Monday, November 08, 2010

NJ Bicyclist Killed on River Rd in Washington Crossing PA

The following was originally written by John Boyle and posted on the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle News. It is reprinted here with the permission of our friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Joseph McBride, 58 of Ewing NJ and a member of the Princeton Freewheelers was killed Friday while bicycling on River Road near Overlook Avenue in Washington Crossing. A report in the Bucks County Courier Times stated that the victim drifted into the path of an oncoming minivan. However an unconfirmed report suggests that there was incidental contact with the rear wheel of a second bicycle that caused McBride to lose control and cross over the yellow line.

The Courier Times article has been inundated with negative comments about people on bicycles. These cowards, hiding behind their keyboards, believe that every tragedy involving a bicyclist is an opportunity for an anti-bike rant . Imagine if one of the TV stations covered the bike crash and some troll got on camera and recited "I almost hit one of these neon spandex wearing retards on my way to work". Why do news websites tolerate such inflammatory discussion when it involves the death of human being? Perhaps you can help restore sanity by leaving a supportive comment.

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Our sympathies go out to the family of Joseph McBride.

Joseph's Obituary on


Andrew said...

I must say I am deeply saddened by the death of Joseph McBride. He helped me through many bad times and this sudden death is such a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knew Joe knows that the world became a little bit dimmer on Friday.
You are and will always be missed.

Gail said...

I just heard the news and feel incredibly sad. Joe was a very special and gifted human being who was so successful in directing those gifts to aid those who were deeply hurt. He enabled me to move on and I am so grateful to have known him.