Ride of Silence - Charleston, SC
The fact is that I absolutely love the Ride of Silence and look forward to it all year long. Apart from the important primary mission of acknowledging and respecting cyclists who've been killed or injured on the road, I also love this ride for how inclusive it is. I don't know of any other event where riders on mountain bikes, beach cruisers, fixies, classic racers, carbon fiber rockets, and daily commuters all come together to ride. I doubt that Joe Citizen on the street has the slightest idea why the herd of 50 mismatched cyclists are going 12 MPH down the street, but it doesn't matter as much (IMHO) as the fellowship and solidarity that I (we?) feel in the group. The after party at Peter's house isn't just a garden variety social with great food and music. It is also an extremely important opportunity for advocates and stakeholders, some of whom might never meet or talk otherwise, to revel in the ride, share information and get motivated to keep pushing for better and safer cycling conditions in Charleston. The fact that some of my absolute favorite people on the planet are among this bunch only makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Can't wait for next year's ride!