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Local cyclists to ride in silence for fallen cyclists
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Local cyclists to ride in silence for fallen cyclists
Local cycling advocacy group, Bike Windsor Essex, will join cyclists around the world to host the city’s 11th Annual Ride of Silence today, Wednesday, May 15. Every year, cyclists take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honour cyclists who have been hurt or have died due to a collision while cycling on public roadways. Last year 140 riders participated in this solemn event.
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Windsor - May 15, 2019 - Local cycling advocacy group, Bike Windsor Essex, will join cyclists around the world to host the city’s 11th Annual Ride of Silence today, Wednesday, May 15.

Every year, cyclists take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honour cyclists who have been hurt or have died due to a collision while cycling on public roadways. Last year 140 riders participated in this solemn event.

DATE: Wednesday, May 15

TIME: Poem will be read at 6:45pm, ride to depart immediately following

PLACE: The Bike Kitchen parking lot, 628 Monmouth Rd at Wyandotte

Riders will ride in silence behind a hearse, a second hearse will bring up the rear - both thanks to Dignity Memorial. The presence of the hearses underscores the dire consequences that can occur when motorists are inattentive, when they don’t follow the rules of the road, when they don’t give cyclists at least 1 metre of space.

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 on the road themselves. This event aims to raise motorists’ awareness, demonstrating that cyclists have a legal right to the use of public roadways without fear.

Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. Helmets are mandatory for riders under the age of 18, and bike lights are mandatory for all bikes. There is no cost to participants and no pledges to be collected, but donations will be welcomed. Any proceeds will support furthering Bike Windsor Essex’s goal of making Windsor-Essex a more bike-friendly region.

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