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'Ride for Silence' raises awareness of cyclists

Posted May 22, 2008

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— Bicycle riders took part in the worldwide Ride of Silence on Wednesday to memorialize bicyclists killed on the road.

The cyclists took off at 7 p.m. and pedaled slowly around the Research Triangle Park. The event requires cyclists to stay under 12 mph and to keep quiet.

Cyclist Matt Damron said he wanted to remind drivers to share the road with cyclists after he was in an accident.

"(I) broke both ... my leg bones, two fractures in my wrist here, stitches in my face," Damron said. "Fortunately, no head injuries to speak of."

On April 23, a suspected drunk driver, Brian Anthony Reid, 21, hit Nancy Antoine Leidy, 60, while she was riding a bike near the intersection of Nazareth Street and Crusader Drive in Raleigh. Leidy died later that day.

Ride of Silence organizers said they want to raise awareness of cyclists' legal rights on the road.

Local versions of the event took place in 285 communities in 17 countries.


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  • massage13 May 22, 2008

    for those of you who want cyclists to have a license and pay a tax...I say fine, give me a bike line on every single road. Then I will gladly pay for it, until that time, hangup up the phone, look for my multi-colored backside in front of you and please give me a little room and you go by and don't honk your horn, throw anything at me or tell me to get the F, H or any other curse off the road. I pay the same taxes you do. I have chosen to reduce my carbon footprint and commute by bike on somedays because that is an opportunity that is available to me. I also run triathlon's, ride in the ms150 and do most of my training in an out of the way place where I don't effect traffic in an empty industrial park after business hours. Not all cyclists are like the few you see riding in the "Packs." Don't indict the masses for the few. Come ride with me, I'll show you how I ride and how scary it can be. Or would you die in the first 1/2 mile.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 22, 2008

    They are riding at those times for the same reason you are driving, to get to work.

    Its funny how some cars actually aim at me and others won't pass even with plenty of room. I don't want to block traffic, where safe I squeeze right, I want you to go ahead and squeeze buy within the lane if needed. When there is more room, please use it, but I'm happy with my minimum 2 feet of clearance as long as your easing by. A car passing at 60 ten feet away scares me much more than one doing 30 two feet away. Once you're past, off you go; its much easier than passing a tractor, and less hassle than a left turning car or a school bus.

  • uglytruth May 22, 2008

    Hey, Joe Schmoe. It's not only the cyclists that need a refresher course on the rules of the road. I ride a MARKED bike lane into RTP. Do you know how many drivers think the bike lane is a right-turn lane?? Even if it wasn't a bike lane, cars are supposed to drive BETWEEN the white and yellow lines, not on top of them. That ignorance has nothing to do with cyclists.

    There are people who shouldn't have a driver's license. Period.

  • cybermil May 22, 2008

    It boils down to respect for each other. Until we, in the USA start to respect each other, there will not be the concept of sharing, whether its on the road with cars against cars or cars against more earth friendly vehicles. People here are so self centered, greedy individualists that it will take a long long time to reach a level of civilization...if ever.

  • restless native May 22, 2008

    Bicycles should be allowed on the road only if they are required to be titled, tagged and pay liability insurance. I live near Penny Rd and have seen more people almost crash trying to pass a pack of 30 cyclists, riding two and three abreast (which I thought was illiegal) They typically do this from 5-7 during rush hour traffic. They cause so many accidents, but seem to have no liability. I almost ran over a man on a bicycle, because he ran a stop sign. If you want people to respect your right to ride, respect their right to drive and not have to go 20 MPH behind a pack of bicycles. Oh, and to the drivers of the cars, if there is a bicycle in your lane, slow down until you can pass safely, you can't run me off my side of the road just because they are in your lane (this happens often)

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 22, 2008

    It pains me to say this, but I don't ride with those big groups because I honestly don't want to hold up traffic. I do think its reasonable to expect cars to give me a few feet of clearance and make an effort to not kill me.

    Oh, and occasionally I end up out of position, like a lane becomes the beltline ramp, please just forgive me let me get over. It usually won't cost you any time, just a little squeeze to the left of the lane (or break tap if you are going to the beltline) and a live and let live wave.

  • nancyanndud May 22, 2008

    I cant ride a bike to work. I have to drive. I work in RTP. We all here at work have always complained about the bikers in this area. They ride at 8am and 5pm traffic. I think that is a risk they take. They back traffic up and slow people down. Wait until the traffic is gone and have at it.

  • Tin Nutt May 22, 2008

    I'm a road cyclist and I realize that this argument is futile and will not be solved until gas hits $8-10 a gallon. Then we will be a nation of cyclists. But the real issue I see here is that we don't have enough real problems threatening our very existence. What we need is a good, just war against a powerful enemy to bring the people of this country back together.

  • Joe Schmoe May 22, 2008

    When I'm biking with others, we never ride two or more abreast when motor traffic approaches from behind. We go to single file, move to the edge of the lane, and stop being an obstruction. I don't think anybody here is saying we don't have a right to be on the roads; we just don't have the right (societally, not legally/technically speaking) to block motor traffic. Delay people unnecesarily, and they get angry. Ignore the traffic signals in front of them, pass them beetween lanes while they're stopped, or otherwise show them that you think the rules don't apply to you, and they get angry. Angry people stop thinking clearly and do stupid and dangerous things. And they hold grudges.

  • jkca May 22, 2008

    Stevesteve ...you have some serious issues with your attitude. Get over it. By the way, can you even ride a bike????