Slow, silent procession to honour cyclists hurt and killed

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If you are driving in Windsor Wednesday evening, you might see a large group of cyclists following a hearse.

Bike Windsor Essex, a local cycling advocacy group, is holding its 11th annual Ride of Silence.

The ride starts at 6:45 p.m. at The Bike Kitchen at 628 Monmouth Rd. at Wyandotte Street East.

A second hearse will bring up the rear of the procession as it makes its way through city streets.

The objective of the ride is two-fold: to honour cyclists who are injured and killed on streets every year around the world, and to remind drivers cyclists have the legal right to share the road without fear.

The hearses underscore the dire consequences faced by cyclists when drivers are inattentive, do not give those on bikes at least a metre of space, and do not follow the rules of the road.

“Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists on the road themselves,” read a release from Bike Windsor Essex.

Riders of all ages are welcome, but helmets are mandatory for all cyclists under the age of 18. All cyclists must have a bike light.

Donations are welcome, but there is no cost to participate. Proceeds will help efforts to make the roads safer and the region more bike-friendly.

Last year, 140 riders took part.