In memory of Gareth Parker
Many of you have heard about the recent fatality of a bicyclist near Oregon City. I just returned from a bike safety meeting, energized about making our city safer for everyone and I found out the latest news: the victim has been identified as Gareth Parker.
Gareth was an active volunteer in the bike community with organizations like Shift and the BTA. I met Gareth for the first time at the end of this month’s Critical Mass ride. We hung out at the Salmon Street Fountain and talked about the recent Bridge Pedal ride. He wanted to get my feedback on how to make it better next year.
My memory of Gareth is his huge smile that radiated energy and his sweetness to Eleni, my 2 yr-old daughter. Once he realized I was also involved in the bike community we sort of did that, “well, I’m sure we’ll see each other around,” thing at the end of our conversation. But unfortunately that won’t happen this time.
I would like to ask anyone who knew Gareth or who has been touched by his enthusiasm and love for cycling to contribute your thoughts in the comments below.
The family is asking that any donations be made out to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in the name of Gareth Parker. Checks can be sent to:
Macy and Son Funeral Directors
Attn: Janet Stark
135 NE Evans
McMinnville, OR 97128