Memorials Held for Thomson and Miller

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From Time’s Up!:

Cyclist and pedestrian advocates gathered [Tuesday] night at the corner of Houston Street and 6th Avenue where Hope Miller was killed by a drug-impaired driver on September 25th. An honorary plaque provided by Street Memorials and a memorial stencil, bearing Hope Miller’s name and date of death, were placed near the crash site.

Speakers included Charles Komanoff, Economist and author of "Killed by Automobile", Time’s Up! Executive Director Bill DiPaola and City Council Member Alan Gerson, who spoke about the importance of pedestrians within the fabric of New York City and asked when the City will make pedestrian safety its number one priority. Time’s Up! volunteers spoke as well on the City reneging on their plan for long-promised bike lanes on Houston Street.

Afterward, those on bicycles took a lane of Houston Street riding together for safety to Bowery and 4th Street for a similar memorial stencil to honor the most recent victim, Julia Thomson, who was killed by a drunk driver on September 30th.

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Photos of Hope Miller and Julia Thomson stencils by Phillipp Rassman via Flickr.

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