As a Jewish moderate, Stampfer was well known in the Portland community as well as in Israel for his outspoken views on the need for peace with Palestine and for independence in Palestine.
Deadly accidents like Stampfer's would happen less often if our society were less reliant on the automobile and rushing around, as well as the laziness that often accompanies car driving. In addition, the majority of motorists are largely unaware of the surrounding environment because they are so contained in their moving boxes. Besides reducing the number of automobiles on the road, our society would greatly benefit from incorporating more thorough cyclist awareness training into the standard drivers' education courses and requirements, as well as providing cyclists with safer paths to travel.
Car culture allows us to pack more things into our day, separates us from the elements and uses vehicles as a symbol of status. It also takes lives and this is unacceptable.
From his Obituary in the Oregonian:
Noam Rogers Stampfer...died June 26 of injuries from a bicycle accident at age 50. Mr. Stampfer was born March 22, 1951, in Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Portland in 1952. He graduated from Wilson High School and Columbia University in New York City, earned a law degree from New York University and a master's degree from Yale University.
He was a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals, an aide for the Oregon Senate Educational Committee and assistant director of finance and administration for the Oregon Division of State Lands. He also was manager of finance and economics for the state Department of Environmental Quality, interim director of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and most recently was a private consultant.