Ride of Silence starts at 7 pm tonight

The Ride of Silence starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to honor those killed or injured while riding their bicycles. Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Ride of Silence starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to honor those killed or injured while riding their bicycles. Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Cyclists will gather tonight in Austin for a silent ride to honor those who have been killed or injured while riding bicycles.

The 11th Annual Ride of Silence will depart from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge at 7 p.m. If you plan to ride, meet at the bridge at 6:30 p.m.

Similar rides will take place in more than 15 countries around the world, including China, Italy, Brazil, Israel, Canada and Sweden. The ride originated in Dallas, when Chris Phelan organized 1,000 cyclists to ride in silence to honor his friend, Larry Schwartz, who was hit and killed by a passing school bus.

Please Be Kind to Cyclists is organizing the Austin ride.

“This is a ride for the heart,” says Al Bastidas, executive director of the group. “This ride is friends and family members honoring their loved ones, taking time to reflect and asking motorists to remember that we all have a right to get home safely.”

Riders often wear black armbands in memory of cyclists who have been killed and red armbands for those who have been injured while bicycling.

There is no registration fee. Helmets are required. The pace will not exceed 12 mph. The group will pause to regroup midway through the ride at the Texas State Capitol.

For more information go here  or contact Al Bastidas at al@bekindtocyclists.org.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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