Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Memorial ride for killed cyclists.

Virtual resistance has been working on new ghost bikes and they will be presneted on a memorial ride for the rash of cyclists killed in June.

MEMORIAL RIDE
Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.
West Side Greenway at 42nd Street (in front of the Intrepid)

Carl Nacht, 56, was killed by an NYPD tow truck making a right turn across the West Side Greenway. Derek Lake, 23, was killed on Houston Street while trying to maneuver around a construction site. Come out and remember these two cyclists and help draw attention to unsafe conditions for New York cyclists.
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I know this is hard to believe but another cyclist was injured this morning. A co-worker of mine saw the aftermath and warned me to wear my helmet.

Ellen wrote:

On my way to work @ 11th ave and 59th st, I passed a very scary scene,
a van with a smashed windshield with a bike and bike helmet in front
of it. The biker was in the ambulance, and the cop said he was going
to be all right. I told the cop that given the position of the van,
its obvious he was taking a left and did not yield to the biker who
must have been going the opposite way with the light. He agreed but
said that because there were no witnesses, the van driver wont get a
ticket. I suggested that the guy in the ambulance might be a good
witness. At least the driver is going to need a new windshield!

Be careful out there.

Ellen
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Aye, yes...there must be a witness...other wise the police would have to i-n-v-e-s-t-g-a-t-e...and then they'd have to do paperwork and then possible use some brain power and oh no...common sense. Then street conditions might improve...we wouldn't want our civil servants to have to do any extra work. Why that would take time out from them writing us tickets for not having a bell on our handlebars when it's harass the cyclists week at the precinct. All I got to say is, our city should be ashamed.
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Picture taken of Derek Lake's bike after tragedy on Houston St. Picture by Dima Gavrysh of NY Times.


NY Times article on Derek Lake's death on Houston.

download a
pdf that Transportation Alternatives has released on the recent death of Derek Lake on Houston Street.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's summertime, so we're going to be hearing about more and more accidents. As much as I long for a safer biking city and by some miracle a way to get all of the damn cars off of the roads, I think it is important for us to deal with the reality we live in. If poor Derek had had more experience he probably wouldn't have ridden over a wet metal plate and fallen. I'm not blaming the victim, but I want everyone to stay alive too. I want everyone to be present to thier situation every time they get on the bike. We can't count on drivers getting any better, so we have to get better to compensate.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous drewo said...

You are right Mike. The city should be ashamed. It's a pity we have a mayor and NYPD chief that both lack spine.

1:26 PM  
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