2015 Ride of Silence May 23. Our annual Marin County Ride of Silence took seven of us once again around the Tiburon Peninsula on a gorgeous Saturday. We chose to ride on Saturday rather than the regular RoS Wednesday in hopes of increasing the number of riders and also because past participants have generally been relatively inexperienced and uncomfortable with riding in the evening when there’s little light at the end of the ride. Sylvia Bingham’s parents organized the ride and were pleased to have one of Sylvia’s friends and her dad join the ride. We once again read the names of all those we know of who have been killed biking on Marin’s streets. The ride was publicized in the newsletter of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. We still hope to get MCBC to sponsor future RoS rides, as this would ensure greater participation.
What is the Ride of Silence? A slow and somber ride to honor the lives of bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling and to raise the awareness of motorists, police, city officials, and the general public of the need to share the road safely with cyclists who have a legal right to use the public roadways. Our Marin ride will NOT be on May 20, the official international date of the ride, but on the following Saturday. This because we have been unable to interest more than a handful of the Marin cycling community in coming to a 7 pm mid-week ride.
Ride of Silence Website
The Ride of Silence website lists hundreds of people including Sylvia who have been killed while riding their bikes. See http://www.rideofsilence.org/memoriam.php