Bike Party Hit & Run, During Memorial Ride

So sad- if you have any information, please contact the police:
(from official SJ Bike Party post)
These are two follow-ups to two separate Hit & Run incidents.

* Race St (Green Ride) on March 19, 2010
* Hwy 9 on April 8, 2009


This incident occurred on Race St on Friday, March 19th. The fact that this happened on the ride where we were honoring Joshua Ryan West who was killed by a driver on Feb. 1, 2010 is especially ironic.

The SJ Police need all of the eyewitness accounts. If any eyewitnesses have not gotten in contact with the victim and/or SJ Police, now is the time to do so. Please act NOW before it’s too late!

5 Comments so far

  1. Bud (unregistered) on April 20th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    First let me say that I am very sorry someone got hurt. But, maybe if the folks that participate is this event would obey the traffic laws, share the road with the other vehicles, and show some courtesy and common sense toward everyone around them, this kind of thing wouldn’t happen. The arrogance of some of the participants when it comes to sharing the road with cars is appalling! I have witnessed hundreds of cyclists drinking while riding, riding in the dark with no reflectors or lights, riding without helmets, running red lights and stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the road, failing to yield to oncoming and cross traffic, taking up all lanes of multi-lane roads, and being loud and obnoxious in residential neighborhoods very late at night. This has basically become a critical mass like ride. As a citizen of San Jose who has witnessed this group come though my neighborhood, I can whole hardheadedly say that your group is not welcome.

  2. Anna (sf_anna) on April 20th, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    Bud- do you ride a bike? also, I’ve ridden with this group and they are an exemplar of well-behaved cycling. I respectfully disagree. I have a dream that at some point our cities in the Bay will be friendly to bikes. It’s healthy, it’s green, and it’s fun.

  3. Victor Solanoy (vsolanoy) on April 21st, 2010 @ 12:16 am

    I’ll have to agree with Bud – and before anyone starts jumping on me as being anti-cycling, I’m an avid road cyclist who’s out every weekend and who will be riding almost 600 miles this summer with AIDS/Lifecycle for a second time.

    It’s a tragedy when anyone gets hurt or killed while riding bikes – cyclists are not immune to vehicle laws. Bike Party participants need to understand that it’s no joke when you’re sharing the road with other vehicles. It’s serious business.

    Yes, I stop at every stop sign and stop light, yield at every yield sign, and stop for pedestrians. It sucks, especially on rollers… but it’s the law.

    If you want to see a model group of cyclists, watch the groups that participate in AIDS/Lifecycle training rides or when the event begins in July. You’re talking about 2000+ cyclists who obey every law… and we still make it to our destinations 60 – 100 miles away, every day for 7 days…

    I wish the Bay Area, particularly the South Bay, was bike friendly… all cyclists, including Bike Party participants, need to understand that every time they get on a bike en-masse, they are serving as ambassadors to promote cycling as more than a recreational sport – it’s a serious form of transportation.

    BP cyclists need to make sure that they don’t turn the event into Critical Mass – whatever green efforts you have will be lost on a general population if people turn negative to the event.

  4. Anna (sf_anna) on April 21st, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    I’ve ridden in both BP and Critical Mass, and was very impressed with Bike Party- stopping at lights, keeping lanes open, etc.

  5. Bradley Allen (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Though I do own a car, I’m a daily bicyclist. It’s my main form of transportation, and I’m also a regular participant of San Jose Bike Party.

    Yes, I too am appalled at the behaviour of certain Bike Party riders. All of the negative stereotypes of San Jose trash are writ large as they ride by acting like the complete idiots that they are. We can’t pretend that this element of Bike Party does not exist.

    This is unfortunate because the majority of riders are courteous and know Bike Party is a very special family event that’s positive for the community. I love riding through neighbourhoods and seeing folks come out of their homes and wave and cheer for us from their front yards. I also like to see all of the parents riding with their kids. It’s awesome.

    During Bike Party rides I have witnessed motorists throw things at law-abiding riders from their car and swerve their vehicles into the group. Welcome to San Jose. Does this mean all motorists are like that? Of course not.

    So where do we go from here? It’s doesn’t matter if you’re in a car or on your bike. We lead by example, and roll through conflict.

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