Bicycle riders takes to streets in memorial ride tonight

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Now that the weather is warming there are more bicycles out on the roads.

It’s National Bike Month and events are taking place all over mid-Michigan, promoting bicycle safety.

Tonight cyclists from the capital area are coming together for an annual national ride to remember those who’ve been injured or killed while biking.

The annual ride is called “The Ride of Silence” and it’s done all over the nation.

Locally tonight’s nine-mile ride starts on MSU’s campus, near Wells Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Riders will stop at the Capitol for a memorial ceremony then return to MSU.

Everyone’s welcome and it’s free to participate.

But, if you plan to go make sure you have a helmet and organizers strongly encourage you to wear lights and reflective gear.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 900 bicyclists die each year, most because of people in cars and trucks.

So remember, a person riding a bike on the road has all of the same rights and duties as someone driving a car.

They’re also allowed to bike in the middle of the lane if it isn’t safe on the far right side because of debris or other hazards.

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