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Ride of Silence in Downtown Erie

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A tragic accident was the focus, tonight, in downtown Erie.

Members of the Bike Erie Coalition silently rode their bikes around town, in remembrance of Joann Kowalski, who recently lost her life after she was struck by a tractor trailer on Erie's bayfront.

"She's someone that rode in this community," said Bike Erie Coalition member Justin Smith.  "It's tough when there is a tragedy like that and it means a lot to show the support."

The group also rode in remembrance of everyone killed or injured while riding a bike.

"It is an international event," said Bike Erie Coalition member Eric Brozell.  "It first happened in 2003, out in Texas is where this all started.  But as soon as the word got out about this type of event, it went global."

Erie police officers also took part in the Ride of Silence.

"People on the roadways need to know that when a bicyclist is on the roadway, that they should be treated as a vehicle," said Erie Police Cpl. Chris Janus.  "They should take caution when going around them and share the road with them."

Those involved in the bike ride hope to spread awareness of bicyclists rights.

"We're legal vehicles, so we have to follow the rules of the road," said Smith.  "So it's pretty important to maintain that."

By spreading awareness, members of Bike Erie hope to prevent another tragedy from happening again.



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