On Wednesday, May 20, Banner Elk will host its 11th edition of the Ride of Silence.

The Ride of Silence was started in 2003 in Texas as a way to honor a friend that was lost while riding their bike. Ride of Silence is an international campaign where local cyclists organize annually in order to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives or were injured while out riding their bikes.

The ride is now held in more than 300 locations across all 50 of the United States, and more than 48 nations across the world. In total, more than 8,000 cyclists take time to honor those lost during the annual event. The event is ridden in absolute silence out of respect.

Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be different. Folks are encouraged to ride solo, or with their family or same household members or even "virtually" (on a trainer), and to take a selfie photo and use the hashtag #RideofSilence2020 with the location of the event to share on social media.

The Avery Journal reports that in Banner Elk, a white Ghost Bike will be present downtown at the clock tower at the Corner on Main and, participants can ride by during the day and stop for a moment of silence.

You can learn more about the event at RideOfSilence.org.