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Cyclists to observe ‘Ride of Silence’

Area cyclists will participate in the national Ride of Silence observance on Wednesday, May 20, to raise awareness of cycling safety and memorialize cyclists injured and killed in road accidents. May is National Bike Safety Month.

Area cyclists are encouraged to join the ride. The participants will meet at 7 p.m. in the Kilmarnock town parking lot (behind the Rappahannock Record office on Main Street). They will follow a route of approximately 7 miles, riding at 12 miles per hour, wearing black arm bands, and observing silence during the ride. 

This is the third year area cyclists have participated in what has become an annual international event. The route will be the same route used the past two years. 

A cyclist named Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas, Texas, in 2003 after a noted endurance cyclist, Larry Schwartz, was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road. Last year the ride was observed in more than 300 locations in all 50 states and in 18 countries. 

“There are increasing numbers of cyclists who enjoy riding in the Northern Neck,” said organizer Stephen Radcliffe. “We ask that motorists be aware of us, share the road, and permit us to ride in safety.”

For additional information, contact Radcliffe at 580-3324.

posted 05.17.2009

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