“Ride of Silence” Planned To Honor Cyclists Killed On SF’s Streets

Bicyclists will gather in San Francisco’s Mission District on Wednesday evening as part of a memorial “Ride of Silence” that takes place in cities around the world to honor bicyclists killed on roadways.

Participants in the 11th annual memorial ride, set to leave at 6 p.m. from the Sports Basement at 1590 Bryant St. for a 7-mile route through the South of Market and Mid-Market neighborhoods and back to the Mission, will honor those killed and advocate for safer streets, organizers said.

A pre-ride event will be held at the Sports Basement starting at 5 p.m.

During the ride, the group will stop at the sites where riders have died while biking since 2006.

Those locations include ones where four cyclists died in 2013 and the one site where a cyclist has died this year.
Last year was deadly with the fatalities of Diane Sullivan, 48; Dylan Mitchell, 21; Amelie Le Moullac, 24; and Cheng Jin Lai, 78. All of the crashes occurred in the Mission and South of Market areas.

So far this year, Harold Swaggard, 55, a transient, was struck by a car while biking on March 19 near Folsom and 13th streets. He succumbed to his injuries at San Francisco General Hospital on March 24.

An additional stop will be made at Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, where a woman and her dog were struck in 2008. The dog died at the scene, while the cyclist passed away from complications from the crash three years later.

A man in a wheelchair, Bryan Goodwin, 31, who was struck and killed at the same intersection last November, will also be honored as a pedestrian with wheels.

Goodwin was an employee with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at its San Francisco office.

After the ride, there will be a gathering at the Dear Mom bar at 2700 16th St.

Riders will wear a mixture of white and black and many are expected to decorate their bicycles for the event and leave flowers, photos and other small tokens at the crash sites.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • Jesse

    I wonder if they plan on obeying traffic laws for this ride.

    • “Bicyclists always break the law.”
      “So do drivers.”
      “I only count it when bicyclists do it.”

      • Jesse

        Don’t be daft, you know exactly what I meant.

        • Exactly what you mean is, you only count law-breaking when bicyclists do it. (Every driver breaks multiple laws on every single outing, literally. Which is usually not a problem, in fact. Ditto for bicyclists, which seems to be the part that you don’t get.)

          • Jesse

            No, stop with the strawman, you’re arguing a point I didn’t make. Do cars violate traffic laws? Of course. Do cars consistently blow through stop signs the way bicyclists do? Absolutely not. I was much more sympathetic to bicyclists before I moved here. Years later, I would volunteer to write traffic tickets to bicyclists if I could, they are that bad. I have been nearly hit by bicyclists on many occasions, every time it was because they ignored a stop sign, or crosswalk.

            I am 100% in favor of protecting bicyclists on the road, but they need to acknowledge that they are often a major part of the problem.

          • Yeah, yeah. I often read comments like that online. But in the real world, cyclists yield to me in droves when I’m crossing the street. They also yield to others when I’m there to observe. So basically, I don’t believe you. Have a nice day!

          • Jesse

            I’m not talking about the “real world,” I’m talking about San Francisco presently. I saw bicyclists ignore stop signs half a dozen times on my commute to work. If you live here, you’ve seen it many, many times. You’re being intentionally disingenuous.

          • Jesse

            …and based on your Twitter feed, you’re a bit of a bicycle zealot. No point in arguing with a brick wall.

          • Bicyclists may not consistently stop at stop signs, but they sure do consistently yield. Try it some time.

            BTW, cars consistently roll through stop signs and right-on-reds. Not a huge problem in general, unless a pedestrian is in their path, which is usually not the case. I’m arguing that drivers and cyclists are about the same in their bad behavior. Most are pretty good most of the time. I think you’re applying different standards to the two.

  • Sooneridver

    Still say that if the bicyclists want to ride on the city streets they should have to conform to the rules other users must. By this I mean they should have to have minimum insurance, an operators permit, and a license plate large enough to be read from a distance. And finally they should have to obey all the rules of the roads… not cut back and forth between roadways, pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks.