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Cycling Tue May 17 2011

Ride of Silence Honors Cyclists Injured, Killed

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A Ghost Bike on Lincoln Avenue honors a fallen cyclist / Photo: Angie Naron

On the third Wednesday in May, cyclists in cities around the world gather to honor riders who have been killed or injured while biking on public roads. Started in 2003, the Ride of Silence aims to raise awareness for cyclists' right to share the road.

Tomorrow, cyclists will ride in silence at a slow pace, wearing black arm bands in solidarity for victims or red arm bands to signify a personal injury from an accident. Routes pass by the crash sites of cycling victims, which are marked with ghost bikes in many cities.

Chicago's ride will start tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Daley Plaza and pass several of Chicago's ghost bikes. Visit RideOfSilence.org for more Chicagoland rides.

 
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