Did you know May is National Bike Month? To celebrate, Birmingham’s cycling community is participating in the Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 20. Keep reading to learn more about this international event and how you can get involved.
What is the Ride of Silence?
The Ride of Silence is an event that’s observed around the world. Many of Birmingham’s traditional events that celebrate National Bike Month have been postponed. However, the Ride of Silence is rolling right along—with a few social distancing modifications, of course.
The Ride of Silence aims to:
- Promote cycling safety
- Promote the sharing of roads
- Promote the need for enhanced cycling infrastructure
- Recognize and honor all cyclists who have been killed or injured
- Draw awareness of cyclists to motorist and civic officials
How to get involved
Even City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn will be participating in the event. Here’s how he is utilizing his ride:
I will be reflecting on the lives of those lost while riding solo, rather than in a large group from Homewood Cahaba Cycles. Nevertheless, the need for awareness of our friends, family and neighbors on bikes is perhaps greater now than it ever has been.
Hold a moment of silence at a designated banner
Ride of Silence banners are used as a symbol of respect to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured on our roads. Whether you’re a cyclist or a spectator, you can pay your respects by observing a moment of silence at these banners.
While you’re there, snap a quick photo and post it to your socials, including the Birmingham Bicycle Club Facebook page.
Hold a moment of silence at the “Ghost Bike”
If you’ve driven past Birmingham’s main post office, you’ve probably noticed a white bike at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 24th Street North. This bike commemorates the cyclist Franklin Bradford Prude who was hit by an 18-wheeler on July 12, 2019. He was 56.
The Ride of Silence’s mission is to bring awareness to issues like this and promote safer roads for cyclist.
It’s been a joy to see so many parents out riding with their kids. I’d love to see that continue. Part of how [Birmingham] gets there is by building awareness that all streets are multi-modal. [The Ride of Silence] also serves as a reminder of the potential consequences of distracted driving and heavy governmental subsidization of motorized vehicle use.Darrell O’Quinn, Birmingham City Councilor