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Monday May 14th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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Bike Friendly Windsor Essex, a local cycling advocacy group, will be hosting the city’s second annual Ride of Silence this Wednesday evening. This memorial ride is dedicated to those who have been injured or killed while riding their bikes.

Bike Friendly Windsor Essex has teamed up with the Windsor Downtown Mission where the ride will star from. Registration for the event is at 6pm, and the ride will commence at 7pm sharp.

Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honour cyclists who have been hurt or have died due to an accident 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. This event aims to raise motorists’ awareness, demonstrating that cyclists have a legal right to the use of public roadways without fear.

Riders are invited to wear black arm bands in order to show support for friends and family who have suffered, and a red arm band if they themselves have been in an accident while riding. Helmets are required for this event and bright clothing is highly recommended for the ride home after. Bike lights are a mandatory safety feature for the ride home, as well.

A funeral hearse, donated by the Anderson and Walter D. Kelly Funeral Homes, will provide safe escort for the participants and underscore the dire implications of not heeding the intended message of the event. A police escort will also be present during the entire ride around the downtown core.

There is no cost to participants and no pledges to be collected, but donations will be welcomed. Proceeds will go towards furthering Bike Friendly Windsor Essex’s goals of making Windsor-Essex a bike-friendly region, as well as helping the Downtown Mission continue their necessary service to Windsorites.

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