A Note from our Executive Director regarding Recent Crashes

In recent weeks, San Diego’s cycling community has faced five tragic deaths of our fellow cyclists. The current upward trend of injuries and fatalities reminds the Bicycle Coalition of the importance of our work and why we must continue to advocate for safe bicycle infrastructure throughout the region. Providing safe bicycle connections throughout San Diego County is vital to reaching our Vision Zero and Climate Action goals. We urge the City of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments, and other public agencies to immediately implement quick-build solutions for separated bikeway infrastructure along Vision Zero corridors. 

In the coming weeks, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition will be announcing new advocacy strategies to help the community respond to the horrific uptick in traffic violence. For now, we are honoring the lives of the cyclists we’ve lost:

  • Allen Hunter II, 75 – killed on June 22nd in Solana Beach
  • Swati Tyagi, 34 – killed June 23rd near UC San Diego
  • Jackson Williams, 27 – killed July 15th in Oceanside
  • Laura Shinn, 57 – killed July 20th in Balboa Park
  • Unidentified Male – killed July 23rd in Clairemont

The death of Laura Shinn marks the eleventh death of a cyclist in San Diego County since the start of 2021. If you’d like to become more involved in making San Diego a safer place to ride a bicycle, please consider becoming a member.