On Wednesday, May 19, cyclists worldwide join in a Ride of Silence that, according to event’s Web site, honors “those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.”
But as much as the ride is a commemoration, it’s also about raising awareness: “Though 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.”
The Asheville ride begins at 7 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce (36 Montford Ave.) and covers a relatively flat, five-mile route through downtown, toward UNC Asheville and through Montford to returning to the Chamber of Commerce. The ride is free for participants and is an easy pasce of no more than 12 miles for hour. Riders remain silent for the duration.
Cyclists in Asheville can learn more about bike commuting during Lexington Avenue Brewery‘s Multimodal Happy Hours, Monday, May 17 to Thursday, May 20 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Drink specials, commuter information and route counseling will be available.