Monday, April 12, 2010

The Ride of Silence May 19th--mark your calendars

DATE: May 19,2010
TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Centennial Park, W 200 1st St, Ft. Myers (Under the bridge)
WHY: To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

On May 19, 2010, 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 (max. 12 MPH) 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 killed.
The Ride of Silence is a free ride and is not sponsored. It will last no more than an hour, and riders will remain silent during the ride. The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.
The ride requests black armbands be worn, or red if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident.
The Fort Myers ride co-leaders are Bill Garrison (239-292-8950) and Steve Rodgers (239-839-7926) . Read history and more at the web site:
The ride is posted on the national site:

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