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Ride of Silence
Sussex Cyclists, a nonprofit group of cyclists that promotes bicycle safety and coordinates rides throughout Coastal Sussex County, will organize its eleventh Ride of Silence (ROS) on Wednesday, May 20. The ride will begin at 7:00 p.m. from the Tile Mart parking lot behind the Wawa on southbound Route One. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to ride this silent cycling procession of about eight miles at a pace no faster than 12 mph.
Sussex Cyclists Ride of Silence organizer Michael Tyler said that rides begin in North America at 7:00 p.m. EDST and roll silently in cities and towns in all 50 states and more than 375 locations worldwide including Canada and 24 other countries and on all seven continents across the globe. “Cyclists ride in a silent procession in memory of those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, often the motoring public isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes they are not even aware of the cyclists themselves,” he said.
The Sussex Cyclists ROS will be escorted by a Troop 7 State Police team. Cyclists will ride in the shoulder lane south on Route One from the Tile Mart to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge where it will travel under the highway and then head north returning to the starting point in less than an hour.
Ride founder and avid cyclist Chris Phelan organized the first the Ride of Silence 12 years ago in Dallas, Texas when endurance rider Larry Schwartz was killed when he was hit by the mirror of a passing bus. That first ride drew 1,000 cyclists through word of mouth and e-mail communication in fewer than 10 days. There was no registration or sign-up fee. Local media reported the ride to be incredibly moving as these cyclists rode in silence, occasionally wiping away tears or patting a friend on the back.
The ROS is a free ride that asks cyclists to ride slowly and quietly. Cyclists must wear helmets, follow the rules of the road while remaining silent. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to promote "Share the Road" and raise the awareness that cyclists have a legal right to ride on public roadways. The ride is also an opportunity to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured by motorists while cycling.
Sussex Cyclists ROS organizer, Bobbi Dunham, requests riders to report to the Tile Mart parking lot around 6:30 for a pre-ride briefing, photos and to sign a ride waiver. She said “Because this ride promotes safe cycling, riders must wear helmets. Also, it is important that that bikes have headlights on the handlebars and flashing rear lights.” For information go to the Sussex Cyclists web site: sussexcyclists.org or contact Bobbi Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Ocean To Bay - another beautiful ride
Tour De Sussex - Please join us to volunteer or ride in this annual club event