Honor Fallen Riders on May 15, 2019, 6 PM
BACA invites all bicycle advocates to ride in honor of those killed or injured on a silent ride from the parking lot next to EZ Mart at the corner of Main Street and Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive in Little Rock, to the Arkansas State Capitol. Beginning at 6 PM, we will ride in two columns, side by side, in silence, at an easy pace of less than 12 mph. Distance one way is approximately 1.5 miles. At the Capitol there will be a brief commemoration remembering Central Arkansas cyclists including Brett McCullough, 52, who was killed by a hit and run driver near Hot Springs, Arkansas in May, 2018, and John Edward Pilcher, 51, who was killed by a hit and run driver in Little Rock in October 2018.
The Ride of Silence is an annual international slow, silent bicycle ride on the third Wednesday in May to honor bicyclists killed and support those injured while riding on public roadways. It helps to raise awareness among motorists, the public and decision makers to make our roadways safer for everyone, especially bicyclists.
The first Ride of Silence was held in Dallas, Texas in 2003 and has now spread across the country and around the world. This Ride of Silence in Little Rock is sponsored by Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA). Ride leader will be Jim Britt.
If additional information is needed, please contact BACA executive director, Jodi Morris, at 501.420.2785, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood a Road Film Screening, 8pm, May 15
The award winning documentary Blood Road featuring 7xWorld Champion Rebecca Rusch, who completed the first time-to-beat setting ride of the Arkansas High Country Route, #ArHC, on the morning of the Ride of Silence, will be screened free at The Root parking lot, 1500 Main Street, Little Rock at 8 pm. Bring a bag chair and money if you want to eat (restaurant will be open) or purchase a $5 raffle ticket for Rusch donated items. Sponsored by Rebecca Rusch, Red Bull Media Films, National Park Service/ Central High NHS, The Root and BACA.
Join Arkansas Bicycle Club, BACA and Metroplan Ozone Action Days on a bike commute convoy from Murray Park Pavion 2&3 parking area along the Arkansas River Trail and downtown Little Rock to the South Main Historic Business District (SoMa). Boulevard Bread, Community Bakery and The Root are offering free coffee to bike commuters and Esse Museum and Astor’s will open early with free admission.