Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 16) will be the tenth annual international Ride of Silence. This event remembers those who have been injured or killed while riding a bicycle.
In light of madness so indescribable and infuriating as this, I think it’s high time that we, on behalf of anyone riding a bicycle for any reason, demonstrate and proclaim, in every way possible, our resolve to Share the Road, and to advocate and protect the rights of cyclists (and pedestrians). And, honestly, as with so many things, it’s largely a matter of awareness.
Do any of you use Twitter? If so, the Ride of Silence organizers are trying something new this year:
The global Ride of Silence Tweet-up: As noted in the last email blast, we are asking organizers and as many of their participants as possible to Tweet a message at the start of your event. Your tweet should include your event’s city, state and the hashtag ‘#rideofsilence‘. We’re hoping this global tweet-up will raise further awareness through the media IF it’s big enough; we might just break a world record since we normally get over 20,000 participants at our events worldwide. (According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the most attendees at a ‘Tweetup’ is 1,935 and was achieved by Ndamukong Suh (USA) at the Hawks Championship Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, on 16 April 2011.)
Our ride will roll out from the parking lot behind the Adrian Public Library at 7p. It will be a very slow, meandering ride around the city of Adrian. Everyone is welcome, and strongly urged to attend. Please join us. I hope to see you there.