The 2014 Ride of Silence is an international affair, but it might just be a global initiative you've never heard of. It originated in 2003 in Dallas to call attention to the tragic death of endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, who was clipped by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. The ride's mandate is to raise awareness of the dangers to cyclists on public roadways and streets, and honor those who've been killed while riding on them. The 2014 Ride of Silence kicks off in North America this evening before pedaling its way around the world. The St. Louis leg, sponsored by Trailnet, commences at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and memorial for individuals killed or injured by motor vehicles; the silent ride itself begins at 6:15 p.m. This year Trailnet has added a Walk of Silence to commemorate pedestrians who've been killed or injured by drivers. Participants are asked to cycle no faster than twelve miles per hour, wear helmets and remain silent during the entire ride. The free event meets at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue). For more information visit www.trailnet.org.
Wed., May 21, 5:30 p.m., 2014