Dubois doctor hit and killed on his bike

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Kathi
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Yes, I got your email .. but how does the publicity advertise where to meet if we don’t know where they are planning to start?? They need that vital part of the plan to let people know.

Kathi


Tabby
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someone from Dubois needs to set the meeting/start point since none of us know the area to make suggestions. Maybe the bike shop owner will be able to identify a good starting point.


edmonds59
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I thought I’d better street-view a place to do the ghost bike lock-up. If I read the account correctly, it looks like the intersection described as Dubois-Rockton road and Schaffer is the same as that shown as Maple and 14th on google, do you think?

If so, this is the corner I come up with, and the “I-80” sign on the north-east corner looks like the most likely place to lock up. Plus there is a big grass area to gather. There is a wood utility pole on the south-east corner that would be more substantial, so I guess that is an option.

Nick D, are you doing a ghost bike, and if so do you need $ contributions? Do you want me to get a chain and lock, and if so, how big?

Also, the final details are in the hands of the Dubois people, correspondence I have had sounds like they are enthusiastic to do this, I will keep tabs.


StuInMcCandless
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Hooking to a utility pole might be a good way to get the bike cut down and removed in a week. You might do better with the I-80 sign.

I think this is the link for the corner in question.


sloaps
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Learn from Don Parker’s bike, call PennDOT District 2 office and confirm a suitable location to place the bike.


Mick
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I don’t think PenDot can give permission for something like that. If someone complains, they remove it, if not they tolerate, but do not encourage.

We could maybe talk to the pastor of the church that is on the corner. They could give permission to have a ghost bike on their property and no one could legally have ti removed.


Nick D
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Edmonds, I will handle the ghost bike. If you would like to get a chain and lock, by all means you are welcome to. I usually get locks/chains that require heavier equipment to remove. That way we have a better idea of who removes it if it is ever removed.

As far as Penndot, there isn’t really anything we can do to work with or prevent Penndot from removing it. Even if it is on church property be the road, Penndot can still remove it.

I think the best thing we can do to prevent it’s removal is to make it very known (in the community), what it is, why it is there, and who put it there.


pghbikeguy
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Stu,

That’s the correct corner (I’m originally from DuBois, and know the intersection).

Travel time to that side of town from Sq. Hill via the Parkway is just about 2:15 on the dot. No matter how much I try, can’t bump it down any more, and I’ve been doing it for 20 years.

I’ll be there on the 19th.

– Bob


Kathi
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I spoke with Jim from the bike shop. Apparently he has given the job to a Jim Derringer. Jim Derringer was supposed to call me last evening after their ride, but didn’t. I explained that we need to get things verified so we can put it in the newspaper etc etc.Time is running out for publicity and getting people to attend.

The radio station is going to put it on. I had the TV station just call me and they are on for the 19th. The paper is going to advertise it too. Dave Henniger’s wife took the email to the police station, so they are aware of the event. So all systems are go… except for the DuBois people being organized with a starting point and time. Al’s wife is going to remind Fr. Foradori for that day. So even that is in order.

Kathi


edmonds59
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Does someone have an email for Jim Logan?, he coordinated the Don Parker ride, I would like to get my outline above (from 4 days ago) to him so he can pass it on to his contacts. We should definitley get the info out before this weekend so people can plan.

And also let him know that final meeting locations are being coordinated.


edmonds59
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Ok, I passed the information on to Jim Logan so he can notify any interested WPW folks also. Thanks, Dan.


Kathi
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I got this from my friend who was going to put it in the paper. I originally called Dave Henninger who got in touch with the Bike Shop, who in turn got in touch with Jim Derringer. If they can’t handle this, then I don’t know what to say. Perhaps it should be given to someone who can handle this. Perhaps you need to call Dave Henniger again.

I called Jim Kerney with complete belief and hope that Jim Derringer would call me last evening. Then my friend calls them today without realizing I had called and I get this message.

Hi.. I have called Planet Bike only to find out that Jim guy will not be in till tomorrow.. I explained to her about me needing to put this ad in NOW. I think it may be too late for flyers.. I am to call him tomorrow. I am worried about time being of the essence.. I was hoping to get it in THIS WEEKS Sunday paper!!! Anyway, I emailed the courier and told them this dilemma and asking them if I have the info by tomorrow, would it be too late for the weekend paper.. so.. we wait…


edmonds59
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After the few conversations I have had with Jim Kearney, my impression is that he is a serious and competent individual, and that they would take the event seriously up there. He had even scouted out the ghost bike location at our last conversation. Since he is my only contact, I have to have some faith that they will put things together on their end.

