(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.
NOTE: I have closed comments on this post because I didn’t like the back-and-forth that was happening. This is a sensitive time and a sensitive post. Thanks for understanding. — JM