WASHINGTON — Cyclists in D.C. are fed up after two people died while riding in the last month. They claim the District is not doing enough to protect its most vulnerable commuters.
Chanting “no more deaths,” more than 50 cyclists met outside city hall Thursday to rally for change. They want D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to prioritize her “Vision Zero” initiative aiming for no pedestrian deaths by 2024.
“My son’s death could have been prevented,” said Laura Montiel. She stood next to her other son, Cyrus Habib, who had moved to D.C. with his brother, 19-year-old Malik Habib, in April.
The brothers were working two jobs to make ends meet. In June, Malik was on his way home from delivering food on his bike when his tire got stuck in the DC Streetcar tracks on H Street, Cyrus recounted. A bus hit Malik, and Cyrus saw it happen right in front of him.