Dear members and friends,
As many of you know, one week ago, we lost a member of our community. While riding home through the Back Bay, Rick Archer, 29, was struck by a car recklessly speeding down Comm Ave. From all accounts, Rick was a thoughtful, creative, caring person whose early departure has left a large hole with his family and friends and the courier community in Boston. The entire community feels this loss – yet another preventable death in Boston.
The outcome is an action this week that we invite you all to participate in: a ghost bike ceremony on Wednesday May 10th, followed by a mass ride over to City Hall to join the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Budget hearing.
The annual budget hearings are significant because the City Council will be analyzing the FY18 budgets that the departments and Mayor have proposed, asking questions, and trying to figure out if it is enough funding to accomplish what needs to be done to achieve vision zero and make our streets safer for biking and walking. It is not, and we have been saying this for months. The budget hearing on Wednesday is a place for all of us to make a statement loud and clear, to Mayor Walsh and the City Council, that he is not doing enough to change our streets and make them safer for people to bike and walk. The Mayor is not backing his vocalized commitment to Vision Zero with action, and we invite you ALL to join us in delivering this message on Wednesday.
Changing these streets requires commitment, financially and politically, from the City and Mayor Walsh. We need to make it clear that his constituents want these changes to be made now.
Here is an important detail about our late arrival to the hearing: our entrance and disruption won’t be a loud one. Having a silent and somber interruption and flooding the room with hundreds of people will be the disruption itself. We invite you to wear black as a demonstration of mourning.