by Don Barker
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Philadelphia Ride of Silence – 16 May 2012
The invitation read:
That week I had followed the bike path into the wacky traffic circle in front of the Art Museum. Twelves lanes merge and exit from all directions. Half the drivers are looking for the Rocky statue. One car slows to a stop at the split between the MLK Drive and Spring Garden exits. The driver sits there and taps away on her cellphone at the top of the steering wheel. She didn’t hear horns blaring and didn’t see me or my bike.
So I was ready to join the Ride of Silence through the streets of Philadelphia.
No More Bike Deaths!
The emcee addressed us from the Art Museum steps. (The Rocky statue is off to the right.) He reiterated why we were there. Next followed a 15-minute roll call of bikers killed in traffic around Philadelphia during the past year. Each call ended with “Driver convicted of DUI” or “No charges filed.”
Top Ten Stupid Moves by Philly BikersHere is what I’ve seen — and done myself too often.10. Assume that drivers
- are not texting
- see you
- know your rights
- give a damn9. Ride with iPod plugged into both ears.8. Ride in the wrong street direction.7. Cross intersections on red light – without looking both ways first.6. Wear black in daylight.5. Wear black at night.4. Ride with no lights at night.3. Program iPod while riding with no hands.2. Ride and text.1. Ride with an aggressive, assertive attitude.