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Treasure Coast Cycling Association (TCCA) is hosting its 2nd Annual Rideof Silence (RoS) to memorialize, honor, and raise awareness of the cyclist’s legal right to Share the Road. Florida consistently ranks at the top in the nation for motor vehicle versus cyclist injuries and fatalities, even though it’s only one-half the population of California, its nearest ranking contender.

The slow paced (12mph max.), short 6 mile Treasure Coast RoS, with escort provided by the Stuart Police Department, departs promptly at 7PM from Stuart City Hall (121 SW Flagler Ave.). Please pass the word, bring your family, friends, and co-workers. Mountain, road, cruiser, hybrids, and bikes of all kinds are welcome to participate, but helmets are mandatory.

The Ride of Silence is a global event, organized in 2003 in Dallas to honor endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz. Last year in 2013, there were 372 events, in all 50 states, and 26 countries, with our local Treasure Coast event hosting over 150 participants.

Over the last twelve months, there has been several more incidents as reported by the media of cyclists injured or killed in the local and surrounding areas. With some of these incidents involving hit-and-run drivers. This is a growing list adding to past TCCA President Donald Roseman, killed in April 2008 by a distracted driver, and Gary Zimmer, killed in February 2011 while riding in the bike lane crossing Jensen Beach Causeway.

The Ride of Silence, held on the third Wednesday of May during National Bike Month, is a free ride that asks participants to ride no faster than 12 mph, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees.