GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Each year, hundreds of bicyclists come together across the nation to commemorate cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads.

The annual events raises awareness among motorists, the community and lawmakers of the dangers that many cyclists will face on the roads and how we can all better share public roadways.

The City of Grand Rapids has hosted a Ride of Silence every year since 2004 -- making Wednesday, May 15, the city's 15th event. 

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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Rev. Christopher Roe of the Fountain Street Church and hundreds of other cyclist are expected to ride six miles in a slow procession, in total silence. The ride will start at the 6th St. Bridge Park on Monroe Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

The group will be guided by the Grand Rapids Police Department and there will be a brief stop for a commemorative bagpiper at John Ball Park's entrance before returning to the bridge. There will be a post-ride gathering at Creston Brewery, were organizers say some of the proceeds from the evening will be donated. 

Riders are asked to wear helmets and lights are encouraged.

For more information about Ride of Silence, visit the national website.


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