The International Ride of Silence is tonight. And Jeff Stephens from Consider Biking sends out the following media alert which I'll quote in its entirety, just so that we don't miss anything:
Seventh Annual “Ride of Silence”This will be my third Ride of Silence since starting bike commuting in 2006. And it's really inspiring to see all the people who line up to join this ride each year - cyclists from all walks of life come together to share a moment to remember those who've gone before us.
Hundreds of Cyclists Mourn Those Harassed and Killed by Automobiles
Event: Seventh Annual Ride of Silence
The Ride of Silence is a slow group ride, akin to a funeral procession, in total silence. The ride is a safe, responsible, professional, and mature response to the aggressiveness, intimidation, and carnage that cyclists often face on the roads.
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Speakers to begin at 6:50 p.m.
Ride departs under police escort at 7:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public.
Location: State Street, south of the Statehouse, Downtown Columbus
Why: The ride is a safe, responsible, professional, and mature response to the aggressiveness, intimidation, and carnage that cyclists often face on the roads we ride.
Speakers: Columbus Mayor, Bikin’ Mike Coleman
Ohio Senator, Teresa Fedor
Jeff Stephens, Executive Director Consider Biking
Details: The Columbus Ride of Silence is one of over 300 Rides of Silence occurring simultaneously on Wednesday evening across the country and world. The Columbus event is the second largest in the world, and provides a stunning visual experience. The Columbus event is responsible for seeding the growing grassroots bicycle advocacy movement in central Ohio. The participants represent all the diverse segments of bicyclists and demonstrate the unity of bicyclists in making a productive statement about their right to ride safely on our roads.
History and details - www.considerbiking.org/activities/ride-of-silence/
And let's remember who we're riding for this year (PLEASE let me know if I've missed any or if there's someone you'd like to commemorate):
- 2009 - Steve Barbour - the ride leader and friend to many Columbus cyclists who was killed by a driver in the wee hours of the morning. The case is currently being heard in Franklin County Court.
- 2009 - Dr. William Crowley, the TOSRV cyclist who was killed by a hit and run driver.
- 2009 - David Hines, the 70-year old tricyclist who was rear-ended and killed on Karl Road.
- 2009 - Tracy Corbin, the man who was riding to work on Alum Creek Road, fully lit, and was hit by a driver.
- 2008 - Michael Sonney - the young man who was hit by a driver on Snouffer Road.
- 2008 - Andres Gonzales - who was killed in a hit and run on E. Main while coming from work.
- 1998 - Andrew Starinchak, who has been honored every year of the Columbus ride after his death in 1998.