Jefferson Siegel wrote this article in the villager about the recent memorial ride for Eric Ng, killed on the Westside Highway by a drunk driver.
Caption under the photo:
Eric Ngâ€™s friends grieve as they listen to remembrances of him near a white ghost bike memorial left for him on the Hudson River Park bike path at Clarkson St., above. A friend lingers at the ghost bike memorial as the others start to head over to St. Markâ€™s Church for another memorial for Ng.
article-(TITLE) Love and rage at memorial for cyclist slain on path
By Jefferson Siegel
“Eric Ng, the 22-year-old cyclist killed by a drunken driver on Dec. 1 on the Hudson River Park bike path, was remembered by family and friends in a day of memorials last Saturday.
The group Visual Resistance had placed a white â€œghost bikeâ€ near the spot where Ng was struck, along the greenway at Clarkson St. Early Saturday afternoon, as cyclists gathered in Washington Square Park for a memorial ride, several dozen others already had congregated alongside the bike path, where flowers adorned the stark white cycle. A woman walking by stopped to snap a photo of the all-white bike on her cell phone. A female jogger slowed and then stopped when she realized why the crowd had gathered. She paused, hung her head and crossed herself before resuming her jog uptown, the spring in her step noticeably a bit less.
Maya Elise Joseph-Goteiner stood quietly holding a bouquet of flowers, her eyes red, her face disconsolate. Joseph-Goteiner said she went to school with Ng for four years, and together they were members in the Peace Coalition. Nearby, a man in a green jacket, his jaw clenched, held a bunch of flowers close to his chest.
Just before 2 p.m., a mass of 150 cyclists coming from Washington Square pedaled down Greenwich St., turned right onto Houston St., crossed the West Side Highway and rode onto the bike route, where Park Enforcement Patrol officers politely directed them into the lot in front of Pier 40. Riders dismounted, many carrying flowers, and walked to the bike path in silence.
Ryan Kuonen of Timeâ€™s Up!, who has had the unfortunate task of organizing too many memorial rides, was one of the first to approach yet another ghost bike and place a flower in the spokes of the rear wheel. Nearby, Noah Budnick of Transportation Alternatives, who suffered a serious head injury last year on a poorly maintained bridge bike path, stood quietly in the midst of the crowd, wearing a Brooklyn cycling hat.
Several neighborhood leaders and activists also paid their respects. Brad Hoylman, chairperson of the Community Board 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee, and Keen Berger, a member of the committee, stood with cyclists in Washington Square Park before the ride. Ian Dutton, a public member of the C.B. 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee, and Livvie Mann, president of the Bedford-Downing Block Association, rode with the mass to the ghost bike.
Alone and in pairs, several cyclists paused in front of the bike and laid flowers, placed stones and said silent goodbyes.
Someone played a brief trumpet solo. Then, Ngâ€™s friend Ryan Nuckle stepped onto the low wall by the ghost bike. Recalling memories of Ng, Nuckle paused occasionally, overcome with grief. Facing him was a clutch of Ngâ€™s friends, their arms around each other, some crying inconsolably. A gloved hand covered a face red from crying. In the bright December sun, an overwhelming sense of grief and loss filled the air.
Nuckle finished his brief remarks and stepped down to join Ngâ€™s friends. One friend then let out a bone-chilling scream, a cathartic cry, a wail lamenting the injustice of such an untimely loss, as if she could yell all the way to the heavens to let Eric Ng know how much he will be missed.
Then she joined her two friends in singing a lullaby, â€œSleep, Baby, Sleep,â€ and more people in the crowd buried heads in hands and on shoulders, many of them sobbing.
People then lined up to lay flowers and say farewell as others hugged, eyes tightly closed and hands clenched. Despite the six lanes of rushing traffic just steps away, a silence seemed to shroud the gathering.
Before long the ghost bike was festooned with colorful flora. Friends had also planted brightly painted yellow wooden sunflowers around the bike so that, whatever the season, it will always resonate with life.
The cyclists then returned to their rides for one final tribute. In a symbolic gesture that has become painfully frequent the past few years, the mourners quietly held their bicycles over their heads for a minute. Then they got back on their seats and pedaled across the highway.
Their next stop was a memorial service at St. Markâ€™s Church in the East Village. Several hundred people sat in a circle of chairs, watching as photos and videos of Ng played on a screen overhead, accompanied by tapes of his singing. Friends then stood, one by one, and shared their fondest memories. Some read e-mails Ng had sent over the years. One read some of Ngâ€™s favorite Richard Brautigan poems.
The day conculded with a dance at the Timeâ€™s Up! space on E. Houston St. Dancing, as Nuckle explained, because Ng would have liked it. Fierce dancing, reflecting the epitaph attached to Ngâ€™s ghost bike: â€œLove and Rage.â€ -=——————=-=————- In honor of Eric and other cyclists killed in 2006 at the hand of motor vehicles…TIme’s Up will be hosting its 2nd annual memorial ride on January 7th. The details are not finalized yet but check back here soon. This ride travels in mass to several sites where cyclists were killed.
