Riding in silence

May 21 marked the eighth consecutive year that a Ride of Silence was held in Spring Lake.
Contributed
May 24, 2014

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.

Comments

ninja660

It would be nice if their was more info on this.. like who or what this is for/what agencies are sponsoring this or what the reason for this ride is would be a nice addition as it seems the story is incomplete.

Zegota

I agree totally with ninja660 and why not have a large public (PR) push with media exposure before this occur?

markpedal

To ninja660 and Zegota, thanks for your comments.

The Ride of Silence began in 2003 when a nationally ranked endurance cyclists was struck and killed by a passing bus down in Dallas TX. What was thought to be a one time memorial ride for Larry S. has since grown into a world wide event, taking place always on the 3rd Wed. in May, at 7:00 PM.

Next year I'll continue working with our Grand Haven/Spring Lake organizer Mark Stoll, to get an advanced notice about the GH/SL Ride of Silence in Tribune, so local residence are aware of the Ride at least a week prior to. This was my 1st year directly involved in GH/SL, previously being the organizer of Grand Rapids' RofS.

Mark Hagar
Ride of Silence, Vice President, (Mentor, Tribute Ride Coordinator)
Ride of Silence, MI Director, Past 2005-2013 Grand Rapids MI USA Organizer
mark.hagar@rideofsilence.org
http://www.rideofsilence.org
"Alone we are but a whisper, together we will speak loudly through a silence that will resonate around the world"
616 232 7441 c

The 2014 Ride Of Silence:
314 locations world wide,
49 U.S. States & the D. of C.,
21 countries,
7 continents,
0 words spoken,
A million powerful memories

The 2015 Ride of Silence: Wed. May 20th, 7:00 PM World wide

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