Ride of Silence

My friend and training partner JoAnna has again organized our local Ride of Silence, scheduled for next Wednesday. If you don’t live near Carrboro, click to their Web site and find your local ride.

Remember, always wear a helmet!

On May 16, 2007, at 7 p.m. local time around the world, cyclists will ride together with a silent message to motorists everywhere: Share the Road. Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and to remain silent during the ride. The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness to motorists, police, and city officials during bike safety month. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral-procession style, cyclists who have been killed. Black arm bands will be worn to honor those killed and red armbands can be worn by those injured in a bike/motor vehicle accident. The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Ride of Silence begins and ends at the McDougal Elementary School parking lot on Old Fayetteville Road. Contact for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Ride of Silence is JoAnna Younts (jyounts [at] navigantconsulting-dot-com or 919-309-2517). The Web site is www.rideofsilence.org.