For the first time ever, a professional photographer inspired by the Ride's cause volunteered to capture the event with a group photo of the participants at Daley Plaza just before the ride departed. The way this Ride touches the community - beyond bicyclists - is a testament to the power this annual Ride can make in the community.
This year's Chicago ROS partnered with the City's Vision Zero Chicago initiative to further raise awareness of steps being taken at the city level to eliminate traffic crashes that cause death and serious injury on the roadways. The route took cyclists to the West Side where Vision Zero launched in June 2017. As the long line of cyclists paraded in silence down Randolph Street, onlookers took pause at the silent 'funeral-like' procession. Riders stopped to reflect at the ghost bike of Louis Ray Smith on Homan Avenue before heading back east to the West Town area to visit Lisa Kuivinen's bike on Milwaukee Avenue. The Ride traversed streets identified as high crash corridors to draw attention to these areas where using the road can be more dangerous.
Post-Ride participants signed the Vision Zero Chicago pledge and learned how Vision Zero aims to achieve its goals citywide through the equitable distribution of resources and inclusive community engagement. The Chicago community's cyclists came together on May 16, 2018 in a united effort that seeks safer roadways for all.
For photos of this year's Ride of Silence see:
Thank you Mike Oboza, volunteer photographer, for helping document candid moments of our 13th anniversary of Ride Of Silence Chicago