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Ride of Silence to take place May 16

Dylan Goetz • May 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Loose Spokes Bicycle of Grand Haven is hosting a Ride of Silence to raise cycling rights awareness and honor cyclers who were injured on public roads.

Ride of Silence is a national event hosted by local organizers in a police-escorted 7.5-mile bike ride.

The local event will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Spring Lake’s Central Park. The ride is slow-paced with a maximum speed of 12 mph.

The ride is free to cyclers of all ages, but riders must wear a helmet to participate.

Founded in 2003, the Ride of Silence started in Dallas with about 1,000 participants, according to its website. In 2017, Ride of Silence events took place in all 50 states and in 22 countries.

This is the first year Loose Spokes has hosted the event. The previous director, Mark Stoll, approached Christian Miller, the general manager of Loose Spokes Bicycle, to take over the event.

“It was more of an obligation to us than anything because somebody has to do it,” Miller said. “The intended purpose is mainly to show the drivers that there are cyclists in this town and we care about other cyclists.”

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