‘Ride of Silence’ participants commemorate fallen riders and promote safety

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The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of dozens of cyclists ahead of the highly anticipated ‘Ride of Silence’.

As thousands of cyclists across the world took part in a worldwide memorial. 

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by a mirror of a passing bus. 

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks cyclists to remain silent during the ride. 

Each rider wears helmets and asked to follow the rules of the roads. 

The ride is held during National Bike Month.

During the month of May, cyclists bring awareness to motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. 

The ride provides participants with an opportunity to show respect for and honor the lives of those who were killed or injured. 

Many cyclists are asking for the roads to be shared including Steven Hardy-Braz. 

“It’s about promoting cycling enthusiasm, cycling safety and bringing awareness to like the dangers, but also positive parts of the sports,” said Hardy-Braz. 

The ride is held every third Wednesday in May. 

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