FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Leah Todd (609) 558 – 2677
Judy Ross (917) 405-1544
MEMORIAL RIDE WILL BE HELD SATURDAY FOR CYCLIST KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER ON ‘CAR-FREE’ WESTSIDE BIKE PATH
A Ghost Bike will be placed at the crash site in memory of 22-year-old avid cyclist Eric Ng
Saturday, December 9, 2006
1:00 PM: Cyclists meet at Washington Square Park to begin memorial ride
1:45 PM: Cyclists arrive with other mourners at the ‘Ghost bike’ memorial at the crash site on the West Side Bike path at Clarkson Street
NEW YORK, NY (December 7, 2006) — Time’s Up! and Visual Resistance will hold a memorial ride and install a white ‘ghost bike’ this Saturday for Eric Ng. The ghost bike memorials-a bicycle painted white- are striking visual statements that the City has failed to keep cyclists safe. Eric is the 12th known cyclist to have been killed in NYC by a motor vehicle in 2006. He is also the 2nd cyclist hit and killed by a vehicle on the Hudson River Greenway this year.
Saturday’s memorial will be a chance for the activist and cycling community to come together to mourn the loss of one of their own and collectively share their anger and sadness summed up by a statement stenciled on Ng’s ghost bike plaque: LOVE & RAGE.
Time’s Up! calls for improved greenway safety and better law enforcement against all reckless drivers, especially those who breach the few car-free thoroughfares in the city. The laws are already in place, but seldom enforced. Improved infrastructure, including more physical barriers protecting bicycle paths and lanes from all cars and trucks, should be another high priority for the city in light of these cycling fatalities.
“The Hudson River bike path is a jewel for the cycling community. It’s the safest and most pleasant way to travel around the city and contributes to the increase in cycling. Cycling is up in New York City. Let’s keep the momentum going and defend this auto-free space.” says Bill DiPaola, director of Time’s Up!
For information on the NYC Ghost Bike Project see
TIME’S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has been using educational outreach and direct action for the last 19 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.