Palo Alto reflects on Ellen Fletcher's legacy Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:35 am
The life of Ellen Fletcher, a longtime Palo Alto councilwoman who helped transform the city into one of the nation's most bike-friendly communities, was celebrated Sunday at a memorial service, where city leaders, bike advocates and members of Fletcher's family paid tribute to the iconic leader.
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Posted by Fred Balin, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:35 am
The biographical slide show created by the family and shown at yesterdayŐs commemoration is expected to be replayed this evening during the councilŐs agenda item (#3) recognizing Ellen Fletcher. The item should begin at 7 pm.
Also, preceding and during the resolution, there will be a mini-exhibit (in either the lobby or council chambers), including Ellen's bike and signature trailer, helmet, jacket and various memorabilia of her extraordinary life.
Posted by Ronna Devincenzi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm
I remember when Ellen attended each and every CAADA meeting, helping with the California Ave. Corridor, when she was on city council from around 1986-1989, serving as a liaison to the CAADA Board.
Ellen was always kind and available to CAADA board, sharing feedback as a bicyclist, for years after that, up to and including seven years ago, when the California Ave. Streetscape was first discussed.
It would be fitting to extend the Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard from Bryant Street to the California Avenue district, if at all possible.
I last saw Ellen on her motorized bike, it seems only a few months ago, way over past San Antonio Road, on Charleston, close to Costco. It was a heartwarming sight, particularly in light of her mature age.
She's greatly missed. The tribute for Ellen yesterday was inspiring, giving a fuller picture of the wonderful and exceptionally talented woman/citizen/activist she was.
Posted by Joseph Kott, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm
A life well lived for family and community! As the speakers at yesterday's moving memorial to Ellen Fletcher pointed out, Ellen's civic leadership was principled and determined, yet also gracious. What a wonderful example to follow for all those she inspired!
Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm Ducatigirl is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
She was definitely instrumental in getting me back on a bike. I would see this tiny little lady pulling her trailer all over town and think," she can do this at her age, I can do it with joint disease." I often still think of that image of her when my knees get stiff and I think I can't ride today.