On Wednesday May 20, cyclists all over the nation commit to being reflective, slowing down and quiet as we pay honor and respect to fallen cyclists who have either been injured or killed by a motor vehicle while riding their bicycles.
We invite you to ride SILENTLY with us. Everyone is invited from racers to recreational riders, commuters, canal path coasters, and newbies alike! The only sounds during this ride will be that of our gear shifts, bikes wheels, and our thoughts as we remember and honor those who have been injured and/or killed while cycling.
Rochester will join over 300 other cities in riding together as one, SILENT voice. Rochester area cyclists from varied backgrounds and all levels of cycling abilities will gather at Parcel 5 downtown for the International 18th annual and Rochester's 11th Ride of Silence event.
Our primary focus is the awareness and safety of cyclists, although, not our sole focus. We seek to bring this conversation to the forefront and to work collaboratively ensuring the safety of all individuals who share our roads as we labor towards completion of Vision Zero.
Onsite registration starts at 5:30 PM and pre-ride ceremony is at 6:15 PM. We roll out at 7:00 pm sharp, onto a slow-paced, flat 8 mile route, approximately 1 hour long bike ride accompanied by designated bike angels, bike mechanics, and the Rochester Police Department. The only requirements to participate in this ride besides a bike and helmet are: the ability to ride along at about 10 mph and the desire to quietly celebrate the fallen.
We hope you'll spend an evening away from the hectic lives we typically lead for this hour of quiet reflection. Please join us and over 10,000 other cyclists worldwide on Wednesday May 15, 2019 - be there before 6:15 PM.
All riders should read the guidelines prior to attending.
Follow the Ride of Silence Rochester Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/417620369057092
Volunteers are needed. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Kecia at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Ride of Silence, please visit their website:www.rideofsilence.org, where you can find the inception of this event, statistics, previous ride reports, (yes including Rochester’s) videos/photos and a donation ability.
Kecia L. McCullough, MSW, CASAC
Black Girls Do Bike Rochester Shero
Ride of Silence Coordinator