First 'White Bicycle' Plaque Marks Fallen Cyclist Accident Site

Gabriela Velasco Gonzalez -
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July 12, 2013

Wednesday night, the first "White Bicycle" plaque was placed in Puerto Vallarta. These signs mark the site where cyclists have lost their life, normally due to being stricken by a vehicle.

The unveiling of the plaque was attended by more than 400 cyclists.

Siurabe Vega Flores, President of the Colectivo Pro Móvil de Bahía de Banderas AC, reflected that the placing of these signs is in memory of fallen bikers such as Jose Ramon Lopez Sanchez, who died on June 29 crossing Mexico Avenue at Priscillian Sanchez.

The placement took place during the weekly night bike tour that takes place every Wednesday in the city. It is a statement in support of the rights of cyclists to have a safe trip and also a reminder for motorists to respect the rights of the cyclists.

Vallarta en Bici also made a strong appeal to the authorities to create an infrastructure to provide security and peace of mind to the rider, as was announced during the inauguration of Governor Aristóteles Sandoval when he announced the construction of bike paths in Puerto Vallarta.

The cyclists believe that safety can be achieved by working together with the authorities in campaigns to develop road safety between the bikers and motorists. "We are aware that it is not only the task of the government and we are ready to take action and help with joining together with the authorities in accomplishing these goals," stated representatives from Vallarta en Bici.

After a moment of silence for the fallen cyclists, fellow cyclist Siurabe Vega Flores invited those present to be a part in the organization of a mobility forum where we can discuss this issue from different perspectives and with different points of view. Work will begin this evening at 8:00 pm at Genaro Padilla Street #248 in Pitillal.

We are hoping that the first "White Bicycle" plaque will also be the last plaque installed.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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