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Ride Of Silence
Held during National Bike Month, the Ride of Silence raises awareness to motorists, police & public officials that cyclists have a legal right to public roadways. It also celebrates and honors the lives of cyclists who've been injured or killed while riding on public roadways, and remembers all those are lost in traffic crashes. All traffic deaths are preventable. This is a worldwide event with about 400 rides taking place this week.
In 2017 two of our local cyclists were killed, joining a list of now 16 cyclists who lost their lives in the Tallahassee metropolitan area since 2001. Steve Reker was out on a training ride along US90 on March 28, when he was struck by car. Only a few days later, Marlene Larmore was struck by a car at Oak Ridge Rd when she was out riding the St Marks trail. On Oct 21, 2018 Tyler Clapp was hit at the intersection of MLK boulevard and Georgia St and died a few days later.
Since 2001, an astonishing total of 1082 people lost their lives on the roads in our four county (Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson) area, which include 145 pedestrians, and 17 cyclists. We believe all these deaths are preventable with good infrastructure and attentive driving. This ride is a ride to remember all those killed on the road, to think about all those that have lost their relatives and friends, and reminds us we all have a responsibility to drive and ride with care.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:45 PM until 8:00 PM
Registration is free, but recommended. Non registered participants will need to sign ride release before the start.
Helmets are required.
Follow the rules of the Road.
Stay silent during the Ride.
Ride will be about 8 mile, at a speed of about 10-12 mph.