2007-01-19 / Community

An Activist In Memory Of Her Teenage Son

At right: Audrey Anderson holds a photo of her teenage son, Andre, who was struck and killed by an SUV on Shore Front Parkway in 2005, as she joins the environmental group Time's Up! and the arts group Visual Resistance on January 7 for a four-borough tour to memorialize cyclists killed on city streets. The riders went to 14 "Ghost Bike" memorials - bicycles spray-painted white and bearing commemorative plaques which mark the spots where cyclists were killed - throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Bill DiPaola, the executive director of Time's Up! called on the city to unify its process for tracking cyclist fatalities at a press conference held afterwards. "How can the city evaluate cyclist safety without an accurate report of the number of cyclists killed on the streets each year," DiPaola said in a release. At left: Anderson, whose son's death was ruled an accident, stand surrounded by cyclists as she pleads for increased criminal investigations and prosecutions in incidents like the ones that took her son's life. Andre's memorial is on the center median on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 77 Street. He was 14 when he was killed on September 24, 2005.

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