Bicylcists hope to say a lot by saying nothing

The Ride of Silence honors bicyclists killed in past year.

Mike DeNardo
May 15, 2018 - 10:30 pm
Activists create a makeshift memorial at 10th and Spring Garden streets, where bicyclist Pablo Avendano was killed Saturday.

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Days after a bicyclist was struck and killed on Spring Garden Street, hundreds of cyclists will ride in memory of those killed and injured on local streets.  

The 14th annual Ride of Silence Wednesday night raises awareness of riders' rights and honors 11 bicyclists killed on Delaware Valley roads in the last year — including Pablo Avendano, who was killed Saturday at 10th and Spring Garden streets.  

"When you're in the Ride of Silence, we ask you to be quiet," said event organizer Ray Scheinfeld. "And all you hear during the Ride of Silence is the police car ahead of us going 'woop, woop,' to block some of the intersections and the sound of your chain and your gears."

The hour-long ride starts at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then heads to Independence Hall and West Philadelphia before circling back to the museum.

"Everyone is special, is sacred, should ride safe every day," Scheinfeld added. "So even if one person was killed during the year, we would expect that to be a poignant time."