The memorial for Ellen Fletcher, Palo Alto's iconic bicycle advocate and longtime City Councilwoman, will be held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.
Fletcher, who served on the council from 1977 to 1989, died Nov. 7 after a battle with lung cancer. She was 83.
A Berlin native who fled Germany in 1938 after the Nazis took power, she lived in London and New York City before settling in Palo Alto. She has been involved in the city's civic life for nearly half a century, serving as one of its most prominent champions for bicycling improvements and environmental causes.
Fletcher was often seen riding her bicycle to public meetings, even into her early 80s.
Her memorial will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:15 p.m. at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall in the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Donations in Fletcher's memory can be made to the Silicon Valley Coalition, 1922 The Alameda, Ste. 420, San Jose, CA 95126, bikesiliconvalley.org.