City Desk

Tomorrow’s Ride of Silence to Honor Killed Cyclists Alice Swanson, Ian Wolfe, Brent Hurd

D.C. cyclists are planning a local route as part of the national Ride of Silence tomorrow that will pass the places where Alice Swanson and Ian Wolfe died, as well as American Univeristy, where Brent Hurd, killed while cycling in India, taught.

The ride will start at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Memorial and will be over by 10 p.m. The WashCycle, which planned the route, encourages people to wear a helmet and to bring a black armband to remember those injured on bikes. "If you have been injured while cycling," the site says, "please wear a red armband instead. As we will be riding at dusk you should also bring reflective clothing and lights for your bike."

The Ride of Silence, started by a Dallas-area cyclist in 2003 to honor an endurance rider killed by the mirror of a passing bus, is not sponsored by anyone and it's free. Anyone can participate in tomorrow's D.C. ride.

Photograph of Alice Swanson's ghost bike at the 2000 block of R Street NW by Darrow Montgomery

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  • DCBiker

    This ride wasn't sponsored by anyone, which is I guess why I didn't hear about it until today. I read the waba emails. Would have loved to ride. One of the honorees was a friend of mine and none of his other friends who I knew knew about the ride beforehand either. Sigh.

  • CK

    Hey Jule - how did you learn about the event or who is your contact. I also knew one of the honorees and would like to know the genesis of the event and how it turned out.

  • Dave

    I assume that all traffic lights and laws will be observed? Imagine the tragic irony of a bicyclst being hit as (s)he rides through a red light to stay with part of the pack. Dusk is the most dangerous time to be riding. Wear your helmets and ride safely everyone.