I Wonder If the ‘Ride of Silence’ Visited Her ‘Ghost Shoes’?

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Kathryn Green

Kathryn Green

Kathryn Green, a passionate philanthropist dedicated to the arts, environment, and women’s issues, passed away at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, following a tragic roadside accident. The beloved wife of Richard Partridge, Senior Staff Scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Kathryn was a resident of Los Altos Hills since 2006, a free spirit who touched many lives.

Born in Santa Monica, CA on July 17, 1953, she grew up in Pacific Palisades before getting her degree at Johnston College at University of Redlands in 1976. Kathryn and Richard married in August 1986 in Menlo Park. They subsequently spent twenty years in Providence, Rhode Island, where Kathryn was a founding Board member of Community MusicWorks, before returning to the Bay Area.

A writer and avid cook who rarely repeated a recipe, Kathryn also loved the theatre.  She was a major supporter and volunteer with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley for nearly 40 years, most recently serving on its Playreading Committee. Her commitment to philanthropy included many additional organizations: University of Redlands; Sustainable Conservation of San Francisco; WomenGO!, which she co-founded; Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund; and the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market, where she served on the Board of Directors.

Kathryn was predeceased by her parents Margaret Frank Green and Nathaniel Patrick Green and is survived by her husband Richard, and brother William Green of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A woman of joy, integrity, humor, and curiosity, Kathryn was beloved by all.

A celebration of her life will be held at 4pm on Saturday, May 16th at the Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA.

Memorial donations can be made to: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (theatreworks.org) or Sustainable Conservation (suscon.org).


TakeAways

A major injury accident involving a bicyclist and a pedestrian occurred on Monday, April 20, near Foothills Park. Image courtesy of the Palo Alto Police Department.

A major injury accident involving a bicyclist and a pedestrian occurred on Monday, April 20, near Foothills Park. Image courtesy of the Palo Alto Police Department.

  • Read an in-depth analysis of this tragedy on StreetsBlog (Click here)

Why have you not heard about this death at the hands of another cyclist? The Urban Cycling Community has simply ignored her death. It does not fit into our collective narrative of pain and misfortune at the hands of others.

The Palo Alto account has been rewritten to cast less of a harsh light on the cyclist. When these sorts of deaths occur it puts a momentary crimp in our stride to win over the rest of the country to our desire for more bicycle infrastructure.

When we ourselves prove to be ‘part of the problem‘ we are embarrassed and regroup. We do not let members of the journalistic community write reports that cast us in a bad light. That we feel is best reserved for motorists.

The only other time this sort of rewriting of history to such a degree has gone on was in the reporting of news during the Jim Crow Era. Blacks killed at the hands of white mobs were generally portrayed as having done something that made their murder justified.

We are once again following that pattern when it comes to cyclists who kill pedestrians.

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This sort of thing fits our collective narrative a lot better than a pedestrian death at our hands.

This is yet another instance of a pedestrian getting in the way of a bicyclist. Perhaps we should use the new paradigm of the Chicago Lakefront Trail and have pedestrians and cars moved to thoroughfares where they do not cause reckless harm to cyclists?

We need better infrastructure to protect cyclists. All we want to do is get to work safely and we have to deal with people walking out into the street. Why can’t pedestrians, “Just Look!“?