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A cyclist rides on a Charlottetown street recently. The city is working with Cycling P.E.I. to create dedicated bike lanes throughout the capital.
Today at 7 p.m. local time cyclists around the world will take to the roads in memory of all the cyclists killed while riding on the streets.
The P.E.I Ride of Silence will be held in Charlottetown beginning at the provincial government parking lot on Terry Fox Drive. It is free of charge and all cyclists are welcome.
The ride is 12 kilometers long and the riders are asked to ride no faster then 20 kilometers per hour and are requested to remain silent. Organizers hope to raise cycling awareness and it is also a chance to mourn those who have been killed while riding.
Organizers requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident. Helmets are required; bright clothing and lights are highly recommended for the ride home.
The original Ride of Silence was in Dallas, Tex. In 2003 and was held in memory of Larry Schwartz, who was killed by a truck while riding. The first ride had 1,000 participants and Chris Phelan, a friend of Schwartz, who organized it, thought it would be a one time event, but as word spread cyclists began organizing rides in their own communities. The ride on P.E.I. is hosted by Cycling P.E.I
More information on the event can be found www.rideofsilence.org