The 11th annual version of this solemn event will take place worldwide on Wednesday, May 15th starting at 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 pm local time. The Ride of Silence began in Dallas, Texas and honors those who have lost their lives or been injured by motor vehicles while riding their bicycles. Aside from honoring the fallen, the ride is meant to be a peaceful way of protesting the disdain much too often shown towards bicyclists by drivers. The mission of the Ride of Silence is:
“The mission of the world-wide Ride of Silence is to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety.”
Here in Greater Lansing, the Ride of Silence begins at Wells Hall on the Michigan State University Campus at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at the State Capital. Similar rides will occur throughout the United States and in countries across the globe on May 15th.
Many of us have friends and/or family members who have been killed or injured by motor vehicles while riding their bikes, but that is not a prerequisite for participation. Please consider participating in this important and sobering event on Wednesday, May 15th. In our unified silence, let the impact of our combined resolve be a deafening statement to all.