The Tenth Annual ‘Ride of Silence’ | Community Spirit
On Wednesday evening, May 16, at 7:00 PM bicycle rides will be taking place across the country (last year 322 rides in every state & in 26 Countries) as a silent protest to traffic fatalities involving bicyclists. Over 600 bicyclists are killed each year while riding.
The first Ride of Silence took place ten years ago in Texas after endurance cyclist; Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. It was only supposed to be a one-time event, but the silent memorial ride has spread all over the country, even internationally to become an annual event.
The Ride of Silence will not be Quiet. Although the bicyclists will be silent, the ride will:
- Honor those who have been killed or injured.
- Raise Awareness that cyclists are road users, and
- Ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD.
Tom Legare, member of the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club said, “It is appropriate that this ride start in the first designated ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ in Maine”. . “Riding with a group in silence at a relatively slow pace is a moving experience”, said Mr. Legare, “and the ride serves as a reminder that we all need to share the road.” The Brunswick-Topsham Ride of Silence will particularly honor Randall Vye, a bicyclist who was killed on Bath Road on May, 11, 2001
The Ride of Silence is a free ride open to all cyclists. The only requirements are that riders remain silent during the ride, travel no faster than a 12 mph pace and wear a helmet.
The Brunswick-Topsham Ride of Silence will start at the Gazebo on Park Row in Brunswick. The distance to be traveled in Brunswick and Topsham is about 10 miles. It is recommended that riders gather at 6:50 PM. Lights and a black arm-band are also recommended.