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.