Urban Velo

Issue 33 – Publisher’s Statement

Last month Pittsburgh lost another urban cyclist to a hit-and-run on Penn Avenue. According to news accounts, James Price was an inspirational figure. The 46-year-old had taken to bicycling in an effort to fight back against diabetes, and it seems that he was winning. He lost over 100 pounds in two years, and had begun encouraging his family to follow his lead. He was improving his mind, as well, so he rode early in the morning in order to make time to attend classes.

According to his relatives, James wore a helmet and used lights and reflectors. Unfortunately we all know that ordinary safety precautions become insignificant when a reckless driver enters the equation. And according to witnesses, the white car heading inbound just after 5 am was traveling at about 60 mph—about twice the posted speed limit.

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2 Comments

  1. Erik StonehamSeptember 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I live in Rochester, NY and my Wife is in Pittsburgh, PA. we ourselves had a fellow cyclist perish on the roadways here recently. They also took all the proper precautions and safety measures. I feel as a group we can learn from each tragedy and help to educate motorists to slow down, pay attention and respect that we have as much right to be on the road as they do.
    Still sad that a life was lost, especially doing something as simple as riding his bike. My thoughts a prayers to his family and to every cyclist I see on the road.

  2. Urban JeffOctober 15, 2012 at 8:04 pmAuthor

    Here is an update on the case.

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