On Wednesday, March 18 starting at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City the 2016 Ride of Silence took place, held in honor Rockland cyclists who have lost their lives.
Sponsored locally by the Rockland Bicycle Club, the Ride of Silence is a national cycling event that honors the memory of all Americans injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The bicyclists rode single file in silence to raise awareness that we must all share the road.
In the past year three Rockland cyclists lost their lives. In May 2015, 47-year-old Alfred Zaldivar of New City was struck on Old Route 304 and Cypress Street, leading to a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and only community service for the assailant. In August, 77-year-old Ed Brophy, of Congers was struck by a Tappan ZEEexpress bus as it turned left onto Route 303 from North Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. No charges or summonses were issued to the bus driver as their actions were not in violation of vehicle and traffic laws. And most recently, on the night of December 21, 2015 William “Matt” George was struck and killed while standing near a guardrail on a narrow shoulder of Route 202 in Ramapo. Authorities are still seeking the hit-and-run driver. If you would like more information about the ride, visit: rocklandbike.org.