A large group of people is expected to ride their bicycles slowly along Second Avenue in Seattle on Friday afternoon, in a community memorial for the bicyclist killed there last week.
Sher Kung, a 31-year-old mother and attorney, was killed when a truck turned left into her bicycle as she rode to work. Her fiancee, Christine Sanders, is expected to participate, along with Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.
The ride is to begin at 5 p.m. at Westlake Park, continue to Benaroya Hall at the corner Second and University Street — the site of the collision — by 5:30, then onto to Occidental Park at 6 p.m.
Organizers do not intend to occupy the street or delay rush-hour motor traffic, said Anne-Marije Rook, communications director for Cascade.
But if attendance soars past Rook’s estimate of 100 riders, congestion could occur. Also, some Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews will be building a new Second Avenue bike lane Friday through Sunday, so cyclists are being detoured into the general-traffic lanes, according to an SDOT announcement. The refashioned bike lane is to be in place Monday, in a safety demonstration project designed to better separate motorists and cyclists.
On Tuesday, people from the Green Lake Running Group, of which Kung was a member, passed the crash site during a triathlon training ride, in her memory.
Friday afternoon’s event overlaps with a 4:30 p.m. pedestrian-safety rally at the corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street, where a car went off the road last week and smashed into the Carol Cobb Salon, leaving seven people with minor injuries.