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Cyclists seek safer travels with Wednesday ride


Cyclists gather outside of Bicycle Post downtown before the Ride of Silence event on May 16, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Raising awareness that motorists and bicyclists must safely share local roads is the goal of Wednesday’s annual Ride of Silence.

Dozens of cyclists are expected to gather at Uptown Bicycle Post, 530 Cotanche St., beginning at 6 p.m. to start the 10-mile ride at 6:30 p.m.

Greenville’s event is one of hundreds being held worldwide honor those bicyclists who have been injured and killed and to remind people about the need for safer, inclusive, and accessible streets for bicycle travel.

This year’s course shall highlight several infrastructure improvements along with streets and areas that still need improvements, said organizer Steven Hardy-Braz. EC Velo, a Pitt County cycling club, sponsors the event.

A number of the roads will be part of the route taken by cyclists participating in this year’s Mountains to the Coast bicycle ride, which will visit Greenville on Oct. 3-4.

Wednesday’s event will conclude with a social at Pitt Street Brewing Company, 630 S. Pitt St, which is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

Bicycle riders of all ages and types are encouraged to participate. Helmets must be worn and blinking safety lights are recommended. Bicyclists will travel at a 12 mph pace. There will be a police escort.

For more information on the local visit www.ecvelo.org.