For cycling community, Ride of Silence is time to remember, remind
Cyclists gathered at Ruth Hardy Park Wednesday evening to remember those lost on roadways and promote safety during the Ride of Silence.

For cycling community, Ride of Silence is time to remember, remind

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May 18, 2022

The 20th annual Ride of Silence saw roughly three dozen cyclists, both young and old, navigate a five-mile course around Ruth Hardy Park Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The event, held in hundreds of locations throughout the world, helps raise awareness for cycling safety and honors those who have been lost or injured while cycling on public roads.

  • In the Coachella Valley, 39 cyclists have died on roadways since 2003.

What they’re saying: Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, and Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik all spoke of the importance of finishing the CV Link — a 40-mile pathway for cyclists and others that will run through several Valley cities.

  • “At the end of the day, when we can say that no lives were lost, no cyclists were lost in the Coachella Valley, then it’s a good day in the Coachella Valley,” Evans told about 50 people who gathered in the park.

Personal toll: Most people know a cyclist who has been injured or know of one who has perished. 

  • In April, Palm Springs residents Lauri Aylaian and Keith Culver were struck by a vehicle in Texas while on a cross-country bicycle trek. Culver died from his injuries. Aylaian, who took part in the event Wednesday evening and spoke before the City Council last week, is still recovering.

  • Middleton, who often speaks of her passion for creating safer roadways, recalled a harrowing time nearly a decade ago when her son, an avid cyclist, was struck by a vehicle and hit the windshield. “His helmet saved his life,” she said.

Dive deeper at the Ride of Silence website.

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