Rides of Silence Wednesday

Wednesday May 18th 
Rides begin at 7:00pm
~10 miles total

Ride to:
HONOR those who have been injured or killed
RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

On May 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will unite people around the globe in silent procession rides to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although bicycles have a legal right to the road, when many people get behind the wheel, they forget the fatal consequences distracted and careless driving can have. You can find locations for all Wisconsin Rides of Silence here, or go to any Wheel & Sprocket store, as they are all hosting the rides.

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…) Since that inaugural ride, the movement has grown to 357 rides in 49 states, and 20 Countries on seven continents

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 people driving motor vehicles, police and city officials about the dangers driving and about our responsibility to safely share the road we drive a motor vehicle. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

There are many resources on the Ride of Silence site. If there is a Ride of Silence in your area, we encourage you to join them. If there is not a ride planned in your area, please consider adding your city to the ever-growing list of sites. To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.

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About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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