Eric Austin was on his bicycle on June 27, 2018, driving by the crosswalk on South Third Road to go to the First Various Co-Op, when he was struck and killed by a driver.
Born in McMinnville, Ore., Austin was comparatively new to Corvallis, however had already made associates, and an impression, together with at his office as a author for The Corvallis Advocate.
He obtained conventional memorials for a bicyclist: A Trip of Silence was held a couple of days later, and a white bike was chained on the spot the place he died to honor his reminiscence and to remind drivers to be careful for bikes.
Now, he could get a extra lasting remembrance. Residents are actively campaigning for the brand new multiuse path which will join the Corvallis Skatepark with Crystal Lake Drive – a path which may have saved Austin’s life if it had existed on the time – to be named for him. The Corvallis Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board urged the creation of the trail to make biking safer within the space. Since Austin’s demise, bicyclist Jeremy Gruver and pedestrian Rhiana Daniel additionally died within the busy northern a part of South Third Road, and the Oregon Division of Transportation has taken an curiosity.
“Fortunately, a bypass path is lastly being created to assist alleviate this unsafe scenario, and thanks to any of you who’ve helped transfer it alongside,” Eric’s father, Bruce Austin, wrote in a letter to the Corvallis Metropolis Council. “I nonetheless imagine that if Eric had had an choice to hold him away from visitors to get house that night that he and I might’ve most likely had dinner collectively tonight. I believe it [the path] can be a really good type of tribute to him, since, sadly, it has been his demise that helped deliver issues of safety on this space to the forefront.”
The Trip of Silence as a memorial to an individual who died whereas bicycling originated in Dallas, Texas, in 2003. Since then, the apply has unfold worldwide.
A bicycle painted white has been a typical remembrance for an individual who died whereas bicycling since one was positioned in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003. It was impressed by a apply which started in Argentina throughout its “soiled battle” towards pro-democracy activists: when an individual was “disappeared” by the federal government, their bicycle would usually stay chained to a pole or a motorbike rack for months. Individuals who knew whose bike it was and why it had been there so lengthy started attaching flowers, poems, and different memorials to them, the bike serving as an alternative choice to the grave which the sufferer had been denied. In some unspecified time in the future, folks started portray the bikes white to attract extra consideration to them, and so they grew to become an emblem of resistance.
John M. Burt