A silent bike ride will take place today, 17th May, to
commemorate cyclists who have been killed and injured by motorists, and
assert the right of cyclists to be able to share the road in safety. The
ride is part of an international Ride of Silence, started in the USA in
2003. This is London’s first such ride, and is likely to become an
People wishing to join the ride should meet in the middle of Hyde Park
Corner at 6.30pm on the 17th May, to leave at 7pm. The route is 10 miles
long, and it will take about two hours to complete – the pace will be
restricted to allow all cyclists to join in. It will visit the sites of
three cyclist deaths from the past year. Each participant should wear a
black armband, or a red armband if they have been injured themselves.
Riders should be silent as far as possible. It isn’t a protest in the
traditional sense: there will be no banners or slogans.
There 120 rides planned in the US, with some smaller events planned for the UK and Scotland. Go here for more info: www.rideofsilence.org.uk
Contact: Andy Cruickshank
Distance: It should be around 6 miles in length on to Westburn Road.
Route: Westburn Park, Down Westburn Road. Hutcheon Street to Mounthooly Roundabout. Mounthooly Roundabout, take the third exit to West North Street, turn right on to King Street and on to Union Street. From there, continue on to Albyn Place, then third exit on to Fountainhall Road, right on to Beechgrove Terrace, Left onto Argyll Place, then left, back on to Westburn Road, to the park.
Contact: Nicholas Bourne
Distance: 10 miles