Chris was an active member and
volunteer in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. SFBC staff was
understandably shocked and concerned about Chris' death and the
events that followed. Despite the amazing efforts of the SFBC and
hundreds of other supporters of Chris Robertson and cyclists'
rights, it is likely that no serious penalties will be incurred upon
the truck driver responsible for his death. This is a list of
actions taken by the SFBC following Chris' death:
w/ media about Chris' situation, the need for a Driver Awareness
Campaign, the ongoing lack of enforcement from the San Francisco
Police Department (SFPD) and lack of prosecution from San
Francisco District Attorney's (DA'S) office when cyclists' are
view press release.
Shared findings from the SFBC's Cyclists' Rights Hotline, which was started in 2000 with the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association (SFBMA) & International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The findings show that the SFPD refuses to take reports for cyclists injured in traffic collisions in one-third of all cases.
Talked w/ Mayor's Office about the need NOW for a Driver Awareness Campaign.
contact w/ SFPD and DA's office. Spoke w/ Capt. Fred Lau right
after the incident happened, and talked w/ police investigators
and DA's office on several occasions. Sent a letter to DA
Terence Hallinan (Click
letters from State Assembly-members Carole Migden and Kevin
Shelley, asking them to urge the DA to handle this case w/ the
seriousness it deserved.
Worked w/ the League of American Bicyclists, the national group based in Washington D.C., and asked them to issue press releases to national media on Chris' death, the response, and the wider problem of drivers' unawareness of bicyclists' rights. Also worked w/ the Marin County (California) Bike Coalition, which has sadly also dealt with a similar situation recently, and is advising us on effective responses.
Kept the general public updated on the case with a webpage dedicated to Chris.
Helped to organize rallies, along w/ SFBMA and ILWU, at the Hall of Justice.
SFBC members to contact the DA's Office regarding Chris' case,
and contact the Mayor's Office regarding the need for a Driver
The Robertson Family extends a hearty thanks to the SFBC for their efforts, and encourages everyone to continue such efforts in an attempt to prevent further tragedies.
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