Tomorrow is the International Ride of Silence. There are rides all over the area. Most rides start at 7pm but some ask you to show up earlier. Check the listings. Come ride with fellow travelers as we honor and remember those who have been injured or killed on the roads. There have been many threads on this forum over the past few years about riders who have been hurt and drivers who have caused that hurt. We can all use a little catharsis shared in a positive way. You do not have to be an expert rider, an insider or anybody special. You have to have a bike and a heart. The rides proceed at a very casual pace and are about 10-12 miles. The Chainlink calendar has a number of local rides listed. Elizabeth is leading the Chicago ride leaving from the Daley Plaza. I am leading the Evanston ride leaving from Wheel and Sprocket. If you are an experienced rider you will be moved by the slow procession in silence. If you are a novice rider you also get that but will also will get to safely ride in a group and be enveloped by the community. You can find other Illinois Rides of Silence at http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=IL#IL
Do you know when Chicago's information will be updated for 2016? I noticed the 2015 information is still up.
Elizabeth can give more information. They have a Facebook event that reads-
The annual Chicago Ride of Silence is Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (always the third Wednesday in May).
The Chicago Ride of Silence will gather at Daley Plaza beginning at 6pm for a 6:30pm departure and then follow a 10-mile route to honor those who have been killed or injured while riding on our public roadways and it advocates for motorists to share the roads with cyclists.
Please join us after the Ride (8-9pm) for refreshments.
Ride of Silence events are scheduled in communities throughout the Chicagoland area and around the world. To find a Ride of Silence event near you, please visit www.rideofsilence.org/chicago.
If you would like to be involved in the planning, contact us.
A pre-Ride Tribute Event will be hosted the week before the Ride. More details to come.
Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rideofsilencechicago) or the Chainlink (http://www.thechainlink.org/group/chicagorideofsilence) for the latest event info.
We had 15 signed up but I am pretty sure we had 20 riders in Evanston for a meaningful ride that ended with a large yell when we returned to Wheel and Sprocket. The shop was a gracious host inviting us in for pizza, beer and water to talk about our experiences including one rider who shared about his injury on the road after being hit by a car in February.
A very special thank you goes to MJ for preparing and installing the Ghost Bike for Joseph Korner. MJ was so helpful through out the process. I can't thank her enough. Working Bikes was kind enough to provide a bike similar to the one Jay used to ride and Performance Bikes provided the place to prepare the bike. Lindy wrote me a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped.