The Ride of Silence is ridden as a funeral procession for eight miles at pace of 8-10 mph.
Mark Stoll, local ride organizer, thanked the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department and Spring Lake Township for their continued support of the Ride of Silence. He also reminded the 61 participants about their responsibilities and rights while sharing our roadways with motorists.
Erik Nordman, representing Spring Lake Township, read a proclamation of support for the Ride of Silence. Mark Hagar, Ride of Silence national vice president and Michigan regional director, informed the riders that the event was taking place at 372 locations on seven continents in 26 countries and all 50 states.
The riders all became quiet while a prayer was read and a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace," and the procession rolled out of Central Park. Black and red armbands were worn by many participants signifying a remembrance of someone injured or killed while enjoying cycling.