Ride-Of-Silence Honors Injured Or Killed Cyclists

Local Ride

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Keystone Trail / Bellevue Loop Parking Lot

Street: Raynor Parkway and 36th Street
City/Town: Bellevue, NE

On May 16, 2012 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.

ride-of-silence2Locally, the route starts and ends at the intersection of Bellevue, Keystone and Papillion trails. The parking lot is just north of a Culver's Restaurant at Raynor Parkway and 36th Street in Bellevue NE.

A motorcycle escort will be provided by local City and County Police. The distance is ten miles. There is no registration or cost. However, a helmet is required.

Hosted by the Bellevue Bicycle Club.


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