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Community will gather for Kathryn Rickson tomorrow

Posted by on May 17th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Kathryn Rickson on May 3rd.
(Photo: Facebook profile)

Tomorrow night the community will gather at the corner of SW 3rd and Madison in downtown Portland to remember Kathyrn Rickson. Kathryn is the 28-year-old Southeast Portland resident who died late last night from injuries sustained in a collision with a truck while bicycling through that intersection.

Every time someone dies while riding a bike, it hits all of us very hard. When it happens on a section of bike lane that many of us here in Portland have ridden on hundreds of times, we feel it even more deeply.

Let’s come together as a community tomorrow night and remember this tragedy. Let’s show Portland that there are many people who care deeply about traffic safety and that every life lost on our roads is one too many.

The BTA and Swanson Thomas, Coon & Newton will host sign-making from 3:00 to 5:00 at their offices on SW 2nd (820 SW 2nd Ave, just a few blocks away). We will assemble between 5:15 and 5:30 pm at 3rd and Madison. Please consider being there. Thank you.

UPDATE: Mayor Sam Adams says he plans to attend this event.

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  • K'Tesh May 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Rest in Peace

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  • peejay May 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    So full of rage now. This happened because society allowed it to happen, because certain media outlets choose to target the bicycle community as an “entitled special interest” (ahem, Oregonian), because we call these things “accidents” and “inevitable” and because we keep blaming the victim.

    Rise up, people, or we will lose our streets.

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  • Ethan May 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I firmly believe that large, solemn memorials for fallen cyclists are a very powerful way to honor their memory and send a clear message that there much work left to make streets safe for all. I encourage everyone to make the time to attend.

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  • Joe May 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Like the days in SF when so many lives taken. one saying will always
    be with me. ” PEACE ON THE STREETS ” with a bike photo! RIP Kathryn Rickson

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  • Kevin May 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This should just be a reminder that even if the law is on your side, large, unmeneuverable vehicles loaded with blindspots should be given a wide berth.

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