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May 21, 2007

Ride of Silence Irvine 2007 a Success

On Wednesday evening I joined more than 150 of my fellow OC Cyclists in one of several Rides of Silence in the county, around the nation, and across the world. ( Preview report with initial pictures. )

It was a powerful experience, and quite emotional for many in attendance.

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Bill Sellin, the Founder of the Bicycle Club of Irvine, and affectionately known as its "Rasputin", led the ride, and got things under way, with introductions, and a discussion of the route.

I had a chance to meet Bill, and discovered that he was familiar with The Cycling Dude. ;-D

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Riders assembled between 6 and 6:30 at Irvine's Civic Center at the flag poles in front of the Police Department then cued up for a 7 pm slow paced, single file, silent commemoration
to the riders who are no longer with us, especially those who were disabled or killed on the road.

I had the pleasure of finally meeting in person members of the Orange County Wheelmen Club, which I recently joined, and met, among others, Club President Barbara Tomita, seen here in white on the 4 seater, and Public Relations man Mike Lee, both of who I've corresponded with in the past.

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Chris Kirkland, read the Ride of Silence Poem, in an emotional tribute to his wife Christy, killed in November, while riding with another member of the local Trail Angels Club.

There were a couple of displays, and stacks of the City of Irvine Bikeways Map ( Updated Aug. 2006. ), the Moving America Forward Bicycling Brochure from the Bikes Belong Coalition, a 2 page collection of info about cycling safe, that included 10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin., and tips from Cal Dot Dist.9, and the really cool, 46 page, Booklet by John S. Allen, BICYCLING STREET SMARTS: Riding Confidently, Legally, and Safely, from Bicycle Magazine.

One display was in honor of a very talented 13 year old boy, Jason Kramer, killed last September.

His Father was raising money by selling a CD of music performed by the young man, and that music played in the backround as we gathered for the ride.

Orange County has seen a large number of deaths in 2006, and more in 2007, and this has the local Cycling Community very concerned.

Some are wondering if we need to start putting up "Ghost Bikes" up all over the county:

WIKIPEDIA Entry for Ghost Bikes.

Columbia News Service Article- April 2007.

GhostBike.org

The Ghost Cycle Project of Seattle.

Chicago Ghost Bikes.

The Ghost Bikes Project of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.

Ghost Bike Pittsburgh.

VISUAL RESISTANCE: NY City Ghost Bike Project.

Ghost Bikes can be found all over the world, including Vancouver, London and Prague.

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At 7pm we set out, heading west to the entrance of the nearby San Diego River Bike Trail, riding south to the entrance onto Alton Parkway, then heading east alongside traffic, single file, or 2-by-2, in the Bike Lane.

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The ride was about 10 miles, and crossed several major intersections, before entering the Bike Trail again for the trip past several community gathering spots, where we would also be seen, and heading back to the start.

Our trip was made easy, and safe, thanks to the efforts of Officer Dale Lawrence, and members of the Irvine PD, who provided escort, and traffic control.

Proceed to Ride of Silence Irvine Images.

May 21, 2007 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink

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