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    Ride Of Silence Dec. 9 2006 8AM

    Here is an email that I recieved about an upcoming ride of silence, I am planning to be there, and it would be great if all of us from MTBR could make it also. Please pass this on to as many people as possible....................

    “Ride of Silence” December 9, 2006
    on behalf of
    Wes Carnes killed 10/20/06 at Baseline & Lindsay
    Organizing Committee – Sterling Baer, Wayne Churchman, Mike Hershauer, Stacey Hershauer, Curt Kempton, Kevin Kotsur, Rhett Evans, Lynn Arouh, Dave Gossling
    PURPOSE: Honor fallen cyclists in Mesa and Gilbert in the past year and raise community awareness for cycling safety while riding the streets of Gilbert and Mesa. There are hundreds that ride everyday in our two cities and several thousand across our Valley. The hope is to get hundreds across the valley to participate in this ride. It will be the first officially planned Ride of Silence in Arizona and an attempt to increase awareness through publicity across the Valley.
    Ride of Silence History – The first Ride of Silence was held in Dallas, Texas in 2003. The purpose is to remember cyclists killed by motorists and to show the public-at-large that there is a large community of cyclists that are out on our local roads who wish to safely SHARE the roads with motorists.
    The ride is an expression of support for local cyclists who have not only been killed bit also the many who have been injured who did not loose their life. These individuals are to be honored in a Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence is not only nation-wide, but world-wide. The Ride of Silence logo is a silhouetted cyclist on one bended knee next to his bike. It looks like any cyclist and represents us all.
    THE COURSE: The distance will be 10 miles. It will be long enough for cyclists and short enough for non-cyclists. It will start in Gilbert from Focus Cyclery and end in Mesa at Mike’s Bike Chalet. The route will proceed from the parking lot of Focus across
    Gilbert Rd
    and head east on
    Civic Center Rd
    South Palm Street
    and then head east on
    Cypress Street
    . The ride will then connect north to
    E. Jasper Drive
    and loop east and south to
    East Sheffield Ave
    and follow it out to
    Lindsay Road
    . Wes Carnes lived on Sheffield and we intend to pass by his home before heading north on
    South Lindsay Road
    . We will follow
    South Lindsay Road
    to North Lindsay 7.2miles to
    East Adobe Street
    . The ride will proceed 3 miles east on Adobe to
    North Higley Rd
    and turn north .5 miles to Mike’s Bike Chalet. The ride will start at 8:00 AM and conclude approximately at 9:00 to 9:30 AM.
    ENDORSERS: This is a no cost ride with no sponsors. There may be endorsers but they will bear NO responsibility (financial or otherwise) for the ride. By endorsing it, they are simply stating they believe in what is trying to be said through the hundreds of cyclists riding slowly (no faster than 12 MPH) in silence as a public assembly with the following goals:
    1. Mourn Wesley Carnes and all cyclists killed or injured specifically in Mesa and Gilbert as well as the Valley
    2. Show support for an ever increasing number of Cyclists in our East Valley Community
    3. Educate our citizens and raise awareness that Cyclists legally share the roads with motorists
    4. Making motorists aware of the life long legal, as well as life changing, problems that can ensue from killing a cyclist
    Endorsers may be companies, clubs, groups, driving associations, police, leaders in the community, and/or individuals.
    THE RED MOUNTAIN BRUMBYS CYCLING CLUB IS PLANNING THIS RIDE: The Brumbys consist of 230+ Cyclists who predominantly live in East Mesa, with many who also live in Gilbert. This ride will be open to anyone that has access to a bike and a helmet. Amateur, professional, casual bikers, runners, triathletes, duathletes, skaters, road and mountain bikes. All are welcomed and encouraged. The goal is to have a critical mass which creates an event. We intend to contact local media and issue a press release to advertise and promote the event. In addition to honoring our friend Wesley Carnes, we want to honor two Mesa citizens who were also killed by motorists on their bicycles in the past year, Sean Michael Casey on September 23, 2005 and Elaine O’Canas on November 27, 2005. We are inviting the weekend warrior, the casual rider, as well as State Champions to take part in this slow ride of silence for the chance to show respect for those killed and injured. Competitive cyclists are already aware of the dangers of riding on the road. We want those not aware to come out. Everyone is invited.
    BIKE SAFETY; RIDE CONTROL: We intend to have participants sign a waiver to cover liability and ensure safety. We will need assign a group of skilled riders at the front of the ride and at the rear to control the pace to a slow ride. No one will ride without a helmet. Since this ride is a “no talking ride”, hand signals will be used to direct the flow of the riders. In controlling the ride and pace, we will conduct it as if it were a “Funeral Procession.” That is, in fact, what we are recreating. We are asking local Police to escort the procession and guide it on it’s route at the front with an escort and at the rear. We will need an officer on Gilbert at the
    Civic Drive
    crossing, and officer at the left turn onto South Lindsay and an officer at North Lindsay and Adobe and Higley and Adobe.
    ARMBANDS: We intend to provide black armbands for those riding to show solidarity.
    BREAKFAST IN LAS SENDAS AT BOULDER MTN PARK: The official “Ride of Silence” will end at Mike’s Bike Chalet. There will be drinks available in the parking lot and those who are interested may continue to ride to the Las Sendas Neighborhood where we will host a free breakfast. We will follow Brown to Power and head north to McDowell. We will head east to Eaglecrest and follow the loop to the park. This ride is intended to end at a place where Wes road all the time and celebrate his memory with a Pancake Breakfast. We are looking for Vendors who will donate food goods. If people choose to drop a donation in the jar, we will donate any proceeds to Wes’s family.
    Focus Cyclery will provide Signage for the ride route. In front of Wes Carnes’ house we will release a bouquet of white balloons. At the intersection of Baseline and Lindsay we hope to have Homing Pigeons or Doves released as the cycling procession passes to mark the spot on the border of Mesa and Gilbert where Wes was killed.
    CYCLING STATISTICS Across the nation, over 600 cyclists are killed on the road every year according to NHTSA. We have had several in our community in this past year. A small number compared to the estimated 300,000 premature deaths estimated to result from overweight and obesity-related illnesses*.
    – American League of Cyclists
    Bicycling is part of the solution to many of our nation's problems: the obesity epidemic, traffic congestion, air pollution and more. Some 64% of adults and over 15% of kids are overweight today, resulting in 300,000 premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year. Over 22% of all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one mile long, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work, an easily bikeable distance. If the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year. The League of American Bicyclists' new television and radio PSA campaign encourages Americans to visit www.bike-to-work.com and bike to work instead of driving. The League promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works for a bicycle-friendly America.
    – League of American Cyclists
    RIDE CHAIRMAN:Sterling Baer 3430 E. Contessa Circle
    Mesa, AZ 85215 Cell Phone: 480-710-4983
    EMAIL: sabaer@us.ibm.com

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