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2017 Ride of Silence

Post Date:05/02/2017 4:02 PM

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclists Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing school bus mirror on an empty road. 1000 cyclist attended.

The Ride always occurs on the 3rd Wednesday in May during National Bike Awareness Month.

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 10-12 mph on a short route and remain silent during the entire ride. The length is determined by each location.

The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during National Bicycle Month (May) to all motorists, police, traffic engineers, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed. Helmets are required; bright clothing and lights are highly recommended for the ride. There are no fees charged for anyone to participate.

Last year in Abilene we had close to 60 cyclists attend the event. Overall in 2017, there were over 445 locations in all 50 US states, and 48 countries, and 7 Continents. Locations in Texas: Abilene, Austin (2), Beaumont, Brownsville, Dallas (2), El Paso, Frisco, Houston, Loredo, Lubbock, Midland, Plainview, Plano, Sherman, Temple, Vidor.

The 2017 Ride of Silence will take place on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM at McMurry Unviversity, with pre-ride ceremonies beginning at 6:40 PM.  The start and finish of the race will be the parking lot north of Radford Auditorium.  All cyclists and those who legally share the road; road, recreation, commuter, race, triathlon, are invited to join.  

For event details, please contact Mark Spurlock, 325-338-8507 or bikeabilene@yahoo.com.

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