In case you haven't heard, David Ortiz was riding his bicycle on his daily commute from PB to Kearny Mesa, obeying all the laws when he was hit by an SUV that was merging over to get onto the 805, then run over by two more cars. Pronounced dead at the scene, it appears that he was only guilty of riding a bicycle.
If any way possible, please meet us at the fountain for a short ride to the city administration building for a protest of a senseless death, due at least in part to our city's poor riding conditions in heavily traveled areas.
We realize that 4 o'clock isn't the most convenient, and if you can just meet us at the City Administration Building to make a good showing when decision makers are going home for the day (more than David can do), it would be greatly appreciated. The change starts with each and every one of us.
The death of David Ortiz highlights the quintessential problems faced by San Diego cyclists on a daily basis: inattentive drivers, poorly designed roadway infrastructure, and a societal mindset that cyclists always ride recklessly.
Contrary to initial information provided by the San Diego Police Department, Mr. Ortiz was riding in the same direction of traffic, was properly positioned on the roadway, was wearing a helmet, and one of the motorists appears to have fled the scene prior to police arrival.
The ride will take place Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 4pm. The ride will begin at the fountain in Balboa Park and conclude at 202 C Street. At the conclusion of the ride, cyclists will lay down on the ground with their bikes to represent the thousands of cyclists and pedestrians struck by motor vehicles every year in San Diego.
Please spread the word. Not because David was a bicyclist, but because he was a person who was doing nothing wrong, just going to work. Thank you.
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