Cyclists honoured by Ride of Silence

TO REMEMBER: Jenny Powell, Margie Loiterton and Ros Tilden from Wagga before a Ride of Silence in previous years. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
TO REMEMBER: Jenny Powell, Margie Loiterton and Ros Tilden from Wagga before a Ride of Silence in previous years. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

In perfect unity, cyclists will silently ride through the region this weekend.

Wearing black armbands and not exceeding 20 kilometres a hour, the behaviour is out of character for cyclists, who normally wear bright clothes and make their presence known.

But this weekend’s cycle is no typical joyride.

It serves as a memorium for cyclists who have been killed or injured by motorists while riding.

Chris Phelan organised the first Ride of Silence in 2003 in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed.

Bicycle Wagga Wagga has hosted the event for a number of year and will again take to the bitumen to raise awareness about road safety.

Cyclists wear black armbands to honour a cyclist that was killed or red for a cyclist injured by a motorist.

The 10-kilometre ride will be held from 10am on May 20 and finish at Cartwrights Hill, where the Ride of Silence poem will be read.

Those interested can contact Ray Stenhouse on r.stenhouse@hotmail.com.