What began in 2003 in Dallas as a spontaneous outpouring of grief for a friend and fellow rider, struck and killed by the mirror of a passing vehicle, has rolled across the globe to become an international annual event memorializing and honoring cyclists who have been injured and killed while riding.
The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event, with almost all USA States participating, along with 22 other countries.
The many hundreds of events share the same goals: “To honor fallen cyclists, to promote road safety, and to make a difference.”
Bike safety is not a fleeting issue, especially here in Florida which ranks as the very worst in the nation for cyclist safety, with the highest fatality rate for ten years in a row.
In the past four years, 18 cyclists have been killed in Lee County crashes.
The Ride of Silence, in memorializing riders injured and killed, seeks to draw motorist’s attention to cyclists’ legal rights to full use of the roadways. Please come out to show your support and send the message that we are not just bike riders, but friends and neighbors and we must all Share the Road.
Sanibel Ride of Silence:
May 16, 2018
Sponsored by the Sanibel Bicycle Club in partnership with Matzaluna Restaurant and Billy’s Bikes
Riders are encouraged to arrive at 6:15 p.m. at Matzaluna Restaurant (1200 Periwinkle Way) for a short educational program.
At 7:00 p.m. promptly, the ride will leave Matzaluna’s and head down Periwinkle Way to the Sanibel Causeway. The ride will cross over the first two bridges of the causeway, do the turnaround under the main span, and return to Matzaluna (approximately 7 miles round trip).
Helmets will be required for all riders. Both front and tail lights are required if you plan to ride your bike home after dinner.
Matzaluna will provide discounted food and drink for all riders.
For further details, contact Salli Kirkland at 239-472-3620.