Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cyclists Take to Streets in Silence

 This year's annual Ride of Silence on May 21st saw strong turnouts at both local events--about 200 cyclists in downtown Fort Myers and over 40 on Sanibel.  Thanks to the organizers of the events--Mike Resnick of the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and Patti Sousa of the Sanibel Bicycle Club--and to everyone who participated.
Sanibel: photo by Letourneau

News-Press story on 5/22/14 by Janine Zeitlin, accompanied by a photo gallery, with photos by Andrew West.:   "Cyclists Take to Streets in Silence"

Nearly 200 cyclists rode through downtown Fort Myers in a silent procession Wednesday night to memorize and honor cyclists who have been injured or killed by riding.

There have been five cyclist fatalities in Lee County so far in 2014.  The annual event began in Dallas in 2003 after a rider was struck and killed by the mirror of a passing vehicle.  There are now more than 300 rides across the world.  Rides also took place in Sanibel and Naples.

Mike Resnick, of the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, organized the Fort Myers ride with help from group members.  Resnick hoped awareness that cyclists have legal right to the use of the roadways would spread.  He looked out at the group that started and ended near Centennial Park in Fort Myers.

"By just taking the power of this group here, it can multiply," he said.

Below are a few of the photos from both the Fort Myers and Sanibel rides. 

Fort Myers: Photo by Mike Swanson (CRBC)

Sanibel: biking over causeway

Sanibel: returning back on island (Letourneau photo)
 See BWL's May 20th blog post about the Ride of Silence

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