bik3r | 02.02.2003 13:50
The ride moved towards Finsbury Square after passing through the city, where Mary Hanson had been killed while on her bike a month earlier. On the south bank a dedicated individual had distributed candles and leaflets which explained what had happened and a short memorial service took place in Finsbury Square at the site of the accident with the text of the leaflet being read:
Today is the last day of the Chinese year of the Horse. An apt day to celebrate the beautiful life of Mary Hanson, who touched so many different people in so many ways. She was a brave firehorse; born in 1966 - a very special woman, musician, artist and brilliant friend to many people who has been tragically taken from us before her time in a dreadful cycle accident at Finsbury Square on December 9th 2002.
Let us ride there to pay our respects to Mary and remember other cyclists who have been killed on the roads. We will pass by Tate Modern where some fitting Chinese fireworks will fill the air and bid farewell to the tragic year of the horse.
May the spirit of Mary live on in all of us. We will remember her on her trusty steed - that unique quirky bike which she loved to ride everywhere. RIP
It was an atmospheric few minutes in the corner of the square, a moving reminder of the dangers of cars. The ride then moved on towards the pub, where most of the riders dispersed. See you all for the February 15th anti-war ride!