Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ride of Silence

Here is my last minute reminder to those following this that the Ride of Silence 2009 happens May 20th at 7:00pm - Please join cyclists worldwide for this event to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Visit the RoS website for a location near you or gather your friends together for a silent, memorial ride. All of the details are available online.

Here's a bit of why it is important to ride a bike & to allow others to do so:

"Bicycling is part of the solution to many of our nation's problems: the obesity epidemic, traffic congestion, air pollution and more. Some 64% of adults and over 15% of kids are overweight today, resulting in 300,000 premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year. Over 22% of all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one mile long, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work, an easily bikeable distance. If the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year. The League of American Bicyclists' new television and radio PSA campaign encourages Americans to visit www.bike-to-work.com and bike to work instead of driving. The League promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works for a bicycle-friendly America.– League of American Cyclists"

And when you go out for a ride, remember to follow the same rules that you would (or should) if you were operating an automobile...obey stop signs & lights and use proper hand signals.

Be seen & Ride safe!

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