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Father's Day bike ride honors local dad

A{}Rhode Island{}family spent Father's Day honoring their loved one, and trying to raise awareness about a cause that was his passion: bicycle safety.

It was the second annual bike ride in memory of a Newport dentist who died doing what he loved.

Whether it was 6, 10 or 25 miles, riders of all ages and levels took part in the annual Father's Day ride in memory of Elliot Kaminitz.

The retired Middletown dentist, who was a bicycling enthusiast, died when he was struck by a car while riding in June of 2012.

Now for the second year, about 200 people joined his family and the organization Bike Newport for this fundraiser in his name in the place he loved.

Part of the ride is memorialized where Kaminitz was struck here near First Beach...it is here, in the wake of his tragic death, where advocates were able to get the first bike lane on Aquidneck Island.

Money raised from the ride is all about biking safety, bike lanes and shared lanes, to awareness and education.

It was a message Elliot Kaminitz lived every day, and one that will live on in his memory as this movement of bicycle safety continues to grow.

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