Sacramento ‘Ride of Silence’ to honor cyclists killed on the road

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 5:26 pm

The annual bicycle “Ride of Silence” will take place in midtown Sacramento at 7 p.m. Wednesday to commemorate cyclists who have died or been injured on local streets. The event’s goal is to raise awareness of cyclists’ legal right to be on the same roads as motorists, said Sonya Lovine, one of the event’s coordinators.

Cyclists of all levels are invited to participate. The ride will start at 15th Street and Capitol Avenue. Bicyclists will ride slowly and in silence – some wearing black armbands – from the Capitol area to Carlson Drive in east Sacramento, then back to the Edible Pedal at 1712 L St.

The Sacramento version of the national silence ride was started in 2009.

“Sacramento is a great city for cycling,” Lovine said in a press statement. “Those who choose to ride a bicycle should not be put in harm’s way. This includes pedestrians and runners as well. Everyone’s life counts and we are all vulnerable. With our upcoming ride we hope to bring deeper awareness to motorists and emphasize the importance of truly sharing the road.”

The group will be riding in honor of 18 cyclists killed on Sacramento-area streets since 1993.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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