CRASH @ Costco

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cowchip
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There was a white male cyclist on a stretcher after a bike crash not far into trail after you cross the road . 8 Pm west homestead fire and Police on scene .
Hope all is well


Marko82
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Was this on the trail or did it involve a car? I hate all those driveways down there, especially for the less experienced riders who may not be as observant since they are “on a trail”. I hope the rider’s ok.


stefb
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Ugh yeah any info would be appreciated. I take the road there. I still don’t understand why the trail is on the sidewalk across driveways.


cowchip
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no cars involved it was on the trail in begining of fenced in area
don’t know much more i was on a ride and when i got there he was on stretcher and on other biker was standing by bikes …


Marko82
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cowchip wrote:no cars involved

…well at least the injuries shouldnt be life threatening then (except for head). I know a very experienced cyclist who is on this board who had an accident down there just after the trail opened – his handlebar got caught in the fencing and he went down rather hard so maybe that’s what happened with this cyclist.


Mikhail
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I wish him well and hope everything is OK.


Vannevar
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Marko82 wrote:I know a very experienced cyclist who is on this board who had an accident down there just after the trail opened

I know that old cyclist too. Kind of embarassing, skylarking and lost focus, snapped a barend shifter lever off in his leg and made a great huge purple-blue-green bruise on his thigh. Idiot.

Hope the rider in this event turns out OK.


smarchit
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Uggh! I’ve never been a fan of that cattle chute since it opened. I see people ride through there and make dangerous passes way faster than what that section realistically allows, particularly during peak periods. Best wishes to the injured rider.


cowchip
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Perhaps an agreement with sand castle to block thier entrance to cars on non park hours . tear down the fence ?


Mikhail
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cowchip wrote:Perhaps an agreement with sand castle to block thier entrance to cars on non park hours . tear down the fence ?

And block bicycle entrance on park hours?

Who is going to make this agreement with Sand Castle?

IMHO cattle chute is pretty safe for a speed limit posted for the whole trail. Just remember that pedestrians have priority on the trail.


cowchip
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Just a thought
a little more elbow room would be nice ?
only took a decade to get this far , baby steps LOL


scott
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I’ve said for many years that in the future people will be talking about trail widening projects like people talk about highway widening projects. Congestion and safety issues usually prompt highway widening. Just a bit of insight…


Steven
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I’ve said for many years that in the future people will be talking about trail widening projects like people talk about highway widening projects.

“Why does it take that damn PennDOT 5 years and cost $120 million just to widen a few miles of Trail 28?”


Pierce
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Good point Scott. When we have a four lane bike trail, we can expect the pathatheltes blowing down the trail at 30mph and getting upset when somebody wobbles into their fast lane and causes an accident


StuInMcCandless
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Well, the answer to that is the analog of what we’re being handed now.

First thing we do is take back lanes. Road diets all over the place. Pretty much any four-lane street can get along very nicely with two lanes. Example: Liberty Avenue through the Strip. Perry Highway through Ross and McCandless Twps. McKnight down from six to four. Fifth and Forbes their whole length. Penn Ave east of East Liberty.

Second, with all that pavement now available as bike lanes, we tell all the motorists that they should use get off the streets and the parallel expressway, if available.


smarchit
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Not sure if it is related to this or not, but in the same area, so I figured I’d tag along on this thread.

While riding that section tonight, I noticed there is a big section of fencing that appears to have possibly been hit from the Sandcastle parking lot side. The fencing is bulging out pretty badly into the pathway there, and could cause a problem during more congested periods.


Pierce
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The fence was broken a few weeks prior to that as well, with a similar result

I think unskilled truck drivers are trying to turn around in there and running into the fence

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