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New Orleans Bicycle Nation Blocks Intersection, Protests for Safety Upgrades

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Angry bicyclists from around the Bywater and Marigny came together and blocked the intersection where a bicyclist was killed the day before.

The New Orleans bicycle nation is banding together, to say ‘enough is enough,‘ and the fatal tragedy on Thursday afternoon could have been prevented.

Chants of “Whose streets? Our streets!” rallied the upset crowd wanting change.

Those who use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation united at Elysian Fields and St. Claude Avenues to protest the city`s lack of attention to bicycle safety.

A memorial is in place on the neutral ground paying tribute to fifty-two year old Philip Geeck, who was killed when his bike got caught-up in the wheel-well of a semi-truck making a wide turn.

One day later, bicyclists block the intersection in protest, police reroute traffic and negotiate to get traffic flowing.

The bicycle road-block did eventually disperse peacefully and traffic again was able to move.

The semi-truck driver was not cited at the scene.

Blood tests results to determine on any impairment are still pending.