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Celebrating Dave Marsden's Life While Helping Others
Announcing a Memorial, Ride, and Safe Cycling Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vienna, VA -- August 17th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of David Marsden, who was killed in a tragic bike accident in Vienna, VA. Now his family and friends announce three efforts - – a bike ride, a memorial at Vienna's upcoming green space called Vienna Green, and a
Dave’s wife, Sonya gave her very poignant reasons for building this legacy: "I hope you understand that I have to make sure that his death was not in vain; that cyclists and drivers must learn to coexist without shattering any other lives. His friends, family and I wish to celebrate Dave, who made all of our lives richer, and build a legacy in his name. One focused on community, on hope, and on preventing future such tragic incidents. This is for Dave, and for those that come after."
The summer of 2005 found David Marsden at the top of his game. He'd truly hit his stride that summer - 36, a new father to Elsa, a beloved husband to Sonya, a neighbor, an avid cyclist, an investor, a fix-it guy, a dear, dear friend. It was a time in his life where everything had come together.
Dave combined his love of cycling with his dislike of Washington’s legendary traffic and decided to cycle to work. As a member of the U.S. Cycling Federation, Dave was an experienced rider who loved his sport.
On August 17, 2005, Dave was riding home through downtown Vienna on Route 123. As he attempted to cross Mill Street in a cross walk, he was struck and run over by a tractor trailer truck turning onto Mill from Route 123. Dave was dead before anyone reached him. Dave's wife Sonya had to hear the news on her front steps, from the Vienna police. Dave had been killed at 36, leaving behind Sonya and baby Elsa, not yet one year old.
M. Jane Seeman, Mayor of the Town of Vienna, said “The Town of Vienna is pleased that bike safety is being promoted in Vienna by Sonya Harmeyer Marsden and the League of American Bicyclists. Whether one rides for recreation, commutes, or as a family outing, one should know about bike safety. Vienna residents are fortunate to have biking trails and paths nearby and need to know the safest way to enjoy them.“
A renowned artist from one of Dave's favorite places (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) Randolph W. Dunn of Dunn Hill Iron Works, has created a unique and beautiful sculpture for Dave's memorial.
To this end, the League of American Bicyclists has joined with Dave’s family and friends to
Donations to help promote the memorial and bicycle safety may be made through a tax-deductible donation to the League of American Bicyclist's David A. Marsden Memorial Fund. To that end we are: Celebrating Dave … while helping other cyclists down the road.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.davesride.org
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