Roberta’s Rules ShortGreetings & Happy New Year! We hope that this message finds you happy, healthy, and well.
As you may know, another local San Diego cyclist was struck by a car back on December 8th 2018 in the early morning hours while cycling on Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. Her name is Roberta Walker. Roberta was critically injured and sustained severe spine and head injuries, along with numerous broken bones and bodily trauma. The driver stayed on scene and the incident is still under investigation.
Roberta is still in the hospital and her ‘road to recovery’ will no doubt be a long and arduous one. Here’s the good news: Roberta is a “Warrior”; as our friend and colleague Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear called her, during a heartfelt speech she gave on a bright sunny morning December 15th at the gathering for the “Ride for Roberta”.
Warriors fight. Warriors heal. Warriors overcome and inspire through their ethos. The archetypal story of the Warrior and Hero are embodied deeply in someone like Roberta. She’s personified a life of health, wellness, fitness, and self-sacrifice as a community leader. You see, in a twist of irony Roberta had been a consummate advocate of safer streets for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. She had been overheard as saying, “What is it going to take to get our city streets safer? Someone getting hit and killed?”
Roberta did much of her outreach on her own accord, speaking in front of City Council and dozens of other venues to raise the level of awareness that our local streets were still unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. She also gives with her free time as the Executive Director of Cardiff 101 Main Street. You can read more about her recovery and the events as they unfold daily here https://heambailey.wixsite.com/roberta/blogg
In her honor, community members have created “Roberta’s Rules” which are a simple set of rules while cycling on the roads that can promote awareness and safety.