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Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Join cyclists worldwide for a Ride of Silence

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, hundreds of locations worldwide will host an annual Ride of Silence. This slow-paced, communal ride exists to promote cycling awareness, remind motorists that it’s the law to share the road, and to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed in collisions on public roadways.

The ride is free and has a speed limit of 12 mph. Organizers request all participants to wear helmets, abide by the rules of the road and remain silent for the duration of the ride.

Local rides will take place in Joliet, Arlington Heights and downtown Chicago. The Joliet Ride of Silence is honoring the memory of Jan Briese – the Joliet Bicycle Club leader who was struck and killed by a motorist in May 2005 while on a weekly club ride.

For more information on the local rides, see the contacts listed below. A comprehensive list of the rides planned internationally can be found at www.rideofsilence.org.

Ride of Silence, Joliet, IL
Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 6:45 p.m. line up; 7 p.m. prompt ride begins
Where: Joliet, Illinois – Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St. (Rt. 52)
Distance: 9 miles
Contact: Sara Jo Briese, sjbriese@yahoo.com

Ride of Silence, Arlington Heights, IL

Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 7 p.m. prompt ride begins
Where: Arlington Heights, IL – Recreation Park, 500 East Miner
Distance: 10 miles
Contact: Gary Gilbert, rideofsilence@cyclearlington.com

Ride of Silence, Chicago, IL
Date: May 16, 2012
Time: Meet at 6:45 P.M.; 7 p.m. prompt ride begins
Where: Chicago, IL – Daley Plaza (corner of Dearborn and Washington)
Distance: 10 miles
Contact: Elizabeth Adamczyk, rideofsilence.chicago@gmail.com