A “Die-in” To Prevent Deaths
Cyclists in bloodied t-shirts and bicycles will be sprawled across the grass of Malaga Cove Plaza on December 13th, staging a “die-in” protest to impress the urgency of effective signage needed for cyclists along Palos Verdes city roads that read, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane.” Seth Davidson, of Big Orange Cycling, announced the protest on his blog, Cycling in the South Bay.
Die-in location: Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Die-in time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Dead riders will show up with their bikes and create a ‘die-in’ protest on the lawn in front of Malaga Cove from 4:00pm – 4:45 pm. Following this demonstration, corpses and protesters will meet inside Malaga Ranch Market for dinner and to brief everyone on the city council agenda items. The city council meeting starts at 7:30 PM. At the council meeting attendees will submit speaker cards and discuss agenda items so that the city council can see that we’re vitally interested in the workings of city government…Cyclists want those five BMUFL signs and want them now.
In addition to the staged “deaths”, “informational banners, signs and flyers instructing on the three deaths in PV, the effectiveness of BMUFL signage, the effects of Lunada Bay /PVE localism in politics, and locations where collisions have occurred will all be part of the protest.” There will also be “graphic visual demonstrations and reenactments of cyclist/car collisions using live volunteers.”
You can find more information about this type of protest, the events leading up to the protest, and how to get involved on Davidson’s blog.
The protest will be the prologue to the city council meeting at 7:30 pm in which the topic of discussion will be the replacing 5 current signs in PVE that read ” 3 Feet It’s The Law” to the more effective, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane”. The city council meeting will be held at the Council Chambers of City Hall on 340 Palos Verdes Drive West. More information can be found here.