(ATLANTIC) A Ride of Silence will be held in Atlantic next week to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured on public roadways.
The national Ride of Silence started in Dallas, Texas in 2003. Dan Beamen is one of the participants in the ride. He said this will be the 6th time since the event started that Atlantic will be hosting a ride.
“Here in Atlantic we have had one gentleman killed in the last ten years and one severely injured riding bikes on the highways,” said Beaman. “In fact, the one that was injured was actually on the shoulder and whoever it was actually went off the highway and hit him from behind.”
Beaman said the Ride of Silence will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th at the YMCA. Everyone is welcome to attend.
“The idea is that we ride in silence, we ride slowly, helmeted and with a two-fold purpose… to honor those, but also to build awareness that Iowa; and indeed every state in the nation, is a share the road state,” explained Beaman. “Bicycles do belong on the highways, they have the same rights and responsibilities as car drivers do. We wear a black arm band to honor those who have been killed and a red arm band to honor those who have been injured.”
Jay Miller is the organizer for the Atlantic Ride of Silence. You can find more information on the nationwide events online at www.rideofsilence.org.