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.