By Jefferson Siegel
On Saturday a bike memorial ride was held to honor bike messenger Aurilla Lawrence, 25, who was killed on the night of February 28 in Williamsburg when she was hit by a truck. The truck driver did not stop.
A large mass of cyclists pedaled east along 14th Street from Union Square Park to First Avenue before turning uptown.
At one point the ride split into two parts, with one group of about 30 heading uptown into Harlem before eventually crossing the river into the Bronx, while a second group of about 50 cyclists criss-crossed downtown streets before heading up University Place, past Union Square and then up Broadway against traffic.
Police in cars and on scooters followed the cyclists as they moved throughout town. There was at least one arrest at 46th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Lawrence was the fifth cyclist to die so far this year, compared with ten bike fatalities in all of 2018.