The 10th Anniversary Ride of Silence will hit the road in Green Valley on Wednesday, along with 317 other locations in the United States and around the world.
Local riders began the event eight years ago, when a Tucson mother of a killed cyclist informed them of the event.
“We were not aware of it until Jean Gorman tipped us off,” Chuck Hill of the Santa Cruz Valley Bicycle Advocates Committee (SCVBAC) said. Gorman’s son Brad was killed on the Catalina Highway while training for the El Tour de Tucson. “She has used that to take the initiative on bicycle safety,” Hill said. “She is pretty much solely responsible for the legislation passed for drivers to give riders three feet on the road.”