The National Ride of Silence- Freedom Park, Medford NJ.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
Medford, NJ – On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 beginning at 7:00 pm, Medford’s Freedom Park will be host to the local starting and ending point for the 14th anniversary of the National Ride of Silence. On this day cyclists worldwide will take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roads. The Ride of Silence also is intended to bring attention to bicycle safety as well highlighting cyclists’ legal right to “Share the Road” with motorists.
This is the fifth year that the Medford Chapter will ride. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that has its cyclists bike no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. Families, couples, friends and neighbors are encouraged to come out and show their support during a 7 mile ride under their own power.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. Since then the ride has grown into a worldwide event staged the same week in May.
The Medford event will start at 7pm at Freedom Park (86 Union Street). Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to allow for parking and registration. Participants must also have bicycle that is safe and operable, wear a helmet, and be able to make the ride 12mph/8 mile ride under their own power. Riders should be back to Freedom Park by dusk (approx. 8:30 pm) This year the event is especially dear to our hearts, as a result of the tragic and sudden death of one of our own, Eileen Marmino, a 34 year old mother of two. She was tragically struck and killed on her 7th wedding anniversary while cycling in Medford in 2015.
The Medford branch of the ride will be approx. 7 miles through beautiful Medford, beginning and ending at Freedom Park. Riders will ride through the farmlands, neighborhoods, and downtown of Medford. The roads close for our ride and we receive police escort from the township. This year, we will be setting up a white bike at the site where this tragic loss of life happened. We are asking all riders to drop a flower as they pass the site, in Eileen’s memory and honor.
Normally, no registration fee or donation are required to participate. However, this year we hope that participants will contribute to the scholarship fund for Eileen’s twin children. Checks may be made to Ellie Marmino or to Paul Joseph Marmino, c/o Paul Marmino, and mailed to TD Bank, 517 Stokes Road, Medford, NJ 08055. Again, no registration fee or donation is required to participate, but would be much appreciated. In the past, we’ve had a strong turnout and we’re hoping to double that this year. Previously, we’ve had a turnout of 200+ and we would love to have 400+ participants this year.
According to New Jersey State Police (www.njsp.org), there have been 146 fatal bicycle-automobile injuries in NJ from 2002 -2011. "There are many, many more that are seriously injured, but I couldn't find statistics in NJ. For example in Michigan in one year (2007) there were 2,188 reported accidents between automobiles and bicycles. The largest percentage of fatalities occurred in two demographics,
- Children 11-15 yrs. of age (23.5%)
- Adults 45-54 yrs. of age (41.2%)
Many drivers are not aware that bicycles are legally required to ride in the streets and roads and not on sidewalks" Wartenberg concluded.
A brief ceremony remembering family and loved-ones who lost their lives while riding their bicycle will be held, followed by ride protocol and safety instructions.
This event is sponsored by Medford Township, NJ and is supported by the Medford Police Department. The Medford Police will be stopping traffic along the route so the ride will be safe and clear. Bicycle Mechanics will be on hand to check bikes. Industry related and safety vendors will be on hand as well.
For more information and to register go to Medford Ride of Silence Facebook page
National Ride of Silence website: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php