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Ride of Silence to boost awareness of bike safety

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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.

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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

public roadways.

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.

For more information, call Brad or Sue Dumm at (320) 762-1982 or Jake at Jake’s Bikes at (320) 219-7433; e-mail jake@jakesbikes.com or check the website, www.rideofsilence.org.

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.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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