Across the world as well as in Richmond on Wednesday, cyclists will participate in a “Ride of Silence” for all those who have been injured or killed while riding on public roadways.
The event was first held in Dallas in 2003 in honor of endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, who was hit and killed by the mirror of a passing bus. This year’s event is especially solemn, as a Ride of Silence organizer in Danbury, Conn. was killed in October while cycling, becoming the first known death of one of the annual event’s organizers.
To honor the fallen, cyclists take to the roads in a silent procession.
“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,” said Tim Potter, a member of the Ride of Silence board.
The ride is held during National Bike Month and aims to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to public roadways.
Information about Richmond’s Ride of Silence, the city’s fourth annual version of the event, can be viewed in the below flyer. Cyclists are asked to gather at Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A post-ride celebration will be held at Off the Grid at 6:30 p.m.
All ages are welcome.