Celebrating a life...while helping other cyclists down the road
The family and friends of David Marsden lost him in a tragic bike accident on
August 17, 2005. An avid cyclist, father, husband and neighbor, Dave's life was
tragically cut short when he was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk.
Dave combined his love of cycling with his dislike of Washington, D.C.’s legendary traffic and decided to cycle to work. An easy decision for Dave who, for more than 20 years, was an active cyclist. Dave rode a popular route through his small downtown and was struck and run over by a tractor trailer. Dave’s wife Sonya had to hear the news that her husband and father of their baby had been killed.
More about Dave
October 21, 2006 is the date set for “The Fun Ride” which will be an opportunity for Dave’s friends, family and the cycling community to celebrate both his life and passion for cycling, and for cyclists of all stripes to come together for bike safety.
The Fun Ride, October 21, 2006
On the very corner where Dave was killed, the town is creating a new green space called the Vienna Green. The Green is a community space, to be used for play, for rest, for quiet contemplation and will have a unique and beautiful sculpture for Dave’s memorial. Entitled The Tree of Life, this multi-faceted work will serve not only as art, but also as a functional bike rack.
Included in the League of American Bicyclists mission is an effort to prevent tragedies such as this. We accomplish this through our advocacy and education efforts, including our Share-the-Road campaign, which focuses on driver awareness and education.
If you would like to make a donation to support the David A. Marsden Memorial Fund you can do so on our secure donation page. The fund is devoted to establishing a bike rack memorial, and supporting bicycle safety and education efforts.