Community to hold Second Avenue Memorial Ride and Service on Friday

In honor of Sher Kung and the many people hit while walking and bicycling on Second Avenue over the last several years, the community will hold a Second Avenue Memorial Ride and Service. The public is invited to attend.

On Friday, Aug. 29, Sher Kung was struck and killed by a collision with a truck driver on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle. Sher was a careful commuter, loving mother and celebrated attorney, the loss of whom left family, friends, colleagues and the community devastated.

This collision was an example of what is known as a “left hook.” A left hook happens when a turning driver strikes a cyclist who has the right-of-way within a left-side bike lane. This highlights the fact that standard paint-only bicycle lanes are not suitable or safe in all situations.

The Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project -- a separated bikeway with dedicated signal phases for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers --- is an example of the type of infrastructure that can help prevent this sort of tragedy. We believe that with this new infrastructure improvement, slated to be finished by Monday, Sept. 8, this stretch of Second Avenue will be much safer and more efficient for all road users.

Please join local representatives and community members on a memorial ride intended to honor Sher Kung and focus attention to how our community can support streets that are safe, healthy and livable for all users.

Who: Seattle’s bicycling community; electeds; friend, family and colleagues of Sher Kung
When/where: Friday, Sept. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

5 p.m.: Bicyclists gather at Westlake Park (Fourth Avenue & Pine Street)
- Slow group ride to Second Avenue and University Street

5:30 p.m.: Public gathers near Benaroya Hall’s “Garden of Remembrance” Plaza at the corner of Second Avenue and University Street
- Moment of silence followed by brief words from a community member and an elected official

6 p.m.: Ride to Occidental Park (S Main St & Occidental Ave S)
- Finish with an informal discussion about next steps as a community and how individuals can personally contribute to a goal of safer streets in Seattle
 

For more details and to RSVP, please visit http://is.gd/2ndAveMemorialRide