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Ride of Silence, May 20
Ride Of Silence - May 20
On May, 20 at 7:00 p.m., cyclists all around the world will take to the roads for the Ride Of Silence. The ride is a silent rememberance of those killed or injured in cycling accidents, plus protest the continued carnage taking place on the streets.
Locally, the ride will take place in Bellevue and is being organized by the Bellevue Bicycle Club. It will start at the parking lot next to the Keystone trail at Raynor Parkway and 36th Street in Bellevue. Police motorcycles will provide an escort.
The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.
The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph for no longer than an hour, and remain silent during the ride.
The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident. Helmets are required; bright clothing and lights are highly recommended for the ride home. There are no fees charged anyone to participate.