Here was a counterpoint in the Greensboro News and Record. Great to hear that they are considering some improvements for the ride in Greensboro.
By Mark Schulz
Some 250 people rode their bikes in the Seventh Annual Greensboro Ride of Silence (ROS) on May 15. For the past six years, Bicycling in Greensboro (BIG) has organized the Greensboro Ride of Silence. BIG defines its mission as helping to transform the greater Greensboro area into a community that embraces people who ride bikes. We believe remembering the individuals who have been killed or injured while riding a bike on public roadways with a silent ride accompanied by a police escort is an integral part of embracing people who ride bikes.
The Greensboro Ride of Science has grown and evolved over the past seven years and BIG has plans to continue to improve the Greensboro ride, which is just one of what have become hundreds of silent rides all around the world on the third Wednesday in May. The initial Ride of Silence (www.rideofsilence.org) was held 10 years ago to remember an endurance cyclist in the Dallas, Texas, area who was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed.
Earle Bower wrote a Town Square column in the News & Record after the most recent Greensboro Ride of Science providing suggestions for “rethinking the ROS.” I thank Mr. Bower for the comments. Several of his criticisms of the Greensboro ride parallel the BIG board’s thoughts about improving this important event. We plan to include things like “rolling” signage identifying what the Ride of Silence is about and “courtesy cards” to be handed out along the route, thanking motorists for allowing three to five minutes of traffic interruption.
We urge Bower and everyone who rides a bike to join us next year at the ROS and help us make the greater Greensboro area a safer and more considerate environment for all.
The writer lives in Greensboro and is president of the Board of BIG.