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Ellen Fletcher Legacy Bike Ride Friday Night

Ellen Fletcher, who passed away on November 7 at age 83, was a tireless advocate for better conditions for bicycling.

 

An American hero, Ellen Fletcher, died on November 7 at age 83. The long-time Palo Alto resident served on the city council from 1978 to 1989, and was a tireless advocate for better conditions for bicycling.

On Friday night, Nov. 23, Peninsula Bike Party hosts a ride in honor of the woman who brought into existence some of the best bicycle infrastructure in the Bay Area, and who inspired countless other bicycle advocates to push for improvements elsewhere. Her relentless lobbying and volunteer work gave birth to the county's first Bicycle Boulevard (Bryant Street), a concept that has since spread nationwide.

We'll tour Palo Alto's bicycle boulevards, paths, and bridges that wouldn't exist without Ellen Fletcher, and visit locations that are next up to be improved for bicycling according to Palo Alto's brand-new Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

All are welcome. 

For the route and more information, see: Web Link 

R.I.P. Ellen Fletcher.

Friday November 23 - 7:30pm - Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

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Michael Hall November 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Ellen Fletcher may indeed have been an American hero, but at least part of the memorial bike ride in her honor was anything but showing her the respect she deserved. I was present on Friday night about 8:45-9:00 PM at the end of Wilkie Way near the entrance to the foot bridge across Adobe Creek when about one to two dozen bicyclists showed up appearing to be lost. They said they were part of the memorial to Fletcher, but a large part of them, consisting of young men, were behaving more like a drunken frat party. They were blocking the street, trespassing on people's private property, loud, and extremely foul mouthed. What a sad and pathetic display in honor of a great woman.

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