Treasure Valley cycling community to honor cyclist killed on State Street
Image by Photo Courtesy Brenda Haskell
The Treasure Valley cycling community is organizing a twilight ride Tuesday October 8th at Sunset Park to honor 53-year-old Victor Haskell, who was killed September 26th in a tragic accident on State Street in Boise.
Representatives of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, the Boise Bicycle Project and other cycling organizations will ride from the park to the location of a Ghost Bike that has been placed at the scene of the accident by the staff of Bikes2Boards. A Ghost Bike is painted white and marks the location of a fatal bicycle accident.
“Every bicycle death affects the entire cycling community,” said Lisa Brady, President of the Treasure Valley Cycle Alliance. “Just because Victor Haskell was not well-known is no reason not to honor him as we have the others who have died as a result of traffic accidents.”
All cyclists are invited to join in a Ride of Silence beginning from Sunset Park in Boise at twilight (about 7:15 p.m.) Headlights and taillights are required of all riders, and a helmet and brightly colored or reflective clothing are recommended. The ride will proceed to State Street where the cyclists will ride to the spot where Haskell was killed. There will be brief remarks and a dedication of the Ghost Bike honoring Haskell.
“Lots of people ride bikes as their sole form of transportation,” said Jimmy Hallyburton, Executive Director of the Boise Bicycle Project. “Victor had a right to be on the street that night. This tragic accident should serve as a reminder that bike riders are everywhere and drivers need to watch out for them.”
Haskell was reportedly riding home from work on the night he was struck and killed. State Street, at 30th Street has two full traffic lanes, implying that any passing vehicle should have been able to move over to the left lane and give Haskell room to avoid the traffic barriers erected around the sidewalk construction project where he was thrown after being hit. A City of Boise ordinance requires vehicles passing bicyclists to provide the cyclists with three feet of space.
For more information on the ride visit the TVCA website at biketreasurevalley.org.