2007 NYC Street Memorial Ride & Walk
On Sunday, January 6th, over two hundred people gathered to remember New Yorkers who were killed while biking and walking. The Street Memorial Project lead the 3rd Annual Memorial Ride & Pedestrian Memorial Walk to honor those killed. In 2007, 23 bicyclists and over 100 pedestrians died on NYC streets.
Speaker: [00:05] Today was the third annual Memorial Ride for cyclists who have been killed on the streets.
Ryan Kuonen: [00:15] I kind of respond out of this idea of making sure everyone, every biker, gets remembered. And from that we added pedestrians.
Leah Todd: [00:23] Today we gather in honour of those killed on New York City streets. In this past year, countless pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles. On average, one pedestrian every other day.
Patrick Tomeny: [00:34] At least 23 cyclists have been killed in 2007.
Caroline Samponaro: [00:37] We arrive with love in our hearts, with sadness for what has been lost, with rage that these crashes did not have to happen, and hope that we never have to do this again.
Leah Todd: [00:48] With these ghost bikes and memorials, we want to raise awareness about bicyclists’ right to the street and pedestrians’ right to safe passage, in the hopes that New Yorkers can change the climate on the road and learn to respect each other.
Ryan Nuckel: [01.06] Here in New York we’ve seen a tremendous and powerful movement grow for bike and pedestrian safety. Over a dozen organisations are represented here today and these memorial rides give, for me at least, an incredible feeling of solidarity and power in times of intense grief.
Charles Komanoff: [01:25] To have three feeder rides, coming from three different Boroughs, to have beautiful ghost bikes decked out with flowers and a sign commemorating the individual, it’s the realisation of something that maybe a few of us 10/12 years ago when we started the Street Memorial Project hoped, but frankly we never dreamed that it would become this big, this powerful, this well organised, this momentous, and with so much love.
Ryan Kuonen: [01:52] When it comes to traffic accidents people seem to think that bikers and pedestrians were doing something wrong, and this gives the family, like a group of people that understand and are kind of on their side
Thomas Cruz: [02:03] You guys did it the first time and we were caught by surprise when we came to the site and we actually saw the writing on the ground saying that you guys were coming. It was a surprise cos we didn’t know that things like this touched so many people. I just hope that these rides and what these things that are happening change the law, you know, because drunk drivers getting away with a slap on the wrist and they’re killing our family members.
Zoe Kelly-Nacht: [02:29] Because I lost my dad two summers ago. He was biking and he was hit by a car. It’s been particularly touching to see the other families and the warmth that this congregation has sort of provided them at each of the individual bikes.
Ellen Foote: [02:50] Participating in this Memorial Ride today and being with you all is definitely the most important thing that I will do this year. But from the bottom of my anguished heart I wish that this event were not happening and that none of us needed to be here.
Steve Hindy: [03:10] America’s in love with the internal combustion engine. But cars, trucks and buses are killing and maiming pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City virtually everyday. They are choking the street life of our city. Our thirst for fossil fuels is forcing us into horrible foreign adventures like the Iraq War. I hope you will join our family, Sam, and Transportation Alternatives in their struggle to ensure safe streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Ryan Kuonen: [03:50]
That we really want this city, the DOT to like have a database.
Bikers, there’s only about 23. Pedestrians, it’s like in the
hundreds. This year we can only verify like about 60 and we know
that it’s closer to probably 180. So it’s… a lot of this
doesn’t get reported in any way and so we really, really want to hold
the DOT, NYPD, the city accountable to making this list sort of available.