2020 Ypsilanti Ride Of Silence
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 - 7pm
Purpose: Silent ride to commemorate bicyclists killed or injured while riding and part of a world-wide event urging everyone, cyclists and motorists, to “share the road”.
Ride Location: Ypsilanti – 7pm, May 20th - Recreation Park - Rutherford Pool parking lot, Congress and Elm Streets. Link to map of ride starting point - https://goo.gl/maps/wD6oy9YKXPL2. In previous years we have had the ride start from the Recreation Park Senior Center parking lot, which often filled up due to other activities. But for 2019 we moved the start point slightly east as the Pool is not open yet and parking is more available.
Ride Length: A little over 9 miles at a relaxed pace taking approximately one hour.
Ride Map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/831511?units=miles. A limited supply of ride maps will be available at the start of the ride. To download a printable ride map, along with ride directions, click here.
Ride Markings: At some locations where a critical turn takes place, there will be a Ride Of Silence ‘road sign” or white arrow markings showing the route turn.
Feeling Tired?: If you feel you cannot complete the entire route, a good cut off point to return to the ride start point is when going east on Forest, to make a right turn on River Street to the next traffic signal south on Cross Street. Then follow the map route back to Recreation Park.
Showing Solidarity With Cyclists That Were Struck: Wear a black armband, or if you have been hit while riding, a red armband. Also the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society will have a limited supply of recently laundered “Ride Of Silence” t-shirts that cyclists can borrow for the Ride (but must be returned at the end of the ride to use next year).
Before The Ride: Please make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including tires inflated to the proper value (tire pressures are stamped on the side of the tire).
Problems On The Ride: There will be “sweep” riders at the end of the Ride Of Silence riders group to assist riders with problems.
Cost: The ride is free.
Registration: No pre-registration. Just show up.
On The Ride: All participants are asked to wear a bicycle helmet and to obey all traffic laws, including stopping at all stop signs and traffic signals. We are trying to set an example of the phrase “same roads, same rules! Also, the ROS is not a race and all intents the group is urged to stay together during the entire ride.
After The Ride: A post-ride gathering traditionally takes place at Arbor Brewing Ypsilanti (Corner Brewery), corner of Norris and Forest Streets. A map from Recreation Park to The Corner Brewery is here - http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6596902.
For more information about the Rides Of Silence itself visit www.rideofsilence.org