Philadelphia held a large bike ride on Sunday to raise awareness about bike safety, with over 100 cyclists participating in honor of those who have lost their lives in car accidents. Among the riders was Sidney Ozer, whose 17-year-old son Samuel was killed in a car crash while riding his bike home from work on Father’s Day 2020.
The city of Philadelphia’s Office of Complete Streets reports that there have been over 110 traffic fatalities this year, including 10 cyclists. Laura Fredricks, co-founder of Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia, called attention to the recent increase in traffic deaths and emphasized that Philadelphia is a Vision Zero city. She also urged government representatives in Harrisburg to listen to the need for safe street legislation.
Advocates are hoping for more bike lanes with a row of parked cars to protect cyclists from traffic and want to extend the Speed Camera Pilot Program. Ozer believes that if these safety measures were already in place, his son may still be alive today.
As Thanksgiving approaches and marks the first year without Samuel, Ozer remains committed to remembering his son and campaigning for safer streets in his honor.