Join cyclists across the country on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00pm in a Ride of Silence. The ride’s purpose is “to HONOR those who have been injured or killed, to RAISE AWARENESS that we are here and to ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD.” The first Ride of Silence was founded in 2003 by Chris Phelan in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.
To date, rides are scheduled in more than 260 cities worldwide, including 16 Texas cities: Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, College Station, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston (two locations), Huntsville, Lubbock, Mineral Wells, Odessa, San Antonio, Temple, The Woodlands, Waco and Wichita Falls.
With the permission of ride founder Chris Phelan, Texas Bicycle Coalition has created a flyer for participants to hand to people who have questions about the ride. No longer will participants need to break the silence to explain to motorists why they are riding on May 17. The flyer is available for download here. Please print the flyer and take some extra copies to your city’s ride.
Visit the Ride of Silence website to find a ride near you or to coordinate a ride in your community.