The Ride of Silence, a Night to Remember

Daily Dose  |  05/11/2018 9:00 am

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 7:00 PM, the 9th Annual Toledo Ride of Silence will start from the University of Toledo. Due to construction on Bancroft Road, riders will meet at Gateway Area 25 parking lot off Secor Road (near Dorr). The ride will cover 10 miles, no faster than 12 MPH, with escort provided by Toledo City Police, Ottawa Hills Police and UT Police and Toledo Fire and Rescue on bikes. Helmets are required. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Organizers are expecting over 200 cyclists to join the event. The ride will depart promptly at 7PM so participants should arrive by 6:30PM.

Riders will pause at Ottawa Hills High School in memory of Dave Larabee, killed on his way home from work in 2005; Toledo Children's Hospital in memory of Dr. Stephen Snedden, killed while biking along River Road in Perrysburg Township; and Ottawa Park in honor of Robert Brundage. We will honor John Parish, Tom Santoro, Eric Ramlow, Sierah Joughin and Douglas Kania, killed in 2016, along with Matthew Billings and Jim Lambert, killed outside of Cleveland in 2015. Riders will also remember Emilee Gagnon, Harvey Bell III, Andy Gast, Jimmy Hughey, Jeff Roth and others prior to the start of the ride.

This is a community event coordinated by We Are Traffic and supported by the Maumee Valley Adventurers, Toledo Bikes, Toledo Area Bicyclists and Maumee Valley Wheelmen and TMACOG on behalf of all bicyclists. The International Ride of Silence, now in its 16th year, will begin in North America and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, 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. The Ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

A Ride of Silence will also be held in Bowling Green, same time, meeting at City Park. There are 17 locations participating across Ohio this year.