By: Megan Gibson
Malik Habib was with his brother
the night he was killed on June 23rd. “[W]e were just riding our bikes, doing a food delivery service
on our bicycles,” recalls Cyrus. Malik's tire got caught in
a streetcar track on H Street, NE, and he was hit and killed by a bus.
Cyrus was just 10 feet from him when it happened.
Laura Montiel, Cyrus and Malik's mother, spoke publicly for the first
time recently at a protest organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist
Association outside of the Wilson Building. “My son did not have
to die! Safety now.” She also said,“I am not an avid cyclist,
I am a mother who lost her child.”
Within two weeks after Malik's death, 36 year-old Jeffery Long was
killed while riding in the protected bike lane on M Street, NW. He was
hit by a truck turning right. In 2015, DC launched 'Vision Zero,' with the goal of having zero traffic-related deaths by 2024. Since
the launch of that campaign, traffic deaths have sadly increased.
In 2018 alone, there have already been 21 deaths, which is already higher
than last year. Whatever DC believes it is doing to work towards Vision
Zero, it clearly is not working. DC needs to take a good, long look at
its policies, revamp them, and implement real solutions as soon as possible,
before yet another life gets taken.