Ride & Dine today is Ride of Silence.
On May 17 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will be held in North America and in over 30 countries worldwide. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent funeral 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.
In 2003, Dallas organized the first Ride of Silence after a cyclist was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. Each successive year has seen new communities joining the list to host a ride, with 2013 having 372 events and over 12,000 participants. (There were actually more than 12,000 people; only 42% of the events reported.)
The Ride is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike 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 and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
Two years ago the ride was awesome, with a rainbow at the end. Last year was just cold.
Connecticut has been under-represented in hosting Rides of Silence, so this year we want to get even more members of HCC to attend the Ride in Danbury. We ride to remember all those killed by motorists while cycling. The Ride of Silence national organization website is http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php .
The following is the plan for this year.
Please arrive on Wednesday, May 17 by 6:45 PM so that we may depart promptly at 7 PM. We will meet at the Rogers Park Middle School on Memorial Drive in Danbury and ride a 5 mile mostly flat loop. We will ride 10-12 mph, silently, in single file, with the Danbury and Bethel Police assisting. Helmets are mandatory. Lights and reflectors strongly recommended. Signing LAB release form is required. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact event leader Marti Fine at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you there.