YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.


Wed May 19 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


SW corner of the State Historical Museum of Iowa in the East Village
Des Moines, IA



17th Annual Ride of Silence in Des Moines rides for those who cannot

A rainy day brought a gloomy sky for the 17th annual Ride of Silence in Des Moines Wednesday evening. Riders stayed dry for the majority of the ride with only a few sprinkles at the end. Riders took a new 8 mile route that used a mix of roads and trails throughout the metro.

Last year's event was virtual due to covid. A lot has changed since then and was great to see everyone in person again. One thing that has NOT changed is the number of Iowans being injured or killed while cycling each year.

more photos coming soon.



Distance - 8 miles

2021 marks the 17th year that BIKEIOWA has been hosting the Ride of Silence in Des Moines.

Join cyclists nationwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on Iowa's public roadways. 6:30 pm -7:00 pm - various speakers and crowd participation to share why they come to the Ride of Silence and for who. Ride starts at 7:00 pm sharp. Check out the 2008 Ride of Silence Video

Why does this ride exist?

  1. To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
  2. To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  3. To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET On May 19th, the Ride of Silence will roll across the country, starting at 7:00 pm. Over 370+ U.S.locations in all 50 states and 52 other countries in all 7 continents 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.

Please ride a slow 10-12 mph or less.

Iowa "Ride of Silence" Statistics

Please review for a list of present and past cyclists we have called out before each ride.

See someone NOT on the list? - Please email and we will add them to the list ASAP!

Photo credits - Steve Fuller


Ride goes through downtown Des Moines, some trails, through Court Ave and up around the State Capitol Complex where a group photo will be taken.

The route will end at the State Capitol Complex a few blocks from the starting point.

note: Route is tentative and subject to change!


SW corner of the State Historical Museum of Iowa in the East Village

600 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50309


None for this event.

Just show up a bit early to hear a shout-out for those on the list this year (pay respect).


Who Posted



Related News



No comments have posted.

Leave a Comment

You must be signed in to leave a comment.