On Sunday, a group of more than 100 cyclists rode through Philadelphia to raise awareness about bike safety and honor those killed in car crashes. The commemorative bike ride took place on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and was organized by Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia.
Among the riders was Sidney Ozer, who lost his 17-year-old son, Samuel, in a car crash on Father’s Day 2020. Ozer is a co-founder of Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia and is vowing to continue the fight for safer streets in his son’s honor. According to the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Complete Streets, more than 110 people have been killed in traffic fatalities this year, including 10 cyclists.
Laura Fredricks, another co-founder of Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia, said that Philadelphia is a Vision Zero city and wants to get to zero traffic deaths. However, the numbers are going in the wrong direction. Advocates want to see more bike lanes where there’s a row of parked cars separating the bicyclists from moving traffic. While this type of bike lane is legal on city streets, it’s not legal on state-owned roads. Additionally, advocates want to see the Speed Camera Pilot Program on Roosevelt Boulevard extended because it’s set to expire next month. With Thanksgiving coming up, there will be an empty seat at the dinner table where Samuel would have sat.