In memory of Cheng Jin Lai of San Francisco, who was tragically killed by a bus while he was riding a bike.Please support Mr. Lai's family with your contribution.
All donations, minus processing fees, will be given to Mr. Lai's widow. Your contributions are not tax-deductible.
Mr. Lai was the fourth person this year to lose their life while biking on SoMa’s fast moving and deadly streets. In each of these deadly crashes, the rider was hit by a large vehicle. SoMa high-speed streets are also deadly for those walking. These deadly and serious crashes on SoMa streets are not one off “accidents.” These deaths are preventable and within the power of the City to change immediately.
Born July 8, 1935 in Vietnam, Mr. Lai worked in Guangxi province China as an administrator, where he assigned workers to cut sugarcane. He also worked as a restaurant chef. After retiring, Mr. Lai immigrated in 1996 to the United States, and became a U.S. citizen in June 2003. He is survived by his wife, Guang-Mei Qiu, three sons and four daughters.
Mr. Lai was a vibrant and active senior up until the time of his death on October 18, 2013. He practiced Chinese health exercises to stay fit, and loved to ride his bicycle everywhere, having learned to ride growing up as a boy in Vietnam. Mr. Lai rode often from the apartment he and his wife shared in the SOMA neighborhood to San Francisco Chinatown, where he ate and shopped. He also was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing off the pier in San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Lai was frugal and conservation–minded. On his bicycle, he regularly took recyclable cans and bottles he and his family had consumed to the recycling center. It was while he was doing this the morning of October 18 that Mr. Lai was tragically struck and killed by a MUNI bus.The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Chinatown CDC, TODCO, and others are imploring the City take action to prevent more deaths on SoMa streets.