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Another day, another cyclist hit. Another month, another cyclist dead.

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buffalo buffalo

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Sep 29 2013 at 9:03pm #

Well, if he faces any charges, I almost guarantee they won’t include the “reasonable and prudent reduced speed” portion of the four-foot passing statute…


Marko82

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Sep 29 2013 at 9:58pm #

^ pretty good sight lines. I wonder how fast the car was traveling, and if the phone was in use.


helen s

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Sep 30 2013 at 6:13am #

The comments are pretty much what I would expect.


mjacobPGH

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Sep 30 2013 at 8:18am #

They showed it on the news and the car was wrapped around a tree/utility pole and there wasn’t much left of it. I don’t know the speed limit on that road, but it looked awful.


RustyRed

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Sep 30 2013 at 8:49am #

mjacobPGH wrote:. I don’t know the speed limit on that road, but it looked awful.

There are portions where the limit is 55 (I saw a “55” sign further down the road) and 25 in ‘town’


Brent

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Sep 30 2013 at 9:10am #

Based on a quick look at Google Street View, I would say that 55 mph seems really high for a speed limit on that road. It’s pretty narrow and there’s really no need to go that fast there.

Of course in spite of this I’m still pretty sure the driver was speeding and certainly not using a “reasonable and prudent reduced speed” based on the images of the aftermath shown on the news.


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 30 2013 at 10:24pm #

Brent wrote:Based on a quick look at Google Street View, I would say that 55 mph seems really high for a speed limit on that road. It’s pretty narrow and there’s really no need to go that fast there.

I haven’t looked at the SV, but 55 is pretty standard for a country highway in this state.


jonawebb

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Oct 2 2013 at 8:10am #

From WPXI Traffic Twitter: Bicycle Accident in Homewood along N Lang Ave at Kedron St.
Anyone know anything?


Swalfoort

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Oct 2 2013 at 8:18am #

Jon, That’s all I heard too. But I heard it on the news during the traffic segment. Accident involving a bicycle on North Lang at K(…) in Homewood. Didn’t catch the cross street. Glad you did. I heard this as I was leaving the house, probably just before 8 a.m.


RustyRed

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Nov 1 2014 at 2:48pm #

This thread had been dormant for so long, I really hate to see it revived.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/10/31/Pedestrian-killed-by-vehicle-in-Aliquippa/stories/201410310236


Marko82

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Nov 1 2014 at 4:10pm #

Route 51 down that way just sucks! and it’s an official PA bike route too. There are still no updates almost 24 hours later either.

Condolences to the family.


jonawebb

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Nov 1 2014 at 4:10pm #

What a shame. I was hoping we’d make it through the year without any deaths.
I can’t find anything else than this, which doesn’t add much other than the time (7 pm): http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/10/31/pedestrian-hit-by-vehicle-killed-on-route-51/


Vannevar

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Nov 2 2014 at 9:34am #

that’s two deaths in two years on PA State Bike Route A at bridge crossings. Coraopolis and West Aliquippa.


Drewbacca

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Nov 2 2014 at 12:43pm #

What a terrible road, I can’t believe that’s a bike route!!! Just prior to the bridge the lane narrows to one lane… I took a screen shot on google maps showing the merge arrow almost directly in line with a bicycle route sign. *sigh* (obviously can’t post since the upload button is broken).

After that, no shoulder. I imagine the poor kid tried to stay as far to the right as possible instead of taking the lane (no question, this is a place where a cyclist absolutely has to be assertive and take the full lane, there’s no other option). Combine that with post-sunset dusk lighting and the end of rush hour on a Friday…

I’m just heartbroken, everything was working against this poor kid.


jonawebb

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Nov 2 2014 at 2:37pm #

He’s been identified: Taylor Lee Banks, 23, of Braddock. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/11/02/coroner-identifies-bicyclist-hit-killed-on-route-51/
No additional details.
From another story:


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 2 2014 at 6:02pm #

One thing they do know is that Taylor was an experienced cyclist who once pedaled from Beaver all the way to Westmoreland County.

That’s useful to know. It doesn’t say anything about his riding style, but it does sound like he was a regular bike commuter on this road who knew what he was dealing with.

Assuming they find the car, I sure would like to see a clear photo of the front of it. Where on it did it contact the bicycle?


Rambo

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Nov 3 2014 at 9:53am #

That’s terrible! My heart goes out to the family.

I DRIVE this road to work 5 days a week. It’s the bane of my existence and the reason I don’t commute to work. This is the worst bicycle road imaginable. I never understood when they used this as the bike route. I see guys on bikes a few times a week and I fear for their safety and cringe when I see them riding. It’s not just bicycles that I see. There are pedestrians walking this road daily. Right on the white line because there is no where else to walk.

Most of you probably never use this road between monaca and cresent twp. so you might not know this. People speed on this road at alarming speeds. I’m passed every morning multiple times by people going 80-100 mph and the speed limit is 55. The reason they do this is because not only is there no where to walk or ride because there is no berm, but there is only a few spots for a cop to sit to catch speeders and everyone slows down in those spots.

Something needs to be done and quickly. I’m surprised that more have not been injured or killed on this road. I think because of the location of this road that it’s off of every ones radar and the people using the bike route just put their head down and bust it out as quickly as possible to get it over with.

I think the ORTC will help bring attention to this horrible route and hopefully have a solution in place soon. Hopefully before another person is killed.


srpit

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Nov 5 2014 at 6:13am #

KDKA just reported a cyclist hit by a vehicle in Etna – as a traffic delay.


