City Paper is not for tourists
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