EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hundreds of friends, family members and supporters at the Emily Fredricks Memorial Volleyball Game last week against St. Joe's shared a memory as well as a victory in a non-conference match. The stands were filled with those who honored the memory of EBHS 2011 graduate Emily Fredricks who was killed in bicycle accident in Philadelphia last November. Fredricks, a pastry chef at Le Cheri, was on her way to work and using the designated bicycle lane when she was broadsided by a privately-owned trash truck.
Fredricks' passing has caused outrage and spurred change in Philadelphia. According to The Inquirer, "City bike advocates renewed demands for protected lanes, which include physical dividers such as posts, planters, and even parked cars, between cyclists and motorists. Emily Fredricks, 24, was traveling in a bicycle lane on Spruce Street when she was hit by a trash truck Nov. 28. Her death prompted demonstrations and a letter from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to Mayor Kenney demanding the city speed up installation of bike infrastructure." Since the crash, members of Philadelphia’s cycling community have reacted overwhelmingly, organizing human-protected bike lanes, a vigil, memorial rides, and other advocacy in Emily’s honor.
The Fredricks family has worked with the Bicycle Coalition to raise money to support improved safety. There have been several events in Philadelphia, with one coming up at Le Cheri this weekend.
In East Brunswick, the Fredricks have designated two scholarships in Emily's memory. One will roll out this year and will be given to a qualified female athlete, as Emily was an accomplished member of the Girls Volleyball Team. The second will go to an East Brunswick student who will major in commercial food production or restaurant management. Emily was a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, where she studied baking and pastry and minored in psychology.
At the game last week, members of the Boys Volleyball Team wore Emily's name number - 22 - on their t-shirts to show support. Player Paul Anania received a plaque in Emily's honor after the game for his strong effort in the win over St. Joe's.
Laura Fredricks, Emily's mother, said, "We have met nice people on this horrible journey. We are trying to stay busy. Our friends and family have been amazing. The coaches have been awesome here in East Brunswick. We have a strong alumni family." The Fredricks family attended a fundraising scavenger hunt in Philadelphia this past weekend.
To register go to https://angelakiraly-led.regfox.com/emily-4-29-18 before April 27 for a guaranteed seat at this sign-making activity open to adults and children.
To donate to the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund as part of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, please click here.