[*BCM*] gordon riker
bsharpe at redcoatpublishing.com
Tue Apr 10 11:15:38 EDT 2007
Last night, I was riding from Beth Isreal Hospital. I came down
Francis Rd to make a left onto Brookline Ave. I got into the left lane
and made myself visable in front of an ambulance waiting to make a left.
The light turned green. I made my left and got way over to right on
Brookline. The ambulance said over the speaker to get off the road.
At the next light I told him that I was trying to make myself visable
and stay out of his way. The light turned green he had his right signal
on but instead went straight for me nearly missing my rear wheel. Then
he drove fast too close to me. At this point I pulled over reported his
plate number 4031 to the Boston Police and then called Cataldo
Ambulance. Cataldo said they did not have any ambulances with that
plate number. I was pretty upset and may have misread the plate number
but I think it in fact was 4031. Very frustrating. I bicycle all the
time but times like these cause me to really wonder. Especially with
what happened last week on Hunting Ave. That guy just shouldn't be
driving an Ambulance at all. Imagine this is a guy who is supposed to
be for life and he's out harassing Cyclists. I hope he gets caught
before he hurts someone with that big killing machine//Ambulance.
From: bostoncriticalmass-bounces at bostoncriticalmass.org
[mailto:bostoncriticalmass-bounces at bostoncriticalmass.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 9:21 AM
To: Boston Critical Mass
Subject: Re: [*BCM*] gordon riker
i understand that anytime we lose a friend for completely random and
horrible reasons, it is difficult beyond belief, words, and explanation.
there is nothing that can really be said to combat or alleviate this
kind of loss - for individuals or a community.
however, i believe that this forum has brought up some really
interesting topics for bicyclists in boston & most people on the list
have done a great job of looking towards positive and productive change.
i am new to the list, action-wise, and hope to see more of the
suggestions for good work/laws/maps/anything for making biking inviting
and in-plain-sight for people in this city.
i appreciate all of the work, thoughts, actions that each person
contributing to this list, critical mass, and bicycle awareness in
general has brought to the front and center of everyone's minds this
past week or so. (save the random guy a few strings ago who clearly
shouldn't be on the list - writing about the right to open his door
whenever he wants into a bike lane).
i did not know gordon riker, but my heart & thoughts are still with
everyone who did. for the rest of us, be safe and keep working to
create positive awareness for all of us.
On 4/9/07, . nevele <symboliceon at hotmail.com> wrote:
yea. two of my friends knew him.
they knew him as a pretty atrocious cyclist.
not that any of you actually give a shit. most of you seem to be looking
his death as an excuse to paint a bike white.
my friends actually knew him; knew that he biked like an asshole. think
they're happy about him dying? fuck no.
how are you people treating this? you're using it as an example that you
like i said: we need to come up with our own laws that make sense for
>From: "Lee Peters" <leepeters at gis.net>
>Reply-To: Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org>
>To: "Boston Critical Mass" <list at bostoncriticalmass.org >
>Subject: Re: [*BCM*] gordon riker
>Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 08:59:18 -0400
>Yesterday I picked up a donated bike to honor him. I painted it & have
>lock ready. I plan to take it down to the site and lock it to a light
>at 5 pm today (Sunday 4/8).
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Brooksie Edmondson"
>< brooksie at honestinsecret.com <mailto:brooksie at honestinsecret.com> >
>To: <list at bostoncriticalmass.org>
>Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 4:14 AM
>Subject: [*BCM*] gordon riker
>>has a ghost bike been placed for gordon yet? i don't know who to get
>>touch with, but i have an extra bike that i can donate if they need
>>gordon was my friend.
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