Ride of Silence to boost awareness of bike safety
Here’s an invitation to bicyclists and others who are concerned about bike safety.
The fifth annual “Ride of Silence” will take place next Wednesday, May 21, with a brief meeting at 6:45 p.m. followed by the ride at 7 p.m.
Participants will meet at Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria and ride about six miles around town and onto the Central Lakes Bike Trail. Bicyclists are welcome to do any part of the ride.
The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event held the third Wednesday in May, National Bike Month.
Its purpose is to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials and others that bicyclists aren’t going to go away; they have a legal right to the
The ride is also a chance to remember those who have been killed or injured in cycling accidents.
All bike riders are welcome to join the event. Be sure to bring a helmet. There are no sponsors, fees or registration.
Cyclists ride no faster than 12 miles per hour and remain silent during the ride.
The Dumms lost a son, Dennis, in a 2009 bicycle crash in the Twin Cities when a semitrailer crossed in front of him and he was struck by the truck’s back wheels. Dennis Dumm was a 1996 graduate of Jefferson High School. He often commuted to work on his bicycle and was wearing a helmet and following the rules of the road at the time of the crash.