Phoenix unveils Hans Hughes Memorial Bikeway to honor ambassador
The city of Phoenix unveiled a memorial bikeway to honor former Downtown Phoenix Inc. ambassador Hans Hughes Tuesday.
Details: Hughes, a beloved member of the downtown community known for his long blond hair and bright orange polo, was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike near First and Fillmore streets in August 2021. He died of his injuries about a month later.
- He helped people navigate downtown and would often greet people with, "It's another beautiful day in downtown Phoenix."
What's happening: The city revamped Fillmore Street between Central Avenue and Seventh Street last spring to decrease vehicle traffic lanes and add protected bike lanes.
- On Tuesday, Hughes' family and former colleagues joined Mayor Kate Gallego and Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari to celebrate the installation of a "Hans Hughes Memorial Bikeway" sign near where he was struck.
What's next: Gallego and Ansari said Phoenix will continue to make road safety improvements to curb pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
What they're saying: "Thank you for remembering him and giving back the love that he so openly shared with everyone," Hughes' sister Hana Kuykendall said.
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