Join the "Support Ride" for Nathan, the cyclist who was run down last Saturday.

We are gathering at the site where Hopkins engineering student Nathan Krasnopoler was hit on Feb. 26th.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  His father, Mitchell, will say a few words.  We will then bike to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Nathan still lies in a coma.  There, we will read Psalms according to the Jewish tradition (refuah shlemah) and show our support for a member of our bicycle community.

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  • Barry C.

    March 11, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Here is action we can take, although it does not apply (fortunately) to Nathan.

    http://www.baltimorespokes.org/

    March 10, 2011

  • Ling L.

    Thnx 4 organizing. How can we keep the momentum & attention going? What's the most effective collective action we can take next? Letters or phone calls? To whom? What's the on point message?

    March 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Proud to see the support.

    March 10, 2011

  • Mike M.

    Thanks to everybody who helped organize the ride. It was great to see so many people out there in support of Nathan and our right to ride the roads safely.

    March 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The ride was well organize with good "sweeper control." Penny of Light Street Cycles made a nice speech at the beginning of the support ride as did Mr. Krasnopoler, Nathan's Dad. All our thoughts were with Nathan and his family last night.

    March 10, 2011

  • marla s.

    Great job Penny on this event and all else involved. Under sad circumstances, it's good to see such a strong community here.

    March 10, 2011

  • Penny T.

    I think we gave Nathan and his family a heartfelt gift with this support ride. I also think the media coverage may raise awareness for drivers to look out for bicycles.

    March 10, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Everyone is being very kind in their praise of the ride. I want to especially thank JHU Security. The head of Hopkins security was there with his men, and they stood by strategically with a City police officer. They were unobtrusive and welcoming, but the second we needed them to block traffic for our u-turn, they were there to help.

    March 10, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Channel 2 was there as well.

    March 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fox 45 is not news.

    March 10, 2011

  • Penny T.

    John - Nathan's brother counted 64 at JHH by waiting for them to come down Broadway, and I know several cyclists peeled of during the ride. I'm guessing around 70, but over one hundred people with or without bikes at the start.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to our organizers and leaders for a great ride! I counted 50 people at the hospital, but I definitely could be off--did anyone else count?

    March 9, 2011

  • Polly H.

    I hope the ride went well this evening. You all were on my mind. I didn't in any way mean to infer earlier that getting hit is something to just be accepted as part of cycling, whether in bike lanes or anywhere else. We have a tendency to think we're safer in bike lanes. I find bike lanes more dangerous sometimes than being in a lane with car traffic, such as when cars want to turn right. I appreciate others' comments about queuing up at lights, etc.

    1 · March 9, 2011

  • Caleb S.

    I'd just like to say thanks to Penny, Tom, and all our leaders and sweepers. Great ride for a great cause.

    March 9, 2011

  • Teresa D.

    Sorry I couldn't join you all tonight, but my thoughts are with Nathan, his family, and the Bmore bike supporters here.

    March 9, 2011

  • Mark T

    Heading up from downtown; is Guilford the recommended route up to Homewood?

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sending my support from Portland Oregon....the bicycle capital of the U.S.A. Be safe tonight, all of you wonderful people.

    1 · March 9, 2011

  • Penny T.

    THE RIDE IS ON. I know it looks discouraging, but remember, we will be riding as a group, with the safety of a group. Nathan is going through a lot right now. So is his family. Those of us who are comfortable on our bikes can handle some rain on his behalf. Thanks to all. Penny

    1 · March 9, 2011

  • john f.

    just checking if we're still a go--I plan on being there

    March 9, 2011

  • Mark T

    Since you asked for our input on the weather, I would prefer sunny but not too warm since I didn't bring shorts =)

    I'll ride if the rain isn't torrential (what is Mr. Krasnopoler's position on the weather, since he is supposed to be speaking?); I would be able to ride on Friday if the event is postponed.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still up for the ride. Maybe we can do it today and if there is a small showing (or regardless) we can do it again another day. At this point, I am committing to riding from Hopkins to the inner harbor either way because I of the rain so I am still up for going to the hospital first and starting from the inital site.

    1 · March 9, 2011

  • Diana G.

    I would prefer to postpone until better weather so that we can have the most people join us for this ride. I live in Hampden, so if it's raining, I plan to come to the Broadview to hear Nathan's father speak and to show support. I doubt I would ride all the way downtown because the rain is suppose to increase.

    March 9, 2011

  • Niel L.

    To all those who do not believe in wearing a helmet while riding. I am alive today because in 1972 I routinely wore a motorcycle helmet while riding my bicycle. I was struck by a drunk university student. I spend 6 weeks in Hospital. 23 weeks in a full leg cast. Took nearly 2 years before I could ride again. I am alive today because of a helmet. Be sure you take this in consideration when you make the decision not to wear one. The head you save will be your own. - Niel

    March 9, 2011

  • Penny T.

    ALERT! I'm concerned about the combination of wind and rain, so check back to this site. I will try to decide if we postpone by early afternoon. IF I POSTPONE, THE OPTIMAL NEW DATE WOULD BE FRIDAY, MARCH 11. INPUT ON BOTH THE WEATHER AND THE RAINDATE ARE, AS ALWAYS, WELCOME.

