Jay Kirby memorial has returned
By Ron MacArthur - Cape Gazette - September 4, 2020
Ghost bike placed along Route 1 near crash site where avid cyclist was struck
A white ghost bike in memory of avid cyclist Jay Kirby of Lewes is in place along Route 1 northbound at the Kings Highway intersection. It’s just a few feet from where Kirby was hit by a car last year and later passed away. RON MAC A ARTHUR PHOTOS
The memorial ghost bike for Lewes cyclist Jay Kirby has been reinstalled along Route 1 just feet from the scene of the crash that took his life.
Kirby, 79, an avid cyclist who had logged thousands of miles riding the roads of Sussex County, was struck by a car Sept. 11, 2019, as he rode his bike on the northbound Route 1 bike lane near Lewes at the Kings Highway turnoff.
According to Delaware State Police, for unknown reasons, an 89-year-old Millsboro man driving a Cadillac did not see the bicyclist, and while changing lanes, his vehicle struck Kirby’s bike, throwing him off.
Kirby, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, where he remained for nearly two weeks before succumbing to his injuries Sept. 23.
The ghost bike was put into place in the cement median at the intersection two days later, but was removed by state transportation officials because it was in the public right of way. It took almost a year for the memorial to be reinstalled. More than 630 roadside memorial ghost bikes are placed all over the world at crash sites where cyclists have been killed or seriously injured.
According to Bike Delaware, a statewide advocacy and education organization, the stretch of Route 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth where the crash occurred is the single most dangerous road for cyclists in Delaware.
Last December, Bike Delaware proposed major new infrastructure to finally solve this long-standing bicycle safety problem. An engineering firm received the official go-ahead to start work on evaluating this proposal in May.
“The reinstalled ghost bike will be a daily reminder to all of us. We need new safety infrastructure for bicycles – as soon as possible – to prevent more bicycle crashes on Route 1,” according to Bike Delaware.
Kirby, a Navy veteran, was an active member of Sussex Cyclists and had ridden more than 100,000 miles over the past 25 years, including a solo 4,451-mile cross-country trek in 2000. He was born in Fremont, N.C., and lived in Georgetown before moving to Lewes with his wife Michele Williams.
White ghost bikes mark locations where cyclists have been killed or seriously injured
Just wanted to say thank you for the anonymously chosen, prepared, and installed ghost bike with love and solidarity the scene of Jay Kirby accident. The bike is a vintage Schwinn LeTour Road Bike.
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel. http://ghostbikes.org/
Many have reached out to ask about funeral arrangements. As soon as we have the Celebration of Life event planned, I will post.
Critical Mass Ride for Jay 9/15/19
I made a google album that all can add photos and videos. Here is the link to share:
It was such a heartfelt ride today!
Lifecycle events/marketing & jr. wrencher
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Lewes cyclist Lloyd Kirby dies from injuries in Sept. 11 crash
A ghost bike is shown at the site Lloyd Kirby, Jr., 79, was involved in a Sept. 11 crash at the corner of Route 1 and Kings Highway. Kirby died Sept. 23, nearly two weeks after the crash. NICK ROTH PHOTO
September 24, 2019 [Click here for link to article]
In 2015, Jay Kirby celebrates his 100,000th mile on a bike in just 20 years of riding. MICHELE WILLIAMS PHOTO
A Lewes cyclist died from injuries sustained Sept. 11 when he was struck by a car on Route 1 on Sept. 11.
Lloyd Kirby, Jr., 79, was riding his bicycle in the bus/bike lane on northbound Route 1 approaching the intersection of Kings Highway. A 2017 Cadillac CTS was driving in the right lane of northbound Route 1. Police said for unknown reasons, the Cadillac, driven by an 89-year-old Millsboro man, did not see the bicyclist and while changing lanes, struck Kirby’s bike and threw him to the ground.
Kirby was wearing a helmet and the driver, who was not injured, stayed at the scene. Kirby was transported to Christiana Hospital, where he remained for nearly two weeks before succumbing to his injuries Sept. 23.
The crash, which slowed traffic for 90 minutes, remains under investigation by Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. No charges have been filed at this time.
Local cyclist remains in serious condition
Bicycling community supports Jay Kirby, wife Michele Williams
By Ron MacArthur September 24, 2015 [Click here for link to article]
Injured cyclist Jay Kirby of Lewes remains in intensive care at Christina Hospital in Wilmington following a Sept. 11 crash on Route 1 near the Kings Highway intersection.
The 79-year-old cycling advocate was flown from the scene to Christiana where he was admitted with a serious head injury.
In support of Kirby and his wife Michele Williams, who is a past president of Sussex Cyclists, Lifecycle bike shop in Milford organized a 10-mile critical mass ride Sept. 15, starting and ending at Lewes Transit Center on Route 1.
Lifecycle co-owner Jenn Rowan said in a Facebook post, “We always pay for bicycle infrastructure with blood. Let's gather for visibility, for awareness, and for the safety and lives of all cyclists. Please keep both Jay and Michele in your prayers and positive energies.”
Kirby, a Navy veteran and active member of Sussex Cyclists, has ridden more than 100,000 miles over the past 25 years, including a solo 4,451-mile cross-country trek in 2000.
Williams posted the following on social media: “I equate this to a 100-mile bike ride and when mile 65 hits, and you are just tired, and know you have 35 miles to go, you look around for your cycling buddies to let you draft and give you a break. So that you can finish strong when mile 95 rolls around.
“Jay is on a marathon to regain his health, strength and recovery. And his medical team are his cycling buddies. Right now he needs rest. And really, it is up to him to ride this ride, and we stand by to support like a SAG wagon.”
Williams also thanked friends, the cycling community, family members and others for their prayers and support. “Let's pray that tomorrow is a better day with drastic improvements after many healing hours. Pray for courage, trust, faith, healing and perfect right action, as Jay continues to ride the ride,” she said. “We are allowing medication to facilitate ventilator breathing which in turn, may help rest and heal Jay's lungs and body. And mostly, we have courage and faith, and are trusting prayers, healing energy and intentions to do God's work, all in perfect right action.”
Kirby was riding his bike northbound in the Route 1 bike lane approaching the Kings Highway intersection around 12:30 p.m., Sept. 11, when he was struck from behind by a 2017 Cadillac CTS driven by an 89-year-old Millsboro man, said Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Juanita Huey-Smith. As of press time, no charges have been filed.
The critical mass ride for Jay Kirby starts off as the skies clear up. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTO
Spearheading the critical mass ride for Jay Kirby, along with many other bike shop owners and clubs, are Lifecycle co-owners Ben Jones and Jenn Rowan. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTO
The Sussex Cyclists had a strong showing at the ride. Shown are (l-r) Ride Chair Bill Gorodet, Linda and Mark Snider, and Bob Brotschol. Jay Kirby was lead rider emeritus. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTO
Jay Kirby celebrates his 100,000th mile on a bicycle during a 2015 ride in rural Sussex County. MICHELE WILLIAMS PHOTO
Bicycling community supports Jay Kirby, wife Michele Williams
Prior to the Sept. 15 ride for Jay Kirby, helmeted cyclists gather as his son Martin Kirby speaks to the crowd. Shown are (l-r) Martin Kirby, brother-in-law Bruce Fisher, and daughter-in-law Wendy Kirby. At left in white shirts are Lifecycle co-owners Jenn Rowan and Ben Jones. STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTO
Ron MacArthur September 20, 2019
Bike ride in support of Jay Kirby on Sept. 15
Well-known cycling advocate seriously injured in Route 1 crash