A memorial rally and bike ride took place in Santa Cruz on August 16th. At Bay View Elementary School, Takashi Yogi rode his bicycle to generate power for an amplified sound system. Speakers addressed the crowd, composed of mostly cross-town type bikers, about the need for safer transportation conditions for people commuting without automobiles, such as students that walk and bike to schools.
Robert, a friend and colleague of John Myslin, the teacher that two years ago was killed by a truck at the intersection of Mission and Bay while riding his bike to school, spoke about how safe and meticulous John was in every respect. Robert was upset to learn that John was blamed for his death. He is also troubled seeing Bay View Elementary School students ride their bikes to school while going the wrong way on Mission and listening to iPods.