Around the Tiers: Ride of Silence

By WBNG News

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A bike ride to honor the life of Dottie Rice who tragically lost her life due to a biking accident last fall is happening May 15.

The Ride of Silence will begin at 6 pm on May 15 at the Recreation Park bandstand on Beethoven Street on the Westside of Binghamton with a welcome and opening comments by STBC President Regina Losinger and Dottie's niece Brienne Schmidt, and a reading of The Biker's Prayer by Don Rice, Dottie's widower.

Many non-cycling guests are expected for the ride start and end ceremonies at the Recreation Park bandstand, and an interpreter for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will be signing at the event.

A candlelight ceremony will be held at the close of the ride, and non-club members are welcome to attend the event and ride.

A helmet is required to ride in the event.
A lapel button and copy of The Biker's Prayer will be provided to participants in honor of Dottie, and the Ride of Silence will set out with a Binghamton Police escort on a 5-mile route through the Westside of Binghamton and downtown. The first mile of the ride is suitable for those who don't often ride - it loops around the perimeter of Recreation Park.

The ride will follow the Chris Thater bike race and St Patrick's 4 miler running race routes, and will return to the park before dark.

Our pace will be slow, we will wear helmets and follow the rules of the road, and although the international Ride of Silence asks that riders remain silent, we will not - we will be sharing our memories of Dottie and explaining to passersby what we are doing.

This year's Ride of Silence is being sponsored by the City of Binghamton. Their sponsorship and support of our event is greatly appreciated.

Regina Losinger
Southern Tier Bicycle Club Inc