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Chicago Ride of Silence honors cyclists who were struck and killed by vehicles in Chicago

Chicago Ride of Silence honors cyclists who were struck and killed by vehicles in Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Fallen cyclists were honored Wednesday evening during a 10-mile Ride of Silence through Chicago.

The annual ride includes stops for quiet reflection at locations where motorcyclists have been killed by motorists in recent years.

The event was intended to draw attention to cyclists’ right to use the road, and the urgent need for infrastructure to make cycling safer in Chicago.

According to the Active Transportation Alliance, the ride unofficially departed from Queens Landing – on DuSable Lake Shore Drive immediately east of Buckingham Fountain, and headed north for an official ride starting point at Dickens Greenway Plaza – on Dickens Drive in Lincoln Park West, near Lincoln Center. Park Zoo. Dickens Drive between Lincoln Park West and Stockton Drive was recently closed to vehicular traffic, but is open to cyclists.

The ride then proceeded silently along an 11-mile route through the north and northwest sides of the city – with stops at places where cyclists have been hit, killed or injured by vehicles. They include:

  • The ghost bike of Tyler Fabeck22, who was riding his bicycle at Western Avenue and Logan Boulevard under the Kennedy Expressway when he was struck and killed by a driver on April 20, 2008.
  • The ghost bike of Kevin Clark32, who was struck and killed while cycling the same intersection as Fabeck some 13 years later – on May 26, 2021. Clark was known for appearing as a drummer in the film “School of Rock” as a youngster.
  • The Ghost Bike of Ron Mendoza, 43, a cyclist who was struck by a driver at Wrightwood Avenue and Pulaski Road on June 5 last year and died of his injuries two days later.
  • The ghost bike of Joshua Anleu16, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while cycling on October 4 last year at Waveland and Long Avenue.
  • The ghost bike of Ernesto Vargas, 18, who was struck and seriously injured by a Jeep on Feb. 27 in a collision at Long Avenue and Grace Street — a block away from where Anleu was struck and killed. Vargas
  • The ghost bike of Carla Aiello37, who was biking in the bike lane at Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues on Nov. 6, 2019, when she was struck and killed by a spinning truck driver.
  • The ghost bike of Nick Parlingayan22, who was hit and killed while riding his bicycle on May 4, 2022, at the same location as Aiello.

A post-ride gathering at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., was planned to honor other Chicagoans who were struck and killed while biking, including George Christensen. As John Greenfield, editor of Streetsblog Chicago, wrote, Christensen — who was known for his bike rides around the world — was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck in Ridgeway, South Carolina, on Monday, April 22.

The Active Transportation Alliance reported that an average of five to six cyclists were killed in Chicago each year between 2012 and 2023. But nine were killed in 2020, 10 in 2021 and eight in 2022, the organization said.



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