Memorial ride for slain cyclists of 2006 will be held January 7th.
December 19th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
This was by far the largest santacon participation I have seen in the 6 or 7 years I’ve been involved in this great event. In Central Park around 3:00pm, there had to be close to 400 santas…and a few dreidels and menorahs and of course the chanukah chicken and frosty. One guy was a naughty rudolph with a sign that read…free ride for Mrs Claus. Here are some photos at flickr
This is not bike related…but fun as hell and a great way to deal with the gross commericalization of Christ’s Birthday.
Its like a bar crawl with hundreds of Santa’s.
Santacon : Saturday : 10am through Sunday
Tis’ the season of the roving riot of red that is SantaCon. The blurry memories from last year’s Santacon include: horrified tourists, whiskey, Santa-packed dance floors, whiskey, jolly strip shows, red train parties, whiskey, mass Christmas/Kwanza/Chanukah carols, pornaments, whiskey and whiskey. This participatory event *isn’t* for the faint of heart, nor the weak of liver.
*It is* the best way to annihilate/celebrate the insanity of the holiday season in a non-political but explicitly provocative manner. It’s also the most fun you can have with a beard.
Central Park bike rider in serious condition Police: victim hit by a car Wednesday evening Eyewitness News (Central Park-WABC, December 14, 2006) – A bike rider is clinging to life this morning after a terrible crash in Central Park.
Police say this all happened when the woman was hit by a car last night around 6:30 p.m. The crash shut down the 66th Street Transverse until around midnight.
Doctors at New York Hospital say the woman has serious head injuries.
Eyewitness News is told the driver of the car pulled over. Police say there was no criminal act, and no charges will be filed.
Memorial Activities for the recent killing of cyclist Eric Ng.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
1PM: Memorial bike ride for Eric Ng, 22 year-old bicyclist, teacher, and friend who was killed by a drunk driver on the West Side bike path. Meet up in Washington Square Park at 1pm. We will ride together to the site of Eric’s death at 1:30 SHARP. Non-bikers can go directly to the West Side Greenway, near Clarkson St. By train: take the 1 to Houston St.
2:30PM: Directly after the memorial ride there will be a memorial service at St. Mark’s Church. Friends & family will share stories, show photos, and play music. St. Mark’s Church is at the corner of 2nd Ave and 11th St. By train: 6 to Astor Place, R/W to 8th St, or F train to Houston St.
8PM: Memorial dance party. Do not go gently into that good night. DJs & live punk rock. At Time’s Up, 49 E. Houston St. By train: 6 or B/D/F/V to Bleecker-Lafayette.
December 8th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
TIME’S UP PRESS CONFERENCE Come blow the lid off the Bloomberg Administration’s excessive expenditures selectively targeting Critical Mass cyclists.
Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:30 AM at City Hall Steps Rain or Shine
For the past 28 months, the NYPD has been harassing law abiding cyclists on the Critical Mass bike rides. Now the NYPD is proposing new parade permit rules that target the Critical Mass rides but would also affect thousands of other New Yorkers. It’s time for New York taxpayers to be told of the outrageous amount of money the Bloomberg administration is spending on its harassment campaign of cyclists. A very detailed, thorough cost analysis of these expenditures has been completed by economist Charlie Komanoff and Time’s Up!, along with the assistance and support of civil rights attorneys Norman Siegel and Gideon Oliver, and the organizations FreeWheels and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.
Speakers so far include: *Charlie Komanoff, Economist *Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Attorney *Mark Taylor, Assemble for Rights NYC *Marquez Claxton, Retired Police Detective, served 20 years with the NYPD, from the 100 Blacks of Law Enforcement Who Care
(Video footage will be made available documenting excessive expenditures on past Critical Mass rides by the Time’s Up! video collective.)
ASSEMBLE FOR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN (www.assembleforrightsnyc.org) Please join Time’s Up! in supporting First Amendment Rights and speak out against the NYPD’s parade permit regulations. Volunteers are needed to educate people, ask them to fill out postcards to elected officials, and invite them to join Assemble for Rights, contact email@example.com
Also, if you plan on testifying at the hearing and think there is video tape supporting your testimony write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben McGrath has written a four page artilce on cycling in NYC in the current issue of the New Yorker Magazine
Its another good fluff piece on people but what about the issues and really:
“On cycling blogs, riders were trading stories of being stopped by plainclothes officers while crossing the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, and charged with improbable offenses (in one case, for riding thirty-three m.p.h.â€”a pace faster than Lance Armstrongâ€™s).”
Cycling blogs? How many are there? ITS CALLED BIKE BLOG and I am easy to get in touch with.
Not sure about the love affair between the writer and Tom Bernardin. Can’t imagine how people would think all cyclists are a bunch of weirdo wingnuts. Its the typical story…Transportation Alternatives is doing all the work and Time’s Up is a bunch of weirdos more concerned with where the beer is hidden.