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The organizers of the Ride of Silence are still encouraging anyone to ride themselves, with family or household members or “virtually” (on a trainer) on either May 20th or on May 23rd to commemorate cyclists who lost their lives in traffic crashes.

For the Greater Philadelphia region, nine persons lost their lives since May 2019. We know that there are two more: one in Mercer County and one in Gloucester, in 2020, but there are no details other than they happened sometime this year.

NameDateAgeLocationMunicipalityState
Unknown1/5/2045Rt 130WestvilleNJ
Gavin Olcsvary4/22/2017Deptford Center RdWest DeptfordNJ
Unknown7/30/1924Carlisle AveHamiltonNJ
Bob Campbell1/31/202080Landsdowne AveLansdownePA
Unknown7/5/2019533rd and AlleghenyPhiladelphiaPA
Unknown9/4/201943Levick StPhiladelphiaPA

The Ride of Silence organizers encourage the following:

  1. Ride in Silence
  2. Remember and honor those who’ve been hit & killed while riding or seriously injured
  3. Ride slowly and a relatively short distance – this is not a race
  4. Wear a helmet & a mask and obey road laws for bicyclists
  • Take a selfie photo or 2 and use the hashtag #RideofSilence2020 and location of the event when posting their rides on social media.
  • Please post to the ROS Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/rideofsilence/

There are several ghost bikes in Center City, Northern Liberties, Brewerytown, and South Philly that you may want to visit during your ride:

  • 11th and Spruce   dedicated to Emily Fredricks
  • 10th and Shunk    dedicated to Julian Angelucci
  • 2nd and Girard      dedicated to Tony Aparecio
  • Ridge and Girard   dedicated to Vijay Mohan
  • 10th and Spring Garden   dedicated to Pablo Avendano

 

 

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.

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