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‘Ride of Silence’ encourages respect for riders

BEAVER CREEK – Linda Guerrette is dedicated to a proposition – roads should be safer for cyclists.

That dedication is what has driven Guerrette to organize the valley’s annual “Ride of Silence” event. The ride, held world wide on the third Wednesday of May, can be a gamble locally. There was snow in Wednesday’s weather forecast.

But Guerrette said earlier Wednesday she’d ride alone if necessary on the route from the west Beaver Creek parking lot to the bike path bridge in Dowd Canyon and back.

“This is something heavy on my heart to do this,” Guerrette said, adding she knows too many cyclists who have been injured or killed by people in cars.

“We need to advocate for people to become more aware of what else is on the road,” Guerrette said.

Kerry White couldn’t ride this year – her infant son was sick Wednesday – but is a strong supporter of the ride. White, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time, was hit last year while riding to work. She was fortunate. Neither she nor her unborn son were badly injured.

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“I was very lucky,” White said. “But it was a very worrying time.”

White also hopes the ride can help raise at least a little awareness for motorists and cyclists to look out for each other.

“Everyone is responsible and needs to share the roads,” she said.

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or smiller@vaildaily.com.