January 11, 2011 (1/11/11):
Our web master just sent out an email last night, letting us know we are up to 58 locations (52 domestically, 6 internationally).
Though it is far from where we have to go, and far from the 321 locations we had last year, I still find this impressive.
Consider the second year of The Ride Of Silence, in 2004. We reached 50 locations! FIFTY! That was incredible then, unheard of. Those 50 were spread from Hawaii to Montreal. That blew my mind. It was incredible to think there would be that many rides going off on the same day, at the same time. Wow! It was very heady stuff, hard to fathom, hard to believe.
As of today we have over that number spread across 5 continents. Incredible!
I know, I know. You're thinking "So what?" But with each ride we add to the map, our voice grows that much louder, literally dying to be heard. I appreciate every single ride, every addition, clump, pack, peleton, rally we can get out on May 18, 2011, 7 pm, no matter the location or the number of riders.
Though I can appreciate 58 registered rides on the web site, I want to see the map COVERED with dots. Dots everywhere, representing some passionate person out there riding slowly and silently, in memory of the thousands of cyclists killed, and in protest of how cyclists have become an invisible population to motorists, authorities, courts, city planners and insurance companies.
Last year we hit 321.
But there is no reason why we can't hit over 500! No reason.
How 'bout you, Europe? Think you can pony up with 50-75 rides? I think you can. And what about you, South America? Can I put you down for the same number, 50-75? Surely, yes. Japan? Australia? Africa? You, too, United States. Let's all get on the bus because we have a long way to go. So far, it's been nice. But we have so far to go, so far to go.
"Get on your bikes and ride!" - Freddie Mercury
You can see today's registered rides at:http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.phphttp://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-international.php