The National Ride Of Silence In Tucson

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

May is National Bicycle Month and there are many events across the country to recognize and promote aware of cycling.

Over the past couple years, Tucson had eleven cyclist fatalities and in one year, 347 crashes involved cyclists. We've had 39 deaths since 2001.  Sstatistics show the most common culprit for motorists in these accidents is failure to yield the right of way, followed by inattention. For cyclists, it's failure to yield and riding in the opposing traffic lane.

The National Ride Of Silence on Wednesday, on May 18th, is a 9 mile ride where cyclists remain quiet in honor of those who were killed or injured while riding on public roads.  The ride also will promote awareness that cyclists are a part of traffic, like it or not, and it's better to share the road than make an angry mistake to push them off.

WHERE:  This escorted ride leaves at 6:00 pm from Reid Park, west side Ramada #22. Riders will gather at 5:45 pm for a ride of approximately 9 miles.

ROUTE:  Beginning at Country Club Rd., west on 22nd St., north on Tucson Blvd., east on E. Elm St. which becomes Pima St., south on Columbus Blvd., west on 22nd Street, north on Country Club Rd., and return to parking lot.

WHO:  The National Ride of Silence is organized by the Greater Bicycling Association of Tucson.

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Comments (9)

TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Gabrielle. Yes, cycling is so much fun. I need to get a new pump as mine broke the other day...

May 16, 2011 12:56 AM
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Good morning, they passed a law in Illinois making it illeagal to drive within three feet of a bicycle rider.  Now I need to dust off the cobwebs of my bike and get moving.

May 16, 2011 12:59 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


My friend Jack showed up at church yesterday with his arm in a sling.  It's broken in three places from a fall he took when a car ran him and his bicycle off the road.  He's lucky he's alive.

Mike in Tucson

May 16, 2011 01:26 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Gabrielle - every time I see a cyclist without a helmet on it makes me crazy. If they ever spent time in the ICU, they'd realize how criticalthey are between life and death. (pun intended!) Sounds like a great cause that will bring safetyawareness. I also realize that motorist need to pay attention and always respect cyclist when they are out on the road.

May 16, 2011 01:31 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


The statistics on cycling deaths is sobering. Narrow roads, aggressive drivers, and bikes are a dangerous mix.


May 16, 2011 01:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hi Gabrielle,  Wow bicycle death is way to many.  In Denver we have lots of riding trails that go around the city and to downtown.  Most of these are off the road way.  Have a great day!

May 16, 2011 02:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

GOOD MORNING GABRIELLE! I love to cycle and we do it everyday in the summer that we can as a family. I've taught my kids that you can not have it both ways when it comes to cycling and the rules of the road as we often see bikers speed through red lights and then flip-off motorists for not yielding.

May 16, 2011 02:48 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Am I starting to see a trend?  First you're speechless Sunday gas prices and now national bicycle rides.  I am an avid bike rider and fully support a ride in tribute to those who have lost their lives while pursuing something in love...

May 16, 2011 04:06 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI PAUL!  I know you are - very supportive of cycling -- I look forward to you coming down here one day for the El Tour!  Me - you and our bikes!

HI BOB!  It's unfortunate that there are cyclists that make it a challenge for motorists and give other cyclists a bad name.   I get irritated myself at those that just refuse to do the right thing - and why take a chance up against a car?? Sigh.

HI WILL!  I agree - I think Tucson is rough on cyclists - even if it's a high profile event with traffic control and baricades - motorists here just seem to get angry that bikes are on the streets no matter what.  It's nice to have a lot of cycling trails where you live!

HI RICH!  It's dangerous enough for motorists up against other motorists.  I try to avoid the streets as much as possible but sometimes when I try to commute or just get out for exercise it's just scary!

HI KRISTINE!  It's a two way street with everyone - agreed.  It's unfortunate that there are aggressive cyclists and motorists - that combination never leads to anything good.  Hopefully everyone can start to be a little nicer on the roads!

HI MIKE!  So sorry to hear that.  It's just not worth it -- granted some cyclists are rude and inconsiderate - but so are motorists - but to intentionally try and hurt someone is never acceptable. I hope he gets better soon.

HI JOE!  Great!  We ask for 5 feet here in Tucson!  Dust away!

HI MICHAEL!  Well then I hope the weather has gotten nice enough for you to be outside!  Happy to hear that!

May 16, 2011 06:24 AM