Ride of Silence - 2012 date is not yet known

May 18, 2011   -   7:00pm start time.
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.
We will be meeting behind Skunk River Cycles, 308 Main St, Ames.
The route details are yet to be confirmed.  Last year the plan was:
Meet behind Skunk River Cycles by 6:30 PM and leave at 7PM; Go north on Kellogg to 6th; East on 6th to Duff; North on Duff to 24th St; West on 24th St to Stange; South on Stange to University Blvd; East on University Blvd to 6th St; East on 6th St (through Brookeside Park); Right on Northwestern and then down Main St.; Right on Clark and left into parking lot back to Skunk River Cycles.
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 and no registration fees. The ride, which is 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.
Purpose of the Ride of Silence:
  • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
Additional information on the national and international Ride of Silence programs are available at the Ride of Silence website.
The Ride of Silence...

Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight's ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

- Mike Murgas