PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For a decade, bicyclists across the country have geared up for an event called “The Ride of Silence.”

On Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, more than 100 bike enthusiasts gathered in Oakland for the start of Pittsburgh’s Ride of Silence.

It honors the victims of bicycle crashes and raises awareness about safety.

The organization Bike Pittsburgh says the number of cyclists in the city continues to grow and there’s a need for stricter safety measures and additional resources to keep them safe on the roads.

Cheri Williams told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “We’re part of the road, too. We choose to ride our bikes for health reasons and for the fun of it, and a lot of times, it’s a little scary.”

“We need more, basically. Amenities to accommodate cyclists, more signs, more cycle tracks; it’s a progress,” said participant Lou Fineberg.

The Engle family of Point Breeze also took part in the ride. Ian Engle-Roe, 8, was run over by an SUV three weeks ago. He had a message for motorists.

“I would want them to really… slow down on Penn and busy streets,” he said.

During the 10-mile trek, the cyclists made it a mission to roll past as many political campaign offices as possible.

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