At 7 pm Wednesday, May 21, the Portland Ride of Silence will start in downtown at Northwest Park Avenue and Everett Street in the North Park Blocks and ends on North Mississippi Avenue between Russell Street and Interstate Avenue. Ride for Silence began in 2003 in Dallas, Texas, in response to the death of endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, and has since reached over 100 cities worldwide. The primary purpose of the slow processional is to mourn cyclists who've died riding, but it also raises awareness amongst police, motorists, and city officials as a reminder to share the road responsibly.
Portland's 7-mile processional will have an escort from Portland Police, and will pass the ghost bikes of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek, cyclists killed last fall on Oregon roadways.
There will be eight rides in Oregon communities: Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford, Pendelton, Portland, Salem (click here
for more info).