yeah, you know, despite that horrible week, bike fatalities are fairly rare in Pittsburgh, fortunately.
In my memory, and this is within the city limits only:
2004: on Second Ave, Hazelwood (adult)
2009: Sennot St, Oakland (adult)
2010: Bausman, Knoxville (6-year old)
2012: 2 adults, Penn Ave Point Breeze
while Pittsburgh isn’t in the report (we’re not one of the largest 50 cities, which is a crock of shit if you ask me), here’s a comparison:
In Fresno, nearly 10% of ALL traffic fatalities are cyclists, yet are only 0.7% of commuters. if Pittsburgh was in this report, we’d put .3 bicycle fatalities per year (as this was a 3-year average from 2007-9)
Essential Public Radio (WESA, formerly WDUQ) did a piece this evening on Ghost Bikes in NYC. At the time of the interview, a bunch of folks had gotten together and were prepping and painting EIGHT ghost bikes. Presumably to have them at the ready when needed, but still….anticipating the need for 8 seemed so sad.
And Erok, I hope your numbers are right – only being able to remember four IN THE CITY in the past decade is a good thing. It is still 4 too many, of course. But I am grateful the number is not higher.