Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Ride of Silence


Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight's ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

- Mike Murgas
 
Big Daddy Diesel posted this morning about tonight's Ride of Silence - a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  It takes place in 299 places all over the US, at 7pm tonight. 
 
Check out where your local ride is HERE and join other riders in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured. 
 
Anyone who cycles has had a close call, an accident, or knows someone who has been in one, so to me, this is an important ride.  Since I live in the middle of nowhere (and love it, except when I want to do something like this) I am riding alone tonight, but know there are other riders out there with me. 

Thank you Big Daddy Diesel for getting the word out on this ride.

2 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Thanks for passing this along, Its going to be a somber night, in Columbus, they are expecting over 2000 riders.

Regina said...

I saw this on Daddy's site too. There is one a few blocks from me, sadly though, I don't have a sitter. I will take a moment of silence at home though. This is a good thing.