On the third Wednesday of May, at 7 PM local around the world, cyclists take to the roads in silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways. The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph for no longer than an hour, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and remain silent during the ride. The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness among motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials as we show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. Great Plains Bicycling Club participates in the Ride of Silence each year. We ride especially to remember Nebraska cyclists and cyclists with Nebraska connections who have been killed or injured while cycling.
The 2023 Ride of Silence begins at 7 PM, Wednesday May 17th.
Route: Meet at the Jane Snyder Trails Center, 21st and Q Streets in Lincoln. From the Trails Center head west on Q Street, then north on Antelope Valley Parkway, then southwest (left) on Salt Creek Rd. Continue onto Pinnacle Arena Drive to N Street. Follow the N Street Bikeway to 13th Street, then south to K Street to the north Capitol steps for a pause to remember cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding. From the Capitol continue east on K Street to Antelope Valley Parkway, north to P Street and return east to the Trails Center. Except for the N Street Bikeway, the entire ride will take place on streets.
The group will ride in one lane so we can fit as many as possible safely in a close group. Helmets are required.
For information about the worldwide Ride of Silence, see the Ride of Silence website.
Randy Gibson, Lincoln, 23 September 2017
Pat Steiner, Columbus, 17 April 2017
Larry Lienemann, Lincoln, 21 May 2015
David A. Zech, Douglas, 16 April 2015
Dr. Douglas Dalke, Roca, 22 September 2014
Jim Johnston, Omaha, 12 March 2014
Larry Paul Ebmeier, Alpine, TX, 6 October 2011
Lanny Criswell, Chappel, 30 March 2010
Myles Davis, Jr., Lincoln, 6 April 2009
Richard Germain, Lincoln, 11 June 2006
Arthur Bandars, retired police sergeant, Lincoln, 31 May 2006
Rodney Oestreicher, Kearney, 4 November 2005
Robert “Mike” LeDent, Millard, 2005
Dan Wisnousky, 23 October 2004
James Derr, Lincoln, 29 April 2003
Timothy Helms, Lincoln, 13 November 2001
Matthew Brown, age 11, Plano, Texas, 1998
Jill Eisenhauer, age 18, killed by a drunk driver while cycling north of Tecumseh, 4 August 1997
Jean Dockhorn, 17 May 1996
Dennis Sypal, Lincoln, 17 August 1989
Shanda Dixon, age 11, Lincoln, 4 April 1986