    March 9, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Hi everyone. Since I don't own the streets and anyone can bike on the streets when they want, and there is no helmet law, and I require no event fee for this, I don't think I can require helmets. Notice above that I asked, "please"? I think, given the nature of the ride, that we want to ENCOURAGE everyone to be as safe as possible. In fact, if anyone needs a helmet, I can bring one.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Harry: Indeed, rain gear and Honjo hammered aluminum fenders - priceless when it rains :-)

    March 9, 2011

  • Nathaniel H.

    I don't want this to be a helmet thing, but I do not participate in compulsory helmet rides. I should do as the law dictates, as my conscience tells me, and as my helmet safety research has informed me. I support voluntary helmet use, but am opposed to compulsory use, and I'm the safest rider I know. This is a support ride, not a political ride.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Riding with or without a helmet is a personal choice. We live in a land of liability lawsuits. This is an organized ride and places a great deal of due diligent on the ride organizers and leader, hence the helmet requirement.

    March 9, 2011

  • Nathaniel H.

    Harry, even when one uses bicycle lanes, which I always do when they are present, the safe practice is to queue with motor vehicles at lights, or at least to never pull up alongside a motor vehicle, maintaining a stopped position that is highly visible to the cars behind you and not allowing the cars in front of you to right hook you. One shouldn't pass on the right, even at stop lights, even in bike lanes.

    But this isn't a relevant matter in Nathan's collision. It wasn't at a light.

    March 9, 2011

  • Nathaniel H.

    If this is a compulsory helmet ride I'm afraid I'll have to sit it out. I don't want to make this a helmet thing, but it seems as though riders who are opposed compulsory helmet policies are being excluded.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Polly: Getting run over should not be just "one of the hazards of bike lanes." Cyclists are rightly upset about this incident, and that kind of anger has turned into critical-mass-type rides in other cities, where cyclists protest by "taking over" the streets and purposely bringing car traffic to a halt. This tactic usually backfires, so I think that's what we're trying to prevent when we emphasize that this will be a civil ride (and as you say, every ride should be).

    1 · March 9, 2011

  • Polly H.

    I don't know any of you, or the injured man, and I'm not able to come on this ride but I support you. From the descriptions of the accident, this seems like one of the hazards of bike lanes. I support 100% that this will be a law-abiding ride, but why is it even necessary to say it? Every ride we take should be!

    1 · March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Just a few....

    March 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there. Has someone contacted the media?

    March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    OK - route redone. We are heading down University to Guilford, W. on Chase and S. on Wolfe.

    March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Vlad - if you need lights, I'm sure I could loan you some. Just let me know.

    March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Good Nate - If you think we can ride down University comfortably, I can make that change.

    March 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I don't have sufficient rain or night gear. I wish for Nathan's quick recovery and for justice to be served in this case, and that the streets are made safer for all bicyclists!

    March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    IMPORTANT INFO Dress in layers and be prepared for rain. It will be late - have lights on your bike. WEAR A HELMET, PLEASE. The distance to the hospital will be about 5.5 miles. Tentative route is: San Martin Drive or thru Homewood Campus, Wyman Pk Dr, Jones Falls Trail Lanvale, Guilford, Chase, Wolfe. Afterwards, people will head home/back to Homewood Campus in groups. I am approaching people to be in charge of groups heading out. Input is welcome.

    March 8, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Rain or shine - if the weather is actually dangerous, I will postpone, but I think most of us can handle rain.

    March 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I am in. I had somewhere else to be but this is more important. Is it rain or shine?

    1 · March 7, 2011

  • Penny T.

    Just to be clear, this is a ride to support Nathan. We will be riding in the road, but it is not a protest ride - not this ride, this is about Nathan. We will be riding at a speed that keeps the group together - we do not want anyone left behind in Baltimore streets.

    March 7, 2011

  • Penny T.

    I see, I did put "university" when I meant "hospital" - sorry, and thx. I changed it.

    March 6, 2011

  • Penny T.

    The event starts on University, where the accident occurred - 116 W. University Pkwy at the Broadview Apartments across from the Homewood Campus of JHU, and we will then ride to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Nathan is. I hope to post a route sometime tomorrow or Tuesday.

    March 6, 2011

  • Mark

    On the top of the page the destination is listed as Johns Hopkins University (which would imply Homewood, across the street from the accident scene) -- you mean the medical campus, right?

    March 6, 2011

  • Penny T.

    I have a route in mind, but I want to run it by a few people and check on just where at Hopkins we want to finish. I can make the route public some time tomorrow evening. I expect that we won't leave until around 6 or so, to make sure everyone arrives and hears Mr Krasnopoler speak.

    March 6, 2011

  • Diana G.

    I know several people who would like to ride, but are unable to get off of work by then. Is there any way to determine the route ahead of time and let people know what it will be so that they can join us en route?

    March 6, 2011

  • Nathaniel H.

    The route should include Baltimore City Police Headquarters and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    1 · March 4, 2011

  • Penny T.

    I have suggested that we ride from University Pkwy to Hopkins Hospital if Nathan is still there. We hope he could be home by then, but if not, we would like to take our support to him. Barry suggested that we take turns reading Psalms, if we want. (tells me its a Jewish tradition.)

    March 4, 2011

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