Area cyclists enjoy Kansas City during the Ride the Fountains Tour

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What's the best way to see Kansas City's fountains? By bike!

More than 300 cyclists did a bike tour of dozens of the town's beloved landmarks on Sunday, while at the same time raising money to help keep them running.

After a 24 mile ride Sunday, Mitchell Williams was ready to go again for another 22.

"It`s sort of a stress reliever. When I get on my bicycle I just go into another world. I can just zone out and feel my heart beating and I just enjoy it,” said Mitchell.

The Ride the Fountains Tour attracts veterans like Williams and new cyclists to see what makes Kansas City famous up close.

“It`s a beautiful place to ride. It`s got some of the best fountains and the fountain tour is great just to have fun,” said Kyle Frakes with the Kansas City Metro Bicycle Club.

The ride raises money to help preserve the city's public fountains and helps spread awareness about the dangers riders face every time they go out.

“We`ve lost over 70 cyclists in Kansas City since 1991 since we started keeping records,” said Steve White with the bike club.

On the Ride the Fountains Tour new cyclists are paired with ride marshals who lead small groups through the city.

"Protecting. They`re teaching them safe riding skills. How to ride in a safe predictable manner. How to do basic skills like signaling and scanning, things like that,” said Frakes.

White said most accidents can be avoided.

"This is for no good reason these are people who are driving too close to cyclists when you see cyclists on the road give them at least six feet. Give them a whole lane. If you can, get on the other side of the road if you can,” he said.

Williams said nothing can keep him off his bike.

"You get a chance to see things that you don`t normally see, you hear sounds you normally don`t hear, you can smell things you don`t normally smell you just enjoy the city that way. Kansas City is a beautiful city,” he said.

After the ride there was a party with music, food and drinks.

Riders got to pick three different routes. A 10 miles guided tour as well as a 24 or 46 mile tour.

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