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Keeping Me Silent For A 30 Minute Ride Was Difficult

Ride of Silence

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Yesterday’s annual Ride of Silence was well attended and pretty straight forward. It is a powerful experience to ride in solidarity with one hundred other people. Riding silently in a group of such great people is a lot more difficult than you might think. I resisted to chat, with a few slips, but I couldn’t shut off the mind.

As we rode for 30 minutes, I couldn’t help thinking or noticing a few things: 

  • Share the Road: Everyone slows down and allows for funerals to pass, so let’s ride two-abreast on the street–it’s more fun. 
  • Riding a Bicycle is Fun: As the silent group passed a father and daughter riding bicycles on a dirt trail next to the TART Trail, a big smile went across my face when I heard the little girl squeal in delight as she coasted down and up a small valley. “Weeeeee…heee-heee….weeeeee!” #WhyWeRide indeed. 
Thank you  to everyone who rode and paused to let the group pass (and the many who waved). Also, thank you to Cherry Capital Cycling Club and TART Trails, Inc. for hosting and raising awareness.
  1. networktcmi
    May 19, 2011 at 11:30 am


  2. Greg
    May 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Congrats on a wonderful event, I’m sure everyone enjoyed. My issue is with your “Same Rules” comment above. I do get upset when I see a bike not stop at a stop sign. Yes, I am one that believes even if no cross traffic is present, a complete stop needs to happen at stop signs. Rolling Yields are not the law and sharing the road means sharing the same rules. I have never seen anyone on a bike pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign. If we are to share the road, which is fine, then everyone follows the same rules. I think more education in the biking world needs to take place.

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