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Cyclists in "Ride of Silence" Raise Awareness for Safety

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A special bike ride on Wednesday evening  raised awareness about bicycle safety.

About 20 cyclists rode around the city in the third annual "Ride of Silence." They honored those who have been victims of bike accidents.

"Last year, a woman was hit at 6th and the Bayfront and that was very tragic. It hit close to home," said Kim Beers, an Erie cyclist riding with her one-year-old son, Aaron. "The message today of for cyclists and motorists to just be aware and to courteous to each other and on the lookout. Because in any type of driving scenario, you never know, things could change in an instant," she said.

The annual bike ride started in 2003 and draws participants from cities all around the world, though it's only Erie's 3rd year.

The ride in Erie was led by two members of Erie Police Department's bike unit, and County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper was one of the participants.

The group went on an hour-long ride that started near Perry Square, and biking speed never exceeded 12 miles per hour. 

"Bike Erie" organized the ride also emphasized the importance of always wearing helmets and bright colors when possible.

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