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2 Councilmember Charles Allen
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7 A CEREMONIAL RESOLUTION
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12 IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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16 To honor the memory of David Confer and recognize his many contributions to the District.
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18 WHEREAS, David Confer was a lifelong District resident, attending Woodrow Wilson
19 High School, graduating from Emerson Preparatory School, and eventually setting in the H
20 Street, N.E., neighborhood in Ward 6;
21 WHEREAS, David was audio engineer in live show productions, providing sound and
22 various production services at venues including The Anthem, 9:30 Club, the John F. Kennedy
23 Center for the Performing Arts, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Warner Theatre, and
24 National Theater, through his work with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage
25 Employees Local 22;
26 WHEREAS, Davids passion was bicycling, leading him to run Fathom Custom Bikes
27 out of his home in Ward 6, building custom bikes and repairing bikes for everyone who came to
28 him, at a cost they could afford;
29 WHEREAS, David organized rides and races designed to welcome all residents from
30 across the Districtincluding the Critical Mass D.C., the D.C. Bike Party, the Hole in the Wall
31 Crit, and Showdown Sprints;
32 WHEREAS, David created and organized the yearly Tour de Bike Lane events for
33 cyclists from across the District, to continue advocating for bike lane commuting, including
34 bringing together non-cyclists who gathered along the 15th Street, N.W., bike lane with signs
35 and cheering, thanks for riding a bike;
36 WHEREAS, David and a friend organized the Not Cool Bro Ride in 2016, to raise
37 awareness of street harassment women often face while cycling and to encourage men to hold
38 each other accountable for how they treat womenon and off bikes;
39 WHEREAS, David started monthly Color of Cycling rides, to encourage greater diversity
40 among cyclists from various backgrounds and lines of work, starting all rides at the African
41 American Civil War Memorial and ending each ride at a different neighborhood restaurant,
42 encouraging cyclists to explore areas of the District that they might not otherwise;
43 WHEREAS, in 2017, David was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of
44 cancer, continuing to ride and repair bikes nearly every day while in treatment;
45 WHEREAS, in 2019, David was diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis, spending much of the
46 next year and a half in hospitals and on ventilators as his liver failed;
47 WHEREAS, on December 7, 2020, David Confer passed away, leaving a legacy of love,
48 unity, and compassion for all of those who knew him;
49 RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this
50 resolution be cited as the David Confer Memorial Ceremonial Resolution of 2021.
51 Sec. 2. The Council honors David Confers memory, recognizes his years of work to
52 promote bike commuting and create a more diverse and thoughtful biking community in the
53 District, and expresses condolences to Davids family and loved ones.
54 Sec. 3. This resolution shall take effect upon the first date of publication in the District of
55 Columbia Register.