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Ride of Silence to be held May 19 in Abilene

The ride is being held to honor cyclists killed in cycling-related incidents in Abilene and surrounding areas.
Credit: City of Abilene

ABILENE, Texas — The 2021 Ride of Silence will be held at 7 p.m., with pre-ride ceremonies beginning at 6:40 p.m., Wednesday, May 19 at McMurry University Center, 1400 Sayles Blvd.

According to a City of Abilene press release, the event is open to all cyclists and others who share the road with motorists. 

The five-mile route will begin and end at McMurry University in the parking lot north of Radford Memorial Auditorium.

Nine cyclists have been killed in cycling-related incidents in Taylor/Jones County, according to the release.

The 2021 Ride of Silence's purpose is to:

  • To honor cyclists killed in cycling incidents in Abilene and surrounding areas.
  • Raise awareness of cyclists on the road.
  • Let motorists know cyclists want to share the road.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will not be postponed, the release said.

The five-mile route for the ride is as follows:

  • Start at McMurry University at the parking lot north of Radford Memorial Auditorium, next to Wah Wahtaysee Park.
  • Right out of the university parking lot to Sayles Boulevard.
  • Continue on Sayles Boulevard South to South 20th Street.
  • Right on South 20th Street
  • Left on Ross Street.
  • Right on South 27th Street.
  • Right on Barrow Street
  • Continue on Barrow Street to South 7th Street.
  • Right on South 7th Street
  • Right on Sayles Boulevard
  • Continue on Sayles Boulevard back to McMurry University.

The event is sponsored by Steamboat Cycling Club and supported by the Abilene Metropolitan Planning Organization, Abilene Police Department, McMurry University, Bike Town, Abilene Bicycle Club and TxDOT D.R.I.V.E Safe Coalition.

For more information about the event contact, Mark Spurlock 325-338-8507 or by emailing bikeabilene@yahoo.com and Kathy Strong at 325-665-1039 or by emailing steamboatcyclingabilene@gmail.com.

Credit: City of Abilene
Credit: City of Abilene