Thursday, March 17, 2011

Long Beach Loses Bike Advocate, Mark Bixby, in Plane Crash

We are grieved to hear about the death of Long Beach bike advocate, community leader, Mark Bixby, who died in a plane crash yesterday. (LA Times article). We recently listened to a superb interview with him at CdmCyclist and were inspired to hear about his work with CalTrans to get the Gerald Desmond Bridge to include bike/pedestrian lanes. His group was victorious in this fight, so please think of him as you ride or stroll the bridge in future years.

You can see the blog BIKEable Communities that he and others developed around the advocacy work to get the lanes onto the bridge. We hope his voice continues to be heard, that bike lanes and safe access for pedestrians continue to be a requirement in our cities' streets.

To Mark's family, friends and colleagues we offer our heart felt condolences.

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