For anyone interested, the International Ride of Silence is this Wednesday, May 20, at 7 pm in your time zone. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its participating bike riders to ride no faster than 12 mph (as if I ever do), wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees.
The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that bike riders 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.
This year, participants are requested to ride solo, with family only, or virtually (on a trainer or exercise bike). (The League of American Bicyclists continues to discourage group rides for any reason right now.) If you prefer not to ride in the evening, it is suggested you ride Saturday morning at 10 AM. Some people wear signs indicating they are participating in the Ride of Silence. Posting photos to #RideOfSilence2020 is encouraged.
Above are some photos I’ve taken of ghost bike memorials to fallen riders, and a public service announcement to my city and others currently without a ghost bike to beg them once again to make known, needed changes immediately so that there is never a tragic reason for a first ghost bike, especially now with a record-breaking number of new bike riders of all ages and abilities.