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Bicyclists remembered at annual "Ride of Silence"

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Rochester, N.Y. – Bicyclists gathered in Rochester Wednesday night to honor those who have died while riding.

The annual Ride of Silence takes place in hundreds of cities around the world. While this was the ninth year the event has been held in our area, this was the first time it was held in the City of Rochester.

Hit-and-run deaths set a record last year. 65 percent of them involved bicyclists.

“The message here is, yes, we’re honoring and remembering individuals who’ve been killed on a bicycle, but we’re also saying share the road,” said organizer Kecia McCullough.

“As cyclists, we deserve to be on the road,” she added. “And so, we respect you, you respect us – and everybody gets home safe!”

Rochester is making strides as a bike-friendly city. “People for Bikes” just put it among the top 25 best cycling cities in the U.S.

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