Last week’s tragedy that killed cyclist Alan Stephens and injured Brad Cummins was senseless, preventable and so wrong! The driver, suspected of driving under the influence and driving at a high rate of speed, veered into the bike lane, causing the horrific accident.
Alan, a retired high school teacher, admired by students and peers alike, was finishing a 50-mile ride and returning to Los Osos so he and his wife, Carol Ann, could celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary.
Former students have written about his effectiveness as a teacher and coach, and how he transformed their lives. One credits him for her qualifying for the Olympics and putting her on a path to earn a PhD.
Within a day, a white “ghost bike” appeared next to the road where Alan died. Apart from being lovely gesture, it's a poignant reminder to passing motorists to share the road.
To the people who set up the “ghost bike”: Carol Ann is greatly appreciative and would like to say "thank you." Your efforts have created a fitting memorial to a gentle, kind man who rode over 10,000 miles last year, and is a dramatic visual reminder to all of us to drive carefully and sober.