It speaks volumes about the level of organisation amongst cyclists in
Sydney that there is no Ride of Silence ride organised for this
weekend.  Canberra also has no official ride according to the website -

If Cairns, Mt Isa, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga and Bendigo (ie regional
centres) can organise a ride, why not Sydney.  It's not as if Sydney's
roads are not killing cyclists. 

I write this post to myself, as much as other riders and the powers that be in Sydney cycling world.

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I'm sure the motivation for wanting this type of ride is good, but as advocacy I think it's counter-productive. The message it sends is that cycling is deadly, thereby reinforcing every non-cyclist in their decision to not cycle.

If you wanted to design a campaign to turn people off cycling it would look something like this. And as the number of people cycling is one of the prime determinants of cyclist safety, such a campaign is actually dangerous.
I plan to join the Newcastle RoS on Sunday as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives, just as I do for the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day - respect and sympathy for their families!

ANZAC Day also signifies the horrors of war, but I think that most people attend services out of respect, and everyone recognises that.

I understand that a Ghost Bike will be placed at the end of the Newcastle RoS in memory of our murdered mates.
Do road toll statistics actually stop people driving, even driving dangerously?

The message Ride of Silence sends is that cycling toll statistics are actually normal people.
"Do road toll statistics actually stop people driving, even driving dangerously?"

Mass driving is the status quo, and most people don't believe it's dangerous. Road toll statistics don't change their minds because they have too much invested in their driving lifestyle.

Cycling is a minority activity in Australia that is largely considered foolishly dangerous. Associating cycling with death is a great way to confirm non-cyclist's ideas about the danger of cycling and therefore entrench their status as non-cyclists.

"The message Ride of Silence sends is that cycling toll statistics are actually normal people."

The message you wish to send is not necessarily the message people will hear.

None of this means that cyclists who have been killed by motorists shouldn't be remembered or honoured, but doing it in a "public protest" form is not good for improving the appeal of cycling.
There have been a number of rides over the previous years, but noone wanted ever to organise it, The one person that was doing it never got much support (that is in organising the ride) so it stopped happening.


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