Canceled + Info- Pls Read -Ride of Silence

  • Wed, May 16, 2018
  • 6:30 PM
  • Rockland County Courthouse, 1 So. Main St, New City 10956

Due to inclement weather, the Ride of Silence scheduled for 6:30p on Wed May 16 has been canceled. We ask you to join RBC members indoors this evening, instead. Read on for details.

Tonight, representatives of Rockland Bicycling Club will gather in front of the courthouse at the starting location for the Ride of Silence. Instead of riding, we will move the gathering to District 96, near the Rockland County Courthouse,  at 395 S. Main St in New City, NY. It won't be silent, but it will be an amiable way to spend some time with fellow cyclists while we remember those lost, and talk about our cycling and advocacy activities. Looking forward to seeing you there.


Thank you for your interest in attending the Ride of Silence, an event that honors bicyclists killed or injured in automobile collisions. As more Americans focus on health and village life, bike/walk interactions with cars will increase.

You can make a difference.  Ride with groups. Obey traffic laws. Support bicycle advocacy efforts that promote Complete Streets and safer roads. 

The Rockland Bicycling Club is an active participant in the GreaterNyack Bike Walk Master Plan, the Orangetown Bike Study and other efforts throughout Rockland County and New York State to make cyclists safer. We are members of the NY Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) and the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) -- two groups who work to encourage more people to ride bicycles, and more communities to create infrastructure to make cycling safer for all ages and all types of bicyclists.

If you aren't already a member of RBC, please consider joining Rockland Bicycling Club to support these efforts and to join us on our group rides.






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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Rockland Bicycling Club "Ride of Silence" to remember cyclists killed in car crashes & Promote 3 feet Safe Distance between cars and cyclists

 

New City, NY — On May 16 at 6:30p, the Rockland Bicycling Club (RBC) will again join cyclists from all over the country to ride silently in the 15th annual Ride of Silence to raise awareness of bike safety issues on local roads. 

Area cyclists are invited to join the RBC for this event. Helmets are required to participate. Meet at the Rockland County Courthouse at 6:15p to ride with the group.

Since the first Ride of Silence following the death of Plano, Texas bike enthusiast Larry Schwartz in 2003, several thousand rides have been held to honor the thousands of cyclists that have been killed or injured by cars that drove too fast or too close to cyclists. Last year, 390 separate Ride of Silence events were held in all 50 states and 22 countries across seven continents.

Locally, the Ride of Silence has special meaning. Earlier RBC Rides of Silence honored the memories of Rockland residents killed while riding their bikes. From 2003 through 2015, Edward Brophy, Janet Martinez, Alfred Zaldivar, William “Matt” George, Ennio Spiri and Robert Carl Pinckert were killed on Rockland’s roads — several of them by hit-and-run motorists, all of them by motorists driving too fast or too close or too distracted for the cyclists they encountered.

The Rockland Bicycling Club will lead the Ride of Silence on Wednesday May 16 from the front of the Rockland County Courthouse at the corner of Main Street and New Hempstead Road, New City, NY. The six mile route, escorted by the Clarkstown Police, will follow Main Street and Little Tor Road and finish back at the starting point. The Bicycling Club will provide each cyclist with either a red or black armband. A red band denotes someone who has been injured by a motorist. A black armband means the rider mourns a cyclist who was fatally injured.

The Ride of Silence is an opportunity for both drivers and cyclists to consider how to safely Share the Road and drive and cycle more courteously. In Rockland County drivers are frequently annoyed by cyclists who ride two abreast, a practice that is unlawful in some villages in the county.  Cyclists are frustrated by drivers and law enforcement who seem unaware of New York State’s Safe Passing Law.  There are 30 states that require motorists to provide three or more feet of space when passing a cyclist. New York's Safe Passing Law is called "Merrill's Law" in memory of area resident Merrill Cassell, who was killed when he was struck in Tarrytown.

Additional local background:  Previously, the RBC has held Rides of Silence to honor the memories of Rockland residents Edward Brophy, Janet Martinez, Alfred Zaldivar, William “Matt” George, Robert Carl Pinckert and Ennio Spiri. Martinez was killed by a speeding motorist on Route 9W in Piermont in June, 2012, leaving two daughters and a grandson. In 2015 two cyclists were killed in separate incidents by hit-and-run motorists.  In May Alfred Zaldivar was struck near his New City home and left gravely injured by a driver who fled.  He died days later. Then in December William “Matt” George was hit while standing by the guardrail on Route 202 in Ramapo.  Pinckert, a cyclist from Upper Nyack, died after being fatally struck by a tractor trailer on Route 303 in June, 2003. Spiri, who lived in Valley Cottage, died from injuries after being hit by a car just a few hundred feet from a school crossing guard in New City in September, 2004.

Rockland County communities are investing in safer cycling studies to encourage residents and visitors to ride more and drive less. Three examples include the Greater Nyack Bike/Walk Master Plan study, the Orangetown Bike Study and the Clarkstown Complete Streets and Nanuet Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives. Orangetown is now building a 1300 ft off road "bike bypass" for Greenbush Road near Rt 303 where Robert Carl Pinckert was killed in a 2003 crash.

The first Ride of Silence was held in May 2003  Friends of Larry Schwartz honored his memory with a silent procession of cyclists. The 2003 ride attracted 1000 riders cycling silently at 12 mph around White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX. 

For more information, visit Rocklandbike.org or email RocklandBike@gmail.com. ##

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