The International RideofSilence is held on the third Wednesday of May every year. The ride honors vulnerable road users who have been injured or killed by traffic violence while bicycling, raises awareness that bicyclists have a legal right to use the road, and reminds motorists to respectfully share the road with all users.
The 2023 Ride of Silence will occur on May 17th at 7 pm at Frazier McEwen Park in Tullahoma.
Enjoy these photos of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club’s participation in this event.
We also have video of the ceremonies before the riders departed.
Seven-year-old Mason Johnson shows off the bicycle he won at the Old Stone Fort State Park/Manchester Recreation Department bike rodeo and parade. Johnson rode his new bike during the parade, a round trip ride to the state park and back.
Staff photo by John Coffelt
No gas, little maintenance — the freedom of the road is truly free when riding a bicycle, but this carefree transportation requires some precautions to stay safe as possible.
“Always wear a helmet,” local certified instructor Joe Capezza of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club stresses first thing.
Before each ride, he performs the ABC Quick Check, to make certain the bicycle is ready for the journey.
Dogs are attracted to the spinning wheels and feet of the cyclist; even a friendly dog can cause you to fall and it hurts! Read on for what do to if you encounter a dog while riding and what the laws are in Tennessee related to dogs and their owners.
Tips to protect cyclists from dogs:
Watch for and announce dogs that chase.
Be very alert and keep both hands on the handlebars.
Sometimes, you can ignore a dog; in other cases, try a firm, loud “NO,” “HALT,” “HEY,” or “STOP.”
Hold your line in a group, if possible.
If the dog doesn’t stop, spray the dog with water or pepper stray.
Dismount your bike & put it between you and the dog.