Join Bike Windsor Essex for the annual Ride of Silence starting at the the Willistead Restaurant in Windsor on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Cyclists across the globe will take to the streets in a silent procession at 7pm, to honour those injured or killed while cycling.
Registration for the event will be at the The Willistead restaurant (1840 Wyandotte St E, Windsor) at 6pm, and the ride will commence at 7pm sharp after a reading from Councillor Chris Holt.
Breaking of the silence and after party takes place at The Willistead Restaurant at 8pm.
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. This event aims to raise motorists’ awareness, demonstrating that cyclists have a legal right to share the public roadways without fear.
Helmets are required for this event and bright clothing is highly recommended for the ride home after.
There is no cost to participants and no pledges to be collected, but donations will be welcomed. Proceeds will go towards furthering BFW’s goals of making Windsor a bike-friendly city, as well as helping the Downtown Mission continue their necessary service to Windsorites.
The ride will be approximately 16km in length, and we will be maintaining a silent, slow procession at approximately 18km/h. While this event is open to all, please consider whether your child will be able to remain silent for an hour, and whether they will be able to maintain the pace.
The Ride of Silence is a day when slow rides are organized in cities across the world to honour those who’ve been injured or killed while cycling on public roads, and to raise awareness of cyclist’s rights on the road.
The ride is SLOW so everyone can participate.
About The Ride of Silence
Each year cyclists around the world 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.
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.