RICHMOND -- The fourth annual Ride of Silence, an event to raise awareness of cyclists and honor those who have been injured or killed by biking on public roadways, will set out at 5:30 p.m. May 21 from City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza.

The local ride, which is free and open to all, is part of similar events being held nationwide to promote sharing the road.

Riders will gather at 5 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, where armbands will be distributed and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will speak. Riders will also be given instructions, including riding no faster than 12 mph, wearing helmets, following the rules of the road and remaining silent during the ride.

A post-ride celebration will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at the weekly Off the Grid food truck event on Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito.

For more details and a map of the ride route, visit