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A windy, wet Ride of Silence w/video

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Participants in the Ride of Silence start their five-mile trek from the Big Ole Central Park trailhead Wednesday night. (Al Edenloff | Echo Press) 2 / 3
Participants in the Ride of Silence travel by a "ghost bike" that was set up along County Road 22 in memory of those who have been killed while riding bike. (Al Edenloff | Echo Press)3 / 3

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.

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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