Monday, August 30, 2010

Gail Ryba

The new bicycle bridge across the Rio Grande was dedicated today in the name of Gail Ryba.  She was absolutely one of the nicest people I have ever known.  I met her shortly after becoming Mayor of Albuquerque in 1997.  She was on a mission to beef up our bike trail system in Albuquerque and she never let up.  I had so much respect for her and her ability to stay patient, work with all factions, and successfully reach her goals.  She moved up to Santa Fe a few years ago and carried on her work there as shown in this tribute to her in the Santa Fe New Mexican.  She died prematurely from cancer last May.

It is so great to see this structure named for her.  She deserved it. It doesn't happen many times that a good person's memory is honored in an appropriate way.  This time it was.  Here are some photos of the impressive structure which was constructed with stimulus funds.

1 comment:

Khal said...

Thanks for the kind words. Gail was an exceptional person.