Glenwood Springs ride remembers victims of bike/vehicle accidents
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado “-Area bicyclists will join in Glenwood Springs, Colorado next week in a global commemoration of fellow riders who have been injured or killed by motorists while cycling.
The third annual Glenwood Springs Ride Of Silence starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, beginning at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.
The ride will depart at 7 p.m., following a prescribed nine-mile route through the streets of Glenwood Springs. All riders are expected to follow the rules of road, and may not exceed a 12 mph speed limit.
“The route was chosen not for its scenic qualities, but so as to be seen by the greatest number of city residents and motorists,” according to a press release from the local organizers of the event.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department will provide police support in the form of uniformed officers on bicycles.
Riders will proceed single file, all in silence. Riders are asked to wear black armbands to show support of the cause, and any riders who have survived being hit by a motorist are asked to wear red armbands.
There is no fee for the event, and it is not a fundraiser.
“The purpose of the Ride of Silence is twofold,” the press release states. “First, it is a way to honor or memorialize our friends who have been injured or killed by a motorist while cycling. Second, it is a great way to raise awareness of motorists’ legal obligation to share the road.”
Organizers also note that school will be out soon, meaning children will be out riding on city streets.
The worldwide Ride of Silence takes place on the same day at the same time. Last year the ride was conducted in 300 locations around the world, including every continent and involving some 22,500 riders.
“The more participants we involve the greater the awareness we can inspire in our community,” organizers said.
For more information, visit http://www.rideofsilence.org.