Ride of Silence

To the Editor:

On May 15, 2013, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence (now in its tenth year) will begin in North America and Plymouth and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cycsts have a legal right to Share the Road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The Ride, which is held during National Bike Safety Month and Week, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

The Sheboygan County ride will begin at the Back Door Bike Shop on Eastern Ave. in Plymouth and will consist of all interested parties from novice cyclists to the most experienced riders. Participants will wear a black arm band in memory of a lost loved one or a red arm band for those who have been injured by a motorist. This is a short but meaningful ride winding down the streets of Plymouth to raise awareness for the upcoming cycling season. Helmets are required and lights and reflective clothing are strongly recommended.

Dan Silvey

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