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Bicycle Coalition Of Philadelphia Holds ‘Ride Of Silence’ Tonight

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File photo of the bike lane on Spruce Street (by KYW's John McDevitt)

File photo of the bike lane on Spruce Street (by KYW’s John McDevitt)

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Bicylcle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will hold its 8th Annual Ride of Silence Wednesday night.

Every year, anywhere from dozens to hundreds of cyclists gather at the foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum to remember the riders killed and many injured in the past year. Last year, five died in Philadelphia, says Organizer John Siemiarowski.

He says the numbers of deaths have gone down as Philadelphia made it safer to ride a bike.

“We now have protected bike lanes on Spruce and Pine. There are sections of 10th Street and 13th Street so we don’t have to mingle with the cars and that’s been great.”

Organizers will hold a short program at 6:45 and then cyclists will ride eight miles in silence down the Parkway, around City Hall to West Philadelphia and back with a police escort.

“We expect people to wear helmets, lights would be a plus.”

There’s a ride in Doylestown, in West Chester and in other cities around the world. For more info, go to http://www.rideofsilence.org.

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