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McKeesport bicyclist killed in Carrick crash

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Mikhail

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Jun 27 2013 at 10:01am #

HiddenVariable wrote:

jonawebb wrote:I suppose you’ve heard the statistic about most automobile accidents occur within a small distance of home.

this is just a natural consequence of the home being one’s most frequent destination. there’s nothing inherently dangerous about the neighborhood in which one lives (in general).

I’ve heard that it has connection to the fact that one feels much safer close to home and getting relaxed so one naturally are less aware.


Vannevar

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Jul 1 2013 at 7:10pm #

A gentle bump about the event on Tuesday night (tomorrow).

May I ask, is there a specific time for the ghost bike installation? Thanks.

https://www.facebook.com/events/170459569802364


Vannevar

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Jul 1 2013 at 7:25pm #

I’m not very familiar with the area so could I ask a nav question?

The initial route idea I had was SouthSide, up 18th Street, then Brownsville Road (and I don’t know that area well)

The second route idea I has was SouthSide, trail down to where you use the gate, cross the tracks, stop at Beck’s Run Road for soft-serve ice cream, then ride up Beck’s Run Road to the location.

I have no idea of the grade or conditions on Beck’s Run Road.
I’d sure appreciate any advice. TIA, V.


edmonds59

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Jul 1 2013 at 7:43pm #

I would def think 18th to Brownsville to the site, especially outbound on a weekday evening. My recollection of Becks Run is that it can be a bit of a speedway.


Vannevar

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Jul 1 2013 at 8:11pm #

Thanks very much, I do appreciate it. V.


Marko82

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Jul 1 2013 at 8:38pm #

^V, either option you’ll have to climb a good sized hill. If after 7pm it’s ok to come up Becks run – just take the full lane and be prepared for speedy traffic. Earlier than that the traffic gets backed up behind you and drivers, ahem, complain. I would also suggest going up Madeline street (just after you pass the water tanks) up to Brownsville road since the top of Becks is very narrow and steep with no sidewalks. If you take Madeline you want to turn left onto Brownsville, if you stay on Becks you want to turn right.

http://goo.gl/maps/Vw4t4


Vannevar

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Jul 1 2013 at 9:27pm #

Thank you, sir.


paulheckbert

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Jul 2 2013 at 7:54am #

I don’t have firsthand knowledge of the event, but the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/170459569802364 says

Ghost bike lock up for John Pearson, today (July 2) 8:30pm, Overbrook Blvd & Almont St Pittsburgh, PA 15210

On the evening of June 24, John Pearson, 55, was struck by a car and killed at the intersection of Overbrook Blvd and Almont St in Carrick.

At dusk on July 2, please join the community and some of his loving family to honor the man who died senselessly while doing what he, and many of us love, riding his bike.

We will be locking up a white “ghost bike” as a somber memorial as well as a reminder to all road users that these types of events should never occur. If you are able, bring candles and flowers to help make the bike as beautiful as the life it is honoring.

It is important to remember that the issues around deaths like these do not only matter to people riding bikes, but also other more vulnerable road users like pedestrians and motorcyclists–this could have been you.”


Mikhail

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Jul 2 2013 at 9:00am #

Marko82,

What about Glass Run-Joseph-Agnew-Madeline? You don’t need to cross rail tracks and Glass Run looks OK after 7pm. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2789477


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 2 2013 at 9:00am #

For a downtown meetup, is 7:15 by the bike rental on the Jail Trail a good time? Roll by 7:30? I don’t know travel times via either 18th or Becks Run, but neither do I want to be late. I’d like to get there 15 minutes or more early, and not have to hammer the whole way.


Marko82

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Jul 2 2013 at 9:54am #

@mikhil, Glass run is narrow and twisty and it’s steeper climbing than coming Becks run. If you decide to go this route stay on Glass run all the way to Churchview & take that out to Brownsville. The top of Glass is steep, but going Joseph etc. you give up your elevation only to have to climb back up the hill. Last years long pedal pgh ride went this way only in reverse.


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 2 2013 at 3:58pm #

StuInMcCandless wrote:I don’t know travel times via either 18th or Becks Run, but neither do I want to be late. I’d like to get there 15 minutes or more early, and not have to hammer the whole way.

I haven’t tried it, either, but Google Maps quotes me a time of 45 minutes from the bike rental via SS trail & 18th. Given humidity, traffic, varying experience levels and climbing ability, an hour seems reasonable; given that we want to take our time and not be sweaty, panting, etc., perhaps it’d be advisable to meet 7ish and try to leave closer to 715 than 730?


stefb

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Jul 2 2013 at 4:13pm #

Has there been any more info as to the nature of the accident? Perhaps I missed it. Just curious.


joanne

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Jul 2 2013 at 5:35pm #

I rode up South 18th Sunday to gauge how long it would take. For reference, it took me 45 minutes to go from Shadyside to S. 18th at Brownsville Road–I’m pretty slow on hills, and paused three times to catch my breath. Not sure how long it takes on Brownsville to the ghost bike site.

I can’t make it tonight after all–I’ve been home sick all day. Sending condolences and good thoughts to the family.


Marko82

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Jul 2 2013 at 9:49pm #

Many thanks to all the riders who climbed up to Carrick to attend this.

Two of John’s daughters and many extended relatives were there, along with neighbors, State Representative Readshaw and City Councilwoman Rudiak. Probably fifty people total.

KDKA had a cameraman there & I saw a print photographer.


salty

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Jul 2 2013 at 9:58pm #

Sorry I ended up missing this, thanks to everyone who did attend and condolences to Mr. Pearson’s family and friends.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 3 2013 at 3:06am #

I rode with the group. It took 14 minutes from Carson & 18th to the corner at Arlington. It’s not a difficult hill, but jeez is it long.

It is an odd-shaped corner, like the blades on a pair of scissors. Imagine a four-way stop where two opposing stop signs are 200 feet apart. The intersection itself is level, but three of the legs are on slopes.

I thought the arrangement of candles was touching.

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