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"Ride of Silence" to remember bicyclists killed in accidents

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By: Megan Palera
mpalera@klkntv.com

It happens here on our streets and far too often. Bicyclists killed or injured by motorists. A "Ride of Silence" hopes to change that.

The Lincoln community joined hundreds of other cities around the country Wednesday night in a bike ride dedicated to those lost in bike-related accidents.

"It really is a somber moving event. It's a slow paced ride so it's not strenuous and it gives you a chance to think what the purpose of the ride is," Organizer Hal Smith said.

About 30 people hit the streets on their two wheels Wednesday, riding off into the sunset in silence. They traveled through the downtown in a pack wearing bright orange vests that are hard to miss. Jane Goertzen says she hopes to send this message to motorists: share the road.

"It's just something that we have to be cautious of, as well as motorists, to make sure that when we're crossing the street we watch twice," Goertzen said.

Unfortunately, accidents happen far too often in the Capital City. Just last week, a 12-year-old boy was hit while riding his bike. And that same day, an elderly woman was hit while riding bikes with her husband. She suffered a serious leg injury.

The "Ride of Silence" group hopes that as Lincoln becomes a more bike-friendly community, bike safety will also improve.

"It really is moving to see the number of people that have died just riding their bikes in the roadways," Smith said.

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