Ride Of Silence



Ride Of Silence

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008, 7:00 PM
Cranston Parkade, outside KMart

A free worldwide event on a single day, at a single hour. Visit http://www.rideofsilence.org

This is a 14 mile, slow paced bicycle ride to remember victims of automotive carnage, raise “Share the Road” awareness, and save lives.

Bring a bike in good repair, and a helmet. Arrive 6:45. Ride commences promptly at 7:00 PM, lasts for <2 hours. Group stays together in slow procession on city streets. Adults with children welcome. Participation at your own risk.

Alan Barta
Local Ride Organizer
401 781 1757


  • Paul Klinkman
    May 16, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Is there a way to memorialize the site of any bear-trap storm drain covers, the kind that grab bicycle tires and flip the cyclist on her/his head?

    Is there a way to memorialize the site of a bad accident? Does anyone know of a particular dead man's curve near the route of the ride of silence?

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    When Groundworks was still in operation, they had me do a survey of all grates on roads indicated in the decade old, unrealized Providence Bicycling Plan, which included signage and striping on capitol city streets. There were 456, only 2 of which had squares and not killer slots running parallel to travel. The section of road where more of these impediments were to be found was, ironically, the bike lanes alongside the Woonasquatucket River, Promenade Street, over 100 in total. The only other bike lanes are on Allens Avenue, which are punctuated with crossing train tracks. Wonderful. You'd think they'd take grates into consideration before laying out such a plan.

    I've witnessed in person several horrific accidents, one a block from home. A man, possibly homeless, who used to drape his ancient Schwinn with plastic bags stuffed with only God knows what, was walking his bike across Pontiac Avenue in a crosswalk when a workman in a van ran him over. He was still alive when the rescue squad arrived to tidy up. I've not seen him since, though.

    By way of memorials, I used to place white painted ghost bikes where bicyclists were injured or killed, but that's not necessarily the best place for them. The times I put them in high visibility positions where they could do the most good, city and town officers quickly removed them or vandals stomped them flat out of sight. They allow balloons, flowers, placards to stricken motorists, but never suggest any memorial to cyclists, because nobody wants to hear that message, even though you're reducing your carbon and physical footprint, leaving more room for automotive impatience.