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Ride of Silence / Thousand Oaks, CA - May 20, 2009 - 7:00 PM



DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
TIME: Meet at 6:30pm, Ride at 7:00 pm
START/FINISH: Thousand Oaks/Countywide parking lot (Just North of W. Hillcrest Drive on W. Wilbur Road. Enter on W. Wilbur Road)
DISTANCE: 10 Miles

Map: CLICK ME

The Conejo Valley Cyclists and the City of Thousand Oaks invites all concerned cyclists to join us for our 2nd annual Ride of Silence. Last year we had over 150 riders join in. This year we hope to more than double that number.

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.

We are working with the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept. to have possible rolling traffic breaks in order to stay as one peloton.

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced 10 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.

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