Going by the numbers, the streets of Peoria have been safer in 2011 than they were in 2010, but authorities say it's still not enough.
Saturday, more than 20 officers from the Peoria Police department took part in the first annual "Riding for a Safer Tomorrow."
It's a 4 mile bike ride to raise awareness about gun violence and promote physical health.
Close to 100 people came out for the event.
It was put on by the city's African American Police League.
Authorities hope the event inspires people to take a stand against violence in Peoria and elsewhere.
"Bringing people together, a lot of people have good ideas, so we want to take all the ideas and maybe we can put them together as one to get some of the things solved on the streets," said Detective Keith Mcdaniel.
Organizers say they hope to make "Ride for a Safer Tomorrow" an annual event.