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A memorial march on Tuesday from South Lake Union to the southern edge of Eastlake honored beloved barista Brian Fairbrother.
Fairbrother died Sept. 8 from injuries suffered in a bicycling accident at 1177 Fairview Ave. N. on Aug. 30.
Friends and family in the march, many wearing orange, his favorite color, walked from the Espresso Vivace location in South Lake Union where Fairbrother was a manager to the site of his accident. Many later continued on to a picnic at Volunteer Park.
Tom Fucoloro from the Seattle Bike Blog covered the march and generously shared the photos here. There are more at the blog.
The Seattle Times has a photo gallery of images from the march.
The SunBreak also covered the march and has photos.
Capitol Hill Seattle has coverage and images from the picnic.
A memorial march from South Lake Union to Volunteer Park on Tuesday will honor a beloved barista who died after a bike crash in the Eastlake neighborhood.
Brian Fairbrother was found unconscious after crashing his bike down stairs near 1177 Fairview Ave. N. on Aug. 30. According to the Seattle Times, Fairbrother was breathing when medics arrived. He suffered brain injuries from a lack of oxygen before medics arrived. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and died there on Sept. 8.
Fairbrother was general manager for Espresso Vivace's retail locations and directly managed the Alley 24 store at 227 Yale Ave. N., across from the entrance to REI. He started working at Vivace's coffee cart on Captiol Hill in 1989.
The memorial march will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Vivace's Alley 24 location and proceed to Volunteer Park where there will be a picnic at noon. Those attending are asked to bring flowers and twine.
According to news reports, Fairbrother was beloved of Vivace's other owners and customers alike. The Seattle Times quotes Geneva Sullivan, one of Vivace's three owners (the others were Fairbrother and David Schomer), as saying of Fairbrother:
Fairbrother was apparently riding north on Fairview across from Zymogenetics at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. He was at a point where the bike trail moves off the sidewalk and onto the street but, for unknown reasons, he continued straight ahead to where the sidewalk turns in to stairs that lead to a pedestrian walkway. That was where he crashed and was found. He was wearing a bike helmet.
Tom Fucoloro, writing on Seattle Bike Blog, calls this section of the bike trail a "somewhat infamous hazard." It can be difficult, he notes, especially in bad visual conditions, to tell which direction the bike trail goes. It is thought that the setting sun might have been in Fairbrother's eyes, causing him to miss the turn onto the street.
As you can see in the attached photos, someone has gone to the site and painted stop signs and arrows on the sidewalk to indicate to riders that they shouldn't go ahead but should turn onto the street bike lane instead. A white memorial bicycle with a Vivace coffee cup tucked into the frame hangs in a tree at the location.
Rick Sheridan, a spokesperson for the Seattle Department of Transportation, told the Seattle Times the city hadn't received complaints about the location or about previous accidents. He said the city will review the area to determine if more signage is needed.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A link to a Weekly interview with Cormac Mahoney has been added.
Tako Truk updated its Web site this afternoon with details of their one-off event on Saturday, March 6.
They'll be raising money to send Shelterboxes to Haiti. Shelterbox is an international disaster relief charity that "delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide," according to the charity's Web site. Each Shelterbox "supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless."
Each kits costs $1,000 and can be tracked so donors can see where it goes.
Oh, and they'll be serving Tako Truk food, of course. Cormac Mahoney, Tako Truk's chef extraordinaire, says they're thinking Coco Piggy, veggie/octopus and the stew. They'll run a scrip system: four tickets for $20. Each ticket will get you two tacos or a beer or a chance to play Bad Beer Toss. Cormac explains:
The prize for winning Bad Beer Toss may be a Tako Truk party at your house. Maybe. Cormac says he's still "mashing numbers on that one."
"I'm really impressed with the Shelterbox org and want to send as many of those boxes as possible," Cormac says in an e-mail. "They've been deploying to Peru to help the flood victims there as well. Our inital goal is to send 10 boxes, which would be $10,000, to help 100 people get under shelter and be able to cook and take care of themselves, relatively speaking. I think we can do it."
If you think you'll be coming to the event, head to Tako Truk's Web site and click the RSVP link to e-mail them so they can get an idea of how many people might be coming.
The Weekly has the first part of an interview with Cormac online today.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. I've added details on the event.
Just heard from Cormac: The March 6 thing is a one-off event in collaboration with some friends. He promises more details in a couple of weeks.
Our original post:
I don't know what it means but Cormac Mahoney (I assume it was Cormac) sent out a Tako Truk tweet about an hour ago:
And from Tako Truk's Facebook site:
I've got an e-mail in to Cormac to see what's up. Could coco piggy be in our future?
Our previous Tako Truk coverage is collected here.