Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 21: Join Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at Ride of Silence


On Wednesday, May 21st all are encouraged to come to the statehouse steps in Montpelier at 5.30pm and join Lt. Gov. Phil Scott in the 2014 Ride of Silence.  The annual Ride of Silence is a worldwide event that's held to remember bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles.  It's organized in Vermont every year by the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.  The goal of the ride is to draw attention to the need for safer roads for all, including the most vulnerable roadway users.

Bicyclists who gather in Montpelier will sign in and then receive black and red arm bands.   Each arm band is labeled with the name of a bicyclist who was injured or killed.  Our group will bike single file, in silence and at a respectful pace, along Route 2 to the Middlesex General Store.  There, we will form a circle for the reading of the names of those injured or killed.  After a period of silence, we will return in the same fashion to Montpelier.  The ride is 12 miles round trip.  Participants are required to wear helmets and to have bicycles that are in good mechanical condition.  Heavy rain cancels; rain date is Thursday, May 22.

If you wish to have the name of someone read aloud, please reply to this message with the individual's full name and whether the individual was injured or killed. 

Please note that there will be a Ride of Silence in Northfield on May 21.  Participants will gather at Bicycle Express on Depot Square at 5:30.  The rain date is Friday, May 23.  For more info about the Northfield ride, please contact Tim Swartz via

With longer, warmer days, more and more bicyclists and pedestrians are enjoying Vermont's roads.  Whether we are bicycling, walking, running, riding a horse, or driving, let's remember to behave legally and respectfully toward one another.  Thank you.

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