I got back to town with some bad news.
A really good friend of mine, Jonathan Beck was hit by a car in Brooklyn Monday night (5/3/10) while riding home from work on his bike.
I don’t know how many blog readers knew Jonathan but he loved bikes and is a super warm and friendly person.
To say he’s is really into bikes is a understatement. Heâ€™s been an active member of bike community and was a big part of Freewheels, (www.bicycledefensefund.org) a coalition of cyclists who raised money to help with legal defense of cyclists being harassed by the NYPD at things like critical mass. He recently took a train cross country and rode around the West Coast and went all the way to Copenhagen just to buy his beloved Bullitt Cargo bike. Weâ€™re talking obsession.
(photo by: Keiko Niwa)
He constantly commuted to work by bike and being a camera assistant in film and tv, he always had random hours and different locations throughout the city.
Monday night, the impact from the car broke his fibia and tibia bones in his leg as well as his hip in three places. Luckily he had no major injuries above the waist and he never hit his head.
After a number of surgeries, Jonathan is recovering at New York Presbyterian on the Upper East Side. He will probably have to be in the hospital for another couple of weeks.
Heâ€™s in good spirits and we are all hoping for a fast and healthy recovery.
He could really use some cheering up so please leave comments here for him to check in with.
Jonathan, so sorry this happened to you. I guess we all know the risks of riding a bike in NYC, but your positive energy and spirit is an inspiration.
Get well soon my friend and lets get you back on the bike soon!