Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. --- William Golding
This Sunday, the Recycler's official ride will incorporate the "Ride of Remembrance", being promoted by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC). We will meet at our usual spot on Mission Bay (1st parking lot north of the Hilton) at 8:00. We will then leave at 8:15, as a group, to join other riders at the Mission Bay Visitors' Center (one of 4 "official" starting points). The ride from the visitors' center is set to begin at 8:30.
The official blurb from the SDCBC's web site and some additional information follows. This is a chance for us to actively demonstrate our collective desire for safer biking conditions in San Diego and to honor our fellow riders who have been hurt and/or killed on San Diego roadways. It will hopefully attract a number of folks, so we might want to allow ourselves a bit more time to get ready by arriving early Sunday morning.
The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition requests your participation in our 2nd Annual* "Ride of Remembrance"*. Five cyclists have been killed n the past twelve months on our city and county roads and 216 have been injured. Join members of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Bicycle Club, the Sierra Club, the Triathlon Club of San Diego and others in remembering our friends who have been injured or killed.
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
Riders will leave from a variety of locations throughout the county, coming together between 9:30 & 10:00 am on Kearny Villa Road to silently ride as many 1 mile loops as you wish. This road design has been the scene of a number of cycling fatalities including Captain Patrick Klokow (2005) and Larry Mahr (2001). Media organizations have promised us that they will be there...will you? Please join us to make a more powerful showing that Bikes Belong - Stop the Killings!
At this point group rides to the Kearny Villa Road site are planned to depart from:
(Rides will ride at a moderate pace to the ride. Volunteer ride leaders will show you the route!)
Or create your own ride! there is very limited car parking in this area - so bicycle on over on your own and join us!
Light refreshments and a brief program will take place at approximately 10:30 am at the east end of Harris Plant Road. Last year we had approximately 500 cyclists come out for this positive sign of solidarity. We hope to beat that number this year!
Please pass this along to every cyclist you know!
(This ride is not a sanctioned or organized group ride, it is a peaceful and positive gathering in memory of friends and in hope of better cycling conditions!)
I hope to see you all Sunday at 8:00 for our 8:15 departure.