‘Bike Back the Night’ ride will raise awareness of sexual assault

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It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and two local women’s groups are teaming up to host a Bike Back the Night ride tonight.

Erin Danielson is an intern at Portland State University’s Women Resource Center and co-chair of this year’s Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night event. She says they’ve found a bike ride is, “An excellent way to help spread awareness to a larger audience than we could with just the march alone.” She also wants to clarify that, “The purpose of the bike ride is not to raise awareness about women being assaulted while biking.”

I did this ride back in 2008. Check out my photos and recap here.

Learn more on the event’s Facebook page and via the blurb below from a press release:

In celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Portland Women’s Crisis Line and Portland State University’s Women’s Resource Center will be collaborating to host Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night on April 25th, 2013. This year, our theme is Military Sexual Trauma: Break the Silence. TBTN/BBTN seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. Our goal is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

We invite you to become part of the solution and break the silence about sexual violence in our communities. The event will include an empowering rally, music, guest speakers, a choice of march or bike ride, a survivor speak out, and a unifying vigil.

Our first speaker is from Basic Rights Oregon and will share us information about interpersonal violence and the LGBTQ community. In addition, our keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Hannagan, a visiting Associate Professor of Political Science and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy, will inform us about the issue of military sexual trauma. One in three women in the armed forces will be raped during her service. Men also experience higher rates of sexual violence in the military.

For more information, contact:

Portland State University’s Women’s Resource Center: www.wrc.pdx.edu
Portland Women’s Crisis Line: http://pwcl.org/
Take Back the Night history: http://www.takebackthenight.org/index.html

Portland Ride of Silence set for May 15th

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Rider at the 2008 Ride of Silence.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland edition of the Ride of Silence will take place on May 15th. The ride, which is meant to honor people who have been injured or killed while bicycling, marks its 10th anniversary this year. Portland first took part in 2006 and we’ll join hundreds of cities around the globe in a slow, silent procession through the streets.

Organizers of this year’s ride have planned an easy route and are asking everyone who shows up to wear white shirts and black or red armbands to, “add to the visual message of the silent ride.” Everyone is welcome at the event and there’s no admission fee. A few people plan to speak briefly before the ride, which starts at 6:00 pm at Chapman Square in downtown Portland. That location is just yards from SW 3rd and Madison, where Kathryn Rickson was struck and killed while bicycling on May 16, 2012.

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Reader Story: What the Ride of Silence means to this mom

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[This story was submitted by Kristi Finney, who became a traffic safety activist after her son Dustin was killed by a hit-and-run driver while bicycling in Portland last August.]

Less than a year ago I’d never heard of the Ride of Silence. I don’t remember how I found out about the website but I came across it one day and it claimed that the organization was created for this purpose:

    To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
    To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
    To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

To be frank, I still wish I didn’t know what the Ride of Silence is. But now I do know, and I can’t ignore it. I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. I can’t pretend that it’s not happening. Most of all, I can’t pretend there isn’t a reason for it… and that is what my biggest wish in all the world would be, if I could have any wish.

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Portland ‘Ride of Silence’ set for May 16th

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Portland’s edition of the global Ride of Silence is set for May 16th. The ride aims to memorialize those who have been killed while bicycling and draw attention to the importance of sharing the road. This will be Portland’s seventh consecutive Ride of Silence, with the first event being held in 2006.

Here’s more from local event organizers:

On Wednesday May 16 the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. In it’s tenth year, Rides of Silence have been organized in all seven continents, 26 countries and all 50 states. There are no brochures, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride is held during National Bike Month and aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police officers, city officials and others that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured while cycling.

The Portland Ride of Silence will leave at 6pm on Wednesday May 16 from Portland Design Works (15 NE Hancock – near N Williams and NE Hancock). The route is welcoming and open to all ages, cycling experiences and skill levels and will travel slowly on N Williams, NE Going, NE 17th and Broadway. Following the ride, many will gather at Hopworks BikeBar (3947 N Williams) to celebrate life, network with each other and talk about making our roads safer for all users. Riders are asked to wear white, if possible, which will add to the visual message of the silent ride.

