May 16, 2018 – The annual Ride of Silence takes place this evening, May 16, 2018, at 7 pm in many locations throughout the West and the world. As a part of Bike Month, The ride honors those who have been killed or injured on their bicycles. The ride has taken place for 16 years.
The Ride of Silence website gives details as to why the ride exists, locations, the history, and general guidelines for participants. The ride is produced solely by volunteers:
On May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. 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 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.
In the west, there are several rides taking place (for others throughout the world, see the Ride of Silence website):
May 16, 2018 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Cyclists will take to the roads, escorted in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways, meet at 6:30 at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Ride leaves at 7 pm. Bike ride at 10 to 12 mph, mostly flat or minimum grade, about 11 miles., Martin Gregory, [email protected], rideofsilence.org
May 16, 2018 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence to ride to honor people who were killed or injured while biking this last year and last several years. We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride with brief stops at the ghost bike memorials for Doug Crow and Mark Robinson, and return to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments. Meet at 6:30. Dixon Middle School, 750 W 200 N. 7 pm., Lucy Ordaz, 801-787-4384, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, facebook.com/events/850656535006205/851159871622538/
May 16, 2018 — Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Prescott, AZ, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists and to honor Amber Harrington who was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Organized by Bike Prescott, Patricia David, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, bikeprescott.org
May 16, 2018 — Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Las Vegas, NV, 14th Annual Las Vegas Ride of Silence, Wednesday May 16th. Meet at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, 600 South Grand Central Parkway, parking lot. Registration from 6:15 to 6:50 PM. Ride begins at 7:00 PM sharp. This is a street ride in traffic that will go through downtown Las Vegas, then wind through the Central Medical Area and historic neighborhoods. All riders must have lights front and rear as per Nevada statutes. You must also wear a bike helmet while riding. This ride is open to all ages but is not really meant for younger children because of traffic conditions. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride., Jim Litttle, 702-360-4751, [email protected], rideofsilence.org
May 16, 2018 — Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Boise, ID, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists. This ride will coincide with a kick off of the 2nd Idaho Walk Bike Summit and we will convene post ride for discussion with advocates from across Idaho. All event details will be listed by March 30, 2018., Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, biketreasurevalley.org; From the Boise event facebook page: Start at the Borah Post Office for a ride of silence to honor and bring awareness to those we’ve lost or have been injured in our community due to bicycle crashes. Idaho Walk Bike Alliance will be having a registration kick-off for their 2018 Idaho Walk Bike Summit 4:30-7:00pm prior to at their headquarters ( 280 N. 8th Street) register, say hello to a few fellow bike/ped advocates, then head across the street for the ROS start! After the ride, please join us at Saint Lawrence Gridiron for some appetizers and conversation.
Salt Lake City Ride Maps (2 options):