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Cyclists Saddle Up For 6th Annual Ride Of Silence In Philadelphia

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(credit: KYW's Cherri Gregg)

(credit: KYW’s Cherri Gregg)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  Police escorted a group of bicyclists who took part in the Sixth Annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday night.

Nearly 200 people rode silently on a track through Philadelphia to honor fallen bicyclists and to raise awareness about the cyclists’ rights to share the road. Rodney Garrett’s son Russell was one of the 14 bikers killed in the Delaware Valley last year.

“A lady was not paying attention to her driving, she was distracted.”

Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia Executive Director, Alex Doty says cities outside of Philadelphia need to improve roads for cyclists.

“By putting in buffered bike lanes, you are not only saving cyclists lives, but you are also saving motorists lives and pedestrians lives.

Paris Pontown offered up some advice for motorists.

“Put your cell phone down and keep your eyes on the road.”

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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