Saturday, June 27, 2015

Trail Event- Sunday, June 28th

Woman's Run
Sunday, 28 June 2015
08:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Womens’ Run will be using the trail between the Reston Y and Herndon.  There is a possibility of up to 400 participants

Friday, June 26, 2015

Trail Events July 4 & 5

1. On July 4th, PVTC will have a foot race in Vienna.  Expect people on trail, Vienna heading west towards Hunter Mill Road and back between approx 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Caboose area is start/finish/gather point.

2. There will be a brief (approx 1 hour, approx 1 mile) trail closure on the morning of July 5 in Reston because of the World Police Games half marathon.  Event starting 8 a.m. No detour!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ashburn Bicyclist Injured In W&OD Trail Crash Dies

"A bicyclist who was seriously injured while riding on the WO&D Trail last week died Monday, June 15. William S. Dudgeon, of Ashburn, was 55.  According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, he was traveling on his bike at about 4:30 p.m. on June 9 when he attempted to pass a juvenile on the W&OD Trail just west of Ashburn Village Boulevard.  At that time the juvenile attempted to take a side path, and the juvenile’s bike clipped Dudgeon's bike, causing him to fall. Dudgeon was wearing a helmet.  He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died Monday. The younger bicyclist was not injured."



"Last year, we wrote about a woman who drove her car on the W&OD trail, hitting a cyclist and sending other trail users diving into the bushes for safety.  Click here to read the full post.
At the time the driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony hit-and-run.
We have just learned that the driver reached a deal with Fairfax County prosecutors and avoided the felony charge.  She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and hit-and-run, and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Disappointing Outcome

Is six months in prison and a misdemeanor charge really the appropriate punishment for a woman who drives her car at speeds close to 50 mph for close to 5 miles on a trail designed for and used by bikers, walkers, strollers, rollerbladers, etc.?
The driver, who was drinking before getting behind the wheel, endangered the lives of many trail users, and raised fear in the local community about the safety of the trail.
According to Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau, the outcome is disappointing.  Not only does the woman in this particular case get off somewhat easily with a misdemeanor charge, the message is sent that driving while intoxicated and causing injury is not serious enough to warrant felony charges."