Six bicyclists have been been killed in the Delaware Valley region in the past 11 months. And, many more have been injured. Tomorrow, May 16, Philadelphia will be participating in an international ride honoring these cyclists.
The ride gives cyclists a chance to remember their fallen friends and comrades, but also serves to raise public awareness of cyclists’ right to share the road.
The Philadelphia Ride of Silence will be just one of about 250 held across the U.S. this year. Tomorrow’s ride will be Philadelphia’s 10th ever in history and the eighth one in a row.
Here’s how it works. Cyclists will meet at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 6:45 pm to start off on an eight mile ride. The riders will travel at no more than 11 mph with police escort past City Hall and Independence Hall, over the Walnut Street Bridge, and back to the Art Museum via the Spring Garden Bridge.
No registration is necessary. You can just show up. But, helmets are required and bike lights are encouraged. The ride is completely free but riders are also encouraged to bring a cash donation to help the organizers offset police costs. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.