Ride of Silence – Vero Beach

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May 15, 2019 all-day
Veteran Memorial Island Sanctuary
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Ride of Silence – Vero Beach
Start Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Start Location: Veteran Memorial Island Sanctuary
Vero Beach, FL 32963
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Route Distances: 10 miles 
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About This Event

The Ride of Silence honors those cyclists who have died or been injured while riding.

Vero Cycling Club has joined the crusade to raise cycling safety awareness and to honor cyclists who have lost their lives while cycling.

At a ceremony at Veteran Memorial Island Sanctuary in Riverside Park, five cyclists will be remembered.

Kevin Adorno, of Farmington, Connecticut was nearing the end of his ride along the East Coast toward Miami where he intended to become engaged. Kevin was tragically killed by an apparently deranged man as he stopped for rest and refreshments in Vero Beach in 2014.

Cole Coppola, a popular and gifted John Carroll High School Student was struck by a passing motorist as he and a companion rode home over the 17 th Street Bridge in September, 2014.

Valerie Jean Waters was struck and killed by a hit and run driver just before Christmas last year.

The Ride of Silence will also honor two avid Vero Beach cyclists who passed away following organized bike rides. Indian River County Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nolan and longtime leader of the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department died of cardiac arrest in 2010. Vero Beach resident Keith Gergely died of cardiac arrest following a 2012 ride honoring another cyclist.

Following a ceremony at Riverside Park, cyclists will, as the memorial suggests, ride silently and slowly on a route of remembrance. They will stop at the top of the 17th St. Bridge in honor of Cole Coppola and at McDonald's in honor of Kevin Adorno.

The ceremony at Riverside Park is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., after which all are welcome to join the Ride of Silence.

There is no cost to participate. Helmets are required.

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