Friday, September 19, 2014

Bicyclists ride to Phillip Bishop's viewing

Delaware On-Line -- Nearly 30 bicyclists paid solemn tribute Thursday night in Hockessin to Phillip Bishop, riding en masse to the viewing for the cyclist killed last week in a hit-and-run crash.

White Clay Bicycle Club ride leader Charlie Johnston of Newport didn't know Bishop, but organized the procession because he felt it was "important to honor him and show support for the family."

Gathering at Lantana Square shopping center before the procession to Chandler Funeral Home, riders mourned the 27-year-old, who was killed as he rode home to Stuyvesant Hills in Hockessin after work.

Cyclist Penny Rodrick-Williams of Hockessin had met Bishop at PureBread Deli & Café in Greenville, where he worked as a supervisor.

"He was just such a kind person," she said, adding that she also joined the ride because she is a science teacher and Bishop aspired to become one.

"He was so young, it's just very tragic," said Marcia Cloud of Wilmington. She didn't know Bishop, but like others, said she joined the ride "to honor a fellow cyclist."  [Full story ...]

Poster's note: A big tip of the helmet to Charlie Johnston, for pulling this all together on such short notice. There was an error, however, during the interview. It was stated that "they (bicyclists) should be on the right shoulder, or right line". It is important for motorists to understand vehicle code as it relates to bicycles, and that cyclists may use the full lane in multiple circumstances; everything from avoiding debris to taking a left turn lane. Stay tuned as we compose a letter to the editor at the WNJ, clarifying Title 21, Chapter 41, Section 4196 so as not to provide fodder for our critics and adversaries.

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