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Ride of Silence event honors fellow cyclists killed, injured in accidents

May 16, 2017
FL Guide

An event dedicated to bringing awareness for everyone sharing the road, as well as honoring fellow cyclists killed, or injured in cycling accidents, will take place at Matzaluna Italian Restaurant on Sanibel Island.

The Ride of Silence, which initially took place in 2003, in Dallas, Texas, was brought to the island in 2008 by the Sanibel Bike Club. The first event in Dallas attracted 1,000 cyclists after learning about the death of Larry Schwartz. Now the event is held on the third Wednesday of May every year at 7 p.m.

This year the Ride of Silence, which is being held by Matzaluna Italian Restaurant, Sanibel Bike Club and BIlly's Bike Shop, will be held Wednesday, May 17. The waiver signing and equipment check will begin at 6:45 p.m. at Matzaluna, followed by the ride at 7 p.m.

The history of the event will be shared, the rules of the road and then a Ride of Silence poem will be read before the ride.

The 8-mile ride will take participants from Matzaluna across the road to the bike path and then down to Billy's Bike Shop. Cyclists will circle the parking lot and then head towards Lindgren Boulevard where they will cross the road again to take the bike path underneath the Causeway. The ride will continue over the first two bridges before circling under the big bridge to head back to Matzaluna.

Discounts for food and beverage will be offered for the riders after the completion of the ride at Matzaluna. Blust said they usually have about 30 riders who stay and enjoy some refreshments.

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