Coverage of Mike Wilberding

Mike was killed on August 1, 2006 in Beaverton. Read all the coverage of his death in the stories below.

Widow of fallen cyclist seeks help for bereaved family fund

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 am.

Cycle Oregon Day 4-Sumpter to Union
Mike Wilberding’s son Dayn,
holding a jersey he wore during
a memorial ride for his dad
during Cycle Oregon in 2006.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A post to the Portland Bike Forums caught my eye the other day. It was a message from Mrs. BJ Wilberding, wife of the late Mike Wilberding.

Mike was killed on August 1, 2006 when someone turned their car into his path as he rode home from work in Beaverton.

Now, Mrs. Wilberding wants to set up a foundation to give immediate financial aid to families of fallen cyclists.

Here’s the message she posted to the forums.


Rally planned in response to fatal crash

Posted on February 12th, 2007 at 2:08 pm.

Beaverton Traffic Safety Action
[From a traffic safety rally
in Beaverton on 9/1/06.)

Bike activists will hold a traffic safety rally at SE 26th and Stark on Thursday (2/15), at the location of a recent fatal crash that claimed the life of Nick Bucher.

The rally will be an opportunity to remind everyone to slow down and use caution when driving bikes or cars on neighborhood streets.

The event’s organizer, Jacque Authier, wants participants to bring signs that espouse safety slogans and she hopes to have a similar event at a different location on the third Thursday of each month.


Cycle Oregon Day 5 – Rest day in Union

Posted on September 18th, 2006 at 9:06 am.

cycle oregon Day 5 (Union, OR) - Union Camp
[Camped on the Union
High School football field.]

Today is our rest day here in the great little town of Union, Oregon and if you want to know what Cycle Oregon is all about, this day pretty much sums it up.

The 3,000 or so riders, volunteer and crew that make up Cycle Oregon have descended on this sleepy little farming town (population 2,000) and the community has responded by working hard to keep us fed, entertained and happy.


Tragedy turns into action in Beaverton

Posted on September 4th, 2006 at 11:51 pm.

traffic safety awareness action
[The media helped us spread the word.]

Concerned citizens from Portland and Beaverton came together last Friday for a traffic safety awareness action. The event took place just a few yards from the intersection where Mike Wilberding was killed on August 1st.

Mike’s death sparked heated emotions from many people in the community who were outraged that the driver was initially only charged with a $242, “failure to yield” citation.


Event planned in response to fatal crash

Posted on August 24th, 2006 at 9:16 am.

[Intersection of SW 5th and Washington]
Photo: Susan Otcenas

Citizen activists mobilzed by the death of cyclist Mike Wilberding on August 1st have channeled their emotions into a traffic safety awareness action. The event will be held on September 1st from 4-6pm at SW 5th and Washington Streets in Beaverton (the intersection where the crash occured).

The circumstances surrounding Wilberding’s death spurred a large amount of community response, including the formation of a web-based traffic safety activism group.


Lessons from those other two-wheelers

Posted on August 17th, 2006 at 8:25 am.

[Photo from Flickr: bublynski]

There was interesting story in Sunday’s Oregonian about a rise in motorcycle fatalities in Oregon. The headline read, “Beware the thrill of the open road” and as I read it I couldn’t help but think how motorcyclists and bicyclists share common concerns and experiences.


KATU-TV covers Wilberding tragedy

Posted on August 15th, 2006 at 10:40 am.

In case you haven’t noticed, KATU (our local ABC-TV affiliate) has been doing some quality reporting on bicycle-related news stories lately.

I can barely stand to watch most network TV news, but KATU reporters Anita Kissee-Wilder and Brian Barker are doing great work. As avid cyclists themselves, they bring a much-needed perspective and sensibility to the newsroom.


Beaverton Mayor responds to crash concerns

Posted on August 14th, 2006 at 2:53 pm.

Citizen bike advocate Susan Otcenas just forwarded along an email response she got from Beaverton mayor Rob Drake.

The email (full text is below) was also sent to several other citizens who had written Drake about their questions and concerns regarding the recent death of Mike Wilberding.

Most notable is the mention that the “failure to yield to a bicycle” ticket has been thrown out and the case has been turned over to the District Attorney for, “possible prosecution for criminally negligent homicide.”


Fatal crash sparks outrage, activism

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 8:26 am.

[Mike Wilberding, 1948-2006]
Photo: Dayn Wilberding

The crash in Beaverton last week that claimed the life of Mike Wilberding has sparked outrage and spurred action from citizen activists.

The incident has caused some cyclists to question the priorities of bike advocates and city planners. One commenter asked,

“what is the more important fight at this time: more bike infrastructure or vastly improved law enforcement to protect cyclists?”

Many people are fed up with what they consider just the latest example of too lenient punishment doled out by authorities for fatal crashes that involve cyclists. In the case of Wilberding, the motorist at fault was issued a $242 ticket for “failure to yield to a bicyclist.”


Cycle-Pak founder dies while riding home from work

Posted on August 9th, 2006 at 7:16 am.

[Mike Wilberding in May 2006]

I received a sad email yesterday. It was from a reporter, looking for someone to interview about the death of Mike Wilberding last Saturday in Beaverton.

I had to double-take at the name, but quickly realized it was the same Mike behind Cycle-Pak, one of my first advertisers here on BikePortland.org.

At 6:22pm August 1st, Mike was riding home from work going eastbound on SW Fifth Street in Beaverton when an oncoming car turned left in front of him. The driver said the sun was in his eyes and that he never even saw him. The police have cited the vehicle for failure to yield to a bicycle.