A ride to honor, mourn, raise awareness, demonstrate safe riding, and show our strength. The Ride of Silence honors people injured or killed while riding bikes.
Ride of Silence Details
Wednesday, May 28th
6:15-6:45pm: Gather for the ride at the dinosaur (corner of Forbes and Schenley Dr) at the museum in Oakland. Sign a disclosure only to invoke liability insurance for the event (required by the national and local organizers).
6:45pm: A few words on the sadness and relevance of our Ride of Silence. Let’s roll out on time.
7pm: Ride of Silence begins. The route will be a slow and easy 10 miles winding through the East End of Pittsburgh, using several roads that were the sites of past accidents.
Before 8:30pm the ride will conclude.
Start location: Schenley Plaza in Oakland – at Dippy the Dinosaur
How We Ride in Pittsburgh
Double file, side by side, keeping to a single lane, and to the right of the yellow line where it exists. Stop and wait at all red lights – we’re a big group and will undoubtedly be breaking up and regrouping as we go along. If there is slower traffic in the lane, we’ll just wait for it. Please bring bikes in good repair, as there will be no official mechanical support or transportation.
This ride takes place on city streets, with potholes, surface hazards, motor vehicles and other cyclists riding in close proximity. Participants must use their own judgment and be responsible for their own safety. If at any time, you feel that you can no longer participate safely, please pull off the route and wait until the rest of the ride has passed.
History and Expectations
• On the third Wednesday of May around the world, bicyclists will take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place on the streets
• Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road
• The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its riders to ride at a slow pace and remain silent during the ride
• The ride hopes to raise bicycling awareness during bike month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to honor and mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed and injured
• The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle crash. Helmets required; lights are mandatory for the ride home. There are no fees charged anyone to participate.
Pittsburgh Ride of Silence Contact for 2014: Jim Logan jiml...@verizon.net
Check for any updated information on this ride either at www.wpwbikeclub.org
or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/801711809858120/
. We will ride rain or shine. If it is important, let’s do it.
The Pittsburgh Ride of Silence is endorsed by Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Allegheny Cycling Association, Flock of Cycles, Pittsburgh Masters Velo Club, Bike Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Babes on Bikes.
The endorsers and organizer are bearing no responsibility (financial or otherwise) for the ride. By endorsing it, we are simply stating we believe in the stated goals. Ride at your own risk
wrong date in the topic...
Crap! Can a moderator please fix my boo-boo.
I sent a tweet to Erok. There are a couple others who can fix it, too.
This tripped me up once today already.
fixed. thanks for the note stu.
Up. Rain or shine.
Out. Triple-booked that night, maybe even fourple-booked.
So, May 21st is the correct date ?
Are there any white bikes in the Pgh Area ?
You mean ghost bikes? Several, and there would be more if they hadn't gotten yanked out for one reason or another. Nick Drombosky keeps tabs on a couple, and has been directly responsible for installing all that I have personal knowledge of in the immediate area.
maintains a world-wide list. The link is to Pittsburgh area installations.
There was a ghost bike on 51 near the Sewickley bridge but I believe it was recently removed as I couldn't find it on a ride a few weeks ago.
The Ghost bike (in memory of Emily Jancart 7/21/13) on rt51 by the Sewickley Bridge is still there. It breaks my heart as I pass it a lot.
I rode past that bike on the return leg of the 300K a week and a half ago. It's down a little, off the road.
The deaths in the last year are:
You can see the locations (or at least a route connecting them) here
There's a lot to say about each death. Maybe we'll hear some of that tomorrow.
Nick just posted on Twitter -- the ride of silence has been put off until Monday (Memorial Day), because of weather issues.
There was quite a bit of back-and-forth on the Facebook thread, but looks like it's firming up for 19:00 on Wednesday, May 28.
Glad I caught. Can we change the thread title?
I just tweeted to Erok again. That got it fixed before.
Someone should update the event on the WPW calendar as well.
This thread can't go without a subject typo can it?
Ride of Silence – Wed. May 28sth
I know it was officially canceled, but we had 17 riders tonight anyway - and the weather held up great. See you next week.
I think it would be respectful to read the names of bicyclists who have been killed in the Pittsburgh area. I have these names, dates and locations. Please add more:
July 15, 2005
killed in a Hit-and-run crash
June 23, 2013
Struck at the intersection of Overbrook Blvd and Almont St
July 12, 2013
Killed on Baldwin Rd.
July 27, 2013
Moon Township at the intersection of Swickley Bridge & Rt. 51
Dr. Albert Varacallo
July 8, 2010
Killed by a driver's left hook in DuBois, PA
July 25th, 2012
7500 Block of Penn Ave
killed in a hit-and-run crash by an unlicensed driver
July 31, 2012
7700 Block of Penn Ave
killed by an unlicensed driver
May 27, 2010
Harts Run Road, Indiana Twp.
driver had his head under the dashboard at the time
There were a couple of teen girls up Sewickley area somewhere, summer of 2009 or 2010, no car involved, they just ran off the road on a bike, killing one of them. I'm not sure what exactly happened. There's a thread on this board from back then, but I can't recall details at the moment.
