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1) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO BIKE


“The bike wreck on Fifth Avenue and Warren Street in Park Slope last Thursday was as bad as it gets… I found the whole thing chilling. I bike down Fifth Avenue all the time. In fact, only two weeks prior, two blocks away, I had crashed into the curb after being cut off by a careless cabbie. The body lying for way too long in the middle of the street under a plastic tarp could easily have been me or any one of a number of friends.”

The above words could easily have been mine. They were written instead by another local resident, Aaron Naparstek, as part of his weekly column about city planning and congestion for the New York Press. I regret that I was unable to take part in today’s bike protest ride, from the scene of the above accident to City Hall, which was scheduled to set off exactly one week after the tragic death of poor Elizabeth Padilla. In the meantime, the tribute on our street corner continues to grow, with hand-drawn flowers tacked to the curb, and poems and cards of condolence attached to the many flowers and plants. A picture of Elizabeth and her young husband in the throes of laughter is enough to make you cry. Naparstek rightly points out the injustice of the police failing to issue even the most basic of summonses to either vehicle driver involved in Padilla’s unnecessary death.

A young life cut off at the lights

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