A bonus post today for my Portland’s Bike Culture theme.
Today is the National Ride of Silence, a ride to remember and honor bicyclists who have been injured or killed while riding their bike. Rides take place all over the country.
Portland has a ride tonight starting at 7pm.
The Portland Ride of Silence will gather at 6pm on Wednesday May 16 from Portland Design Works. A couple people have asked to say a few works, so we will probably roll out around 6:20. If you would like to say something to the group, please feel free to step up to the microphone. If you can’t make the start, feel free to join the ride anywhere along the route.
The route is welcoming and open to all ages, cycling experiences and skill levels and will travel slowly on N Williams, NE Alberta, NE 18th and Broadway. Following the ride, many will gather at Hopworks BikeBar (3947 N Williams) to celebrate life, meet each other and talk about making our roads safer for all users. Riders are asked to wear white, if possible, which will add to the visual message of the silent ride.
The purpose of the ride is:
– To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
– To RAISE AWARENESS that bicycles are on our roads
– To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
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. In it’s tenth year, Rides of Silence have been organized in all seven continents, 26 countries and all 50 states. There are no brochures, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride is held during National Bike Month and aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police officers, city officials and others 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 while cycling.
Website for the international Ride of Silence:
Please forward this or invite others who might be interested.