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ROS Honor Roll

Dear fellow cyclists,
As the Ride of Silence approaches — Wednesday night, May 18, 2011 for most communities — let’s take a moment now to reflect why we ride in silence and for whom. As someone commented on the Ride of Silence’s Facebook page – “the great thing about the Ride of SILENCE, it’s the same spoken in any language.” Silence is truly a universal and powerful language.

Below in the comments, please list the name of a bicyclist (could be yourself as a crash survivor) that you honor and wish to always be remembered.

Then please take a moment to also add this honoree info here (which will be collected by official ROS organizers for possible inclusion on the memorial page, which hopes to soon include injured cyclists). To see a list of all cyclists who have already been memorialized on the ROS site, visit the “In Memoriam” page.

Now – fellow bike bloggers… help us make another “silent” statement before the night of the ROS silent procession. Please re-post this exact post on your own blog asking the same of your readership (to comment with the names of bicyclists they honor and remember and to repost).

This is our “honor roll” for all bicyclists that the Ride of Silence (the global bike community) will never forget! We honor in this “silent” way all those who have been killed or injured by respectfully saying nothing at all… as we put a name to all cycling crash victims who we will never forget.

Please also add the names of cyclists we honor to the ROS Honor Roll database for statistical collection purposes – http://bit.ly/mnFne9

Let the Silence ROAR.

Ride of Silence TODAY: Let the Silence ROAR – 295 rides world-wide and counting…


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.

So why aren’t more people doing it?

On Monday I read this article (and what an appropriate post for Green Tuesday):

Bicycle Commuting is green, healthy and cheap — so why don’t more people do it?

It’s May, which means it’s Bicycle Month. Cities and cycling clubs around the country are promoting bicycle riding by sponsoring group rides and bike commuter events , culminating around Bike to Work Day on May 21. But the presence on the American calendar of a designated month to encourage bicycle transportation underscores the fact that most people in this nation get around by driving cars, not by riding bikes.

Public transit and bicycle commuting are gaining ridership, but it is estimated that only 0.05 percent of Americans use a bike as their primary means of transportation — even though 40 percent of our daily trips and errands require less than 2 miles of travel, according to the National Household Transportation Survey. Continue reading full article

In March I had the pleasure of meeting Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, and Chris Phelan, founder of the Ride of Silence, at the Michigan Bicycle Summit.
andy clarke and chris phelan
Both men had valuable insights about safe riding to share with the group.

What’s your response to get more people on bikes? I think the answer is that more and more people ARE riding bikes, commuting by bike and rediscovering the joy and functionality of the bicycle! THe League of American Bicyclists’ report on Bicycle Commuting Trends shows the increase since 2000. But, I also think that the infrastructure – and road sharing – has lots of catching up to do to truly make the roads “complete streets” and safe for all users… so that every month and every day is bike to work day!