time. Further south from us in Irvine, their ROS ride is HUGE, hundreds of people show up for it. But a small group was a bit more intimate and easier to manage.

ROS

My daughter and I proudly wearing our BikeCommuters.com T-Shirt. But it was bit chilly, thus the jacket for her.
ROS

The mood was somber, yet vibrant because people were just happy to be out riding their bike.
ROS

One of the great things about this ride was we discovered some bike trails that we never knew exsisted. Jane (event organizer) took us through Cal State Fullerton in which had a bike path that went right through the campus.
ROS

If you participated in the ROS, I hope your turn out was a good one and that you helped bring awareness to drivers out there for other bike commuters. I know for a fact that our very own Elizabeth got some media coverage for the ROS ride she organized, great job E!