The Fort Collins cycling community to honor those lost and injured to traffic violence during the 2023 Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 17th. The ride will visit the site of both bicycle fatalities of 2023.

Sadly, George Rigby was killed at the intersection of Centennial Road and S. Lemay Avenue on February 12th, 2023. The next day, Monday, February 13th, 2023, Jim DeFazio was killed at the intersection of Harmony Road and McMurry Ave.

Fort Collins Ride information

  • Tentative Timeline (subject to shift slightly):
    5:45 pm – Gather at Retreat Bakery Bar (2601 S Lemay Ave Unit 21, Fort Collins, CO 80525)
    6:00 pm – Roll-out to Lemay Avenue and Centennial Road
    6:15 pm – Arrive – Moment of Silence for George Rigby
    6:25 pm – Roll-out to East Harmony Road and McMurry Avenue
    6:45 pm – Arrive – Moment of Silence for James Defazio
    6:55 pm – Roll-out to Purpose Brewing & Cellars
    7:15 pm – Arrive Purpose Brewing & Cellars – Join us Upstairs for a Moment of Reflection
  • * As always, helmets & lights required and rules of the road observed
  • Contact:
  • Facebook Event Page. Bike Fort Collins
  • Bike Fort Collins Website

Ride of Silence Information

Via Ride of Silence

On Wed. May 17th, 2023 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003,Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees.  The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

Please check the resources on this site. If there is a Ride of Silence in your area, we encourage you to join them. If there is not a ride planned in your area, please consider adding your city to the ever-growing list of sites. To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.