'Ride Of Silence' Brings Cyclist Awareness To Mansfield

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According to their website, too many motorists are not aware of the legal right cyclists have to share the road, which can cost some riders their life.

It was hosted by the Great Plains Bicycling Club, who said it was in memory of members of the bicycling community who've died while riding on public roads.

GPBC said they also want bicyclists to know they should take proper safety precautions so motorists can see them, like having lights and wearing bright colors. "All of us that cycle realize there are risks but when we're watchful and when vehicles are watchful, that's the most important thing", Northrop Davidson said.

The ride is open to everyone. The ride coincided with National Police Week.

Dozens in Cadillac rode around Lake Cadillac in silence at about 10 miles per hour to bring awareness to a serious cause.

Ride of Silence is an annual and worldwide event where cyclists ride in silence for those that were killed while riding or injured on the road.

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For more information on the Ride of Silence, visit the event's website.

Who: Organized locally by Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association; all cyclists welcome (helmets are mandatory).

Where: Starts and finishes at Sydney Shopping Centre parking lot.

"I'm enjoying the fact that I have the opportunity to do this because I just took part in a law enforcement united ride", Espinoza said.

In honor of those not with us - friends, mothers, fathers, sisters and sons.

"We need to lead the effort to change the driving behavior in our local communities, which now poses the greatest hazard to cyclists in the Valley", he told those in attendance before the start of the ride.

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