Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Columbus Ride of Silence is TONIGHT!

As I've said in the past - if you only make it to one organized bike ride this year, make it to this one.  

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” 

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/
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. 

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):
 People, not speed.

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