Rider hit and run on Rankin Bridge tonight.

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TheLivingTed
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From facebook, a riding and racing buddy, John Cotter.

“I was hit by car from behind tonight crossing the Rankin bridge. The driver was going very fast and he kept going. I can move my limbs and they don’t think anything is broken. My bike is completely destroyed. I am grateful to be alive.”


Pierce
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! WTF! That goddamn bridge has four fucking lanes (and almost a car’s width shoulders if memory serves me right) and hardly any traffic this late at night.

Hopefully this guy is filing a police report and they can check cameras.

I also recall people driving in great excess of the 25 MPH speed limit and one passenger lady telling me to “use the sidewalk”

I wish that bridge incorporated multi-modal traffic. They could have gotten rid of the extra shoulders and widened the sidewalks for bike/ped use and put up fences along the side so a crash wouldn’t result in going over the bridge


Tabby
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I’m terrified of riding the Rankin but have been trying to talk myself into it. Obviously this doesn’t encourage me. Amazing that he’s okay. Glad to hear that.


quizbot
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So far, sounds like a good outcome for something that could’ve been much much worse. If it was on either side of dark, he was riding with blinkies, right?

Yesterday I ran into a story and pics that reminded me just how vulnerable we really are out there, even in broad daylight.

“Fortunately his [sic] is alive, but barely. He broke his right femur, 9 ribs, his sternum, practically disintegrated both wrists, broke both arms, broke multiple fingers, he shattered his occipital bone, broke his jaw, and the worst road rash I’d ever seen. He had 4 reconstructive surgeries the first 4 days he was in the hospital. They added 19 pounds of metal to his body. He is a computer programmer and they are worried he wont be able to have movement back in his fingers. The hole in the windshield was made by his face.”


salty
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f*** and double-f***. I’m glad your friend is ok and hope they catch the asswipe who did it.


Nick D
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Saw some brief coverage on WPXI. I guess that means that at least police responded?


TheLivingTed
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Quizbot, did you have to post that. Jeezus.


rsprake
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Terrible. The lanes are wide, the shoulders are wide, the traffic is low and the speed limit is 25 mph. By all accounts this should be a really friendly bridge to ride over but it’s not. People routinely drive 20 mph over the speed limit.

The other day I was driving over the bridge and came across a cyclist hauling ass. I just let him go and never bothered passing him. I wonder if this is him. Glad he came out it alive.


edmonds59
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“…this should be a really friendly bridge to ride over but it’s not.”

Sounds a lot like the Fahey bridge in Bethlehem.


erok
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the 25 mile per hour speed limit on that bridge is a joke.


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If police sets a speed trap on this bridge then they can add around (my estimates since I use it once a week) 3,000 cars * $200 fine = $600,000 per day. :) One months would collect enough money to extend trails. :)

PS I understand that as soon as police starts to enforce speed limit revenue will go down. :) But it’s worth it.


salty
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“the 25 mile per hour speed limit is a joke.”

there, i fixed it.

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