What is this Ride of Silence? It’s rather poetic isn’t it? 

Well, it is a ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. It started in May 2003 at White Rock Lake in Dallas and drew 1,000 cyclists through word of mouth and email communication over a period of only ten days.

Ride of silence in 2006, Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vj_pdx/

Ride of silence in Seattle, Flickr.com by Carfreeday

But it’s also a call to safety and cyclists will have to don on a helmet and travel at a silent slow-pace of max. 12 mph/20 kph.

Join cyclists worldwide by doing the ride of silence right here in Singapore. It starts at Merlion Park today at 7.00pm and will be a 19km ride from Merlion Park, City Hall, China Town, Holland Village, Orchard to Dhoby Gaut. 

Remember to dress in WHITE, wear a HELMET and bring your BIKE.

The ride of silence

Tonight we number many but ride as one

In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons

With helmets on tight and heads down low,

We ride in silence, cautious and slow

The wheels start spinning in the lead pack

But tonight we ride and no one attacks

The dark sunglasses cover our tears

Remembering those we held so dear

Tonight’s ride is to make others aware

The road is there for all to share

To those not with us or by our side,

May God be your partner on your final ride

– Mugai