With only the sounds of traffic and their own wheels on the pavement, 62 bicyclists began a quiet, solemn slow ride from Camp Hill to the steps of the Capitol. Additional cyclists joined the ride from City Island when the group crossed the river. They arrived rolling up State Street embraced by the sound of Amazing Grace being played on a bagpipe. There, on the Capitol steps, bravely stood 24 white “ghost bikes” that represented Pennsylvanians who lost their life while riding a bicycle in 2021, the highest number of recorded deaths since PennDOT computerized its records. Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg sponsored this annual ride for the International Ride of Silence, on May 18th.
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, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also an opportunity to show respect and honor the lives of those killed or injured while riding a bicycle.
Learn more about the Ride of Silence https://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php.