New Jersey bicyclists gear up for Ride of Silence for safety

Some New Jersey bicyclists are gearing up for their annual ride to honor those injured or killed while cycling.

The Ride of Silence in May takes place in Medford, Somerset, Williamstown and other locations and is meant to quietly raise awareness that cyclists are sharing roadways with motorists. It’s part of a worldwide movement involving thousands of cyclists who ride on the third Wednesday in May without saying a word.

This year’s ride is scheduled for May 18.

Organizers say last year’s ride took place in 340 locations worldwide. They say zero words were spoken.

Williamstown ride leader Debbie Kaighn says there have been at least two cycling deaths in New Jersey this year.

She says this year’s Ride of Silence route is 10 miles long and the pace will be 10 to 12 mph. Helmets are mandatory.

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