El Paso, TEXAS – Concerned citizens from across the City of El Paso will gather tonight for a bicycle ride to remember Floyd Trey Hancock, 47, Terence Patrick Harvey, 57, and Jose Cordova, a 9-year-old who was fatally crushed by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Central El Paso last week. The memorial ride, led by Critical Mass El Paso, a local bicycle group that meets the last Friday of every month, will begin at Union Plaza Park at 7 p.m. and end at the intersection of Raynor and Jefferson, the site of the crash involving Cordova. Cemelli De Aztlan, ordained with the First Nations Ministry and the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, will lead the vigil in prayer and Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition will install a Ghost Bike, a universally recognized road side memorial placed at a crash to commemorate someone who was killed while riding a bicycle. “Memorial rides are a way to remember the fallen, raise community awareness of the need for safety and education, and create something positive out of a tragic situation,” said Preston Tyree, former Education Director of the League of American Bicyclists. Velo Paso is scheduling a weeklong series of bicycle safety events with bicyclist safety expert Tyree and the League of American Bicyclists, the country’s largest and oldest bicycle advocacy organization, at the beginning of October. “Bicycle safety is a community issue,” said Tyree. “We all need to work together to make the roads safer for all users.” In order to gain a greater understanding the circumstances and conditions leading to these deaths, Tyree, a respected expert witness on bicycle crashes, has asked Velo Paso to provide him with copies of the police reports for the fatal crashes that occurred in the last two weeks. WHAT: Critical Mass El Paso Memorial Ride WHERE: Start at Union Plaza at 7 p.m.; End at Raynor and Jefferson Media contact: Victor Barajas 915-227-3353 Amanda Formica 617-640-0628 ### ABOUT BICYCLE CRASHES IN EL PASO, between January 2009 and July 2013: An average of 86 accidents occur annually. There have been 39 crashes reported so far in 2013. Crashes are most prevalent between April and June (37.3%) and on weekdays (79.6%) and during the afternoon peak period from 3:00 – 6:00 pm (28.9%) and 6:00 – 9:00 pm (21.6%). Mesa, Alameda, Montana, Dyer and Edgemere not only have the highest number of accidents, but they are cited as a primary or secondary intersection in over one-quarter of crash reports. ABOUT VELO PASO: The mission of Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition is to make bicycling and walking safe and accessible for everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach.

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