The Ride of Silence, a grass-roots, global network of group rides held simultaneously and in complete silence in honour of cyclists injured or killed by motorists, has announced the date and time for the 2007 edition. Spokesperson Mark Hagar says that "the 2007 Ride of Silence will start globally on Wed. May 16th, at 7:00 PM. Rides in the southern hemisphere will take place on Sat. May 19th at 10 AM, for rider safety, and greater visibility to the public and media."
The Ride of Silence memorial was started after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was struck and killed by a passing bus while cycling outside of Dallas in 2003. His good friend & coach Chris Phelan organized a memorial ride in Dallas on May 18th, titled the Ride of Silence, a slow paced silent 12 mile ride to honour/remember his friend. In just a 10 day period, via email and word of mouth, over 1,000 cyclists attended. Chris thought he had closure.
Word spread and in 2004, Rides of Silence took place on May 18th at 7:00 PM in 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada spreading to over 250 cities worldwide in 2006.
There are no fees to attend Rides of Silemce. For more information, visit the Ride of Silence Web site at http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-international.php.