Ride of Silence
2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville will host a Ride of Silence ride starting from Centennial Park in Nashville on Wednesday, May 15.
Join other Nashville cyclists in this silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roadways. 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.
2013 marks the eighth year Nashville has held this annual ride. It has grown in size with over 100 riders participating in each of the last few years. Every bicyclist in Nashville is encouraged to attend. We have garnered local news coverage the past two years and want to continue this tradition, but for our impact to make the impression we seek it is important that we increase the participation number. Please invite all your bicycling friends to join us in this moving experience, and remember - "In order to receive respect, we must give respect."
The ride will depart Centennial Park at 7:00 PM CST. Riders should begin meeting at 6:45 for the 7:00 PM roll out.
Why does this ride exist?
To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
Cyclists across North America 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.
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 are no brochures, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is being 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.
Everyone is invited to ride, but they must wear a helmet. If they do not, ask that they not participate. Since it is a no talking ride, hand signals will be used. In controlling the ride and pace, you want to think “Funeral Procession.” That is, in fact, what we are recreating. Armbands are strongly encouraged. Black for everyone (solidarity in mourning lost cyclists). Red for those who have been injured by motorists.