Ride of Silence 2016

The first Ride of Silence (ROS) took place in 2003 in Dallas, TX, after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by the mirror of a passing school bus.  Out of that tragedy grew an annual international event where cyclists worldwide participate in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
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We have been holding a Ride of Silence event in my community since the death of our friend Fess Green 9 years ago, and I’ve written about it twice.  The posts here and here offer more history and photos about the ROS.

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Cyclists take to the road at 7pm their local time, and this year there were 416 Registered Events, from all 50 states, all 7 continents, and 38 countries. The Ride of Silence – NRV is one small part of that massive international ride.  It’s incredible to know that thousands of people the world over, are riding at the same time, for the same cause.

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Our small locality has had as many as 100 cyclists, of all ages, turn out to ride.  This year the cold temperatures and drizzling rain kept some folks at home.  The 35-40 riders who showed up despite the weather were safely escorted through the ride route by officers from the Radford City Police Department.  We are fortunate to have the support of the local government and police department year after year.

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We ride in silence, at a slow, reflective pace and whether on bright, sunny evenings, or when it is chilly and damp, it truly is a powerful experience.

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 I’m thankful to have a passionate group of people on the planning committee who believe in the mission of this organization, and work together every year to make the event happen.

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The Ride of Silence organization exists:

To HONOR those who have been injured or killed

To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here

To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

http://www.rideofsilence.org/

Ever Present

The everpresent rain

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has challenged me in my trip preparation

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to focus on the positives

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of this constant moisture

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3 More Days … Hoping for sun but will ride no matter what!

The Ride of Silence

Last evening, the 10th Annual Ride of Silence rolled across the globe.

And I do mean literally … across the globe!

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This year’s Ride of Silence (ROS) was held in 368 locations around the world, in all 50 states, and in 26 countries.

During the ROS, cyclists take to the roads in silent processions 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 organization exists

  • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

We held the first Ride of Silence in the City of Radford in 2008, after the death of Fess Green.  Fess was a Radford University professor, and an active member of Pathways for Radford and the New River Valley Bicycle Association.   He commuted on his bicycle almost every day and was killed after being struck by a car on the way home one evening.  In his honor and memory, the two organizations created a Ghost Bike which is displayed for a week before and after the ROS.

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The 2013 Ride of Silence was the 6th one held in the New River Valley.  Individuals, families and folks of all ages gathered to receive pre-ride instructions, and to hear a few words from local leaders and cycling advocates.

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After a “Moment of Noise”, an opportunity to cheer and shout out our love for the ride, we descend into silence and begin our procession.  In the New River Valley we are fortunate to have the support of our local governments, and in particular, the Radford City Police Department.

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We ride silently, in a long slow procession to raise awareness … cyclists have a legal right to ride on public roadways.

We ride silently, to remember loved ones we have lost.  It is a solemn, inspiring event.