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Wed, May 15

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Street Meet, Port Royal Village

Ride of Silence 2024

Join KABC Members on the 22nd 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.

Ride of Silence 2024
Ride of Silence 2024

Time & Location

May 15, 2024, 6:30 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 who have been impacted.

Although this ride is free, all riders must be registered on this site, and a helmet is required.  Bicycle headlights and taillights are also recommended.  The registration/check-in will be in the Street Meet The American Tavern (95 Mathews Drive) parking lot starting at 6:30.  This will be followed by a safety briefing and reading of the "Ride of Silence Poem".   The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office police escorted ride will be 9 miles long, no faster than 12mph, and all will ride in silence.  Cyclists will proceed on to 278 South to Queens Way, do a U-Turn at the light, and head back North, returning back to the Street Meet parking lot.

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 22nd 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 2023, there were 229 such rides (6,433 riders) in 32 states, 20 countries, seven continents, and "0" words spoken.  Last year, we had 51 riders escorted by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office 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

roskabc@kickinasphalt.info

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