Cleveland cyclists take part in annual 'Ride of Silence' to honor riders injured or killed

Bike riders bring awareness to roadway hazards

CLEVELAND - Cleveland cyclists gathered for the annual "Ride of Silence" Wednesday evening.

The ride is to honor and bring awareness to those cyclists who have been injured or killed on public roadways.

Cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists. Riders feel that much of the motoring public is not aware of those rights. Bicycles are legally required to ride in the streets and not on sidewalks.

This ride, which is held annually during National Bike Month, is a global event. The awareness is timely as more people are riding their bikes to work.

Most collisions are from distracted drivers. In 2011, there were 1,749 crashes in Ohio, 16 were fatal.

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