Old Tascosa Cycling with the Texas Bicycle Coalition will host the 3rd Annual Ride of Silence May 17 in Amarillo. The ride is an international event to honor and to remember bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.
Ride of Silence was organized in 2003 by Chris Phelan after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was struck by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. The first Ride of Silence took place in White Rock Lake in Dallas, and was advertised soley through e-mail communication and word of mouth. Despite this, the event drew more than 1,000 cyclists.
Amarillo and area residents wishing to participate in Amarillo's Ride of Silence should plan to meet at Sam Houston Park on Western Street at Line Avenue at 6:45 p.m. for pre-ride announcements with the ride to begin at 7 p.m.
"We are pleased to be able to work with several departments at City Hall such as police, parks and traffis to hold a free community bicycle ride designed to ask motorists to share the road with bicycle riders," said Dr. Merten Pearson, President of Old Tascosa Cycling.
Escorted by the Amarillo Police Departments, cyclists in Amarillo will ride in funeral type procession from Sam Houston Park to downtown before returning to Sam Houston Park. Cyclists will be asked to ride no more than 10-12 miles per hour and remain silent during the 45 minute ride. For more information, visit the Old Tascosa Website or call 356-7792.
Amarillo's Ride of Silence
Meet at Sam Houston Park, 6:45 p.m.
Participants will ride from Sam Houston Park to downtown and back to the Park, an estimated 45 minute ride.
FREE, all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate
*Participants are encouraged to wear a black armband.
*Cyclists who have been involved in a bicycle incident with a motor vehicle are asked to wear a red armband.