The Jacksonville cycling community and the community in general is invited to join Morgan Cyclists and friends in the 2015 Ride of Silence. Indeed, join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (10 mph, no more) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Why? To honor those who have been injured or killed. To raise awareness that bicyclists are here. To ask that we all share the road.
May 20, 2015
Assemble: 6:30 pm
Ride: 7:00 (at the latest). Ride slowly. Ride silently. Ride respectfully.
Start/Finish: Passavant Area Hospital Courtyard. Enter hospital campus on Founder’s Lane, proceed to park on north side of campus. Brief ceremony in courtyard. Ride will begin at the North Entrance.
Ride Length: 8.3 miles
Ride Time: One hour
Route: START at Passavant North Entrance – right to Founder’s Lane – left on Walnut – right on Webster – left on State – around south side of square and continue on East State – right on Johnson – to Foreman Grove – enter park and loop around , then right on Johnson – left on College – across town – right on Westgate – right on Walnut – left on Founder’s Lane – FINISH.
On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists 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.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
Last year: 315 events – 49 states of the U.S. – 22 countries – seven continents. Thousands of bicyclists riding in unison.
Join Morgan Cyclists. Join your friends and neighbors. Join the rest of the world.
Ride of Silence – May 20, 2015 — Posted by Harry Ford of the Morgan Cyclists