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 5 2014 at 7:35am #

*facepalm*


RustyRed

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Nov 5 2014 at 9:00am #

While I was just (8:15ish) talking with a police officer in the Strip, there was scanner chatter about a cyclist hit further up the Strip around 27th. We watched the ambulance roar up Penn after picking them up.
The officer said the bike looked pretty chewed up.
That’s all I have.


mjacobPGH

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Nov 5 2014 at 9:28am #

There was a car accident that blocked Penn and 27th and had a big response. Airbags were deployed and the two passengers were laying on the ground outside of the car who both appeared to be painters. However, I didn’t see any bike involved in this accident though a lot of bikers had stopped. I didn’t stay long since emergency crews were on the scene so maybe but the commute in was a total cluster-you-know-what today with construction and accidents.


RustyRed

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Nov 5 2014 at 9:34am #

“However, I didn’t see any bike involved in this accident though a lot of bikers had stopped.”

Good news. I wonder if the scanner chatter sometimes gets misconstrued.


mjacobPGH

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Nov 5 2014 at 9:50am #

I suppose there is a possibility a biker was involved because I really only stopped for a moment since I didn’t want to be in the way of the emergency responders, but I only saw the two car passengers. Although they seemed pretty hurt, I imagine they will be OK relatively speaking. Their car appeared to have hit a parked car on the corner. Like I said, a lot of bikers had stopped maybe 4-5 so perhaps one of them is a board member who could elaborate more.


jonawebb

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Nov 5 2014 at 10:20am #

BTW I went by the viewing for Taylor Banks yesterday. The Jobe Funeral Home is right on my commute; I go by it every day. Sad, sad occasion. Dude was basically a bro, cycling to a relative’s house, life cut short. They had a few posterboards up with photos. What a waste.
There was no one there when I arrived; people started showing up as I was leaving. I mentioned the cycling community’s concern and the Ride of Silence to the funeral director, and left my business card in case the family wants to get in touch.


Vannevar

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Nov 5 2014 at 10:25am #

Jon that’s awesome.


Marko82

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Nov 5 2014 at 10:44am #

Yes, it’s great of you to stop Jon.

I know the distance is kinda far for some, but is there any plan for a ghost bike? I know the family of the girl killed last year did a bike on their own, but a larger number of people would attract more news cameras – and this IS an official bike trail so it might heighten the stupidity of that.

If we do this maybe a weekend installment would be best since it gets dark so early now.


edmonds59

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Nov 5 2014 at 11:37am #

If people would like to do something, ghost bike, ride of silence, etc., maybe reach out to Vincent Troia at the Ohio River Trail Council, this is right in their “front yard”.

http://ohiorivertrail.webs.com/


jonawebb

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Nov 5 2014 at 11:54am #

I would really like to do a ride of silence on PA Bicycle Route A.


Vannevar

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Nov 5 2014 at 1:11pm #

I was noodling about doing the ghost bike, I live in that community. So let me ask: anybody got an old bike with flat tires that I could use?

I’ll get in touch with Dr. Troia, also.
VB


Rambo

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Nov 5 2014 at 1:23pm #

I have a frame with forks and handlebars. We would just need wheels…..no bottom bracket or cranks on the bike either…

I’m in this area too.


Swalfoort

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Nov 5 2014 at 1:37pm #

I am not far away, on the other side of the river. The thrift stores in my area often have bikes this time of year that are in need of so much work as to be worthy of ghost bike status.


byogman

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Nov 5 2014 at 1:59pm #

I have a dead bike I’d like to donate to this.


stefb

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Nov 5 2014 at 2:37pm #

Co worker just told me he heard a cyclist was hit and life flighted this morning. He thought near Frick?


Vannevar

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Nov 5 2014 at 2:51pm #

Ben, I’d like to take you up on that bike. I’ll be in touch about handoff. Thank you so much!

I spoke with Dr. Troia, who’s head of the ORTC Board. He supports the ghost bike and the idea of a ROS. I’ve asked him to give it some thought (since I approached him cold) and we’re going to talk tomorrow. (As it happens, there’s an ORTC Board Meeting at 3pm Thursday and I’m going to visit).

So: regarding a ride. The route would be out-and-back on State Route A / Route 51. I’d like to suggest: start in Monaca, ride south down to Aliquippa, reverse. On the ride back, stop at the scene of the fatality. Back to Monaca. We’ll attempt to generate some media coverage.

There’s a few places to park cars in Monaca. Also post-ride: Yolanda’s Pizza nom nom nom. so good.

When would be a good time for the ride?
Friday Nov 15th? 5pm? (DARK)
Sat Nov 16th? what time
Sun Nov 17th? what time

I’d really appreciate any guidance you all could offer me, I’ve never done this before. I’d like to make it at a time when a few of you could come out, there’s not a lot of #BeaverCounty cycling organisation.

Rough sketch of a possible Ride route below.
thanks! VB vbush90@gmail.com 724.494.9343


jonawebb

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Nov 5 2014 at 2:56pm #

@V sounds great, but please do it on Saturday any time or Sunday afternoon.


Vannevar

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Nov 5 2014 at 3:59pm #

Yes i was thinking daylight would improve safety.


Rambo

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Nov 5 2014 at 5:42pm #

I’m in. I’d vote for sat or sunday too. I will cross post this on our “underground” beaver county forum.


neilmd

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Nov 5 2014 at 7:12pm #

Anybody know anything about Stef’s post?


edmonds59

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Nov 5 2014 at 10:57pm #

V, Jim Logan of the WPW knows exactly how to put one of these together (Ride of Silence, I mean). Sadly, has done this before.


jonawebb

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Nov 6 2014 at 8:57am #

I just got a call from Beth Ann Banks, Taylor’s mother. She told me an incredible thing. She heard Monday that they’d caught the guy who killed her son, and he was “impaired.” And they released him. This was the Beaver County Police. They will not talk with her and she is asking for any help at all. Can anyone get more information? Does anyone have contacts in the police department who can find out what’s going on?

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