Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ride of Silence

Tonight is the 6th annual Ride of Silence. This ride originated as a way to honor those who've been killed or injured in bicycle/auto collisions and also a way to raise awareness of bicyclists' rights to share the road. I've never participated in this ride, but plan to do so tonight.

I've known too many riders who have been affected by errant drivers.

I was hit by a car on July 10th, 2002, right in front of my house. The driver, an 85 year old woman, stated that she didn't see me, even though I was wearing a bright red jersey, orange and yellow helmet, and the sun wasn't in her eyes. I suffered broken ribs, lots of road rash, and too many expenses. I was too timid at the time to seek legal recourse.

If you're a cyclist, I encourage you to find an event near you and participate.

The Ride of Silence...

Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight's ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

- Mugai


velogirl said...

FYI -- there are rides taking place all over the world tonight. I'm participating in the Los Altos ride. If you're there, please say hello.


meh-wee-uhn said...

And what's really a bummer is that there was someone who was killed today in SF.