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Ride of Silence 2016 Fresno

Red Nihola Cargo Trike, Red Nihola 4.0

The Ride of Silence Event held in Fresno, CA 2016

Ghost Bike honoring the fallen who can no longer ride with us. Photo courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-7kGRgb3/A

Ghost Bike honoring the fallen who can no longer ride with us. Photo courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-7kGRgb3/A

Hundred’s of cyclist showed up to participate in the Fresno’s local ‘Ride of Silence” on Wednesday May 18th, 2016. The ride of silence is a nationwide event held to honor cyclist who have been killed or injured by motorist while cycling on public roads.  Just last month, Patrick TeNyenhuis a husband and father of two was hit and killed by a motorists while riding in the bicycle lane. Riders have the onus of safety on their shoulders and must protect themselves from distracted drivers. When drivers learn to drive they are taught ‘defensive driving’ techniques; however, cyclists need to go beyond this and employ ‘paranoid driving‘ techniques.  There is no guarantee that some distracted driver wont swerve into us while riding, even when we are in the bike lane.

Three Feet for Safety law in California

Riding along in my Red Family Cargo Trike. Getting pretty tired at this point. Photo Courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-VkdNTbS/A

Riding along in my Red Family Cargo Trike. Getting pretty tired at this point. Photo Courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-VkdNTbS/A

The ride of Silence is meant to bring awareness to the public that cyclists have a legal right to the road. Legislation in California was passed creating the Three Feet for Safety Act which states that cars must give cyclist 3 feet of space when passing. Unfortunately, this law is rarely, if ever, enforced. As a mother riding with children on my family cargo bike, I am acutely aware of how hyper-vigilant I must be while riding anywhere. And while my Nihola Cargo Trike is more visible than a regular two-wheeler, it is far less maneuverable and I would be hard pressed to outmaneuver a vehicle.

I participated in the Ride of Silence to show my support for the families and friends of the many cyclist who have been killed or injured while riding on Fresno roads. All cyclist stand in solidarity and we are united in our desire to have our roads safe and the public made aware of our presence. The more riders are on the road the more normalized cycling becomes. There are places in Europe where cycling is more common and more practical than driving a car; there are even places within the USA where cycling is commonplace. Fresno has made progress but still has a long way to go.

Going up this hill was pretty hard, my poor legs! Photo courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-KSnBZJg/A

Going up this hill was pretty hard, my poor legs! Photo courtesy of: https://jimhawephotography.smugmug.com/Silent-Ride-May-182016/i-KSnBZJg/A

My Impressions of the Ride of Silence

I was nervous about joining a large group of cyclist on such an important event. I brought only my oldest son, bringing the other two would have resulted in a less than silent ride. And I was anxious about riding nine miles, I had never ridden that far. But my fears were unfounded because the Fresno and Clovis cycling community were extremely friendly and welcomed me, and my unique family cargo trike, with open arms. And the ride was slowly paced and easy going, I was not even the last one done! I was unsure as to whether or not I would even be able to participate in this event because the starting part was very far away from my house, much too far to pedal there. Fortunately for me, my husband has a work trailer I was able to borrow for the evening. And we got there early enough that we went to Sonic next-door and bought my little boy a cherry shush to sip while riding. My little boy brought his little stuffed animal ‘bunny’ is it’s name, and strapped it into the baby seat to keep him safe. As you can probably imagine this got all kinds of attention from folks. It was just too cute, it even made the news!

Red Nihola Cargo Trike, Red Nihola 4.0

Cherry slurp from Sonic, this kid has a tough life.

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You have to make sure your best friend is safe.

Buckle up Bunny!

Buckle up Bunny!

So many people loved my bike and I got to talk all about it with people who were actually genuinely interested! Plus, we got to see a variety of other unique bikes and at least half-a-dozen traditional trikes. We were not the only “different” bike out there. I am looking forward to integrating myself into this wonderful group of people who share a passion for cycling. I had my Go Pro on and made this short little video of our experience. Even though the video is about 2 minutes long, it took me several hours to piece together, I am new to this whole video editing thing. Hope you enjoy!IMG_6577

Just one of the many cool trikes we saw at the Ride of Silence

Just one of the many cool trikes we saw at the Ride of Silence

I am not sure what kind of bike this was, but it looked really cool.

I am not sure what kind of bike this was, but it looked really cool.

On a bicycle made for two, this poor kid could not reach the pedals!

On a bicycle made for two, this poor kid could not reach the pedals!

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4 Comments

  1. Tippy

    This is so awesome and inspiring! Such a neat idea and I cannot wait to read more. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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    1. Samantha (Post author)

      Thank you Tippy! I love doing this!

      Reply
  2. Tina

    Awesome post and great job with the video!

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    1. Samantha (Post author)

      Thank you! It took me hours to put it together lol! But know I know how to do it, so hopefully in the future it will go much more quickly.

      Reply

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