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The 2019 Ride of Silence—an annual 10-mile bike ride throughout Philadelphia to raise awareness of cyclists’ rights and to honor those cyclists killed in traffic crashes—will take place Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:45pm on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps.

Five bicyclists have been killed in the Delaware Valley in the last 12 months.

They include Peter Distefano, Jorge Munoz, Joey Edwards, Tomas Montanez, and Julian Angelucci.

The ride is being held in Philadelphia for the fifteenth year in a row. It is expected to be held this year at over 300 U.S. locations and in twenty countries. Last year, about 350 people participated and this year we are hoping to attract at least 400 riders to the event.

The 8 mile long route will start at the foot of the front steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

A brief pre-ride dedication ceremony will take place at 6:45 PM and the ride will start promptly at 7:00 P.M. It will proceed down the Parkway, circle City Hall, continue to Independence Hall, and head over to West Philly via the Walnut St. Bridge. The ride will return to the front of the Art Museum for the silent ceremonial bike lift. The duration of the ride is expected to be 1 hour. Helmets are required and bicycle lights are encouraged.

General information on the Ride of Silence can be found at www.rideofsilence.org

Contact:

Randy LoBasso randy@bicyclecoalition.org, 215-242-9253 Ext. 311
Ray Scheinfeld, erayben@bellatlantic.net , 215-906-7604 (ride leader/organizer)
John Siemiarowski, tandemdad@gmail.com, 215-837-0101 (ride leader/organizer)

Randy LoBasso

Author

Randy LoBasso is the policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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