BOSTON (CBS) — Dozens hopped on their bikes and hit the road for the 2nd annual Bike Ride for Peace.

City rider Elijah Polite is one of the riders and he says he’s trying not to think about the kids his age who are being shot.

“It’s definitely disappointing to see,” Polite said. “I think the police are not anyone’s enemy there here to protect us and here to serve.”

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Ride for Peace bike rider Elijah Polite. (Photo credit: WBZ-TV/Mike LaCrosse)

The six mile ride took people through Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury, all areas experiencing an uptick in violence this summer. It was sponsored by the Boston Police Department.

“The timing couldn’t be better for this to get out and show folks you know what we’re still here we still want to be part of your community and we still want to meet you we still want to be part of the solution,” Boston Police Lieutenant Detective Christopher Hamilton.

The latest act of violence was a shooting that took place just before 11 pm Friday night. One person was shot and taken to the hospital with what police say were non-life-threatening injuries. That brings the total number of people being shot or stabbed this week to 15.

“We’ll get over the recent uptick in violence. We’ll continue to work hard,” said Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.

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Commissioner Bill Evans telling the crowd that Boston will get through the situation. (Photo credit: WBZ-TV/Mike LaCrosse)

The ride follows a violent week in the city. It promoted the commissioner, Mayor Marty Walsh and other city leaders to hold a closed door meeting on the topic.

“Yesterday we had a really good conversation about what we’re going to do short term, long term,” said Walsh.

Saturday’s ride brought together BPD, teens and members of the community. The people in those neighborhoods say they’re not going to live in fear.

“It’s okay to go outside and not be hiding inside all the time,” one resident said.


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