Candlelight Walk and Memorial Vigil for Yannick Linke

_9.jpgNils Yannick Linke. Photo provided by his sister, Sophia Linke.

A candlelight march and memorial vigil is being planned Wednesday evening for Nils Yannick Linke, the German tourist who was killed by a drunken driver while riding a bicycle on Masonic Avenue just four days after his 22nd birthday. 

The memorial, according to Michael Helquist of BIKE NOPA,
is being organized by neighbors affiliated with "Fix Masonic, North of
the Panhandle Neighborhood Association, the San Francisco Bicycle
Coalition, the San Francisco Day School, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church,
and BIKE NOPA."

Participants, who are being encouraged to bring flowers to leave at
the site of the ghost bike memorial, will meet at the SF Day School
"where they will be given candles and then
walk, in silence, to the site of the collision."

"Organizers of the memorial want to focus on the tragic loss of
Yannick Linke while also honoring him by increasing public resolve to
obtain safer streets for all users," Helquist wrote on his post
announcing the march and vigil. 

More on Yannick’s life here.

Candlelight Walk & Community Vigil
Wednesday, August 25th, 8pm
Meet at San Francisco Day School courtyard, 350 Masonic @ Golden Gate Avenue
The walk will proceed on the sidewalk up Golden Gate Avenue to Turk Street, cross Turk and gather at the site of the collision.
Little bicycle parking is available. Candles will be provided.

  • Aurelia

    Though I live in Paris now, this tragedy in my former San Francisco neighborhood has affected me deeply. As an everyday cyclist in San Francisco (as well as in my newly adopted city), I understand the risks of riding urban roads, but this sort of negligence is not just reprehensible, but simply inexcusable. Sincerest condolences to Yannick’s family and friends; I hope you will recover from the certain heartache of this profound loss. You–and Yannick–are in my thoughts, and those of so many fellow San Franciscans, fellow cyclists and otherwise.

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