2005-06-15 Leaving Their Mark - Villager

Leaving their mark for auto victims

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The Villager
June 15th, 2005

To memorialize bicyclists and pedestrians slain by automobiles and
focus attention on the dangers on the road, Time's Up!, the East
Village-based environmental group, Tuesday night resurrected a former
campaign: stenciling the outline of a full body and the names of
victims and the date of their deaths on the street where they were
killed.

Time's Up! started last night at Avenue A and Houston St., one
of Manhattan's most dangerous intersections, where in May, Brandie
Bailey, a 21-year-old Williamsburg resident was killed by a garbage
truck while biking home from her job in the Village. Last week,
Elizabeth Padilla, a 28-year-old attorney was killed when she was
riding her bike in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and was hit by a box
truck carrying ice cream. "Relative to other cities in this country
and around the world, New York is devoid of infrastructure that would
effectively promote safe cycling," said Bill DiPaola, Time's Up!
executive director. "The city also refuses to adequately prosecute or
enforce traffic laws that would cut down on this careless and reckless
driving."

According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
statistics, automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for
people under age 44.

Copyright 2005, The Villager

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