May 18: Ride of Silence

Across the nation and around Ohio, today (May 18) is the designated date for Ride of Silence events. The short, silent rides are meant to remember cyclists who have been injured or lost their lives on our roadways. The evening events also help raise public awareness of the need to safely share the road with bicycle users. RoS Website: http://www.RideOfSilence.org

Here are the events we have listed in the 2016 Calendar:

Wednesday, 5/18. WARREN AREA RIDE OF SILENCE. Warren. A slow-paced, silent procession of eight miles with police escort through Warren streets and parks, honoring cyclists killed or injured on public roadways. Starts at Warren G. Harding High School at 7:00 PM. Brief reception with refreshments at finish. Helmet Required. The Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund. Jay Wonders; 1349 Beechcrest St.; Warren, OH 44485. (330) 398-2818. jwonders@neo.rr.com

Wednesday, 5/18. OBERLIN RIDE OF SILENCE. Oberlin. A silent, five-mile ride remembering cyclists injured or killed on public roadways. Starts at 7:00 PM from Oberlin’s Train Depot, just south of downtown. Silver Wheels Bicycle Club. Robert Esper; 8887 Riverwood Dr.; North Ridgeville, OH 44039. (440) 453-3863. robertesper19747@gmail.com

Wednesday, 5/18. TOLEDO RIDE OF SILENCE. Toledo. A ride to remember cyclists killed or injured and bring greater awareness of cyclists’ right to the roadway. Support from Toledo Area Bicyclists, Maumee Valley Adventurers, Maumee Valley Wheelmen, Team Toledo, and Toledo Bikes. We Are Traffic. Keith Webb; 6540 West Central Ave. Ste. Q; Toledo, OH 43617. (567) 703-6378. WeAreTraffic.org

Wednesday, 5/18. COLUMBUS RIDE OF SILENCE. Columbus. Join cyclists worldwide in a flat, silent, slow-paced, 10-mile ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Never underestimate the impact you can have just by showing up and showing support for safe streets! Yay Bikes! Kathleen Watkins; 82 E. 16th Ave.; Columbus, OH 43201. (614) 470-4220. www.YayBikes.com

Wednesday 5/18. RIDE OF SILENCE. Cleveland & University Heights. A slow, silent ride during National Bike Safety Month and Bike to Work Week raising awareness that cyclists have a legal right to public streets and roadways; we ask and expect that motorists share the road. Also a remembrance of cycling brothers and sisters who have been killed or injured. Bike Cleveland. PO Box 609718; Cleveland, OH 44109. (216) 245-3101. BikeCleveland.org

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