Cyclists ride in silence to honour fallen brothers

THOUSANDS of cyclists around the world united to honour their fallen ‘brothers’ at the annual ‘Ride of Silence’ on Wednesday, 17 May.

The event, which began on 21 May 2003 with an estimated 1,000 cyclists and some runners in White Rock Lake in the US has grown to include in excess of 440 countries.

According to the Ride of Silence website, their mission is to honour bicyclists killed by motorists; to promote sharing the road and to provide awareness of bicycling safety.

Always taking place on the third Wednesday of May, in 2016, about 19,900 people participated.

During the event, cyclists ride a prescribed in silent procession, no faster than 12 miles per hour, in remembrance of those killed or injured while cycling.


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