Facebook event listing here.

Portland Ride of Silence announced

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Just got word about Ride of Silence from organizer Brian Echerer:

Gathering Date: Wednesday May 18th, 2011
Gathering Time: 6:00 PM – Ride announcement 6:15 – wheels rolling at 6:20
Gathering Location: Holladay Park Lloyd Center at the center of the park.
Route: 5 miles through the interior of Portland crossing the Broadway Bridge and Morrison Bridge. Link to route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4317090

Post ride gathering: RonToms – 600 E Burnside

My personal note about about this ride is simple: If you haven’t been involved, get involved now before it’s someone who you know that’s been struck down. It’s a simple non-confrontational ride that makes a big statement.

Event: Ride of Silence (5/19/10)

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Event Name: Ride of Silence
Event Start Date: May 19 2010
Start Time: Wheels rolling at 7:00:00 PM
Distance: 5 miles
Route Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3699221
Notes: The Portland version will meet at Holladay Park Lloyd Center at 6:30 and roll out at 7 p.m. after brief remarks by whoever wants to speak.
Five mile route across the Broadway Bridge stopping at the bus incident on Broadway and Glisan. Crossing back via the Morrison Bridge and ending at Holladay Park. Please note this ride will follow the rules of the road. There is not a police escort nor will there be corking at intersections.

I would also like to note we may have, by request, several “bike” police along on the ride. I thought this was a very cool thing.

There will be no SAG support and no designated “sweep” riders. Each rider will be responsible for his or her own safety.

More info including ride locations in other cities: http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=OR#OR

With Blumenauer’s support, Ride of Silence set for May 19th

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From the 2008 edition of the ride.
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Portland’s version of the Ride of Silence is set for May 19th. Ride organizer Brian Echerer has been working with other citizen activists and partners in hopes of re-invigorating the ride after a disappointing turnout last year and he got a boost in that regard yesterday when Congressman Earl Blumenauer endorsed the event.

The Ride of Silence started in 2003 in Dallas Texas and has since spread to hundreds of cities throughout the world. It’s a somber and silent affair meant to draw attention to road safety issues and remember people who have lost their lives while biking in traffic.

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Ride of Silence

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What: Silent, slow-paced ride to honor bicyclists injured or killed on
public roads.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The route is approximately eight miles long, and we will ride at a pace of no more than 12 mph. We expect to finish a little after 8:00 p.m.

Where: Starts outside the BikeFarm at 305 NE Wygant Street, near the intersection of NE Alberta and MLK.

More Info: The Ride will also occur in six other Oregon communities: Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Pendelton, and Salem. For a complete listing of all Ride of Silence locations throughout the world, visit http://www.rideofsilence.org/.

Ride of Silence will roll through Northeast Portland

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A scene from last year’s Ride of Silence.
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For the fourth year in a row, Portland will take part in the national Ride of Silence event. The local edition of this ride — which began in Texas in 2003 and has spread to hundreds of cities — will take place in Northeast Portland on May 20th.

The Ride of Silence is a silent, slow-paced ride to remember people that have been injured or killed on public roads while riding their bicycles. It will also take place in six other Oregon communities: Beaverton,
Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Pendelton, and Salem.

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“Veer” documentary shares depth of Portland’s bike culture

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Jason Turner (L) and Greg Fredette are
the duo behind Veer, a new documentary
feature film on Portland’s bike culture.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With their just-completed documentary Veer, photographer Jason Turner and writer/director Greg Fredette offer a rare look at the struggles, triumphs, and all-out craziness of Portland’s bike culture.

The duo spent an entire year embedded in the Portland bike scene to make the film. Last week I got a sneak peek at the “rough cut” and joined them for its first-ever showing on the big screen.

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