Please join the Ride of Silence this Wednesday evening at 7pm, in various locations across the country in honor of cyclists who have lost their life while riding. What follows is info on how to participate and where to join us if you are in the Los Angeles area. We hope you can join one of these important rides this Wednesday evening, if not ours, then somebody's (or organize your own if you don't live near an existing Ride of Silence).

Date: May 19, 2004
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: All across the U.S.A.

Join cyclists nationwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on America's public roadways.


To HONOR those who have been injured or killed

To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here

To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

On May 19, the Ride of Silence will roll across the country at 7 PM, beginning in the Eastern Time Zone and concluding in the Pacific Time Zone. In more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada, cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas last May after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride, which is being held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

The West LA / Santa Monica Ride of Silence
We will meet at the intersection of Gretna Green Way and San Vicente Blvd in Los Angeles, CA 90049. Click here for the yahoo map of the route:

Ride Details
Park on San Vicente or Gretna Green.
Arrive, ready to ride by 645pm.
Please email us the name and hometown and state of any cyclists killed of which you know.
We will read their names at precisely 7pm, then begin riding westbound on San Vicente Blvd. We'll ride to Ocean Avenue and back twice.
Group post-ride conversation and reflection will take place at Zen Zoo at 13050 San Vicente (near 26th St.), for those who wish.

We hope to see you this Wednesday evening.

For more info on the Ride of Silence, visit

Sincerely, Chris Kostman and Deborah Caplan and

Annual Events
Month of May: National Bike Month
2nd full week of May: Bike to Work Week (California)
September 22: World Car Free Day WCF

Links to Calendars
Bigbrother Cycling Events: lists organized rides for the Southwest.
General Calendar of Events


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