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7 PM May 18th – International Ride of Silence

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

(From the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition aka Lebanon Valley Bicycle Club)

silence2010aThousands of bicyclists participate in the Ride of Silence which is held annually on the third Wednesday in May. This ride commemorates bicyclists who have been killed or seriously injured in bike/motor vehicle crashes. To learn more, visit  www.rideofsilence.org.

LVBC will host a Ride of Silence with the start location at the Cleona Borough Police Department, 140 W. Walnut Street, two blocks south from SR 422, and all bicyclists are welcome.

We need your participation as well as your cycling friends. This is about a 10 mile ride with no hills and a slow pace.

Helmets are required and participants will need to sign a waiver form prior to the start. Be ready to ride by 6:45 PM.   If possible, have front and rear lights and other high vision items and clothing. Black arm bands will be provided for the ride. If you have sustained injuries in a bike/vehicle crash, you may wear a red arm band. Rides of Silence expect the participants not to converse.   A bagpiper – bicyclist will mark our ride as we pass through the center of Annville.

The route will take bicyclists west on SR 422 from Cleona to the shopping center in N. Londonderry Township and return. The ride is approximately 10 miles in total. We have chosen this route because many bicyclists use SR 422 for their commutes to work or to reach other destinations. There are adequate shoulders on much of the route, but parked cars in certain sections present the risk of being doored and in Annville, bicyclists must take the lane. Our goal is to have shared lane markings (sharrows) installed at critical locations and persuade planners and traffic engineers to assist LVBC in making this important roadway for bicyclists much safer.

Ray Weaver is organizing the Ride of Silence.  Let Ray know that you are riding and offer to help. 717-473-3492 or jhnmargee@comcast.net.

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