MAY 19, 2010 – IRVINE Wednesday night’s Ride of Silence in Irvine attracted hundreds of road and mountain bikers who toured a 9 mile route which included Alton Pkwy., one of the city’s busiest arterials. With Irvine police protecting the intersections the silent peleton rolled mostly two abreast, riders’ black armbands reminding motorists of the event’s intent: a tribute to bicyclists killed or injured by drivers who fail to safely share the road.
It was a sad reason to hold what was otherwise a beautiful twilight ride. After winding along Alton Pkwy., riders turned onto the regional bike trail to return along San Diego Creek through Windrow and Civic Center Parks to City Hall.
Irvine is one of 310 cities worldwide which held a Ride of Silence this year.