Bike ride on Sunday in Tampa will honor USF cancer researcher killed on bike last month

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The most recent death was to Kayoko Ishizuka, a USF College of Medicine postdoctoral cancer researcher who killed early on Saturday September 25, when she was struck from behind by an SUV while riding her bicycle in the bike lane on Bruce B. Downs Blvd.  It was 1:30 a.m. when she left working at the USF laboratory.

This Sunday there will be a memorial ride in Dr. Ishizuka's honor taking place in Tampa at 10 a.m., where friends and fellow cyclists will ride in her honor.

The ride will start at Simmons Park on the USF Tampa Campus (at the area of Magnolia Dr. and Walnut Dr.)  The ride will begin shortly after 10 a.m. and go on for a 4 mile loop around the campus before stopping across the street from the crash site (Pine Dr and 30th St.) Organizers say they want participants to wear a helmet.

Six bicyclists have been killed in the Tampa Bay area within the past 10 weeks, an alarming phenomenon that led both the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council to discuss the issue this week.  The BOCC discussed a countywide program to make Bay area roads safer for those who experience them by bike.

County Administrator Mike Merrill said he would work with Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace officials, along with  , the Sheriff’s office to implement bike safety measures on Hillsborough County’s roads.  As the Tampa Tribune reports:

At the commission meeting, Theodore Petritsch, a senior transportation engineer for Sprinkle Consulting of Lutz, said the company would voluntarily study the bicycle accidents and complete a report listing education and engineering steps that can be taken to improve safety. The company was hired a few yeas ago to help the city of Miami with its bike safety plan, he said.

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