02

Blog

New Orleans Ride of Silence

May 15, 2019

I’m going to the Ride of Silence on the evening of Wednesday, May 15, 2019. This ride honors those who have been injured or killed while riding and raises awareness about sharing our roadways. If you’re in favor of this, come ride with us.  

The Ride of Silence happens worldwide and is now in its 17th year. In New Orleans, we will meet at the St. Charles Avenue fountain in Audubon Park (directly across from Tulane University) at 6:30 p.m. and depart after a few remarks. We will ride in “silence” and head up the Mississippi River levee before doubling back for the return. Total riding distance is about 12 miles.

Ride of Silence Bicycle Accident

This year’s ride in New Orleans will have particular significance. Over a ten-day period in February and March 2019, three bicyclists were killed on the streets of New Orleans. On February 20, Frank Fisher rode down the Carrolton Avenue bike lane when he and the driver of an overtaking garbage truck fatally collided. On March 2, a drunk driver sped down the bike lane on Esplanade Avenue. He killed two people, Sharree Williams and David Hynes, and injured numerous others. Their ghost bikes now serve as a daily reminder of these losses. Not coincidentally, this ride is held during National Bike Month.

Bicycle Death

As a past participant of this ride for many years, I’ve observed several things. First, this is a ride for everyone and all capabilities. We adhere to the suggested speed limit of 12 mph, which is a pace that I’ve found allows me to reflect on the purpose of the ride. You don’t need to worry about drafting and can just pedal, think, and feel. Second, the ride is free to all. Third, a helmet and bike lights are strongly encouraged. Finally, this event has the same purpose and tone across all 373 rides that happen at the same time. Last year, I rode with many of my Bike Law North Carolina friends at the Charlotte Ride of Silence. Despite the rain, there was an impressive turnout from a strong riding community that showed up to honor those killed or injured while cycling. I encourage you to link up with the ride happening closest to you. If there’s not one, consider starting your own.

North Carolina bike advocacy

The first Ride of Silence was organized in Dallas after cyclist Larry Schwartz was struck and killed by the driver of a passing bus. The ride happened days after this fatality and drew 1,000 cyclists from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Chris Phelan, who organized the first ride, thought that this was a one-time event. He then began getting calls from other cycling communities who wanted to hold their own rides. After 16 years, this ride is now held on 7 continents, in 20 countries, and in 47 states in the U.S.  

For families affected by roadway fatalities, this ride is a chance to properly honor the lives of those who have been lost. Frankie Fisher’s sister, Angie, says that her brother “was happiest when living life and riding his bike” and that the “care and support of the bicyclists in New Orleans” has helped while their family continues to mourn this loss.

This year, we’re having a post-ride get together a short distance from the ride’s gathering spot in Audubon Park. Light food and refreshments will be provided at 1527 Calhoun Street when the ride finishes. Come join us.

For more information, email our Ride of Silence organizer (Donald Duzac – [email protected]) or me ([email protected]).

Comments

Ash Our Streets
Daniel Brazil Jan 13, 2021

As a Minneapolis-based attorney, I live, work, play and bike in the city. Although my city might be known for its lakes and our infamous Juicy Lucy, Minneapolis’ dedication to having safer streets for all should be included in that list. To reach the safe streets goal, numerous non-profit organizations and groups are working tirelessly […]

Read More
Ambassador
Rachael Maney Jan 11, 2021

Applications for the Bike Law Foundation Ambassador Program are now live. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 24th. Those selected will be notified on or before February 1. Thanks for your support and willingness to work together to make bicycling safer for all. We are committed to you, to one another, and […]

Read More
3-foot passing close call
Charlie Thomas Jan 11, 2021

It happens all the time: Someone emails me video footage, clearly showing they were biking along when a car buzzes past, coming within inches of a horrible crash — and there’s nothing I can do about it because we don’t have the laws in place to do something to help. Luckily, that might be about […]

Read More
killing cyclist bike law
Rachael Maney Dec 22, 2020

BIKE LAW ANNOUNCES THE INDICTMENT OF CARL BEHLER FOR KILLING CYCLIST AND INJURING OTHERS   Today, Carl Behler appeared in court for the first time for killing cyclist Arthur Carter and injuring others. He was indicted on Friday (12/18) by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury and promptly arrested and detained for 7 crimes related […]

Read More
Bicycle Mayor
Bruce Hagen Dec 03, 2020

When I (Maria of Bike Law Georgia) called Pattie Baker, the first Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, she was trudging through marshland on her bicycle on Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway. I pictured her in my mind with her bike, wearing her signature skirts, and mud on her sandals. Always on the go, the newly minted Metro […]

Read More
Alabama Bike Advocacy
Danny Feldman Dec 02, 2020

When Alabama bike advocate Jamie Miernik was growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she dreamed of being an astronaut.  And today, although she is not an astronaut, as a chemical engineer who worked for Boeing on the NASA space station project, she put her knowledge and talents to use keeping the astronauts safe and sound in […]

Read More
Local bike shop Atlanta Bike Shop Mechanic
Bruce Hagen Nov 06, 2020

We have so many amazing local bike shops in the Atlanta Metro Area and in Georgia that it’s hard to single out any for the service that they provide, but here’s a short list of some of the shops from various parts of town and throughout the state. Eight Great Local Bike Shops in Georgia […]

Read More
Justice Ginsberg Bike Law
Lauri Boxer-Macomber Nov 03, 2020

Last month after Justice Ginsberg passed away, I went on one of those long solo rides to pedal things out.  I was hoping that time in the saddle would help settle the emotional torrent within me.  On one hand, I was feeling driven, empowered, and more motivated than ever to step things up a notch […]

Read More
Women on Bikes Rachael
Peter Wilborn Oct 11, 2020

Rachael Maney is the Director of the Bike Law Network and of the non-profit Bike Law Foundation. As most of you know, she has spent the last two weeks on these pages profiling 16 Women on Bikes leading up to yesterday’s inaugural Women’s Cycling Day. If you haven’t yet, read her profiles of and conversations with […]

Read More
Load More