A downtown Chicago bicycle ride was held in honor of bicycle accident fatalities last Wednesday evening. The bicycle procession, dubbed the ‘ride of silence’, by a group called Active Transportation Alliance. According to their website, Active Transportation Alliance is a Chicagoland organization committed to making bicycling, walking and public transit safe convenient and fun. The procession began at 6:30 p.m. at the Eternal Flame at Daley Plaza. The 10-mile route passed sites of Chicago bicycle crash victims. Those sites were marked with bicycles painted with white paint – or ‘ghost bikes’.
The Chicago ride was part of a global event to raise awareness of bicycle accident victims. All the cyclists wore helmets and used bicycles equipped with headlights as the ride was to continue into the night. All bicyclists also kept their speed under 12 mph and wore one of two armbands: a black armband to symbolize solidarity with victims or a red arm band to signify personal injury. A ‘Ride of Silence’ pin was also available for a one dollar donation.
As the Ride of Silence indicates, urban bicycle accidents are both common and often very serious. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a Chicago area bicycle accident and would like to speak with an attorney, please call 847-969-9510.