Hit-and-run fatality of a bike community fixture

Great Neck resident David Schlichting, a 66-year-old cyclist and longtime fixture in New York City's bike community, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Sunday morning while riding east on the Long Island Expressway south service road between exits 33 and 34.

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From Gothamist:

"He was a very generous guy, and he was an extremely conscientious and safety-minded cyclist," recalled Steve Vaccaro, a friend of the victim who is an attorney and safe streets advocate. "He believed in doing it by the book, and the importance of safety education for cyclists."

In a statement, Bike New York President & CEO Ken Podziba called Schlichting "one of the most disciplined bike riders we know," adding that his death illustrated that "no matter how experienced and careful a bike rider is, cyclists in the New York area will continue to die and be hurt until governments at all levels take street and road safety seriously enough to build networks of protected bike lanes, design streets to operate at safe speeds and get problem drivers out from behind the wheel."