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Hundreds of Cyclists Stage Die-In at Jesus Castillo’s Ghost Bike

Posted By Damien Newton On April 27, 2009 @ 12:17 pm In Ghost Bike,LAPD | 1 Comment

4_27_09_die_in.jpgThere are lots of Flickr sets from Friday’s memorial at the Ghost Bike.  This picture is from Alex Thompson’s [1] but you should also check out Ensie’s [2] and Streetsblog’s [3].

Last Friday, participants in Los Angeles Critical Mass, members of the local community and other assorted transportation activists all gathered at Los Angeles’ newest Ghost Bike for a memorial for Jesus Castillo and rally for safer streets for cyclists.  Nearly 300 riders participated in the memorial which included a "die-in" where hundreds of cyclists laid down on the street in a similar manner to war protesters.  There to witness the act were a handful of LAPD officers and a representative of Eric Garcetti’s office.

Occurring less than 24 hours after the LAPD patted a hummer driver on the back for riding through a group of cyclists from behind, the mood when the Critical Massers rode up to the newly chained up Ghost Bike was a mixture of sadness and anger.  However, that anger didn’t break out in acts of violence or vandalism, excepting the one idiot who took a sharpie to a news van, and instead was a well-ordered example of civil disobedience.  Whether or not the LAPD would have been so restrained as to not step on the cyclists civil liberties without the television cameras is a different matter, especially since dozens of riders got tickets on their way Downtown for their next stop.

You can see CBS’ take on the die-in here [4].


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URLs in this post:

[1] Alex Thompson’s: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbct/

[2] Ensie’s: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensie/sets/72157617194472349/

[3] Streetsblog’s: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29300710@N08/sets/72157617394158006/

[4] here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzFff_1GMDs&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fubrayj02.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F04%2Fcbs-2-reports-on-recent-ghost-bike.html&feature=player_embedded

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