9-11 Ride Coming to Cumberland

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For immediate release



July 14, 2011


9-11 Ride Coming to Cumberland


            “The City of Cumberland is committed to seeing the 9-11 riders come through town,” said Mayor Brian Grim.  The ride is scheduled to pass through Cumberland on August 19, at approximately 8:15 a.m.


            Riders from across the nation will participate in the ride, observing the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  This year, a goal of 3,000 motorcycles has been set and more than 2,000 riders have already signed up to participate.  The line of cycles is expected to stretch 14 miles long and may last in excess of 3 hours.


            “Cumberland is a microcosm of America and we welcome the riders in honoring this tragic and historic event in American history,” said Grim.  Several routes through the City of Cumberland are under consideration, all of which take riders into portions of Downtown Cumberland on or before entering I-68.


            “Our goal in developing a route for the riders is to maintain the safety of the riders and the public at large,” said Grim.  Cumberland’s Acting Administrator Rhodes, Police Department representatives Chief Hinnant and Lieutenant Lepley, met with Mayor Grim on Thursday to discuss the route.  “Safety will remain our number one priority in developing a route through Cumberland, but residents and motorists can expect that no matter the route that the riders take through the community, there will be traffic delays, road closures, and rerouting of traffic,” said the Mayor.


            The City of Cumberland is working in partnership with the Allegany County Commissioners, Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Governor O’Malley’s Office to develop a safe and expedient route.  Cumberland Police will lead the ride through town.


            “Make no mistake, Cumberland is as patriotic a community as you will find in America and we are happy to welcome riders from across the nation,” said Grim.