I want to share a brief update from the SFBC on our
activities so far in response to the tragic killing of Chris
Robertson on November 17th. Like so many of Chris' friends,
co-workers, and family members, we have been scrambling to
figure out quickly the most effective and appropriate way to
deal with this awful situation. Here's what we've been doing
- Talking w/ Media about Chris' situation *and* about the
need for a Driver Awareness Campaign *and* about the ongoing
lack of enforcement from the SFPD and lack of prosecution
from SF DA's office when cyclists' are victimized.
- We've been sharing findings from our Cyclists' Rights
Hotline, (started about a year ago w/ the SFBMA and ILWU),
which show that the SFPD refuses to take reports for cyclists
injured in traffic collisions in one-third of all cases. A
great SFBC volunteer is working to update those numbers this
- Talking w/ Mayor's Office about the need NOW for a Driver
Awareness Campaign. They sound willing and interested. We may
hear more about that tomorrow, Friday.
- Keeping in contact w/ SFPD and DA's office. We spoke w/
Capt. Fred Lau right after the incident happened, and have
talked w/ police investigators and DA people since then every
few days. We sent a letter to DA Hallinan yesterday .
- We've requested letters from State Assemblymembers Carole
Migden and Kevin Shelley, asking them to urge the DA to handle
this case w/ the seriousness it deserves.
- We're working w/ the League of American Bicyclists, the
national group based in Washington D.C., and have asked them
to issue press releases to national media on Chris' death, the
response, and the wider problem of drivers' un-awareness of
bicyclists' rights. And w/ the Marin Co. Bike Coalition, which
has sadly also dealt with a similar situation recently, and is
advising us on effective responses.
- We're trying to keep folks updated by posting new info.
regarding the case on our website:
- We're helping to organize Friday's rally, along w/ SFBMA
and ILWU, at the Hall of Justice, Friday, December 1st, noon,
850 Bryant St.
- We're asking SFBC members to contact the DA's Office
regarding Chris' case, and contact the Mayor's Office
regarding the need for a Driver Awareness Campaign.
- We wrote an article for the SF Independent on
Chris' death, the cycling community's response. It's either in
this week or next week, not sure which.
If you think of other things the SFBC could do to help in
this situation, please do contact me at shahum©sfbike.org