Ride of Silence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ride of Silence, Berlin, 2015, as the cyclists pass the German Chancellery and Reichstag

The Ride of Silence is an annual international bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed and support those injured while riding on public roads. It helps to raise awareness among motorists, the public and decision makers of the dangers cyclists face on the roads, especially from other traffic.

The first Ride of Silence was organized by Chris Phelan and held in Dallas, Texas in 2003. Many participants found the experience to be very moving.[1] Although it was conceived as a one-time event, it has been repeated every year since then. Cyclists in cities around the globe have joined this movement. It has grown each year, with around 400 locations participating, most in the United States, but typically on all seven continents, including Antarctica. In 2013, the tenth anniversary, Ride of Silence events were held in 26 countries.[2][3]

The Ride of Silence is held on the evening of the third Wednesday in May. The League of American Bicyclists promotes this event side-by-side with the national Bike Month and Bike-to-Work Day, held on the third Friday in May.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haight, Abby. "Silent cyclists seek safety, mourn victims". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-05-17. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ www.RideofSilence.org, Ride History.
  3. ^ www.RideofSilence.org, Ride of Silence website, Accessed Oct 31, 2013
  4. ^ League of American Bicyclists.

External links[edit]