Streets Are For Everyone is holding a memorial event for a fallen cyclist this Saturday, April 9th, 2022 and we are inviting you to take part in this!
This special Yellow Bike Memorial will be in honor of Jeff Knopp. On November 1st, 2016, Jeff Knopp, loving husband, veteran, and father, was cycling on Foothill Boulevard when he was hit from behind and killed while riding a narrow stretch of road that had no bike lane. Shortly after he was killed, a section of Foothill Boulevard was re-engineered to install a protected bike lane to protect other cyclists from a similar fate.
Jeff left behind his children, a loving wife, Jennifer, and many friends. Streets Are For Everyone, along with Jeff’s family, have the approval of the City of Los Angeles to put a Yellow Bike Memorial at the location where he was hit and killed. The memorial will be placed at the crash site to bring awareness of the need for safer streets and to remind people to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians.
The memorial is part of the Yellow Bike Project, a collaboration between experimental artist Scott Froschauer and SAFE. Each installation consists of a full-scale steel sculpture of a bicycle mounted on a 16’ pole. The color of the bike sculpture is in reference to the official color of remembrance for those lost to traffic collisions. Beneath the bike sculpture is a sign with the rider’s name and date of the crash with the #SafetyMatters.
The Yellow Bike Project is inspired by the Ghost Bike movement. The goal of the project is to create memorials for fallen cyclists that are more permanent in nature, highly visible, and provide direct community education and spread awareness of the need for safer streets in our communities.
Come join us and help his widow, Jennifer, his kids, and the community honor Jeff Knopp with this special Yellow Bike Memorial.
When and where?
Date and Time: Saturday, April 9th at 10:00 am
Location: 9147 Foothill Blvd., Sunland. The Memorial event will take place across the street from this location. Parking will be available along Riderwood (the nearest cross-street to the location). This is an official unveiling of the memorial. There will be a press conference with council member Rodriguez and the family speaking.
There will also be e a special feeder ride to the Memorial unveiling should cyclists want to ride.
Meet-up: 9 am at Hansen Dam Ranger Station, Roll-out is at 9:30 am for the ride to the Memorial site.
It will be a 30-minute ride to the location, a pause for the Memorial unveiling, and a 20-25 mile ride afterward.
The link to the ride route can be found here: https://www.strava.com/routes/2945114237121547382