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Ride of Silence to honor cyclists killed on the road

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TUCSON – Hundreds of silent cyclists are expected to gather Wednesday night to honor and mourn those who were killed by motorists on the road.

Participants of the 2019 Ride of Silence will meet at 5 p.m., at Reid Park, Ramada 19. Leaders of the organization and family members of the victims will speak at 5:30 p.m. The ride is set to depart at 6 p.m.

Ride of Silence asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 10 mph and remain silent during the ride.

The pre-determined route leaves from Reid Park, heading north on Country Club Road, east on Broadway Boulevard, south on Craycroft, west on 22nd Street and back north on Country Club Road where it will finish at Reid Park.

The event is hosted in partnership of LOOK! Save A Life and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association. The funeral type procession will be escorted by Tucson and Oro Valley police departments.

May is also National Bike Month, organizers hope to shed light on cycling awareness to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials.

The event is open to all cyclists. Black armbands will be disseminated and worn, helmets are required.  Cyclists are encouraged to wear bright clothing and to have lights.

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