America’s pioneering bike activist and arguably it’s most effective, succumbed to the cancer she has been battling for the last several years yesterday. Ellen Fletcher whose podcast and Busycle bike boulevard gratitude ride you saw me remaster here just a few days ago passed away yesterday (RIP 11-7-12). An amazing lady, Palo Alto is on the national bike radar as one of its bike friendliest cities due in large part to Ellen’s work. A modest woman and a World War II Holocaust survivor, she inspired a whole generation of bike activists.
Indeed, I feel honored to have been able to record a little bit of what has made her so great in this interview she gave to me:
Thanks Ellen for the example you set and for a life so well lived. The world is a better place because of your tireless work on behalf of cyclists everywhere.
Ellen taught me how to ride safe and also basic bike maintenance during my 8th grade gym class. She will be missed.
NBG Scout, Engineer, Blacksmith, Bike Artist