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NYC Street Memorial 2008

On Sunday, the Street Memorial Project held its 4th annual ride/walk to honors cyclists and pedestrians that have been killed on New York City's streets. There were three feeder rides and a walk in chinatown. Last year I made a video on the ride. After realizing that a pedestrian is killed on average every other day in NYC, I was drawn to the walk this year.

 <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Will Sherman:</i>  [00:00] This past year more than one hundred pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles.  14 cyclists were killed while riding their bikes in 2008.  Today we are riding and walking in honour of Sezman Chan, Pedro Fernandez Patrodro, Artouro Florez, Li Ho, Josephine Lapaka, Jonathan Milstein, Michael Needham.  97 pedestrians, Aseeth Roman, Alexandra Talouse, two unnamed cyclists, John Longzan.</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Elizabeth Press:</i> [00:39] And the countless pedestrians and cyclists who’s death go unreported and unrecognised every year.  We ride and walk with love in our hearts, with sadness for what has been lost, with rage that these crashes did not have to happen, and with hope that we never have to do this again.  With these memorials we want to raise awareness about a bicyclist’s right to the street, and a pedestrian’s right to safe passage.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Will Sherman:</i>  [01:07] Today’s the fourth annual memorial ride and walk for pedestrians and cyclists who have been killed in New York City in the past year.  It’s put on by the New York City Street Memorial Project which honours these people by putting up these memorials, and generally trying to raise awareness about the need for more safety on the streets.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i>  [01:23] 66% of the population in New York City is either a pedestrian or a commuter, which is at the end of the trip pedestrian.  So we are the largest majority and we need to be protected and made comfortable.  It seems that the whole system is organised for the cars, which are really serving only 30% of the population.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Will Sherman:</i>  [01:46] In the last year there were more than a hundred people killed on New York City streets while walking.  Typically we see that there is a pedestrian killed every other day in New York City, so this is a really, really high number and just completely unacceptable.  So we’re hoping that with this project we can draw more attention, the same way the ghost bikes have worked and create more interest and momentum behind making the streets safer.  In 2009 we’re going to be putting up pedestrian memorials for all the people who have been killed walking on New York City streets in the last year or two.  These plaques are kind of anonymous, they simply say pedestrian, and link to our website.  And so the idea is that they have a very big visual impact and people can go to the website to learn more about the specific crash.  </font> <br></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>
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  • brooke

    This is a lovely film Elizabeth. Thank you for making it.