Wednesday, May 16th, at 7:00 pm, cyclists of all levels depart Boston City Hall Plaza for a 7 mile Ride of Silence, commemorating bike riders killed by collisions with motor vehicles.
Cyclists have the right to use the roads! Increasing driver awareness of bike riders is a major goal of the Ride of Silence. It is critical to riders’ safety. Avoiding crashes with cyclists is in drivers’ best interests too. We encourage bike riders to follow the rules of the road. The Ride of Silence is about cooperation and safety for all.
Bike riders are a vital part of Boston’s economic and social success. Every day there are more commuters, fitness riders, and Blue Bike users. There are city sponsored events such as Bike to… Work Days, Bike Week, Hub on Wheels and, of course, The Mayor’s Cup. Many clubs and social groups run informal rides for health and fun.
We are grateful to have the support of Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston, and many others, who have adopted the goals of VISION ZERO, that loss of life from traffic violence is not acceptable. We have excellent advocacy organizations including The Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike, Walk Boston and Livable Streets. We are a multi- modal city, filled with pedestrians, bikes, scooters, busses, trolleys, subways, and cars and trucks. And sadly, in 2017, there were 10 cyclists killed by motor vehicles in Massachusetts, including Rick Archer and Antawani Wright Davis in Boston. On top of that, 80 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes statewide, of which 12 were killed in Boston. We really, really want to draw attention to this, and to help eliminate these killings.
The Ride of Silence Boston is sponsored by the Charles River Wheelmen, one of Boston’s premier cycling clubs.
Founded in Dallas in 2003 as a one-time tribute to endurance rider Larry Schwartz, (killed when hit by a school bus mirror,) The Ride of Silence is now a worldwide event: In 2017 there were 390 rides in all 50 states, in 22 countries and on all 7 continents. We ride at a procession pace and except for safety warnings, without conversation, our silence being a our message to all: Please pay attention and SHARE THE ROAD. Riders should be 16+ and helmets are required.