The Singapore Ride of Silence last night had a great turnout and was a lot of fun! There was festive atmosphere at the Merlion as everyone waited their turn to set out.
It was wonderful to feel the safety-in-numbers effect of riding in a large group.
My group had about 40 and there was little choice but to claim a whole lane (but only one!). Singapore law does not condone riding two or more abreast but it seemed the safest approach with such a group. It quickly became obvious that tempting motorists to squeeze into the lane with us was a bad idea. Fortunately, the motorists around us seemed to accept this and mostly behaved very patiently. The ride was all on multi-lane roads and the peak traffic seemed to be over so I saw no congestion resulting from the ride. I was at the front and tried friendly waves to as many passing motorists as possible with a mouthed 'thank you' and got a few thumbs up signals back.
Mr Brown has a report too and estimates 400 riders, which was about my guess too. The Joyriders were carefully counting so I guess we will hear the real number sooner or later.
Otterman (Sivasothi on this list) has a report with a couple of video clips of groups on Holland Rd.
Well done Joyriders and Benoit for organising the event and for getting so much positive press coverage.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ride of Silence Singapore report
Posted by Paul Barter at 10:11 am
Labels: event, ride of silence, safety
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