2013 - The 10th Anniversary World-wide event
368 Events - all 50 States of the USA - 26 Countries
Where it all began in 2003 - Dallas, TX. The start of the Dallas event in 2009.
* Southern Hemisphere and preferred rain date/ time: Sat. May 18th, 10:00 AM
WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wideJoin cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?
- To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
- To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
- To ask that we all SHARE
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent 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, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here...)
The Ride of Silence 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.
Please check the resources on this site. If there is a Ride of Silence in your area, we encourage you to join them. If there is not a ride planned in your area, please consider adding your city to the ever-growing list of sites. To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.
The necessary expenses the Ride of Silence has to incur are met by concerned volunteers and donations.
2012 Highlight Videos and Photos
Our Champion Organizers in 2013, Lacey Nickell & Sara McLarty,
morning November 21, 2010 I received the phone call that changed my
life. Diane, my stepmom, had called and told me that my dad was
in an accident and I need to go to see him in the hospital in
Clermont. Diane said not to worry about driving and that Andrew,
my boyfriend, was on his way to pick me up and I needed to call her as
soon as Andrew was at my house. Andrew pulled into my
driveway and handed me the phone. Diane said “Lacey I need you to
be strong, but your Dad didn't make it.” As Andrew and I drove to
Clermont, I was still in shock and disbelief. I went into the ER
and frantically yelled to see my Dad. His body was still covered
in blood, cycling shoes still on, and he had a John Doe bracelet to
identify him. I remember yelling for them to change his
bracelet. Saying he wasn't a John Doe, but he was Harry Nickell."
Read on here to learn how Lacey and Ros friend Sara McLarty are joining forces to hold their 2nd annual event in the memory of their fathers who were both struck from behind and killed. Harry Nickell died November 21, 2010 and Brent McLarty died August 24, 2011.
318 events world wide
50 U.S. states
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- View 2012 reports here.