Rui Hui Lin
August 3, 2009
Meyran and Louisa, Oakland
collision with pickup truck
I searched the message board for the word "killed" and paged back 165 pages. I still did not find the thread about the two girls, but I did find these, most of which did not occur in Allegheny County, but are nevertheless local stories:
Thursday, April 09, 2009
William Lee Stauffer II, 19, Greensburg
collision with motor home on PA66 in Greensburg
July 29, 2012
Mark Schneider (SPC and SEA board member)
bike accident in Maryland
September 20, 2013
John Henry Pletcher, 58, Connellsville
hit by car while on bike in Connellsville
April 7, 2010
Anthony Stephen Chianese, 21, Mount Pleasant
collision with pickup truck on PA981 in Mt Pleasant
July 29, 2011
Susan Belli, 48, Greensburg
run over by 18-wheeler making a turn
March 23, 2010
Melissa Mazur, 14, Chippewa
went over an embankment near Beaver Falls while riding with a friend
It's unfortunate that in many of the cases I just researched, the cyclist was at fault -- riding double on a bike, riding against traffic, not paying attention, riding with headphones on, ignoring stop signs, no lights at night, etc. -- so back to the original post, about demonstrating riding safely. It's not always the other guy's fault.
Further note, these are only the deaths. There were quite a few major injuries, too. For example, the woman who got hit on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield in 2013, second day on the job as an R.N., hit-and-run driver who was never found AFAIK... So many of those. But it's 1:00 a.m., and way past my bedtime.
May 2010 - 6 year old Tyrique Snowden Hill, killed when hit on Bausman Street, in the Knoxville section of the city
Aug 2009 - 44 year old Robert Anderson, Maine resident killed while mountain biking at Brady’s Run Park, Beaver County
June 2005 - Francis Andrews, 36, of Pittsburgh, killed when he was hit by a car on West Park Road in Worth, Butler County.
Still on for tonight?
Can't check facebook at work, so have to base my go/no go on what I see here.
The ride is a go. Fingers crossed for the weather.
Peduto will join at the ride's finish to share his words of support.
I found an advanced radar screen on the National Weather Service's pages that lets you see what's coming and how soon. Had anyone been looking at this last week, they would have seen that the line of storms was heading well south of the city.
I've adjusted the zoom, the lat/long, and the various layers so as to be the most useful and least obtrusive, though there are a couple of popups that come right up on the first showing, which you have to dismiss or minimize. And it doesn't automatically update on Firefox. But otherwise, it's wonderful. Try it!
Me and my courier crew just saw yinz all ride past the Big Idea. Nice turnout!! I rode about five years ago and there couldn't have been more than ten riders. Great to see the police escort, too. Good work.
great ride, in spite of the rain. Thanks to the organizers.
Thank you so much to everyone who organized this, and everyone who shared their stories.
Bill Peduto showed up and had some nice words for Iain
1 - 2:13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dy-reUFkTY
Ride of Silence, pre-ride milling around, crowd shots (1 of 7)
2 - 0:34 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu7ed0lY3vQ
Ride of Silence, pre-ride call to form into circle (2 of 7)
3 - 15:42 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jPJyPZgUJk
Ride of Silence, pre-ride speeches (3 of 7)
4 - 4:31 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqWpa3kF8Y
Ride of Silence, pre-ride speeches (4 of 7)
5 - 1:27 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ4U-11CSjU
Ride of Silence, Iain during the ride through Bloomfield (5 of 7)
6 - 1:48 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH946y9N3JU
Ride of Silence, end of the ride, Iain and his mother returning (6 of 7)
7 - 11:45 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdI5UGPwEhw
Ride of Silence, post-ride speeches (7 of 7)
We had two council members there, and the Mayor, as well as a police escort. It's clear that Bike Pittsburgh has become a political force to be respected in this city, and we're being pandered to (and I like it).
I was moved to see Iain there, with his family, healthy and riding a bike.
Must see interview with Iain
on WPXI http://www.wpxi.com/videos/news/ride-of-silence-aims-to-raise-awareness-for/vCcPgw/
There was also a reporter there from KDKA and a print photographer from one of the papers, but I couldnt find anything on their websites.
Thanks for the great ride everybody. It means so much to me and my family. Sean
Oh, BTW, some news: the Mayor let drop they're planning a bike lane (? protected ?) from the Schenley Plaza to Greenfield. Presumably that would run Schenley Drive / Panther Hollow Road / Greenfield Road.
Reply (to below): I think he was talking about this year.
@jonawebb, Did the mayor give any timeframe on that? That kind of bike infrastructure would be fantastic and unbelievably useful.
Another possibility would be a bike lane with a counterflow lane on Overlook through the park. The contra-flow part would have to make use of a sidewalk at the bottom near the mess at the Boulevard but could also work with a bit of imagination.
The bit about a connector from Greenfield to Oakland got me very, very excited. jonawebb, hope you're right about the route... certainly would be a heck of a lot more direct and adaptable to more transportation use cases if that includes Panther Hollow Rd!
And what of the mowed patterns in the field between Bartlett playground and Beacon street? Anyone know if they're going to be putting paths down there? Sure hope so, climbing Hobart and making the left on Beacon stinks.
Would fit together with this potential green lane plan rather beautifully.
i can confirm the city is looking into this as part of the green lane project
There are some diagrams of the storm water retention work they're doing in that field in the big PDF linked as Section 4 & 5 here
. Page 5-7 shows a "mown path" at the bottom of a hillside, but I'm not sure if it's new or where it is exactly. There are also some drawings for a proposal to give Schenley Drive a road diet. It's from 2011 so specific plans today may be different.
Yes, it was a nice ride yesterday. Well done, everybody. Here are some photos.