Thursday, October 7, 2010

Memorial Ride for Slain Cyclist Kayoko “Kay” Ishizuka

Tampa – On Sunday, October 10th at 10 a.m. friends and fellow cyclists of Dr. Kayoko “Kay” Ishizuka will come together for a memorial ride in her honor.

Dr. Ishizuka was killed early Saturday, Sept. 25, when she was struck from behind by an SUV while riding her bicycle in the bike lane on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Dr. Ishizuka was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Medicine and was riding home at 1:30 a.m. after working at the USF laboratory.

To say Kay loved cycling would be an understatement. For that reason, a short group bicycle ride will be held in memoriam of Kay.

It will start at Simmons Park on the USF Tampa Campus (closest cross streets are Magnolia Dr. and Walnut Dr.).

The group will leave shortly after 10:00 a.m. and ride a 4 mile loop around the campus, making a stop across the street from the crash site (Pine Dr and 30th St.) for a “ghost bike” memorial dedication, then returning to the park before 11 a.m. Participants are asked to wear a helmet.

For more information go to, or contact Chris Chow at or 813-305-7854.

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