Friday, April 24, 2009

Critical Mass

It's the last Friday of the month folks, and that means it's Critical Mass time! For the first time in almost six months, it's not raining or cold. So let's ride!

Gather in front of Elliot's Fair Grounds Coffee on Colley Avenue. Route to be determined by popular consensus.

Daniel Hersh Video Tribute

A Memorial Video has been posted for Dan.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Keep an Eye on the Pilot

In addition to the obituary printed for Dan Hersh in today's Virginian-Pilot, there should also be several more articles concerning Dan and cycling safety in the next few days.

In this era of dwindling media revenues, we need to support the media outlets which support us in turn: don't just read the Pilot online, subscribe to it, too.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Daniel Hersh Memorial Ride: Update

Due to requests, a C Pace ride will also leave Conte's Bicycles on Laskin Road at the same time: 8 AM, Sunday. The C Pace ride will cover 15-20 miles.

The C & B Pace rides will meet on Shore Drive at approximately 9:15 AM for the placement of a Ghost Bike in memory of Daniel Hersh.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Daniel Hersh Memorial Ride

Please pass the word on, folks,

Memorial Ride for Daniel Hersh

Sunday, 8 AM
Conte's Bicycles, Laskin Road,
Virginia Beach

B Pace ride, 25-30 miles.

A Ghost Bike will be placed in memory of Daniel Hersh on Shore Drive.

Cyclists are requested to wear black or white.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Get Away With Murder

Get Away with Murder.
Run Over a Cyclist in Virginia Beach.*

*Offer applies only to slow, sober drivers.

No Charges Against Dan Hersch' Killer

From the Pilot Online:

Bicyclist struck and killed in Virginia Beach

Posted to: News Virginia Beach


A bicyclist was killed this morning when he was hit by an S.U.V. while riding on Shore Drive.

Daniel Wayne Hersh, 54, was riding eastbound on Shore Drive near Starfish Road when he was struck by the right side of a Ford Explorer also traveling east on Shore Drive, said Virginia Beach police spokesman Officer Adam Bernstein.

Hersh, of the 2300 block of Windway Lane in Virginia Beach, was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead around 9 a.m.

Alcohol and speed do not appear to have played a role, Bernstein said. No charges have been filed against the woman driving the Explorer, although the crash is still under investigation.

Struck from Behind: "John Doe" Killed by SUV

From WVEC, TV 13 News:

Man dies in Shore Drive crash

01:45 PM EDT on Sunday, April 19, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH--- Police are investigating a traffic crash that left one man dead Sunday morning.

Police tell 13News, A bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a Ford Explorer in the 3000 block of Shore Drive. Both the bicyclist, and the driver of the SUV were travelind eastbound on Shore Drive around 5:45am at the time of the wreck.

The driver of the Ford truck veered to the right and struck the bicyclist. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died.

As of Sunday morning, police had no indication that speeding or alcohol were factors in the crash. No charges have been filed against the woman driving the Ford Explorer.

Police have not yet released the man's identity.

Cyclist "John Doe" Dead

It's unconfirmed, but word is that cyclist "John Doe," mentioned in the previous post, is dead.

I'll post more info when I know it.

Fallen Cyclist in Virginia Beach

At approximately 6:45 AM this morning, a cyclist was brought to the Virginia Beach General Sentara Hospital with massive head trauma. Both his helmet and skull were crushed. There's a very good chance that he will be dead by the time you read these words.

The cyclist, "John Doe," was "tan, fit and healthy," and wearing an "orange and yellow jersey." Those sound like the Team Tripower colors. Several Team Tripower cyclists were planning an early, 7:15 AM bike ride in Virginia Beach. It seems likely that John Doe was on his way to that group ride.

I don't know if John Doe was hit by a car, but that's the most probable scenario. And if the Virginia Beach Police Department and District Attorney stay true to form, then no one will be charged or prosecuted: cyclists are second-class citizens in car-happy Virginia Beach. Four wheels good, two wheels bad.

Roll Call, folks: was there someone who didn't make it to a ride this morning?

Sound Off.