A friend and I noticed that there were no Ride of Silence events planned for WI so we organized one ourselves. The details of this ride are included below. Please consider joining us for this important event.
DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
TIME: Meet at 6:30pm, Ride at 7:00 pm
START/FINISH: Racine, WI: Regency Mall parking lot, across from Starbucks Coffee (located on corner of HWY 31 and HWY 11)
DISTANCE: ~ 5 Miles
We are inviting all concerned cyclists to join us for our 1st Ride of Silence.
The Ride of Silence is a solemn observance of the death or injury of all our brothers and sisters due to accidents between their bicycles and motor vehicles on the road. Join with me as we ride a short 10 miles at a slow 12 mph pace in honor of the memory of the 600-plus other cyclists that die each year on our roads.
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced 5 mile ride (< 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?
* To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
* To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
* To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety 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.
Helmets Mandatory ● Lights Suggested
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
These are our roads too:
Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights.
For more information, please see the official Ride of Silence webpage: www.rideofsilence.org