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'Ride of Silence' focuses on bike safety, accident victims

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Bicyclists will hit Wilmington's streets tomorrow evening on a quiet mission. Wilmington is one of 75 cities across the country hosting a "Ride of Silence."

The organized ride begins at Hanover Center near Empie park at 6:30 p.m. The Cape Fear Cyclists set up the event in honor of injured and killed bicyclists.

One participant stopped by the good morning carolina set to talk about safety.

"With gas prices the way they are, there's going to be more and more people on bicycles," said Jim Iannucci, who was in a bike accident himself. "For cyclists, obey the laws, ride right, walk left and if at all possible ride with traffic on the road"

Tomorrow's ride is open to everyone.

May is National Bike Month.

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Bicycle Safety

Almost all the bicyclists I encounter each day while driving my car fail to follow basic safety rules and traffic laws. I suspect that when the rules favor the bicyclists, they are eager champions of traffic laws. When the rules do not favor them, such as rules dealing with red lights, stop signs, driving on the right, using hand signals, etc., bicyclists are strangely quiet and uncooperative. Safety and order require the participation of all parties.

Bike riding

I strongly encourage any bike and scooter riders to wear very bright "safety-colored" hat, vest, shirt...anything that will help drivers see you. I believe we can share the road if we each do our part for doing so safely.

I suppose they will ride in

I suppose they will ride in front of cars with their Spandex-clad rumps high in the air holding everybody up. Why can't they do this crap at the airport or somewhere else?

No one would see it.

No one would see it.

Speaking of bike paths, how

Speaking of bike paths, how about getting some moped/scooter paths and get these damn things off the streets....they are gasoline powered vehicles and need to be registered, have a license plate and insurance just like cars and motorcycles if they are going to impede traffic like most of them do!!!

Amen

Some of them think they are entitled to take up a lane when they are supposed to be at the edge of the road. I also agree they should be insured as well as have a license plate. If one of them runs into my vehicle, why do I have to file against my own insurance to cove an uninsured vehicle?

bikes

I predict someone will get run over.

Bike Trails = Wasted Money

I ride up and down Eastwood and Military Cutoff Road every day, all day, and I almost NEVER see cyclists using the bike paths. Instead they ride in/on the road, impeading the flow of traffic. I'm all for "sharing the road", but if MY tax dollars have paid for YOU to have a special path on which to ride your bike, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, USE IT!!!!!

@muttsforme If you ride

@muttsforme If you ride those roads all day and dont notice the bikers on the trails, then you must be texting like 30% of the drivers or driving with your head up your a$@ like the 40% that I see everyday. As far as the remaining 30%, thank you for just giving me a little room and maintaining your speed. I live here and pay the same taxes you do so if choose to ride my bike on the road instead of my truck then I am going to do it. The bike paths are for casual riders that don't want to ride the roads and worry about bad drivers like yourself. And if your ever rode these paths on a road bike then you would know why I am on the road.

Your bike shorts must be too tight.

The fact you you can't debate someone in a public forum without making incorrect assumptions and cursing really helps drive your point home and make me want to support your cause. You should do that more often.

Um..

"and if at all possible ride with traffic on the road" Isn't that the LAW?!

Bike paths

The bike paths in Wilmington are not maintained for one thing. In many trees are grown over into the bike path making it dangerous. Bikes have to go into the street or they get hit by tree limbs. I have called the city to point out the problem on Pine Grove near the golf corse but nothing is done about it. National bike month would be a good time to take care of the bike paths. Someone is going to get hurt or killed if this problem is not fixed! Be safe riders.

Next time you ride that way, take some pruners.

That way you solve the problem in mere minutes, don't have the frustration of waiting on the city to accomplish something, then you AND your fellow bikers can have a safer place to ride. A citizen contribution! I do it by picking up trash on the beach when I find it.

exactly!

Everyone should take part in cleaning up our beaches and maintaining our paths and trails instead of relying on government to do it all. I often stop to pull weeds and remove litter from the flower beds of the park near me.