On Sunday, Philadelphia hosted a large bike ride to raise awareness about bike safety and honor the cyclists who have lost their lives in car accidents. Over 100 cyclists participated in the event, including 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 on Henry Avenue, a high injury street.
According to the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Complete Streets, there have been over 110 traffic fatalities this year, including 10 cyclists. Laura Fredricks, co-founder of Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia, highlighted that Philadelphia is a Vision Zero city and urged government representatives in Harrisburg to listen to the need for safe street legislation.
Advocates are calling for more bike lanes with a row of parked cars to protect cyclists from traffic and want to extend the Speed Camera Pilot Program. Sidney Ozer believes that if these safety measures were already in place, his son may still be alive today. With Thanksgiving approaching this year will mark the first without Samuel, but Ozer is committed to remembering his son and campaigning for safer streets in his honor.