When: May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM(Southern Hemisphere and preferred rain date/ time: Sat. May 24th 10:00 AM)
Special TributeTragic Passing of One of Our Organizers
We've recently - sadly been informed by our Danbury CT USA Ride of Silence organizer, that former Ride of Silence organizer Thomas Steinhert-Threlkeld of Weston CT was killed last Oct. while cycling, the 1st known death by a motorist of an RofS organizer. Thomas had previously organized a RofS in Weston, Farifield & Westport CT, from 2007 thru 2012. The Danbury CT RofS will pay a special tribute to Tom this year.
The RoS board requests that all event organizers recognize Tom for his efforts over the years to remember and honor others and to raise awareness of all our rights to ride safely on our roads around the world.
His widow, Kayte, would like to add: "Tom logged. 160,000 miles on his bikes over 20 years, including a ride across America with Larry Schwartz (the man in who's memory the Ride of Silence was started by Chris Phelan). There are many photos on his Facebook page and at www.edgeoftheroad.com I will be at the Danbury, CT ride with the Hat City Cyclists."
WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wideJoin cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?
- To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
- To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
- To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 21, 2014 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 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 was killed. (Read the full history here...)
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.Please check the resources on this site. If there is a Ride of Silence in your area, we encourage you to join them. If there is not a ride planned in your area, please consider adding your city to the ever-growing list of sites. To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.
The necessary expenses the Ride of Silence has to incur are met by concerned volunteers and donations.
372 Events - all 50 States of the USA - 26 Countries
Congratulations to all of you, our organizers for 2013, who were a part of the 10th anniversary event that broke all previous records with 372 events world-wide! We grew overseas dramatically with events in 26 countries outside of the USA many which were 1st time events in those countries. To date this is what we've got reported (that we know of; please let us know if you know otherwise!):
Total 2013 Riders: 12,374
Number of Locations Reporting: 158 (out of 372 known locations) 42%
Largest # of riders: 1325 - Hong Kong, followed by 1132 in Banaba San Mateo Rizal, Philippines
Smallest events (we're proud of them all!): 1- Pingree, N. Dakota, and 1- Stamford, CT
Most events organized by one bike shop: 6, Wheel & Sprocket - http://wheelandsprocket.com
Most events in smallest country: 2, Cyprus (Latsia & Nicosia)
Event furthest south (and likely coldest region): Palmer Station, Antarctica
Furthest North (perhaps colder yet): Fairbanks, Alaska, followed closely by Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Where it all began in 2003 - Dallas, TX. The start of the Dallas event in 2009.
Videos, Photos & Stories
Champion Organizers in 2013, Lacey
Nickell & Sara McLarty,
morning November 21, 2010 I received the phone call that changed my
life. Diane, my stepmom, had called and told me that my dad
in an accident and I need to go to see him in the hospital in
Clermont. Diane said not to worry about driving and that
my boyfriend, was on his way to pick me up and I needed to call her as
soon as Andrew was at my house. Andrew pulled into
driveway and handed me the phone. Diane said “Lacey I need
be strong, but your Dad didn't make it.” As Andrew and I drove to
Clermont, I was still in shock and disbelief. I went into the
and frantically yelled to see my Dad. His body was still
in blood, cycling shoes still on, and he had a John Doe bracelet to
identify him. I remember yelling for them to change his
bracelet. Saying he wasn't a John Doe, but he was Harry
Read on here to learn how Lacey and Ros friend Sara McLarty are joining forces to hold their 2nd annual event in the memory of their fathers who were both struck from behind and killed. Harry Nickell died November 21, 2010 and Brent McLarty died August 24, 2011.