Moonlight Ride

3 Aug

It looks as though this year’s Moonlight Ride, organized by Sports Backers, is going to be the biggest yet: about 2,500 riders registered in advance, and no doubt a few more will do walk up registration at the site (the ride begins and ends at the Diamond/Sports Backers Stadium parking lot).  Part of the proceeds will go to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, Inc., a non-profit created to improve the health and wellness of children by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating.

See the Sports Backers site for further details.  And, if you know someone participating but who doesn’t cycle for transportation, this might be the perfect time to give them a nudge.  “Didn’t that feel great?!  You could do it every day for free!”

On a separate note, in case you did not catch the news, the driver who hit and killed Lanie Kruszewski last Sunday has turned himself in.  The RTD piece is here.  Two things stand out here.  The first is that the driver claims he left the scene because he did not realize he had hit someone.  It’s a bit hard to imagine hitting and dragging a cyclist and not noticing it (unless you’re really impaired).

The second thing is the discussion underway in the comments made in response to the piece.  Sadly but not surprisingly, a few people blame the cyclist and/or suggest that bicycles be banned from that road or all of them.  But there are also a good number of very thoughtful responses to those comments, including calls for the city and VDOT to do more to make things safe for cyclists and pedestrians.  Indeed!

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