Yesterday saw the annual Ride of Silence, raising awareness and remembering cyclists who have been injured or killed on public roadways.
The Rides took place in over 300 locations across the world, with cyclists riding silently and slow-paced, highlighting that cyclists share the roads with motorists and the dangers of car drivers not being aware of them on the road.
The first Ride of Silence took place on May 21st 2003, organised by Chris Phelan after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by a passing bus’ mirror and killed. That initial ride took place at White Rock Lake in Dallas and drew 1,000 cyclists – despite only being organised ten days earlier.
Ride of Silence has grown steadily in size. In 2008 almost 8,000 riders took part in 104 registered events, spanning 18 countries and 296 cities.