The ride was started as a way to remember cyclists that have been injured or killed while riding bikes and takes places in location all across the world.
Here are the details from GABA, the group organizing the ride:
The Ride of Silence™ will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, but the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
Please join us in our participation in the National Ride of Silence on the 16th of May 2012 at 6:00 P.M.
The purpose of this ride is to HONOR those who have been injured or killed on our roads by a vehicle.
We are working to RAISE AWARENESS that we are here and have the legal right to the road.
We ask that everyone SHARE THE ROAD with respect for the law and each other.
Your presence would confirm your support of safety and education for the benefit of our large community of cyclists.
Start: Reid Park at west side Ramada #22, located at the Park’s northernmost parking lot on Country Club Road, gathering at 5:45 pm for light refreshments and send-off. Distance is approximately nine miles.
Leave: 6:00 pm. From the parking area, head south on Country Club Rd., west on 22nd Street, north on Tucson Boulevard, east on E. Elm St. which becomes Pima St., south on Columbus Blvd., west on 22nd Street, north on Country Club Rd., and return to parking lot.
Another Ride of Silence will take place in Green Valley this evening as well. The ride starts at the Green Valley Recreation East Social Center parking lot (Abrego/Esperanza intersection). Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.