Today’s Ride of Silence in Munich
The Ride of Silence is an international cycling event on the third Wednesday in May, which commemorates cyclists killed and injured on public roads. Cyclists around the world are demonstrating for more attention and safety on the road.
We met at 6:30 in pouring rain – otherwise there might have been more participants – and it rained for the whole ride which took us to the site of white bicycles, placed where bicyclists have been injured or killed in traffic accidents. We had a police escort of seven motorcycles and several volunteers from the German Bicycle Club who helped guide the group of perhaps 50 cyclists through the inner city at rush hour.
I couldn’t get my camera out in the heavy rain but did manage to snap a few pictures with my smartphone. I don’t know if this demonstration has any impact on the public awareness. But I was glad I was there.