May 17 Ride of Silence follows eight mile course

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The Second Laredo International Ride of Silence, which is set for Wednesday May 17, honors the memory of cyclists who have been injured or killed, raises awareness that cyclists have a legal right to ride on the road, and asks all road users to share it.

Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and is open and free to the public.

The first 150 registrants will receive a lighted armband courtesy of District VIII City Council member Roberto Balli.

An opening ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the City Telecommunications building at 1101 Garden. The ride begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Organizers encourage children 13 and up to participate in the entire ride. There is a shorter, alternate route that is approximately one-mile long for participants who may have a starter skill set or feel that a shorter route is more appropriate for them.

The Ride of Silence is part of the activities of BIKElaredo during National Bike Month. Other events include Ride to Work Day on May 19, a May 20 morning ride to the Jarvis Plaza Farmers Market, a May 20 evening Glow Ride through historic downtown Laredo, and a May 27 Laredo Police Department Bike Rodeo at El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside.

The City of Laredo hosted its first ever International Ride of Silence in 2016, the only bi-national event in the world as Laredo riders met the Nuevo Laredo group in the middle of the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (#1).

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