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Chicago Ride of Silence

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (always the 3rd Wednesday of May):

Honor fallen cyclists and raise awareness in this annual procession past Chicago Ghost Bikes.

Gather at 6pm, Depart at 6:30pm
Eternal Flame in Daley Plaza

Website: http://www.rideofsilence.org/chicago/
Location: www.rideofsilence.org
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Ride of Silence - May 18, 2016 - One day. One time. World wide.

Join the annual Ride of Silence, an organized annual cycling procession honoring those that have been injured or killed. The goal is to raise awareness that we are here, and to ask that we all share the road.

Save the date for the 2017 Chicago Ride Of Silence - May 17, 2017

Our route typically passes several Ghost Bikes, which are powerful memorials to fallen cyclists created by painting a bicycle white and placing it at or near the site of the cyclist’s death.


DATE: May 17, 2017 (always the 3rd Wednesday of May)
TIME: Gather at 6:00 pm; Depart at 6:30pm
WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide; Eternal Flame (Daley Plaza) in Chicago
One day. One Time. World wide.

Communities throughout Chicagoland participate in the Ride of Silence including: Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Joliet, Oak Park and Peoria.

Wherever you ride, we ride in unity.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RideofSilenceChicago

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Comment by Gary Gilbert on May 19, 2011 at 9:07pm
There is a slinky like effect with long groups of cyclists (and cars too). The riders at the front might be doing 8mph and the riders at the rear are doing 20 to keep up. The longer the line, the more the effect. You see this with gaps between riders who try to catch up.

The solution is for those at the front to stop every mile or so and wait for everyone to catch up or to let the group break up into mini groups. The latter interferes with the community aspect of the Ride of Silence but is the easiest to manage.
Comment by Bob Kastigar on May 19, 2011 at 8:46pm

I agree, Todd - I think the ride was a little fast paced, especially on some of the long stretches of straight-line streets.

 

Comment by Todd Allen on May 19, 2011 at 8:30pm

Excellent ride.  It was clear a lot of thought and effort went into organizing and making the map, etc.

 

I would suggest though either a slower pace by the ride leaders or more frequent stops to regroup.  When I was toward the back the ride was getting quite strung out.  The ride got split at the first crossing of Western and bike cops went out into traffic against the light to interrupt the traffic to allow the back group to proceed through and rejoin the front group.

 

Also, there were times where I might have passed out flyers had the pace been slower, but I wasn't always comfortable stopping or slowing to do so.

Comment by h' Zerocats on May 19, 2011 at 7:01pm

I can't even begin to articulate why the ride is important . . . the best I can do is "it just is." Glad others are able.

Thanks to Elizabeth for another great job and unfathomable unseen preparation on top of a full time job and other obligations.

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on May 19, 2011 at 3:56pm

Sara. .. great post, especially "I was hesitant to go on this ride because I knew it would be a somber affair. I’m glad that I did the ride, for so many reasons.  So many reasons that are impossible to convey here.  Life is short.  Way to f-ing short."

I think so many still stay away from this ride in Chicago because of the somber note attached to it. But it's not somber.... as Brent Cohrs said in his blog, "Silence is sobering."

 

I know it's a wake-up call for me each year. And - a very touching reminder of just how tight our bike community is. We are never alone. Thanks for riding with us.

Comment by Sara on May 19, 2011 at 1:16pm

Fantastic ride last night in Chicago.  Here's a link to a few photos that I posted on my blog. 

http://thislittlebikeofmine.tumblr.com/post/5627812874/ride-of-silence

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on May 19, 2011 at 12:49pm
Comment by Bob Kastigar on May 19, 2011 at 11:02am

Pictures from the Chicago Ride of Silence:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kastigar/sets/72157626632968171/

 

Comment by David Barish on May 19, 2011 at 10:32am

13 riders in Evanston.  Short on numbers long on signficance.  It was a very moving event for those of us who ignored the warning of weather and the siren of basketball. A report was submitted to the ROS page.

Comment by Gary Gilbert on May 19, 2011 at 10:06am

Arlington Heights Ride of Silence

http://bit.ly/mMe0uO

 

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