I would like to tell you a little about my son, Jesse Gamble. Jesse was extremely talented, in various ways, but most importantly in visual arts. People were always attracted to Jesse because of his ability to make them laugh, and his acceptance of others, no matter their ethnicity or views. He was the kind of friend that everyone wanted to have. He would give you the shirt off his back, and in many cases he did.
Jesse rode his bike to conserve gas, help the environment, and he just truly enjoyed riding. He had told me a few days before the accident that riding his bike after working on his feet for several hours actually helped him relax, and that being out in the fresh air was rejuvenating. He was doing what he thought was right for himself and our environment.
When I was in my 20’s I would ride my bike 10+ miles a few days a week. It was difficult back then to have motorists yield to cyclist; now it is even worse with more cars on the road, people drinking and driving, having cell phones in hand, and just living in the fast paced world we are in. I miss my son every day and will for the rest of my life. I believe that safer streets certainly would have saved his life.
– Lynn Finley (Jesse’s Mom)