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On Sunday, August 3, 2014 Irving Schachter, longtime New York Cycle Club member and ride leader, went to Central Park for his long, slow run of the week. Training for the 2014 Marathon he tried to finish three runs each week: long, slow; tempo, and short intervals.

Around 5 pm a 17 year old boy swerved out of the cyclist’s lane at speed, veered into the pedestrian lane and collided with Irv.  A moment was all it took to end a life that was still flush with aces in terms of athletic accomplishment.

I write this piece to celebrate Irv’s cycling life. I write it to reminisce about the rides he led for the NYCC up Mohonk and Minnewaska. I write it to celebrate the rides he led up Peekamoose and around Ashokan Reservoir, up Whipporwill and Roaring Brook Road…always up and over. I write it to reminisce about the rides we took a deux, as husband and wife. With which other A rider could I ever travel over Mohonk and Minnewaska or even up Perkins?

But this short message also should remind folks of the cyclist’s dual nature. Many of us see cyclists as potential victims of cars. And we are. The city still needs to do much more to secure our safety on Manhattan’s streets.  To that end we should support the many Transportation Alternative campaigns.

But we are also potential predators. One careless move on a bike and we can take down a runner, a walker, a child skipping along.  As we want car drivers to be alert to our rights, so too we must act to protect the rights of other people.

Almost a week after Irving’s accident I walked through Central Park and saw many cyclists in the runner’s lane. To one I called, “You’re in the runner’s lane.” He replied “yes, I know,” and rode away. Would he like a car driver to give that answer while he veered his car into the bike lane? We need our rights. We also we need to accept our responsibilities.

I have been heartened by the messages about Irv on the web. He loved cycling and I’m glad that so many cylists enjoyed riding with him.

Hindy Schachter

 

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So sorry for your loss

I don't believe I've met Irv but from what I've read, he was a very special man. And judging from this posting, he was also a very lucky man to have you at his side. I'm so very sorry for your loss. May God console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Hindy,

Thank you for this thoughtful and heartfelt letter. We are all grieving with you over this senseless loss.

 

Judy

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I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Irv from riding over the GWB and doing laps in Central Park. It was always a joy chatting with him. And thank you for the letter. We all need to remember that the park is to be shared.  Reyna

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Very sorry to learn of your loss, Hindy.  This is indeed tragic, even the more so because it was so unexpected.  Cycling is a dangerous activity, any way you look at it, and every time I get on my bike, I have this thought in the back of my mind.  Any loss of life is deeply disturbing, and even more so when it happens doing things for which we share a deep passion.  Although I enjoy the many benefits that cycling confers, when things like this happen, it sickens me and makes me wonder if I shouldn't find less risky pursuits. 

With Deepest Sympathy,

Dave Hauss

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Celebrating a Life, Reflecting on Our Actions

Dear Hindy --

I don't know if we've ever met. But I want to extend my sympathy over Irv's most untimely death.

I only met Irv once. But I've never forgotten that day, as it was my most challenging and rewarding day of cycling to that time (1992?) -- and maybe still now: a 96-mile NYCC ride from Central Park up River Road, then Camp Hill and Gate Hill Roads, Seven Lakes Drive, through West Point, Storm King via 218, etc. etc., over Beacon-Newburgh and down finally to Cold Spring Metro-North. There were just four of us -- Irv, his and your daughter, I believe, and another male rider whom I knew from T.A. I was the slowpoke, but Irv was instructive, demanding and encouraging (even when I got off and walked, at one point), and I pushed through. The newness and grandeur of much of the terrain helped, but it was more something in Irv that seemed to say, "You can do this."

That day, probably just one of hundreds of rides Irv led and of thousands he did, has stayed with me. I've thought of him often. I'm so sorry that he's been taken away.

P.S. -- I agree completely with everything you've said about caring for the rights of others. Your words are so true, and are especially full of grace considering the circumstances.

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No words can express my sadness at this news.  I had "heard" it was a heart attack that killed your beloved.  Reading this, I'm saddened to hear that what took him down was avoidable, as are many instances we see while cycling.  I despise the "us and them" mentality.  After all, many of us also drive cars, as well as run, rollerblade, etc.  What I see is too many folks in a rush...to meet their friends on the other side of the GWB, to get in a quick workout, etc.  There are too many "almosts" in our lives.  For me personally, I rode with Irv only a few times, but one time I remember specifically; it was a very hot summer day and my arms kept cramping, going back from the GWB to the upper east.  He stayed back with me and made sure I was okay when even the ride leader didn't.  He was a kind and loving man, and we will all miss him.  My deepest condolences, Hindy.

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Thank you so much for posting these memories. I appreciate your sharing them with me and with the club.

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Condolences to you and your family

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When I first joined the club in the late 90's. There were two Irv's in the NYCC who were always helpful with advice. Your Irv was one of the first members to show that club rides can be enjoyed at different levels.

May Irv rest in peace,

CL

Incase you haven't seen this reported in streetsblog-

http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/08/13/irving-schachter-killed-by-cyclist...

There are some nice words from NYCC members in the comments section.

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Dear Hindy, 

I would like to extend my sincerest condolences for your loss.  I have ridden with Irv only once but it was a ride that I still vividly remember today as it was THE RIDE that inspired me to become an avid cyclist.  It was my first ride to the Gunks just after completing C-SIG in 2010.  Irv paced me all the way up Mohonk and Minnewaska.  His encouragement was instrumental in instigating my passion for cycling and exploring the upstate area.  I believe you were with us too that day although we may have ridden in different groups.  This is a memory that I will cherish forever.  Once again, please accept my deepest condolences.  May God let him rest in peace.      

 

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see NY Post p. 3 Aug 14

I rode with Irv on many B rides he led with Hindy.  He introduced me to the Crusher ride which I still lead.  I think of him every time I'm there.

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Irv & Hindy

The Schacters had one of the longest marriages of NYCC members.  On rides they co-led,  several group members commented on how dedicated to each other they were.

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It was Irv that took Jim Zisfein and I on our first Gunks ride. He had a wonderful encouraging attitude and a great sense of humor. As Jim and I struggled up Mountain Rest Road, I recall Irv telling us about the various climb ratings and encouraging us that there were far worse climbs like the 'beyond category' climb up Alpe d' Huez which I had the distinct impression he'd done a few times. 

I also remember the devotion of Irv to Hindy and the compromise they'd worked out for riding the Bloomin Metric. I was coming back on the 100K route and encountered Irv standing by the side of the road. He told me that Hindy and he had come up together, that she was riding the shorter (50K?) route with her friends and he had ridden the 100K with his buddies. This was where the routes convered, hence their reunion point.  

Irv also spoke fondly of the hiking trips in the Alps Hindy and he had taken. He had a story about the price of a cup of coffee -- Irv always wanted coffee on rides or hikes -- at a cafe in the Alps. Always, always a smile and positive attitude a way to make what would be a rant from someone like myself into an amusing anecdote.

 

 

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Hi Ms. Schachter, I'm so

Hi Ms. Schachter,

I'm so sorry for your loss.  While I have never been on a ride with Mr. Schachter, my classmates and I remember his energy and enthusiasm while teaching physics at Brooklyn Technical High School.  He made class really fun and was a brilliant teacher.  To learn about his death in this manner is troubling and saddens me greatly.

 

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Celebrating a Life

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It was good to see you with a group riding through Prospect Park a few weeks ago.

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Thank you. Riding on the bike that Irv configured for me is also a way fo celebrating his life.

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