Solo Rides Throughout Greater Greensboro
RECAP: The Greensboro Ride of Silence is part of a world-wide event uniting bicyclists globally in honoring those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Large numbers of cyclists riding during the event raise awareness of cyclists' presence on the road, thus encouraging motorists to share the road.
May 20th, this important event was still held, but in a different
format as we did our part to encourage social distancing in the midst of
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants were asked to:
- Ride solo or with members of their household during the event. Social distance throughout the ride.
- Participation on an indoor bike trainer or exercise bike was acceptable for those uncomfortable with current circumstances.
- Register so that we were aware how many participated.
- A ghost bike was set up in front of Kontoor (former Wrangler building) at 400 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401, where we generally start and finish the ride. Cyclists were encouraged to ride by and a BIG representative took their picture with the ghost bike within the hour of the ride.
- Participants were also encouraged to post a picture of themselves riding during the event on a social media platform along with the hashtag: #RideofSilence2020 This was intended to link the rides together, making a statement, yet complying with social distancing requirements.
Participation was more important than ever, particularly since cyclist numbers increased with current circumstances. Sixty-eight people registered and, despite the rain, several had their pictures taken alongside the ghost bike in front of the Kontoor building, including our Greensboro bicycle patrol officers. The bicycle patrol participation was particularly touching since they have always led the ride in previous years.