Ride of Silence speaks volumesThe only sound you could hear was the spinning of their tires. Dozens of bicyclists took part in a “Ride of Silence” worldwide bike rally Wednesday evening in Alexandria.
The only sound you could hear was the spinning of their tires.
Dozens of bicyclists took part in a “Ride of Silence” worldwide bike rally Wednesday evening in Alexandria.
The Ride of Silence, now in its eighth year, honors those who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. More than 310 rides took place worldwide this year.
Jake’s Bikes of Alexandria organized the event locally, which honored Dennis Dumm, a former Alexandrian who was killed in a bicycling accident in Minneapolis last May.
Last year’s Ride of Silence in the Twin Cities was re-routed to go by the place where Dumm’s accident took place.
The approximate hour-long bike ride in Alexandria started in the parking lot of U.S. Bank, then continued down Broadway, with a police escort, to the Central Lakes Trail.
Helmets were required and bike riders were asked to ride no faster than 12 miles per hour and also, in silence.
The purpose of the ride is to mourn cyclists who have been killed by motorists; raise awareness of cyclists on the road; to make motorists aware that they need to share the road; and to show that cyclists are not going away.