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The International Ride of Silence is Wednesday the 18th. It's the second time Waukesha has been involved in this bike ride in memory of those killed or injured while riding. Started in 2003, the event raises awareness of bicycles and riders the same time and day world wide.
I was among the large group of riders last year. They again leave from the State Bank parking lot around 7:00 p.m. You know it's supposed to be silent, but last year it was eerily quiet - the only sound coming from shifting derailleurs and the click of clip-less pedals. If anyone saw the group coming toward them their question of where were we going was met with shrugs.
This year's ride is in memory of two Waukesha men, Brett Netke and Jeff Littmann killed by cars in the last year while riding. Their widows and family will be joining the ride this year.
The ride will have added significance for me this year. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. will be exactly two weeks to the hour since my son was hit by a car while riding his bike. He was the fortunate one. Many helpful people were nearby. Yes, it was a motorcycle and not a bicycle, but even with exhaust baffles removed the woman didn't hear him coming. Seen not heard? She didn't see him either.