“Tonight we number many but ride as one. …”
The annual Ride of Silence will be held beginning at 7 p.m. May 17, 2017, at Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., in Wenatchee. Prior to the ride, at 6:30 p.m., the ceremony led by Fred Munson, Ed Farrar and Deana Knowlton will remember family and friends who have been lost or injured while riding their bicycles. This year the “Ride of Silence” is dedicated to Gary Knowlton who was killed by a vehicle while riding home on July 16th, 2017. Mr. Knowlton leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Wenatchee Valley Velo Club is again the local organizer of this international event, now in its 15th year.
This free ride asks participants to move no faster than 10 mph and to remain silent during the procession — all as a way to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways, and to raise awareness that cyclists have a legal right to public roadways. Many motorists are not aware that bicyclists are legally required to ride in the streets and roads, and not on sidewalks.
In the United States, the ride is held during National Bike Safety Month.
This year’s Wenatchee event is expected to attract more than 100 cyclists, who will follow a ride leader on the route through the community and then back to Pybus Market, returning at approximately 7:30 p.m.
For more details, please check our Facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wenatchee-Valley-Velo/.