“Ride of Silence” speaks up for those lost, injured during biking accidents

Posted at 5:41 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 05:41:18-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Ride of Silence is a yearly event to allow the public to strap on their helmets and jump on their bikes to raise awareness of bicycle safety.

On the third Wednesday of May, bicyclists come together to remind the public about bicycle safety and to remember those who lost their lives or were injured in biking accidents.

The event began 15 years ago to “honor those who have been injured or killed, to raise awareness that we are here and to ask that we all share the road,” according to the Ride of Silence website.

In remembrance of the Kalamazoo bicycle tragedy, the the Kalamazoo County Ride of Silence chapter invites the public to come out to Millennium Park in Portage for an 8.5 mile ride.

Kalamazoo isn’t the only West Michigan location to participate in the national event:

Battle Creek

Grand Rapids


Spring Lake

All rides begin promptly at 7 p.m. and advise that participants arrive around 6:30 p.m. for remarks and registration.