On Wednesday 18 May at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honour cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.
Swindon Breeze Champions, Samantha Hackett, Alison Samways and Jennifer Purcell (pictured) have organised a Ride of Silence in Swindon, the first RoS to be confirmed in the UK.
The group will meet at Darkroom Espresso coffee shop on Farringdon Road at 6.30pm for a 7pm departure. Register here: http://po.st/SsJfCY
WHY DOES THE RIDE OF SLENCE ORGANISATION EXIST?
- To HONOUR those who have been injured or killed
- To RAISE AWARENESS that cyclists are here
- To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
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 organised the first Ride of Silence in Dallas, US, after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.
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 national 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 honour the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
Local organiser, Samantha Hackett, said: “This is a matter that should be close to every cyclists heart. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, been involved in an accident, a regular on road cyclist or simply want safer roads for everyone. We’ve already had almost 40 people sign up on the Facebook event overnight and we’d love to see more.”
The details are pinned to the top of the Swindon Breeze page on Facebook:
The route will be around 12 miles long so last around an hour. There will be a number of Breeze and British Cycling Ride Leaders, plus ride leaders from other prominent Swindon cycling clubs along to support the event.