May 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The annual Ride of Silence is tonight, Wednesday, May 15 starting in the parking lot just south of the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The ride will start at 7 p.m.
The history behind the ride dates to 2003 when Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed.
The Ride of Silence is a free ride held during National Bike Month; it 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 and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
“It’s a good way to spread the message that bicyclists and motorists should share the road and keep an eye out for each other.”