Ride set this evening to mark bicycle deaths

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Cyclists will roll through Pittsburgh this evening to commemorate those lost in bicycle accidents.

The ride is observed worldwide on the third Wednesday of May, typically in complete silence. Pittsburgh’s will take place a week later and will not be silent. The event is an opportunity not only to mourn cyclists killed on the road but also to raise awareness about the right to share public space, according to organizer Jim Logan, president of the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen.

Mr. Logan said the path, beginning at the Dippy the Dinosaur statue in Schenley Plaza, follows the Penn Avenue Corridor to highlight the frequency of accidents along that route. There were two deaths on the corridor two years ago, he said, in addition to a third on a nearby street.

The ride begins at 7 p.m., following remarks by family members of victims. It will end before 8:30 p.m. Cyclists are asked to ride no faster than 12 mph.

The first ride of silence was organized in 2003 in Dallas after Larry Schwartz, an endurance rider, was struck by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. Mr. Logan said he began organizing rides in Pittsburgh after a man was killed in May 2010 on a Sunday commute to work.


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