Point Breeze fatality
WTAE’s website is reporting a fatal bicycle accident.
I heard it happened at 5am, one Penn Ave, hit and run. White car.
I work at the corner of 5th and penn and co-workers said they drove by the police cars. Several checked to make sure it was not me when they got to work which was nice.
Terrible accident my thoughts go out to the family.
Wpxi reports cyclist in their 50s.i find this very upsetting. Already got several text from people making sure it wasnt me
Just made my daily commute back home from downtown-Lawrenceville and dealt with some not so pleasant motorists. Be safe out there everyone.
PG reports black man in his 50s, Penn at Penfield (just city-side of Braddock, behind the co-op
ugh , right near me . quite a few cyclists commute on penn there. i’ve never done a ghost bike before — this might be a good spot for one?
Sickening. Awful. A ghost bike would be a good thing. Hopefully they catch the sicko who did it.
For ghost bikes is the family usually consulted? Im hoping Nick D or Erok might have some advice?
wtae says there were 2 witnesses. the white car has front end damage because it rammed the cyclist from behind. i want to cry.
On the radio (90.5) they said it happened around 5am.
Thoughts and prayers to the family. +1 ghost bike
I was biking on Penn around 6:15 or so this morning – and I was detoured by police – didn’t know it was this until my mother called me to see if I was okay.
It easily, easily could’ve been me.
Looks like a fairly new inexpensive black mountain bike. Probably just some guy on his way to work.
I avoid that part of Penn as much as I can. Drivers there want to go fast and seem to be more aggressive than usual. I gotten honked at for no reason.
This is very sad. I got to work today and people were telling me about it. I feel sick over it. I just started to wear my helmet camera again recently. I suggest if you have one, use it.
Just got an email that mine just shipped.. this is really upsetting
Victim ID’ed as James Price, 46yrs old from Pittsburgh. Godspeed James, my thoughts are with your family and friends. Although it won’t bring you back, I am praying that they catch the coward that did this to you.
Sickening news to wake up to, very sorry for the victim. I hope they catch the scumbag driver.
Anonymous 07/25/2012 at 2:14pm #
Very sad news. First thing I read when I got up. I am always afraid to open the story wondering, will I know this person. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
I too was awakened to this news in the form of a text message from my sister-in-law who was worried it might have been me.
My brother came to the last Flock, but my niece couldn’t come because my sister-in-law thought it was too dangerous. I can’t imagine this helping change that perception.
Anybody remember what article that guy was like “cyclists make great targets” I didn’t get a chance to reply to that, but now seems like a great time to do it
The cops are starting to have a real backlog of hit and runs to deal with.
I’m also deeply troubled by this event. I work a block away from where this accident happened, and ride my bike or walk through there everyday – often forced onto the sidewalk, or buzzed when riding on the street. Just last night, my coworkers that ride bikes were discussing how it is not a matter of *if* but *when* we would get into an accident on Penn ave. I don’t know why the urgency of this crucial road connection for bicyclist has not been made safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. I would like to see some driver education piece being promoted by the media as a response to this incident.
Here’s another news article that I didn’t see already posted: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/bicyclist-killed-hit-and-run-crash-point-breeze-po/nP3c7/
Picking up spray paint tonight. ghost bike will be ready by the end of the weekend. if not for now, unfortunately we will need another soon enough. im starting to get cynical
For those riding on Penn Ave, I’d strongly encourage you, even in light of this accident, to take the lane.
If memory serves me right, far more people are sideswiped than hit dead on and it forces all but the most inattentive drivers to change lanes
I have often used Penn Ave. from the 130 intersection in Churchill through to Point Breeze to get to work, and the Point Breeze section of the road is one of my least favorite parts of what should be a nice fast route into the city. I agree with Pierce about taking the lane, but also suggest checking out much safer side roads like South and Meade that parallel Penn (particularly at rush hour).
damn, i was just going to say how refreshing it was that the article didn’t mention whether mr. price was wearing a helmet. and then they updated it (he was).
don’t read the comments. they are calculated to enrage.
this makes me ill.
The comments on the PG article are disgusting, even more so than the ones on the Carson Street lane article.
Anonymous 07/25/2012 at 3:58pm #
Keep in mind those dumb comments are fueled by inadequacy from almost always other males. These males that make comments like that don’t like seeing in shape guys riding bicycles while they are sitting out of shape in their SUV’s. They want to bring us down a peg. Don’t allow that and just realize it is they who feel inadequate not us.
Anyway, I wish people wouldn’t ride Penn in and around that region. I feel it is just too dangerous and there are other streets we can take. Yes, I realize it is our right to ride on Penn, but is it worth it?
Every time I read something like this it effects me for a very long time and makes me remember others that have lost their lives cycling. Donald Parker comes to mind first. These are not only horrible tragedies, they will make those thinking about cycling to work, not move forward. Sure is a sad day.
maybe we can make this an opportunity to make that stretch of penn ave more safe for everyone. not that i know how, but it really is one of the worst stretches of 25 mph roads in the city when there’s traffic, and it doesn’t have to be.
well I just tied some flowers to a signpost near the site of the accident and got buzzed by a UPS truck. Not only are the lanes narrow there, so are the sidewalks. The accident happened right in front of a row of poorly-kept rowhouses with tiny front yards that I have seen children playing in many times over the years. It is actually going to be tricky to figure out where to put a ghost bike that won’t flip out into the lane or take up precious sidewalk space or become a defacto climbing toy for the kids who live on that block. So, this will have to be thought through carefully. It would be awesome to think of some sort of traffic calming in that area: that might be another awesome way to memorialize the cyclist.
If we have the technology to have red-light cameras, we have the technology to have speed-check cameras. Exceed 10+ the posted limit over two cameras 0.2 mile apart, send the fine to the owner of record.
Speed limit is 35 there. From the WPXI article:
“On the side of the road was a bicycler. He had his headlight on and everything. Then two cars ahead of us, going 50 or 60 mph just blew him off his bike,” witness Kristen Green said.
Here’s a policy: whenever a pedestrian or bicyclist – let’s simplify it, a human – gets killed by a car, put a speed camera at that location for at least a year. Camera goes away anytime the number of violators decreases below 20/day.
+100 Speed cameras
I believe NYC is going to start implementing those. NYC also has 20 mph speed zones. We could use those too.
The city could make thousands of dollars by putting those on places like Penn Ave, Liberty Ave, Negley, 2nd Ave, etc
I love how some lady is like “cyclists break the law more” I’m wondering if she’s including speeding as a law, because I’ve never driven in a car and not seen people speeding well over the limit
If the lady *two cars back* could see the cyclist why couldnt the lead driver who hit him?????
At least the news media havent questioned why the cyclist was in the road at that hour like they usually do.
Traffic calming is definitely needed along this stretch of road.
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