National Ride of Silence
The Wheelmen are usually the ones heading this effort…paging Jim Logan?
Also, Major Taylor has been behind in organizing this here in Pittsburgh.
JIm’s pretty busy these days with his new store Battery Giant. I’ll bet he would like it if someone else would take this over.
Speaking of which – I had the pleasure of visiting Jim’s new endeavor, Battery Giant of Pittsburgh yesterday for a new cellphone battery.
They were $12 cheaper than the mall-store, knew what they were talking about, and very professional. And he’s one of “us”.
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Jim, WPW, and others are working on it. It will be May 15. From what I understand the details should be coming soon.
Wed May 15th. Meet behind REI at 6:45 pm
Same date and time 5/15 gather at 6:45, new location
Schenley Plaza Oakland.
I just got the Facebook invitation from Jim. It says 7, which is actually a lot more convenient for me.
Oh, wait. The title says 7 pm, but the body says 6:45. Damn.
• to honor those cyclists injured or killed on public roadways
• to raise awareness of cyclists on the road
• to demonstrate responsible road sharing
• to show that cyclists are not going away
What: The Pittsburgh arm of the worldwide Ride Of Silence™ bike rally. See http://rideofsilence.org
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:00 PM. Gather at 6:45 PM (evening)
· Ride rain or shine – if it’s important, let’s do it.
· Check the WPW website (www.wpwbikeclub.org) for any last minute messages
Start location: Oakland – Schenley Plaza (next to Carnegie Library)
Base route is 11 miles – Fifth to Penn Ave, right out Penn to Wilkinsburg, loop around the block in Wilkinsburg to reverse direction, Penn Ave to Main St in Bloomfield (just past Children’s Hospital), over the Bloomfield Bridge, left on Bigelow Blvd to start. Route is documented here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1604145. We may have last minute route updates.
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
• Annually around the world, cyclists take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place on the streets.
• Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road.
• The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride at a slow pace and remain silent during the ride.
• The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.
• The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident. Helmets are required; bright clothing is highly recommended for the ride home. There are no fees charged anyone to participate.
How we will ride in Pittsburgh:
• Double file, side by side, keeping to a single lane, and to the right of the yellow line where it exists. (Most of the roads we will use do not have lanes wide enough to safely share) Stop and wait at all red lights – we’re a big group and will undoubtedly be breaking up and regrouping as we go along. If there is slower traffic in the lane, we’ll just wait for it.
• Please bring bikes in good repair, as there will be no official mechanical support or transportation.
• Helmets are required. Ipods and the like are frowned upon.
• Children aged 12 and under should be in trailers, trail-a-bikes, tandems or the like, not riding independently.
• This ride takes place on city streets, with potholes, surface hazards, motor vehicles and other cyclists riding in close proximity.
• Participants must use their own judgment and be responsible for their own safety. If at any time, you feel that you can no longer participate safely, please pull off the route and wait until the rest of the ride has passed.
• Sign-in to invoke cycling club liability insurance coverage for the ride is required.
Pittsburgh Ride of Silence Contact for 2013: Jim Logan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This ride of Ride of Silence is endorsed by the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Bike Pittsburgh, Flock of Cycles, Pittsburgh Masters Velo Club, Allegheny Cycling Association
The endorsers and organizer are bearing NO responsibility (financial or otherwise) for the ride. By endorsing it, we are simply stating we believe in the stated goals.
Jon, gather at 6:45 to get arm bands and sign in. Ride leaves at 7. If you can get there by 6:55 and you sign in quickly it should be okay.
Jim Logan tasked me with a list of bicycle accidents for 2012-2013 in our region (Western PA). I went through the board, news sites and collect some information. I am going to put it in a spreadsheet and make public. Any new information is welcome.
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