Marikina hosts ride of silence

Manila, Philippines -- The city government of Marikina through the Marikina City Bikeways Office (MCBO) is inviting everyone to join next week the Ride of Silence, an advocacy ride held worldwide to remember and honor the memory of all those who have died while traversing the public roads riding their bikes.

Engineer Gabriel Eusebio, officer-in-charge of MCBO, said the event dubbed "One Day. One Time. Free Worldwide" will be held on May 18 at 7 a.m. with starting and ending points at the city's Freedom Park, in Barangay. Sta. Elena.

He said the event is in line with the 10th anniversary of the Ride of Silence Organization.

Covering an eight-mile route, Eusebio said the Ride of Silence is a free ride where participants should ride their bikes in silence while wearing helmets, obeying street rules, and biking not faster than 12mph.

He said the bike ride will pass along several barangays in Marikina such as Brgy. Sta. Elena, Brgy. San Roque, Brgy. Sto. Niño, Brgy. Malanday, Brgy. Concepcion Uno, and Brgy. Nangka, as well as thoroughfares outside the city leading to San Mateo Municipal Hall in the Province of Rizal. Once there, participants shall return to Marikina's Freedom Park to culminate the activity.

"This is an annual bicycle ride event held simultaneously in 50 states in the United States of America and 26 countries in seven continents all over the world. It also aims to make the motorists even more conscious of the danger they might cause the bikers if not precautionary measures are made," Eusebio said.