WABA's press release reminded me. I'm planning to lead a DC Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 20th.
On May 20, 2009, 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 and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety 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 those who have been killed or injured.
The route I'm planning will start at the Jefferson Memorial, route past the locations where Ian Wolfe and Alice Swanson were killed, past the Capitol, District Building and White House and end at American University where Brent Hurd taught (he was killed while riding in India).
Would people be interested in participating if I did this? They recommend getting a parade permit or escort, can anyone help with that?
I won't be able to provide insurance, so you are very much on your own there.
RSVP and learn more here.