2020 Final Bulletin

To the Ride of Silence organizers throughout the world,

The Board met May 3, 2020 and made a few more decisions to help give you some guidelines for this unusual year for us all.

Encourage your event participants to ride solo, with their family or same household members or "virtually" (on a trainer). FYI: We've actually had an event in the Palmer Station in the Antarctica for years doing their event on stationary bike trainers for their event every year, so it's not unheard of.

Remind your participants of these simple rules in your communications:
1. Ride in silence
2. Remember and honor those who've been hit & killed while riding or seriously injured
3. Ride slowly and a relatively short distance - this is not a race
4. Wear a helmet & obey road laws for bicyclists

Take a selfie photo or 2 and use the hashtag #RideofSilence2020 and location of the event when posting their rides on social media. Posting to our Facebook page should be especially encouraged: https://www.facebook.com/rideofsilence/ This will allow us to get a good sense for how many people participated this year, & will be something the media may also use for researching their stories about our events around the world.

**Additional ideas for documenting/ reporting:
Some organizers are encouraging their participants to visit a ghost bike in their area (if there is one) and take their photo with it as a gesture of honoring the deceased person. If the name of the deceased is known and can be included in the social media post or report with the RoS that would help to personalize it. Some organizers are placing a ghost bike at their city/ township hall or state capitol to draw attention to the event with their local politicians/ legislators and media. Participants can then visit this ghost bike one by one at a safe distance to show their respects.

Submit reports, photos, links to stories, etc. to our website post-event form: http://www.rideofsilence.org/reports/ (this form will be activated in time for the event)

In consideration of the safety and security of individuals and small groups of riders who may not feel comfortable riding in the evening on a weekday feel free to encourage your participants to ride on the following Saturday, May 23, at 10 am, which is also the official rain date and date/time for S. Hemisphere events.

The RoS Board

IMPORTANT NOTE: As more and more government authorities around the USA and world are prohibiting group ride events, please confirm with the ride organizer of any posted group ride that the ride details are accurate.


2020 - Our 18th Anniversary Year!

When: Wed. May 20th, 2020, 7:00 PM Worldwide
(always the 3rd Wednesday of May)

S. Hemisphere and recommended rain date/ time:
Sat. May 23rd, 2020, 10:00 AM - ALWAYS the following Saturday)


Scene from Greater Lansing event, 2009.Scene from Greater Lansing event, 2009 (photo by T. Potter)

View 2018 highlight photos on Facebook here
submitted by event organizers from around the world.


The 2019 Ride of Silence Summary
359 Locations* World Wide
47 U.S. States
20 Countries
7 Continents
0 Words Spoken
A Million Powerful Memories

(*as of 12/23/19)



Our 18th Anniversary Year!

When: Wed. May 20th, 2020, 7:00 PM Worldwide
(always the 3rd Wednesday of May)

S. Hemisphere and recommended rain date/ time:
Sat. May 23rd, 2020, 10:00 AM - ALWAYS the following Saturday)

WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?

  • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET

On May 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a 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.

In 2003,Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here...)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees.  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. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

Please check the resources on this site. If there is a Ride of Silence in your area, we encourage you to join them. If there is not a ride planned in your area, please consider adding your city to the ever-growing list of sites. To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.

The necessary expenses the Ride of Silence has to incur are met by supportive volunteers and donations.