Members of the Bellevue Bicycle Club will join bicyclists around the world May 15 in a 10-mile ride designed to honor bicyclists who were killed or injured while riding.
Bellevue’s 2013 Ride of Silence will begin at 7 p.m. in the parking lot just north of the Culver’s restaurant at 3602 Raynor Parkway and will continue for 10.07 miles as it loops back to the starting point.
The international event began in Dallas in 2003 and the 2013 event is expected to involve riders in more than 250 cities and 18 countries.
Curt Clowe, publicity director for the Bellevue Bicycle Club, said about 100 riders will take to Bellevue’s streets the evening of May 15, which, as the third Wednesday in May, is the day and the hour the annual ride will be observed around the world.
The Bellevue ride will head south from the parking lot to Raynor Drive and then east to 36th Street.
The route then winds south on 36th Street to Twin Creek Drive, west along Twin Creek Drive to 42nd Street where riders will merge onto Highway 370, heading east to Fort Crook Road. The route then travels north on Fort Crook Road to Cornhusker Road where it heads west to 48th Street. Riders then turn around and follow Cornhusker Road back to 36th Street, where they will head south to the start.
A motorcycle escort will be provided by police.
There is no cost to participate in the ride, and registration is not required, though a helmet is.
Clowe said riders will pause at the intersection of 36th Street and Cornhusker Road to honor the memory of bicyclist Mike Ledent who was killed there by the driver of a lumber truck in October 2005.
The website rideofsilence.org has been set up to coordinate the international event.
Organizers, in a statement of intent on the website, said the ride is meant not only to remember those killed or injured while cycling but also to remind motorists that bicyclists have a legal right to use public roads.
“We rally people from the slumber behind their wheel to be aware of cyclists using the road, legally,” ride organizers said in a statement. “We want to remind motorists of their legal obligation to share the road.”