Cyclist Killed in San Francisco on Ride of Silence Day

Bike messenger Kirk Janes was killed yesterday morning in a collision with a truck at Fulton and Steiner in Alamo Square. San Francisco’s Ride of Silence, already planned for yesterday evening, was then hastily altered to start at this intersection.

The Ride of Silence occurs on the third Wednesday in May in almost 300 cities around the world.  It’s a bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. It helps to raise awareness among motorists of the dangers they pose to cyclists. Unlike a Critical Mass event, Ride of Silence rides are not designed to stall traffic or create conflict with motorists.

A KTVU channel 2 news crew spoke with riders as they assembled:

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Friends of Kirk Janes were on hand with flowers:

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It’s unusual to see a group this large not chatting and making noise. At the infamous intersection of Fell and Masonic:

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4 Responses to “Cyclist Killed in San Francisco on Ride of Silence Day”

  1. carly says:

    The San Francisco Ride Of Silence was actually NOT already planned, there was none. The ride was hastily thrown together by a concerned resident cyclist of Alamo Square, Kristin Smith, who did not know the rider.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    So noted.

    At least two of Kirk’s friends were there handing out flowers. Lots of cyclists were there to pay their respects.

    Thank you for your post.

  3. Marc Brandt says:

    Kirk goes before us; we rode on a beautiful route that Kirk will no longer see. As the sun set beauty surrounded us. As the sun rises, we are one. Kirk, forever young.

  4. Marc says:

    I knew Kirk from some film classes we took together. He was a good guy and always upbeat. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing.