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May 15, 2013

Ride of Silence honors fallen cyclists

TRAVERSE CITY — Cyclists are invited to join the Traverse City Ride of Silence to raise awareness among motorists, cyclists, police, city officials and residents.

The region enjoys a great trail system, but “much more remains to be done on the part of all of us ... to prevent painful accidents, tragedies, and close calls that occur all too frequently,” said Julie Clark, executive director of TART Trails.

Bicyclists will take to the streets on Wednesday in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roads.

Cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, but the motoring public often isn’t aware of those rights. The ride is intended to encourage motorists and cyclists alike to safely share the road, said event organizers.

This year’s Ride of Silence route will meander through Traverse City in less than an hour at a comfortable pace for nearly all cyclists. Cyclists are asked to ride in complete silence except when it’s necessary to call out for the safety of other riders.

The Ride of Silence takes place in over 320 communities worldwide, including 27 cities in Michigan, as part of National Bike Safety Month and Week. Black arm-bands will be provided to all riders and t-shirts are available. Donations will be accepted to defray costs. Please bring an arm-band if you have one.

Riders will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the old railroad depot near Woodmere Avenue and Eight Street next to the Filling Station brewery. The ride begins at 7 p.m.

The Cherry Capital Cycling Club along with TART Trails sponsor the annual ride. For more information, please visit CherryCapitalCyclingClub.org or TraverseTrails.org.

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