Free Bike Lights in Brooklyn Takes on a New Meaning This Year
On Sunday November 2
, our firm held it's Second
Annual Daylight Savings Day Bike Light Giveaway. On a cold sunny afternoon
in Brooklyn, we handed out over 250 free bike lights under the shadow
of the Manhattan Bridge. The event helped hundreds of Brooklyn Cyclists
get ready for Daylight Savings Day and their commute home in the dark.
The event took on a special meaning this year. Joining us at the event
was our client, Franci Brenner, the mother of Matthew Brenner, a Brooklyn
Cyclist killed at that location this past summer. The event was dedicated
in Matt's honor and as a tribute to his life. In fact, the event will
now permanently be held in Matt Brenner's honor.
Matt's Story was detailed in an article written by Alizah Salario entitled
"Life Unparalled". A portion of the article is below:
Matthew Brenner was the kind of guy who made friends at the corner bodega.
An Air Force veteran and a talented artist, Brenner had moved to New York
last June to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and pursue his
passion for design. But his dream was cut short on July 6th, 2014, when
Brenner, a former bike courier, was cycling near the entrance to the Manhattan
Bridge bike path in Brooklyn and
struck and killed
by a 25-year-old woman pulling onto the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
On Saturday, October 18th, just a day before what would have been his 30th
birthday, Matthew's mother Franci Brenner stood near the site of her
son's fatal crash. At her feet, his name was freshly spray painted
onto the sidewalk, along with white wings surrounded by crimson flowers
and the words she'd chosen to commemorate her son: "A Force of
Life Unparalleled." Ms. Brenner spoke to a small crowd as the N train
roared across the Manhattan Bridge overhead.
Franci traveled all the way from Texas to join us at the event. In the
short time since Matt's death Franci has become a vocal advocate seeking
justice for fallen cyclists and pedestrians. She has joined numerous groups
such as Family for Safe Streets, Right of Way, and has become zealous
in the pursuit for #visionzero here in New York.
Just weeks before the giveaway Franci was in New York for the installation
of a Ghost Bike at the site of Matt's crash.
The Ghost bike will be permanently displayed nearby to the site of Matt's
Crash. On that same day, Right of Way stenciled a beautiful set of wings
at the site of the crash as well.
Franci Brenner is a true inspiration. She is a member of a club where no
mother belongs; those who have lost their children to street violence.
Where others would shut down, and mourn quietly, Franci refuses. Whether
standing in the cold handing out bike lights, or petitioning the DOT to
correct the dangerous street design at the site of Matt's death, Franci
is dedicated to bringing about change for cyclists here in New York.