Silent bike ride to raise awareness

A silent bike ride near Newark tonight aims to raise awareness of those who’ve been killed in bicycle accidents, and encourage drivers to share the road.

Riders will start near Newark Charter School around 7 p.m. and ride in silence through local developments, along James Hall Trail, onto Main Street, and finish back where they started.  

The ride, organized by the White Clay Bicycle Club, is part of a national effort to remember victims of bike accidents.  The first Ride of Silence was held in Dallas in 2003 after the death of endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz.  

The event is designed to coincide with Bike Safety month.  In Delaware, the ride comes just days before hundreds of riders will descend on Wilmington for the annual Wilmington Grand Prix this weekend. This Friday, Wilmington Mayor James Baker is urging workers to bike-to-work in downtown Wilmington.

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