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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 everyone's mind.

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 BikinGail@aol.com.

 Hope everyone can make the Ride of Silence nearest their home towns!

Other area rides (see www.RideOfSilence.org for more details):

Arkansas
Little Rock 

Kansas

Leavenworth
Wichita

Louisiana

Monroe
New Orleans
Shreveport





 

Missouri
Farmington
Kansas City
Saint Joseph
Springfield
St. Louis

New Mexico

Albuquerque
Carlsbad
Mesilla

Oklahoma

Boston
Oklahoma City
Stillwater
Tulsa

Texas
Amarillo
Austin
Beaumont
College Station
Fort Worth
Houston
Huntsville
Odessa
San Antonio
Temple
The Woodlands
Waco
Wichita Falls


 

 


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