A windy, wet Ride of Silence w/video
About two dozen bicyclists braved a windy downpour of rain Wednesday night in Alexandria to make a point about bicycle safety — without saying a word.
It was the eighth annual Ride of Silence, an event to remind motorists that bicycle riders have the right to safely use the roads.
They also gathered to pay tribute to all those who were injured or killed in bike crashes.
Similar rides were held throughout the world at the same time.
Before the bike riders took off from Big Ole Central Park for a five-mile ride, they listened to Brad and Sue Dumm, who lost a son in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities eight years ago.
Jake Capistrant, an organizer of the ride, also shared a tip, advising the bicyclists to avoid pedaling on the white line marking the shoulder of the road because the paint gets slick in the rain.
After listening to a prayer honoring the fallen bicyclists, the bikers headed out through the rain on the Central Lakes Trail, silently.