Although this is a sobering event, it is also a great event for those new to cycling who might want to join with others as it is an organized, slow-paced ride with much support from police as you'll see in the details below. It is a shorter and slower-paced ride as well.
I'm copying an e-mail sent by the president of our local Southern Tier Bicycle Club:
Southern Tier Bicycle Club Ride of Silence Honoring Dottie Rice
May 15, 2013 6-9pm
Recreation Park bandstand
Please join the Southern Tier Bicycle Club on this year’s Ride of Silence as we honor Dottie Rice, a beloved club member who was struck and killed by a motorist on October 13, 2012, while riding her bicycle on Route 434. We are hoping that at least 100 cyclists will ride in their STBC jerseys or other bright cycling wear – a very visible reminder that we are on the road.
The Ride of Silence is a ten year old international event held during National Bike Month that aims to raise the awareness of the presence of bicyclists on our public roadways…
… to HONOR those who have been injured or killed
… to RAISE AWARENESS that cyclist are on the road
… and to ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD.
Dottie had recently retired and just accomplished a cross country trip by bicycle from Oregon to Virginia with her husband Don. She had been a teacher of sign language, active with the deaf and hard of hearing community of people, and a longtime member of the Southern Tier Bicycle Club. Dottie lived and served those who live in Silence, and we miss her greatly.
The Ride of Silence will begin at 6 pm on May 15th at the Recreation Park bandstand on Beethoven Street on the Westside of Binghamton with a welcome and opening comments by STBC President Regina Losinger and Dottie’s niece Brienne Schmidt, and a reading of The Biker’s Prayer by Don Rice, Dottie’s widower. We are expecting many non-cycling guests for the ride start and end ceremonies at the Recreation Park bandstand, and an interpreter for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will be signing at the event. A candlelight ceremony will be held at the close of the ride.
A lapel button and copy of The Biker’s Prayer will be provided to participants in honor of Dottie, and the Ride of Silence will set out with a Binghamton Police escort on a 5-mile route through the Westside of Binghamton and downtown. The first mile of the ride is suitable for those who don’t often ride – it loops around the perimeter of Recreation Park. The ride will follow the Chris Thater bike race and St Patrick’s 4 miler running race routes, and will return to the park before dark. Our pace will be slow, we will wear helmets and follow the rules of the road, and although the international Ride of Silence asks that riders remain silent, let’s not – let’s share our memories of Dottie and be sure to explain to passerby what we are doing!
We are anticipating significant TV and Press coverage of our event. Your presence in your STBC jersey or other bright cycling gear is greatly desired and appreciated – even it is raining or cold! Dottie rode in all sorts of weather – bet we can manage too.
This year’s Ride of Silence is being sponsored by the City of Binghamton – they are providing the park, police escort, and insurance for our event, and have offered to publicize it on their website. Their sponsorship and support of our event is greatly appreciated.
Madam President Southern Tier Bicycle Club
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