Ride of Silence - Bike Safety Month

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GILBERT , Ariz. -- Dozens of Arizona cyclists -- along with hundreds of cyclists all over the country and the world -- will take to the roads today in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

The Ride of Silence, which is always the third Wednesday of May, is free. Cyclists generally ride no faster than 12 mph and always remain silent during the ride.

The ride is held during National Bike Safety Month and Week, and aims to raise awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways.

"Educating motorists about sharing the road with cyclists is my passion," said Kim Saks, whose husband Brett was killed by a motorist while cycling. "It is a cause that is close to my heart and I am thankful to all of the cyclists riding in his honor and others who have been killed or injured."

The City of Mesa, Town of Gilbert, Global Bikes and Team Girls Gone Riding are partners in the East Valley ride, which starts at Mesa's Mountain View Park and travels down Lindsay Road to Gilbert's Freestone Park and back.

About 100 cyclists are expected to participate in the 11-mile ride. The event is open to cyclists of all abilities.The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m., with the actual ride starting at 7 p.m.

There are also Arizona Ride of Silence events in Green Valley, Kingman, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma.

Last year, there were 320 Ride of Silence events all over the world. In Arizona, 519 riders in five cities took part in Ride of Silence in 2010.

To learn more about this worldwide event, visit RideOfSilence.org.