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1 year ago, James Price was hit and killed: vigil tonight

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scott

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Jul 25 2013 at 9:28am #

I received a text from his sister this morning saying at 7pm there will be a vigil. I cannot make it unfortunately, but wanted to make sure others knew about it as well.


ieverhart

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Jul 25 2013 at 9:44am #

Will this be on Penn Avenue? (What is the nearest cross street?) Elsewhere?


jonawebb

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Jul 25 2013 at 10:01am #

They’ve been maintaining the ghost bike where he was hit — I stopped by there the other day. So I would assume it would be there.


Pseudacris

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Jul 25 2013 at 10:02am #

Glad this is happening…I will go.
Yeah, they have been refreshing things seasonally. I think it may need a bit of paint soon, though.

@ian the bike is on Penn Ave at the entrance to “The Factory” complex, which includes the co-op. Nearest cross street is the dreaded S. Braddock.


Marko82

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Jul 25 2013 at 12:48pm #

I’ll try to be there.

BTW, are we doing anything (ghost bike, other) for the girl killed in Sewickly? or the guy on Streets Run road?


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 25 2013 at 12:58pm #

Will try to get there.


Mikhail

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Jul 25 2013 at 1:39pm #

Any particular place to get together from downtown or jail trail and to ride there?


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 25 2013 at 2:37pm #

To be honest, given my work schedule, I will likely bus it out the East Busway to Homewood Station. Either P1 or P2 from downtown; P3, 67, 69 or 71C from Oakland. The first three get you down the busway. The last three get you out Penn.


Mikhail

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Jul 25 2013 at 4:12pm #

I am going to try to get there. I’ll start around 18:20-18:30 from Jail trail Parking lot and using 2-nd-Saline-Boundary-Neville-Elltheworth-Penn. I am going to be in my PMTCC Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey. You are welcome to join.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 25 2013 at 10:15pm #

I got video of the event. Many family did, too. I talked with a photographer taking stills who plans to burn them to a CD for family members. When I get the video processed, I will post a link here.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 26 2013 at 7:00am #

Uploaded video here: http://youtu.be/-91GmOyyLQA

Prayers, solemn words, even a little levity, helped remember this fine man.

From time to time, I pointed the camera at traffic. I was standing on the curb. That is not a parking lane, it’s a driving lane. Note the extremely close passes by a couple of cars at 10:50 in the video. A little later on (14:00), a white SUV (ZDH-4232) comes flying off of South Braddock and goes screaming down Penn, passing a car on the right and the crowd by mere feet, on its way to 45 mph or better. This sort of thing happens all the time, and it is this that killed James Price.


Pseudacris

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Jul 26 2013 at 11:20am #

The vigil was a solemn reminder that when you hit a cyclist, it impacts others in their life.


scott

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Jul 29 2013 at 5:41pm #

Thanks to everyone who was able to make this. I’m sorry I was not able to attend. Thanks for taking video, Stu.


fultonco

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Jul 29 2013 at 6:49pm #

I watched the video and listened to the conversation about the young woman killed on University Boulevard. The comment was made that the road was built for automobiles and it is not possible to ride safely there. I agree with that. What gets me is that the road is part of Pennsylvania Bicycle Route A, a state-sanctioned bicycle route from the West Virginia border to Erie. When you read about these routes online, it says the routes were laid out by experienced bicyclists. Really ? This was either done a long time ago or they were simultaneously testing the new marijuana laws when they were surveying. I am familiar with Bicycle Route J along the Susquehanna River. It also has some very dangerous sections. Noteworthy is that you are actually taken on US322 north of Harrisburg, which is very similar to an interstate highway with a 1 foot shoulder and rumble strips on that thin shoulder! There is a you tube video taken by someone who actually rode it recently. Very scary. I would guess that this young lady was just trying to get from point A (no pun intended) to point B and wasn’t necessarily on this route because it was PA Bicycle Route A. However, I think the state needs to re-think these cross-state routes and get some truly experienced bicyclists to map out safer alternatives. While I am on my rant, I notice a number of these roads that are lousy for bicycling but have old, cracked, gravel covered, and crumbling sidewalks that nobody is using. Is it feasible than next time the road is up for re-surfacing, take out those nasty old sidewalks and use that space for bikes and peds? A project to do this sort of thing in our area would vastly improve safety in a few years time.


paulheckbert

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Jul 31 2013 at 8:32pm #

Thanks for the video, Stu. I’m sorry I missed the event last week.

Today I noticed that the James Price ghost bicycle is gone. Where did it go?


Pseudacris

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Jul 31 2013 at 10:55pm #

The property owner wanted it removed. The family was informed and NickD has the bike & decorations. I’m hoping NickD or BikePGH staff will chime in, because I think they are talking about finding away of still marking the site somehow.

At any rate, it was not vandalism…


edmonds59

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Aug 1 2013 at 5:53am #

Wasn’t the bike chained to a pole on the sidewalk, which is the public right of way? Did the property owner contact Penndot to have it removed? That’s bullshit.
The occasional noble or heroic act of some individuals is not enough to convince me that humans don’t completely suck from the lowest to the very, very top of the dogpile.


jonawebb

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Aug 1 2013 at 8:22am #

I remember Nick saying at the time that the property owners had agreed to let the bike stay as long as the family maintained it. But the property owners probably got tired of that agreement after a year. So it’s a shame.
Having the ghost bike on public property wouldn’t be better; the city would remove it eventually.

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