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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.

What drivers (and cyclists) should know about sharing the road

The article linked to below has received a ton of traffic on other bike-friendly sites, and it’s definitely worth a read. Appearing in the Washington Post and written by Ashley Halsey III (a professional cycling coach), this stuff should be required reading for anyone, two wheels or four, who intends to use our nation’s roadways:

What drivers should know about sharing the road with bicyclists (and vice versa)

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Vulnerable on the Road Awareness Message from PeopleForBikes.org

In my inbox this morning from PeopleForBikes.org was an interesting public awareness video message – “Vulnerable on the Open Road” – in which “five professional U.S. cyclists reflect on their experiences with bicycle safety.. The riders share their visions for better bicycling conditions and lessons for safer motorist-bicyclist interactions.”

Their advice:
* “Slow down” – this goes for bicyclists and drivers, too
* “Drivers need to understand that cyclists are traffic on the roads”
* “Get more people on bikes so that it’s a normal thing for you(drivers) to pay attention to cyclists on the road”
* “Education”
* “Training or living in a community with really good bike infrastructure with bike lanes, with easy routes in and out of town to be accessible on your bike…. above all it keeps everyone safer – it keeps the motorists moving smoothly and it keeps the bike riders safe; if things are safe and things are easy, we’re going to ride our bikes more, for sure.”
* “I think it’s crazy for people not to ride bikes. Bikes are just amazing things that can transform your life. The benefits of riding your bike definitely outweigh the risks of being out there with cars for me.” (this advice is my personal favorite!)
* “I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that people think that as a cyclist that we don’t drive cars”
* “You have to respect everybody on the open road and if we all work together, we can all enjoy exactly what we’re doing and go along with our lives without interrupting each other.”

Even though these riders are the top 1% of bicyclists, their advice—slow down, be aware, don’t blow through red lights, build more infrastructure, get more people riding—applies to anyone who likes to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

Would you add any points to this advice list? I think it applies to all road users… especially the need for RESPECT by all and for all on our roadways.

Have a respectful ride.

Late to Work: Biking in my Dreams!

Do you ever have a commute where you get to work and wonder, Is this real life!?”  I DO.  I don’t know how it happened, but I ended up uber late to work today, rolling in at an embarassing 1:10pm!  Not to say that I arrive at the dark box of drudgery and sadness (a.k.a. office with no windows) any earlier than 9:30am on a regular M-F… but today was different.  Caught between a nightmare of angry drivers and a dream of ukulele bike advocacy, I thought “Dr. Toothenstein must have gone overboard with the Novocaine yesterday.”  Either that, or now I’m biking in my dreams too.

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Gramps keeps it real, he's my posture coach.

My dream started out like this: I groggily flopped out of bed late with no time to shower OR shop for vegetables in Chinatown!  Grandpa yelled my name from the streets below as he waited for a ride on my handlebars over to the acupuncture lady.  We’re cruising down the narrow streets of C-town, as I wait in the middle lane to make a left turn.  Gramps and I are chillin’ completely innocent and unoffensive (well, except for maybe some strong B.O. since hygiene is not my forte), and the nightmare begins.  A jerk-bomb in a truck passes by in the far right lane and yells “Get the FAWK outta tha ROAD!” The truck passes by at full 5 mph (bad traffic makes yelling at cyclists then speeding away kinda hard!)  Gramps gets pissed and starts yelling in Cantonese and chasing the truck down.  Guess I don’t need to drop him off to acupuncture after all.

I call these scones "Forget-Me-Nows" - eat one and forget all bad juju from Jerk Bomb in Pick-up Truck!

I’m a bit stunned from the nightmare, but decide to just crank it out.  There’s only one way to repair the damages from a street-fire jerk bomb: Forget-Me-Now blueberry cream cheese scones from Diamonhead Market!  With nothing but scone on the brain, I zone out for the rest of my ride.  On the way there, I detour through Kapiolani Park.  It’s a beautiful day to take the scenic route to scones, and I  hear the voice of the executive director at HBL calling out my name!  I stop and pull over.

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Kapiolani Park - a dreamy royal shower tree.

I’ve apparently entered into the Bike Advocacy dream sequence with this kinda hot n’ famous ukulele guy, Chad from HBL and a lady cop.  So much for scones, I guess it’s time to film a dreamy PSA with Jake Shimabukuro on how cyclists have the right to take the whole lane in Hawaii!

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After a couple of video takes, some sweet harmonious tunes, and awkward posing in my HBL tee… I start to think: maybe this isn’t a dream, this is REALITY!  And if it is, am I frackin’ sweaty and smelly.

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Well, whatever is happening here, I just can’t help but throw up a shaka for the camera!  Deputy lady cop so-n-so says “It’s the law!”

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How appropriate that my nightmare and dream revolve around the same theme:  cyclists have the right to take the whole lane if it’s too narrow to share with the car!  Seems Mr. Jerk-bomb is the perfect audience for this Public Service Announcement.  Let’s hope jerk-bomb and other drivers out there will listen up and share the road!  Until this PSA is published on the telly, I gotta go back to Chinatown and find Gramps…  Any of you riders out there have bike commuting nightmares to share?  How do you guys get over those nasty comments from drivers on your commutes?

(For the more literal readers out there, Mir.I.Am was intentionally late to work today to film a Public Service Announcement with Hawaii Bicycling League.  Coincidentally, she did get yelled at by a guy in a pick up truck, but no Grandpas were harmed in the writing of this post.  Blueberry cream cheese scones are baked pure deliciousness itself.  Oh god, they’re so good!)

See you next Wednesday, May 18

On my ride home one evening last week, I rode by a pair of cyclists on a cargo bike. I sped ahead and pulled over to take their photo and waived a hello.
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Later on I caught up with the couple at a stop light and they explained that this bike ride was unexpected… hence no helmets. Then they shouted back to me “See you at the Ride of Silence!”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, is the annual Ride of Silence (always the third Wednesday in May). Already nearly 300 communities worldwide are set to ride according to the Ride of Silence website.

The Ride of Silence is an opportunity for the global community of cyclists on one night at a singular time to ride 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 our silent procession – that bicyclists are road users too and motorists must Share The Road!

See you at the Ride of Silence!
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