Wed, May 17|
Street Meet, Port Royal Village
Ride of Silence 2023
Join KABC Members in the 21th anniversary of this global annual ride to honor cyclists who have been killed and support those injured. This ride is open to the public at no cost, but requires registration at this site to attend.
Time & Location
May 17, 7:00 PM EDT
Street Meet, Port Royal Village, 95 Mathews Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
About the Event
The Ride of Silence is an annual international bicycle ride to honor cyclists killed and support those injured while riding on public roads. It helps to raise awareness among motorists, the public and decision makers of the dangers cyclists face on the roads, especially from other traffic. Join us in riding to remember those that have been impacted.
Although this ride is free, all riders must be registered on this site and a helmet is required. Riders will then check-in upon arrival at 6:30. This will be followed by a safety briefing and reading of the "Ride of Silence Poem". The police escorted ride will be 9 miles long, no faster than 12mph, and all will ride in silence.
This year the ROS begins in North America and rolls all across the globe on this date/time - cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
As background information - In 2003 the 1st ROS took place in Dallas (this is the 21th anniversary) after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. The Dallas ride drew 1,000 cyclists through word of mouth and email communications over a period of only ten days. In 2022 there were 226 such rides (6,486 riders) in 32 states, 20 countries, 7 continents and "0" words spoken. Then, COVID took over our lives in 2020 and the ROS became a solo event all over the world. Last year we had 63 riders lead by BCSO patrol cars. We also had a Bag Piper playing "Amazing Grace" at the start of the ride.
Questions? Contact John Marcinowski, Ride of Silence Coordinator