2015 Ride of Silence Honors Byclists

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Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:18 pm
By: 
Abigail Heath

The Ride of Silence is a global event going into its 12th consecutive year, and serves as a memorial for those who have been harmed or killed while riding a bike. The first Ride of Silence took place in Dallas and has stretched to 314 locations across the globe including 21 countries and every continent.

Cyclists legally share the road with motorists, but not all city officials, public safety departments and motorists are aware of this. “We’re not charging any money for this, it’s only to get the word out,” said event coordinator Lysne Tait.

This year, the local Ride will take place on Wednesday, May 20. Registration is from 5:15pm – 6:05pm, at Wells Hall on the MSU Campus, and the ride towards the State Capitol begins at 6:30pm. A Memorial Ceremony will be held in front of the Capitol at 7:00pm, followed by a post-event celebration at The Avenue Café in Lansing,

Several locations will be handing out black and red arm-bands in memory of those cyclists who have been harmed. Participating cyclists must wear helmets and are encouraged to use bike lights. 

In case of rain on the 20th, the event will take place Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00am in the same location.

When asked about the importance of this event, Tait said “It really brings attention to the fact that cyclists are vulnerable on the road and it reminds people that if you’re on a bicycle then you don’t have anything around you to protect you.”

Knowing that cyclists and motorists share the road may not be taught well during driver’s education or, on occasion, motorists want to get places quickly and don’t want to wait for a cyclist said Tait.

Tait believes that this issue should have attention brought to it because people ride bikes as a cheap form of transportation all over the world, so many may be saved from injury or death by raising awareness this way.

On a community level, people participate because they want to remember those who have been hurt or killed riding a bike on a public road said Tait.

Tait’s advice for making sure that everybody remains safe on the road, no matter what transportation mode they are using, is that motorists should use caution when passing a bicyclist, and treat them as if they were another motorist. She added that “bicyclists have to have the right safety equipment.” These pieces of equipment include a helmet, bike lights, mirrors, etc.

Volunteers are needed to put up posters for the event, assist during registration, arrange bikes, and help with set-up and tear-down. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, visit the TCBA Advocacy page at http://advocacy.biketcba.org/activities/ride-of-silence/volunteer/.

For any further inquiries, please contact Tait at lysnekate@gmail.com.

 

Wells Hall is located at 619 Red Cedar Rd in East Lansing

The Avenue Café is located at 2021 E Michigan Ave, in Lansing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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