May 13, 2013. On May 15, 2013 at 7:00pm the Ride of Silence (now in its tenth year) will begin in North America and continue to roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to Share the Road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The Ride, which is held during National Bike Safety Month and Week, seeks to give a visible reminder to motorists and bicyclists alike of their responsibility for ensuring safety on our shared roadways..
The Boone NC Ride starts at the Watauga County Social Services Building Parking Lot located on West King Street and Poplar Grove Connector Road. The Memorial Ride will follow a predetermined route down King Street, through Horn in the West Drive, along Rivers Street and back to the Social Services Building.
Participants of all abilities are invited to join the 4 mile procession. The Ride will not exceed 12 mph. The event starts at 6:30pm at the Watauga County Social Services parking lot with riders signing in and receiving either a red or black armband that represents knowing a cyclist that has
been injured or killed in a bicycle/auto collision. After a brief ceremony, ride protocol and safety
instructions will be announced and participates will roll at 7:00pm.