GREENVILLE, NC – EC Velo, the Pitt Co. Cycling Club, along with the City of Greenville are once again sponsoring the local annual National Ride of Silence on May 18. This will be the 14th time a local organizer has staged this chapter of the annual international event.
This hour-long silent ride is organized locally to raise awareness of the growing need for safer, more inclusive and accessible streets for all, to honor cyclists of all types who have been killed or injured, and to raise awareness among cyclists and motorists sharing in safety safety of well-designed roads.
With the pandemic and previous statewide stay-at-home orders, cycling, running and walking have all increased dramatically as people enjoy their outdoor communities and seek to improve their personal health through these permitted activities. . The concomitant reduction in motor vehicle traffic, congestion and cleaner air has highlighted the increased demand for safer and more accessible streets, crosswalks and sidewalks for all users.
Motorists are reminded to obey speed limits, yield to vulnerable road users, do not text while driving and share roads with all road users. North Carolina state law requires motorists to completely change lanes or leave at least four feet of clearance when passing a cyclist in a no-passing zone. Cyclists are reminded to stay off city sidewalks, follow traffic and obey all traffic lights.
This approximately twelve mile long ride is open to all ages. This year there is also a shorter six mile option using more of the Tar River Greenway. Wearing a helmet is mandatory and the use of flashing red rear safety lights is strongly recommended.
There are no registration fees or fees for this public event. Independent cyclists (eg, without training wheels) of all ages and types are encouraged to participate in this ride escorted by a police vehicle. It should be ridden in a group at a pace of around 12 mph on Wednesday evening before sunset.
Participating cyclists should meet at the Greenville Bicycle Company on Clark Street at 6 p.m., ready to depart at 6:30 p.m.; join tens of thousands of cyclists from all over the world who will ride at the same time. Cyclists who are unable or unwilling to participate in this authorized public parade are encouraged to ride on a coach, solo or with family members during this time in solidarity with cyclists everywhere and to share the rides via social networks with the keyword #RideofSilence2022. Posting to the organization’s Facebook page is also encouraged: https://www.facebook.com/rideofsilence/.
The silent ride is expected to end around 7:45 p.m. It will then be followed by a social gathering at the Pitt Street Brewery. Food from Anita’s Mexican restaurant food truck will also be available at the brewery. It is sponsored, supported, and organized by ECVelo members, escorted and tracked by the Greenville Police Department as a licensed public parade, and mechanical support was offered by the Greenville Bicycle Company prior to the event.