The Ride Of Silence is an international event that will be coming to Swindon on Wednesday 18 May.
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.
Swindon Bicycle Users Group (BUG) will be supporting this ride which begins at Faringdon Road Park in Faringdon Road on the 18 May at 6:30pm.
Rob Derry of Swindon BUG said “BUG are very supportive of this ride and some of our members will be paying our respects to cyclists all over the world that have been killed and injured on the roads. We are fortunate in Swindon, however, to have a network of paths and less busy roads that cyclists can use.
“In the last 5 years there has not been a cyclist fatality that involved a motor vehicle and overall the risks of being killed or seriously injured as a cyclist are about the same as they as a pedestrian so we don’t want to put people off cycling. This ride, for us, is about commemorating those who have lost their lives or have been seriously injured and a way to show our determination to make Swindon an even safer place to cycle for more people.”
In order to achieve these improved facilities, BUG are working with the local authority on cycling matters following the adoption of the cycle framework. If anyone would like to help, please get in touch with us via our Facebook page (Swindon BUG)
Read more and sign up for the ride at: http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=75921#P1fBRX1l5IXUbpPj.99