We joined the Manly inaugural Ride of Silence, with 314 locations in 22 countries around the world.
At 7:45am around 90 cyclists plus foot marshals organised by Peter Mcnamara assembled at Manly Beach, near the end of the Corso. There was a diversity of riders and a great manly families with the youngest participant aged 3 years old, riding a wooden push bicycle!
Kristina Stoney introduced the mission of the Ride of Silence: to honour bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety. Warren Evans provided a safety brief and then two by two the assembled rolled out in complete silence.
Following a silent lap of Manly, the group finished in front of Manly Council. Nic Arney broke the silence with a tribute to friend Toby Wallace, a Manly resident killed by a motorist while cycling last year. It was then open for others to share their stories and 6 people stepped forward including the brave Campbell family whose father was killed while cycling in Mosman on the Easter Weekend.
The ride finished with a letter to Hon Mike Baird dropped in the mail box with 66 signatures. Letter and additional comments below.
Letter to Hon M. Baird MP, Premier of New South Whales:
Today the following individuals participated in the Ride of Silence, a globally organised event, this year taking place in over 300 locations in 22 countries. The mission of the Ride of Silence is to honour bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety.
With a rise in local cycling injuries and fatalities we urge development of safe bicycle infrastructure and advocate for a respectful understanding with motorists for shared roads.
We extend our support to your governance in achieving better outcomes for all bicyclists.
With Kind regards from Manly,”
The Ride of Silence is an annual event, and we will join the global event same time next year.
Get in contact if you would like to be involved and until then, enjoy your riding and travel safely.