Just due to the nature of the thing, there may be some last-minute coordination next week, but there will be an event.

Regardless of whatever else may happen, a Pittsburgh group will go up, we will ride, and we will place the ghost bike, of that much I am confident.


Kathi
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Just talked to Jim Kearney. It seems Jim Derringer, for whatever reason, decided he was not going to do this. However, he did not tell anyone. So when Jim found this out after we talked and they went on their bike ride, he went ahead and got things taken care of. He is forwarding me the information as to details as we speak. So I am glad that I called and this event is back on track again. Otherwise, it would have faltered. You are right, Jim K is very enthused about the event. It was Jim D that was dropping the ball.


edmonds59
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It’s set. I’m re-posting with newest information so everyone can forward this around:

“Sunday, September 19 – Pittsburgh group to meet at Schenley plaza, LEAVE at 9:15 am., arrive at Dubois meeting point at 11:30 am +-.

Meet in Dubois at Oklahoma Elementary School, located at 1023 Chestnut Avenue. We will depart from the school at 12:00 noon for a slow 4.5 mi+-/30 minute “Ride of Silence” to the location of the Ghost Bike placement at the intersection of Shaffer & Maple. Individuals to bring and wear simple black armbands in remembrance.

If individuals are unable to ride or uncomfortable with road riding, an associated automobile/motorcycle procession is welcomed. We want to work to the true spirit of “Share the Road”. Interested individuals or Dubois group should check if a permit is needed for something like that.

Ride of Silence to arrive at Ghost Bike location at 12:30 pm., brief memorial, 15 minutes +-

FYI this is not our website but it is the inspiration and explains the concept: http://www.rideofsilence.org/howto.php”

We have not settled anything regarding a recreational ride after, but that can be developed as we proceed.


edmonds59
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pghbikeguy, since you know the area, do you know any nice routes for afterwards that a motley bunch of Pgh folks might do around Dubois for the recreational ride, 15 – 20 mi.? Just as a backup in case the Dubois people don’t get that developed? Off into that Moshannon forest looks interesting.


edmonds59
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Ooops! Dubois meeting location is Oklahoma Elementary School, located at 1032 Chestnut Avenue, not 1023 as previously indicated. Please make note.


Kathi
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In case you don’t know how much I appreciate what Bike Pittsburgh is doing for our family….let me just take a minute to tell you.

Your offer a few months ago to come to DuBois to honor my brother touched my heart. To think men and women that didn’t even know our family would take their time, energy and money to travel to a rural area to celebrate and honor my brother, Dr. Albert Varacallo is beautiful. So before you make this journey …. let me tell you that I have enlisted radio , tv and newspapers to cover your

journey and tribute. If there is anything that anyone would like to have me say to the television station, by way of preview interview, please let me know. This is a day that cyclists and all who travel the road in various forms of transportation can ride in harmony and not discord.

Kathi


edmonds59
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This just occurred to me – would someone have some time today to research and try and contact any bike clubs in Erie, Youngstown, maybe even State College? It would be great to pull in some folks from the whole region. I would do it but I am away from home.


StuInMcCandless
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Altoona has an active bike club, but I’ve never contacted them. Probably a bike shop in the town would have contact info.


StuInMcCandless
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Doing a little online research, I came up with these Altoona contacts.

1) Spokes N Skis

http://www.spokesnskis.com

315 South Logan Boulevard, Altoona – (814) 941-3888

2) Pedal Power

2501 Union Ave, Altoona, PA

16602-2146

814-942-4537

3) Rolling Wheels

572 Asbury Lane, Altoona – (814) 201-2583

…and one club:

Altoona Bicycle Club

301 UNION AVE PMB 324, Altoona, PA 16602 – (814) 949-7223

More info here.

This is not a guarantee of an exhaustive search.


Kathi
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I noted that there are two people in New York that are putting out a documentary next year on

Ghost Bike Ceremonies. I have gone to their internet site /facebook page and let them know about Sunday. They have gone all around the country filming for their documentary. Perhaps someone will take video and possibly pass it on.

There are so many avenues that I have been querrying concerning the 19th. Even WTAJ would share video if requested to an affiliate station.

( as in WTAE)

Kathi


Kathi
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I spoke with Byron DeShong from Pedal Power in Altoona. He has been on the PPAC Commission for several years and has offered to hand deliver a letter to the lieutenant governor concerning legal

issues that need to be addressed in PA for bike riders. Any thoughts on what needs to be said. Also I have contacted the Altoona Bicycle Club and informed them of the ride.

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