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West Michigan bicyclists participate in the annual Ride of Silence

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West Michigan bicyclists participate in the annual Ride of Silence.{ } (WWMT/Zach Lawler)

The annual Ride of Silence remembered the lives of bicyclists who have been killed or injured in crashes.

Dozens of bicyclists participated in the Ride of Silence in Portage on Wednesday.

Mark Rose, with the Chain Gang bicycle club, said, “We raise awareness to motorists that cyclists do have a right to be on the road, sharing the road with them. With the main idea that we are there for is to remember cyclists that have been killed, we've certainly been touched by that in our community."

The ride holds special meaning in Kalamazoo after five cyclists were killed and four others seriously injured by a drugged driver in 2016.

The Chain Gang began construction on a permanent memorial for the victims on Wednesday.

A formal dedication is expected June 7, which is the two year anniversary of the Kalamazoo biking tragedy.