Update: There will be a number of bike rides from sites of fatal crashes to the Saturday rally. I will be leading one from NW 23rd and Quimby where Sara Cogan, a pedestrian crossing NW 23rd, was killed in 2006. We’ll assemble at 11:10am on Saturday for that ride.
The bicycle community is responding in what I think is a VERY positive way to the challenge of perceived bias in enforcement by the Traffic Division. Seeking to reshape the “cars versus bikes” message portrayed by some of the media, a press conference has been scheduled for Friday at 12:30 PM at City Hall, to be followed by a major rally at Noon on Saturday. I will be participating in both and encourage Portland Transport readers and all transportation advocates to get involved.
From the press advisory:
“We Are ALL Traffic.” – Concerned citizens make public appeal for action and change.
Portland, OR – Spurred on by the recent string of traffic collisions resulting in cyclists’ deaths and injuries, and alarmed by the response and reactions by some elements of law enforcement, the media and the public at large in the wake of these tragedies, we are making an appeal for a commitment by all levels of government and law enforcement, by the media, and by all citizens to come together and work for a positive change in our communities and on our streets.
Friday, November 16: Press Conference
When: Friday, November 16, 2007, 12:30pm
Where: City Hall (1221 SW 4th)
Who: The speakers will consist of 4-5 “concerned citizens” who will voice a number of shared concerns that have arisen in the wake of the recent string of bike/car collisions, and make an appeal for action and positive change with all levels of government, law enforcement, media and all users of the road.
Saturday, November 16: Community Rally for Justice, Equality, and Respect for All Users of the Road.
When: Saturday, November 17, 2007, start at 12:00 noon
Where: Waterfront Park – Salmon Street Springs Fountain (between Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges)
Who: Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will address the crowd about the concerns at hand and make an appeal for change and action. All parties involved will be asked to make a strong commitment to make our streets safer for all road users, and for everyone – whether driving or riding – to share the road in a responsible, safe and courteous manner.