The Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club will ride in silence through Brunswick and Topsham on May 16 to honor cyclists who were killed or injured while riding and to promote sharing the road.

The local Ride of Silence is part of an event that takes place at the same time across the U.SIt’s a ride that will go travel no faster than 10-12 mph.  The ride starts promptly at 7 p.m.  Instructions and a poetry reading will happen before the ride begins. Riders should meet at the town mall area by 6:45.

The Merrymeeting cyclists have participated in the event for several years.

Club president Ken Saindon said the club rides in memory of Randall Vye, a bicyclist killed on Bath Road on May 11, 2001; Brendan Batson, who was killed on U.S. Route 201 Rt. on May 26, 2001; and Joe Lamothe, who was killed on Route 196 in Lisbon last year.

The local event is a slow ride that will follow a relatively flat course suitable for all experience levels. The ride will start at the mall on Park Row in Brunswick and will travel 10 miles through Brunswick and Topsham.

The “Ride of Silence” is a global event that takes place every May in 48 countries on all seven continents, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The first Ride of Silence was in Dallas in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. His fellow cyclists and friends organized the ride in his honor.