The Ride Of Silence Will Not Be Quiet

Win Aldrich has added Matthew’s name to be commemorated at “The Ride of Silence.”

On May 18, at 7 PM across the country and around the world, cyclists will take to the roads in a silent protest of what they call carnage taking place on the streets. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, much of the motoring public doesn’t seem aware they are there.

Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in May 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a bus mirror on an empty road.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride.

The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed. The ride also requests black arm bands be worn, red if you have had a bike/ motor vehicle accident.

Phelan is looking for as many cyclists are possible to join him at White Rock Lake in Dallas, or one of the more than 50 locations in the US, Canada, and beyond. For the second year, Chris Kostman is joining this effort by organizing a Ride of Silence in the West LA / Santa Monica area. Visit the event website to find a location near you, or to organize one yourself. We’ll see you on the road or be with you in spirit next week.

The organization website is
. The West LA / Santa Monica website is http://


Park on San Vicente near 26th (Santa Monica/Brentwood area). Be at the start line (NW corner of 26th and San Vicente) ready to ride by 6:45pm. Please email us the name and hometown and state of any cyclists killed of which you know. (Those we already know of are listed at We will read their names at precisely 7 pm, then begin riding westbound on San Vicente Blvd. We’ll ride to Ocean Avenue and back twice. Group post-ride conversation and reflection will take place at Zen Zoo at 13050 San Vicente (just near 26th St.), for those who wish. Further ride info: http://

Contact: Win Aldrich