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Tuesday ride from West Seattle will honor Lance David

20130503-154213.jpgFriends, family and coworkers of Lance David held a bike ride and memorial Friday afternoon, gathering at E Marginal Way and S Hanford Street to honor him and support each other (see photos here).

The collision that took Lance’s life on his bike ride to work May 1 has shaken not only those who knew him, but also many other people who bike the same route regularly.

West Seattle residents, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Port of Seattle and many other partners are joining together for a memorial ride in honor of Lance Tuesday evening. The ride meets at Seacrest Park at 5:30 p.m.

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Details from West Seattle Bike Connections and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways:

A family and community were devastated by a horrific collision on Wednesday, May 1. Lance David, a careful commuter, loving family man, and valued employee was struck and killed by a collision with a truck being driven on East Marginal Way. It’s the sort of tragedy we hear about far too often, and yet it happens over and over again in our cities where streets are simply not yet designed for the safety of all people.

Please join representatives of West Seattle Bike Connections, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Commute Seattle, West Seattle Spokespeople, Cascade Bicycle Club, the Port of Seattle, and the City of Seattle on a memorial ride to honor Lance David and focus attention on how our community can support streets that are safe, healthy, and livable. We are all part of a growing local movement to actively support safe and healthy streets for people of all ages and abilities. East Marginal Way should be like all Seattle streets — safe for people riding bicycles, hauling freight, walking, and driving cars.

Where: Meet at Seacrest Park (1660 Harbor Ave SW). Note water taxi docks here.

When: Tuesday, May 7th 5:30pm

Route: Follow a common West Seattle commuting route on a flat 3.2-mile ride (Alki bike path to West Seattle Bridge path to the site of Wednesday’s crash).

Why: We want the freedom to choose to travel on safe, healthy, livable streets. East Marginal Way is a necessary but hazardous segment of the daily commute for many people going to and from West Seattle by bicycle.  We want to learn from this tragedy, make the commute safer for people in West Seattle, and have our city invest in streets that are safer for people all over Seattle.  We need our streets to be built so our movement is predictable and safe.

Lance David worked in freight and shipping, just like the truck driver involved in the collision.  Shipping company employees, like all of us, depend on safe routes to get us to work and back home again. The people in Seattle all want to live in a healthy, livable city that supports great jobs and gives us freedom to choose how to get to work.

Don Brubeck, co-founder of West Seattle Bike Connections says, “I will never forget seeing Lance and all the emergency vehicles on the road. It could have been any of us. We’ve been trying to make East Marginal Way safer for a long time. We support safe streets for our jobs, for our children, for a healthy environment. And while children may not commute along this stretch of road, our children need to have their moms and dads come home safely.”

Additional details about the memorial ride can be found here:



Participants on this ride support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action.  With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, we can work together to prevent thousands of deaths and injuries.

Let’s look out for each other Seattle. Please help us to pay our respects to Lance David and show support for safer, healthier streets!

Ride route map:

Map of Memorial Ride

Here’s a King 5 report of a Sunday memorial ride in Redmond:

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5 responses to “Tuesday ride from West Seattle will honor Lance David”

  1. Gary

    While we focus our attention on unsafe roads, let us not forget that there are plenty of cycle on pedestrain on cyclist accidents on our over populated trails like the Burke Gillman. Yes those accidents rarely cause deaths but just putting bicycles on a narrow paved trail is not always much better.

  2. Matthew

    I find it a little strange that Cascade will endorse a group ride in memory of a single fallen cyclist, but refuses to endorse a group ride, now in its 9th year, in memory of all fallen cyclists.

    I’ll be riding for Lance David and all other injured and killed cyclists at the Seattle Ride of Silence on May 15, one of hundreds of rides on the same day around the country commemorating those fallen riders. More info here:


  3. Rob

    If it reduces fatal collisions, then yes, separating truck and bicycle traffic IS always much better. Are you honestly suggesting that this is not the case?

  4. Gary

    No, just that a narrow paved path that ducks and weaves is not a replacement for space on the road unless you are a walker.

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