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1 Compassion for All In every active transit casualty - at least two lives are shattered, not one.

2 This is our expression of loss.

3 How can we ask our kids to ride to school and get exercise when this is the result? Nick Haverland 3/19/91 - 5/11/11 Fresh flowers on Nick’s ghost bike.

4 We can’t understand how a reduction in funds for active transportation for 10 years will protect our citizens. Two families changed forever. Active Transportation funds help EVERYONE! James Laing, 46, was bicycling eastbound on Agoura Road east of Liberty Canyon Road, when he was killed by a driver in a hit-and-run accident on 10/23/2010. “He waved to me and had such a beautiful smile,” Lulu Laing said, tears streaming from her reddened eyes. “I love this man so much. He is the most wonderful man in the world. A wonderful husband. A wonderful son. A wonderful brother” (

5 What if you reached over to fix a seatbelt - and this happened? Protect the cyclists! Protect the drivers!

6 Ghost Bike and shrine for Manuel Santizo 1982-2011 A community mourns.

7 Ghost Bike and shrine for Gabriel Perez, 44 Lives changed forever.

8 Shrine for Carol Schreder


10 25% of all traffic casualties responded to with a tiny fraction of the budget?

11 We just want healthy, clean transportation for us and our kids. We just want to drive without fear of hurting a bicyclist.

12 We are asking you to vote to increase funding for active transportation starting in 2012. While pedestrians and bicyclists account for 25% of the casualties, a tiny percentage of the RTP budget is just not enough to create safer conditions for active transportation. PLEASE INCREASE FUNDING FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION IN 2012 The Ghost Bike is a bicycle set up as a roadside memorial set up in a place where a cyclist has been killed or severely injured. Apart from being a memorial, it is usually intended as a reminder to passing motorists to share the road. Ghost bikes are usually old bicycles painted white, sometimes with a placard attached and locked to an object close to the scene of the accident. The Ride of Silence... Tonight we number many but ride as one In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons With helmets on tight and heads down low, We ride in silence, cautious and slow The wheels start spinning in the lead pack But tonight we ride and no one attacks The dark sunglasses cover our tears Remembering those we held so dear Tonight’s ride is to make others aware The road is there for all to share To those not with us or by our side, May God be your partner on your final ride - Mike Murgas The mission of the world wide Ride of Silence is to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety. The Ride of Silence began in 2003 at White Rock Lake in Dallas and drew 1.000 cyclists through word of mouth and email communication over a period of only ten days. There was no registration and no fees. Local media reported the ride to be incredibly moving as these cyclists rode in silence, occasionally wiping away a tear or patting a friend on the back. Though it was thought to be a one-time event, other cyclists began to contact the organizer with a desire to do the same thing in their own communities for fallen cyclists A project of VCCOOL and the Ventura Bicycle Union. All Materials copyrighted. March 16, 2012. 805-258-9369. Thank you to photographers: Ron Parker, Danny Gamboa, Jon Portera, Joe Connett, George Vye, Hiepler Law Office, and others.

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