Two years ago, a group of London activists
cycled to a "Smash
Edo" demonstration against the arms trade in Brighton. With them
Vesco, who was part of the Food not Bombs group
which regularly handed
out food outside Brixton McDonalds. On the way, she was killed by a
careless driver on the road. For June 3rd, her friends and family
called for a remembrance ride from Brixton to Brighton [1 | 2].
See the Cyclists
Remembered blog listing the names of cyclists who have died on the
roads due to incidents involving motorised vehicles.
Marie Vesco’s death lead to discussions on the socio-political
implications of the predominance of cars over cyclists on several forums. "Ride of Silence", which
promotes sharing the road and rises awareness of bicycling safety, lists
her name with many others.
Commemoration and politics were deeply entangled from the beginning.
The 2008 Smash Edo demonstration held a minute’s
silence in Marie’s honour.
A blog was set up
to remember her. The Rampart, one of the social centers she was
involved in, published a note in its newsletter
its 4th anniversary event to her, and the June 2008 Critical
Mass went to Brixton as a tribute.
A year later, friends and family placed a white ghost
bike by the side of the A23, where she was killed.
On June 3rd, another remembrance ride to
Brighton took place, starting from Brixton.
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