Hundreds of Miami bicyclists gathered on Wednesday May 21, to observe the annual Ride of Silence group ride. The ride is meant to honor and pay respects to riders injured or killed on public roadways. The ride also is intended to build awareness advocating for bicyclists and cars to share the road. The ride marks the 10th anniversary of the event in Miami. The Miami organizers are Michael and Maria Luisa Hoover.
The Ride of Silence began in Texas, 2003 after cyclist Larry Schwartz was tragically killed by school bus. As form of remembrance, loved ones and over 1,000 community gathered for a silent ride around the local town. The concept has since been embraced by cities all over the country, with each ride occurring simultaneously.
Unfortunately, Miami has shared the loss of many local cyclists who were victims of automobile crashes. We must all do our part in better sharing the road and advocating for safer streets for all users. Many thanks to those who came out and showed support!