By Bob Astley
The Ride of Silence takes place on the 3rd Wednesday in May. Starting with one ride, in 2003 at White Rock Lake in Dallas Texas,by 2019 it has grown to 335 confirmed rides in 15 countries around the world. The ride in Oshawa (the 8th) was once again organized by Durham Region Cycling Coalition (DRCC) with Joe Arruda at the forefront.
Normally we would be leaving from City Hall, but because of construction on Athol St. we began at the Northview Community Centre. We did a 10 km loop, riding in silence, single file, to remember and honour those cyclists who were killed or injured by motorist in the past. The objective is to bring awareness not to lay blame.
Led by Joe Arruda and a funeral hearse, supplied by Dignity Memorial and an abundance of support from the Durham Regional Police Auxiliary Unit, there can be no doubt that we made a significant and positive impact on many Oshawa Residents. Dozens and dozens of people stopped what they were doing, cutting lawns, driving, cycling, walking, etc. to watch and pay respect as we went by. It was quite the sight as Durham Regional Police in cars and on bicycles, stopped traffic to let a procession of over 50 bicycles go through intersections.
The Clarington Cycling Club, once again, was well represented. Ask many of your fellow riders who participated about their experience, I have heard nothing but positive comments and several commitments to continue to support the Ride of Silence, from which we all benefit.
Consider marking May 20, 2020 on your calendar (if you haven’t already done so) to ensure you do not miss this unique and enlightening experience.