A ride to honor, mourn, raise awareness, demonstrate safe riding, and show our strength
The Ride of Silence honors people injured or killed while riding bikes.
Ride of Silence Details
Wednesday, May 15th
6:15-6:45pm: Gather for the ride at the dinosaur (corner of Forbes and Schenley Dr) at the museum in Oakland. Sign a waiver only to invoke liability insurance for the event (required by the national and local organizers).
6:45pm: Listen to stories from victims and their families about why this movement for safe streets is important. (Thanks to Bike Pittsburgh for arranging this)
7pm: Ride of Silence begins. The route will be a slow and easy 10 miles winding through the East End of Pittsburgh, rolling by several c crash sites to honor the victims, as well as passing several mayoral candidate offices.
Between 8pm and 8:30pm the ride will conclude.
Start location: Schenley Plaza in Oakland – at Dippy the Dinosaur
How We Ride in Pittsburgh
Double file, side by side, keeping to a single lane, and to the right of the yellow line where it exists. Stop and wait at all red lights – we’re a big group and will undoubtedly be breaking up and regrouping as we go along. If there is slower traffic in the lane, we’ll just wait for it. Please bring bikes in good repair, as there will be no official mechanical support or transportation. Children aged 12 and under must have helmets on.
This ride takes place on city streets, with potholes, surface hazards, motor vehicles and other cyclists riding in close proximity. Participants must use their own judgment and be responsible for their own safety. If at any time, you feel that you can no longer participate safely, please pull off the route and wait until the rest of the ride has passed.
History and Expectations
• On the third Wednesday of May around the world, bicyclists will take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place on the streets
• Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road
• The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its riders to ride at a slow pace and remain silent during the ride
• The ride hopes to raise bicycling awareness during bike month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to honor and mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed and injured
• The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle crash. Helmets required; lights are mandatory for the ride home. There are no fees charged anyone to participate.
Pittsburgh Ride of Silence Contact for 2013: Jim Logan firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pittsburgh Ride of Silence is endorsed by endorsed by Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Allegheny Cycling Association, Flock of Cycles, Pittsburgh Masters Velo Club, and Bike Pittsburgh
The endorsers and organizer are bearing no responsibility (financial or otherwise) for the ride. By endorsing it, we are simply stating we believe in the stated goals. Ride at your own risk.