Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Memorial Ride...

Please ride with us on Wednesday, June 17th to commemorate the tragic deaths of three Boise cyclists, Jim Chu, Kevin Pavlis and Tom Bettger, and to increase driver awareness. Here's a recent Statesman article about these senseless and tragic deaths: http://www.idahostatesman.com/eyepiece/story/800283.html
• The ride (about 20 mi) will start and end in Camel's Back at 6:45.
• The route stops by the places Jim, Kevin and Tom were hit. The proposed route:http://www.mapmyride.com/edit_route?r=743124500479959603
• Please wear black, and if you like, please write a message you'd like motorists to hear on the back of your shirt.
• Also, please bring flowers for Jim, Kevin and Tom to leave at the sites where they were hit.
We're all angry, but please bear in mind, the intention of this ride is not to piss motorists off, but to increase awareness and express our grief (as well as make a statement that we are here, we are outraged about these needless deaths, and we demand respect and the slice of road to which we're entitled). Keep that in mind as you go into this ride. My gut reaction was to have a true disruptive "critical mass" but after considering the email replies I've gotten, I think we might get our message out better if our level of disruption wasn't quite so overt. We want safer drivers who are more aware of cyclists and the recognition that there are a lot of us out there.
I think this will make a big statement, all of us riding together with flowers, in black.
This coincides with some of your group rides. Do this instead. Bring your friends.
This Wednesday, June 17
5:45 pm
Start and finish at Camel's Back park
Be there
*This announcement borrowed from drink beer - ride bikes.

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