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Old 05-17-06, 07:49 PM   #1
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Anyone do one of the Ride of Silence rides?

I joined up with a group on the other side of Charlotte for one. We had an excellent turnout of about 50 people. We rode 8 miles in town with incredible police support and a fire truck following behind us. Our group was two city blocks long. It had the look and feel of a funeral procession. The hardest part was staying around 12 mph.

It was a memorable experience. It rained really hard for 30 mins just prior to the ride. By the time we were about half way through the sun was peeking below the clouds with a very eery light.

My brother and I lead the group and I couldn't help but think how lucky I was to still have him around after he was struck by a car 1-1/2 years ago. We had another cyclist in our club that was killed one evening in a sudden storm on a regular group ride. There was another rider from my town that was hit by a city bus and killed while he was commuting to work. And yet another rider not far from where I live that apparently did not see a dump truck and rode into it's path. The list just seems to go on and on and is just too long.......

May they all rest in peace.

Here's hoping there is nothing but safe roads ahead of us all.
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Old 05-17-06, 09:57 PM   #2
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There was one tonight in downtown San Diego, starting at 7 p.m. I am sure I'll read all about it tomorrow, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition's email reflector.
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I just got back from the one in Salt Lake City.
We had about 50 people as well, but no police or fire or anything like that for support.
It felt good to ride in a line like that in silence...only the 6 or so of us who lost our friend Wick had black armbands on...was surprised, happily I guess, that all the others were there just to support bikers.
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I lead one here in Quincy, CA. Just 11 riders, but there were three young (10 - 12) girls who joined us.
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I did the ride in Toledo, OH. Had close to 300 riders, but unfortunately the ride had to be shortened due to heavy rains, lightninng, and thunder. The police bike unit was our escort, and we had television coverage from two of three local stations.

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I did the local ride. We had about 30 riders and stopped at a memorial to two riders that were killed in 1996, one of whom a knew a little and one that I knew very well.
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No local ride here. Was unable to get over to the big one at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and I don't know how it turned out.
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ROS Boca Raton, FL

I'm guessing we had about 60-70 riders. Thanks for the PD escort.
They actually had to slow a cager trying to pass us at a rather high rate of speed...

I think it looks much more impressive single file.
I'm gonna go looking for a junker to GhostBike where a rider was lost to a hit and run last month.

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I did the one last night in Everett, Washington. About 40 bicyclists all together. No escort, but a reporter from the local paper wrote up an article that appears in today's paper.
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Last night I joined other members of BACA (Bicycle Advisory of Central Arkansas) http://www.bacar.org and ABC (Arkansas Bicycling Club) for a leisurely silent ride along the Arkansas River. I gather there were about 70 riders total. We rode past the "Dam Bridge" across the Arkansas River which will soon be opening up to pedestrians and bicyclists. When open, it will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the country. I'm not sure if the ride got TV or Newspaper coverage.
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Rode the one here in Clarksville last evening from an elementary school into the downtown city square and back. About 8 miles total. We had about 40 riders, and police escorts front and rear. They blocked the intersections for us. Once in town, several police cars we met in oncoming traffic, did the same.

I was truly amazed, and impressed, at the number of oncoming cars that pulled to the curb for us, just like a real funeral processions was passing!
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I did the ride here in Philadelphia - it was a little bit disorganized at the beginning, but overall I thought
that it went really well. I ended up doing the ride on my commuter - went to the Art Museum right
from work. The really sad part was that a young child had been killed by a careless driver out by the
Schuylkill just a couple of days earlier ... I ended up riding by the place where it happened on my training ride
yesterday and it sent a chill up my spine ... Anyways - I thought that everyone on the ride was courteous
and cooperative, and the police escort was great. I am terrible at estimating, but my guess would be that
200 riders showed up - I could be way off but it seemed like there were alot of people there. Doing it single
file probably would have made a bigger impression - we mostly rode in clumps. I thought that it was a
great experience and I will definitely do it again next year.

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We rode Wednesday evening in Stillwater, OK. 60-75 riders. Two Okla. State University bicycle mounted police brought up the rear. Nice group of riders for around here.

BTW, Larry Schwarts, the avid and well known cyclist whose death was memorialized by his friends in the initial Ride of Silence, lived in Texas but was a member of the local Red Dirt Pedalers club in Stillwater. Quite a number of the local guys had ridden with him on long rides.

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"We had another cyclist in our club that was killed one evening in a sudden storm on a regular group ride."

Are you saying that your friend was struck by lightening when caught outside during the onset of a sudden storm? I often go out in the rain - I like to commute to work and often leave to come home when it is raining and, occasionally when it is really storming.

I wonder how much more or less prone to lightening strikes cyclers are than pedestrians. Sorry if I'm a bit off topic - just curious.

I didn't have a chance, but, for next year, will keep an eye out for our local ride of silence and join up.

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Are you saying that your friend was struck by lightening when caught outside during the onset of a sudden storm?

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Our good cycling's friend accident was extremely unusual. A storm came up while they were on the way out from our starting point and they had turned around to come back. The wind was howling and it blew a dead tree over and out into the road. It was a fairly large tree and he was killed instantly.
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