Ride Of Silence
DALLAS, TX - This year marks our third event at White Rock Lake, and now
includes over 200 locations worldwide. Chris "Coach" Phelan originated the Ride
of Silence as a way to remember those that have been killed or injured by
Motorists while riding their bicycles. He decided to do this event, with a ten
day period of preparation, and more than a 1,000 cyclists showed up at the
Dallas location. This was all to honor
Larry Schwartz, a long-distance cyclist who was hit, and killed, in Wylie.
With no registration, no tee shirt and no ride numbers, this event is held on
Wednesday evening, May 17th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Laura Miller of Dallas sent this year's Director a document
proclaiming this date as Ride of Silence Day in Dallas. Gail Spann is not only a
board member of the Ride of Silence Organization, she is also the Director for
White Rock Lake this year.
With cyclists gathering in the thousands to attend, there is an
amazing and respectful air about the start area. This year will present some new
concepts to the ride, along with a few "key" people attending. Andy Clarke of
the League of American Bicyclists will be attending, he is the Executive
Director of the organization. Along with Preston Tyree, the Vice President of
LAB, they will be riding along in silence also. Police officers, politicians and
everyday people combine to share this ride in silence.
Cyclists will ride about 11 miles at 12 mph or less without
uttering a word. Many will wear black armbands and some will have photos of
friends who have been killed while cycling. The mood is somber, but the
camaraderie is uplifting ... the hope for better days ahead very much on
This ride is not all about sadness, it is often about our desire to
see better communication with motorists, more laws about sharing the road.
With over 200 locations and a multitude of countries signing up it
has become quite a global event! Check out
www.RideOfSilence.org for more information.
We are in need of ride marshals, please contact Gail Spann at
Hope everyone can make the Ride of Silence nearest their home
Other area rides (see
www.RideOfSilence.org for more