Ride of Silence remembers cyclists killed on the roads

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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

 

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Dallas, Tex.

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  • Silent rider
    May 18, 2011 - 16:43

    These rides are scheduled today across the country. If they promote bicycle awareness and safety and save even one life in the days ahead much will have been accomplished. I hope there is another ride next year.

  • rehead
    May 18, 2011 - 10:10

    I wish I could attend. My fiances best friend was killed on his commute to work in Halifax 10 years ago. You often see a wreath at the foot of the MacDonald bridge in his memory. RIP Corey.