Portland Ride of Silence May 19, 2010

Portland is an awesome cycling town and has all sorts of biking events. One of the most noteworthy is the World Naked Bike Ride. Supposedly, one of the main reasons the World Naked Bike Ride exists is to increase driver awareness about bicyclists and the dangers they face. As I witnessed last year, however, the event seems like more of a party than anything else.

The Ride of Silence is another global event with a similar goal. It was created to draw attention to cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding on public roadways. And, while it might not be as much fun as riding with 5,000 naked revelers, it is probably more effective at communicating its important message.

As one would expect, there will be several Ride of Silence events in Oregon. The Portland Ride is being organized by the same people who organize Butts on Bikes, which means it should be well attended.

The Portland ride starts at Holladay Park, at NE 11th and Holladay in the Lloyd District, and rolls out shortly after 7 p.m. after brief remarks by whomever wants to speak. If you can make it, you should.

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