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Rants and Ruminations on the perils and pleasures of walking and biking for transportation with emphasis on facilities, policies, behaviors and attitudes that affect our efficacy and safety.
On May 16, 2007, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence™ will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. 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 themselves.In Tallahssee the ride was organized by Roger Holdener. Four cyclists participated, up from one sole cyclist last year. The ride started at Tom Brown Park at 6:00 p.m. and followed the Park-Call corridor to the downtown, then took Adams Street to the Capitol, where we stopped in front of the Old Capitol building for a photo.
Each walking bus had an adult 'driver' at the front and and an adult 'conductor' bringing up the rear. The children walk to school in a group along a set route picking up additional 'passengers' at specific 'bus-stops' along the way.
The bus runs rain or shine and everyone wears a reflective jacket. Along the way children can chat to their friends, learn valuable road safety skills and gain some independence.