The Arlington Heights Bicycle Club is pleased to announce participation in the international Ride of Silence on May 18, 2011 . The Ride of Silence is an international event to honor those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roadways. All cyclists are encouraged to join wherever they live or work. Rides are planned for 300 cities and 7 continents worldwide. All Ride of Silence locations are locally organized.
The ride is 7:00PM on Wednesday May 18, 2011 and is a 10 mile loop; starting and ending location is Recreation Park, 500 E Miner St, Arlington Heights, Illinois at 7:00PM on Wednesday May 18, 2011. Please plan to arrive at 6:30PM so we may start at the appointed hour.
Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In Arlington Heights we ride to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling; we ride to remind the public that cyclists have the right to share the roads; and we ride to remind ourselves to ride safely and with respect for motorists.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. Arlington Heights has participated in the Ride of Silence each year since 2005. 2011 will make our 7th year. 2010 was a record year with 125 participants.
Cyclists who are unable to participate in Arlington Heights are encouraged to participate in one of the other Illinois rides in Chicago, Bartlett, Downers Grove, Evanston, Peoria, or Urbana (http://www.rideofsilence.org/chicago/)
The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
Additional information is available on the web site of the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club www.cyclearlington.com or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about other locations is available at www.rideofsilence.org