There have been and will be many celebratory events this year to commemorate the completion of the Tow Path trail in Summit County. Also daily, or so it seems, I receive news of a new bicycle/multi-use trail opened in Ohio or neighboring state.
While the additions of these trails are great for increasing the exercise rate amongst adults and children bicycles are considered vehicles and are legally permitted on the road. Sadly some of the motoring public is not aware of the legal rights of cyclists, some disagree with those rights, others appear only to be aware of themselves.
I discovered the Ride of Silence website after the fact-the ride is held the third Wednesday of May. This ride is held world wide to honor those cyclists that have been killed or injured while riding on public roads. The map on the website indicates rides in 2011 were held around the globe. The closest local ride in 2012 was in Cleveland.