[Jalopnik] The D.C. Bike Party strongly advises that two-wheeled participants in its group rides stay in a group, keep a reasonable speed, and always stop at red lights. This video shows what happens when you break those rules – you get totally smashed.
The crash (which didn’t seem to gravely injure the bicyclist) happened on last Wednesday’s meetup, and while the original video has gone private, recently rips on LiveLeak have been popping up all over the place. Before the original video went completely private, Lia Seremetis, Founder and Head Organizer of DC Bike Party made this comment, reported by InTheCapital.
Yes this happened WHILE DC Bike Party was happening, but you might notice in the video that there really isn’t even evidence of a massive group ride going on— that is because these guys were speeding up in front of the ride marshals and disobeying the rules. It’s extremely unfortunate, and I hope he is alright, but this is what happens when you act like a jerk, and it just plain isn’t representative of the 600 plus people who rode with bike party last week and had a great time.
The moral of the story is that if you ride your bike quickly through red lights, there’s a very good chance you’ll get annihilated by a car. Citi Bike riders take note.
I don’t really know what to say other than I’m absolutely shocked that I’ve lived in DC as long as I have and didn’t know that the “DC Bike Party” was a thing. Shocked, appalled, and more than a little bit disappointed in myself. Is the DC Bike Party some sort of governing council of bicyclists? Are these the people that control and organize the bicycle menace in our nation’s capital?
Because if that’s the case, I am not ONE BIT surprised that they can’t actually “control” or “organize” anything. If anything I’m shocked that only ONE of their members blatantly disregarded the “ride marshals” and got obliterated by a car. I mean honestly who thought this was a good idea? Hundreds of bicyclists together roaming the congested streets of a major metropolitan area? You put that many pedaling sociopaths together and something is BOUND to happen.
It’s like a little kid having a birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese. You know you can’t control that many kids. There’s a 100% chance that some kid is gonna not follow the rules and fall down the stairs and brain himself. And you’ve got no one to blame but yourself when the inevitable happens. The only difference is that you can send a disobedient kid to timeout. Try and tell a bicyclist that they’re breaking the law and they’ll have their helmet cam in your face squawking SHARE THE ROAD SHARE THE ROAD like a retarded spandex-clad parrot faster than you can blink.
PS. I do have to give props to this Lia Seremetis lady. She knows bicyclist are unruly. Hell, she’s one of them. She knows they don’t follow the rules of the road or laws of the country. But she’s not their babysitter. She’s not gonna play mommy to 600 bicyclists. You wanna ride straight out into the middle of the road and get hit by a car? Fine by her. It’s a free country. Just don’t come crawling back to the Bike Party looking for sympathy. Lia Seremetis ain’t got none for you. She’ll call you right out for being the asshole that you are. Ride on Lia. Ride on. You can bike in my city any day. Just leave the other 599 assholes who you obviously have no influence over at home.
PPS. How is that bicyclist even ALIVE? It looked like parts of him should have been scattered from Union Station to Bethesda.Follow @footstepsfaIco
I saw this happen, I was at Veranda (on 11th and P NW) and everyone was talking about how the biker just ran the red light like an idiot. He was fine, but ambulances/fire trucks did come. There was randomly a nurse waiting at the bus stop so that was good.
I am glad to hear that. As I’ve said, I usually steer away from blogs where someone is actually seriously injured, but in this case the bicyclist appeared to be more or less okay, which, as far as I’m concerned, means FAIR GAME.
(oh, he’s okay?)
i think the more important lesson is to run lights even faster to reduce your exposure.
yes…and ignore stop signs, yield signs…hell why not ignore one-way signs, bridge-out signs…you know, standard bicyclist behavior…