Va. fire chief: Pre-empting traffic signals for cyclists was mistake
The fire truck driver who rode ahead of the cyclists had turned on a switch that turns traffic lights green for emergency vehicles
By Deirdre Fernandes Beachcombing
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — On a Sunday in early October, 90 cyclists rolled through Virginia Beach. They started at the aquarium, went around the Oceana Naval Air Station, up London Bridge Road, through the Great Neck corridor, along Shore Drive and looped back down the Oceanfront.
Along the nearly 30-mile trek through the more populated neighborhoods and busier intersections of the city, the cyclists hit green light after green light. Thanks to an escort from the city's fire department, the cyclists rarely got stopped by a red light and eased through the city.