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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ride of Silence

Tonight is the Ride of Silence, a slow-paced bike ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

The Ride of Silence will take place at 7 p.m. at numerous locations nationwide, and St. Louis is no exception. The St. Louis edition of the ride begins at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and is slated to go 10 to 12 miles, according to the Ride of Silence Web site.

Other Missouri communities hosting a Ride of Silence are Kansas City, Springfield, Sedalia and St. Joseph. Illinois communities hosting a Ride of Silence are Arlington Heights, Champaign-Urbana, Charleston, Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Joliet and Peoria. To find out more details about those rides or about Ride of Silence in other states, visit the Ride of Silence schedule.

I won't be able to attend tonight's Ride of Silence in St. Louis because I'm riding with the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society tonight in Mascoutah, Ill. However, I do plan to ride in honor of Gerry "Chief" Frierdich tonight. Gerry continues to make great strides in his recovery from an August 2007 accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

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