GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of cyclists will ride their bikes to honor other cyclists killed or hurt on the roads as part of the Grand Rapids Ride of Silence.
The Ride of Silence is a global event. It starts Wednesday, May 15 in North America and will continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor other cyclists who have been killed or hurt while riding on public roadways. The ride is also a way to raise awareness that we all need to share the road.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with a cyclists who has biked in the Grand Rapids Ride of Silence every year. Her name is Karen Dunnam, she’s also a bicycle safety instructor.
“I typically see family groups who belong to a loved one they lost, and as part of their healing process they show up in their matching t-shirts,” said Dunnam.
Dunnam said it’s important for cyclists to be visible and present, that way drivers and other “road users” can see them on the road.
“We’re not kids playing in the street, we are going someplace, we have a destination, we are out here for a reason and we are your neighbors, friends, colleagues, fellow church members,” said Dunnam.
The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition puts on the Ride of Silence in Grand Rapids.
It will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sixth Street Bridge Park. The ride will be the 15th anniversary of the event. It is a 6-mile bike ride, expected to last one hour. The ride will officially start at 7 p.m. It will include a pit-stop at John Ball Park and will end at 6th Street Bridge Park. Mayor Bliss will be at the event, as well as police escorts.
The official after party celebration will be at Creston Brewery.
The ride is open to anyone. Helmets are mandatory for the ride.