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10th annual Ride of Silence to honor cyclists killed in roadside accidents

Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will organize the annual Ride of Silence to commence at Sixth Street Park in memory of victims of roadside accidents.
Previous year's event

Previous year's event /Karen Dunnam

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Previous year's event

Previous year's event /Karen Dunnam

On Wednesday, May 21 the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC)will host Grand Rapids Ride of Silence. The ride will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sixth Street Park to honor the memory of cyclists who have been injured or died in roadside accidents. The ride begins promptly at 7 p.m. Based on seasonal road construction the starting location and route are subject to change. Participants can refere to the facebook event page for an accurate update.

Cyclists participating in the nine mile ride are required to wear helmets, recommended to have lighting and will be provided with red and black armbands. 

The Ride of Silence is a world wide-event that rides annually on the third Wednesday of May. The ride is free and open to the public. No registration is required. GGRBC asks that you arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. for coordinating and announcements.

"The Ride of Silence is an opportunity to honor those cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding on public roadways. The family-friendly ride is open to the public and serves to unite a wide variety of cyclists, from long-time advocates to the casual, recreational rider. All are welcome to participate," says Tom Tilma, Executive Director, GGRBC.

According to the GGRBC website,

"The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) was created in 2009 as the result of a collective vision by members of the Grand Rapids Bike Summit planning committee to serve as a single voice advocating for safer and more accessible bicycling of all kinds in the Greater Grand Rapids area. It is our goal to get Grand Rapids out of their cars and onto bikes for the health of it."

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