At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 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.
Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
The local ride will start at the YMCA Cultural Center parking lot. The ride will be a slow paced ride, 12 mph maximum, over a course entirely on the streets of Marshalltown. The local ride will honor Daniel Young, killed just outside of Marshalltown on July 2, 2006, and all other cyclists killed or injured when involved in an incident with a motor vehicle.
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. The ride is open to everyone of all abilities.