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


Wed May 17 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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



A gorgeous night to ride bikes for the 19th annual Ride of Silence in Des Moines Wednesday evening.

170 riders took the new 7.4 mile route that added some trails miles around Gray's Lake,out to the Papa John's Sculpture Park and and back throughout the metro via Locust and Court Ave and finishing with a photos at the Capitol Building.

Like you, we'd much rather be riding somewhere else and for another purpose. So THANK YOU for attending this year.

It's not a ride we like to host, but it is needed to remember, reflect and educate.



Distance - 8 miles

2023 marks the 19th 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 17th, 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 - Jeff Corcoran


2023 Route is changing!  There was so much construction and one-lane roadways downtown we added some extra trail miles to get us to the West end of downtown

Ride goes South through downtown to Meredith Trail, around Gray's Lake, over Blue Bridge, Crosses MLK to Locust, by Papa John's sculpture Park, through Court Ave and East Village 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

  • Posted Jan 12, 2023 by bikeiowa
  • Modified May 20 by bikeiowa
  • Recap Posted May 20



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