On Wednesday, May 16, cyclists will take to roads across the U.S. to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

The Ride of Silence was first organized in 2003 by Chris Phelan in Dallas, Texas, after a friend of his and fellow cyclist, Larry Schwartz, was struck and killed by the mirror of a passing school bus on May 4, 2003.

The Ride of Silence was initially meant to be one-time-only event, held May 21st of 2003 with over 1,000 who participated. Now, the event is held annually in over 47 states in the U.S.

It is a free and open event to any cyclist who wishes to participate. Lubbock’s Ride of Silence event will begin Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Z-1 parking lot, located at 19th Street and Texas Tech Parkway, east of the TTU Federal Credit Union. More than 100 cyclists are expected to show up.

The ride will follow a pre-determined route down Indiana Avenue and will loop back from 98th Street. Cyclists are asked to ride no faster than 12 miles per hour and remain silent during the 11-minute ride.

To find out more about the Ride of Silence, visit their website.

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