Aug mtd: 365 ytd:1519
At about the same time, cyclist Dennis Flanigan, 49 years old, was killed on West Carson Street at the intersection with the Busway. He was not killed by a bus, but rather in a collision with a red pickup.
This road was closed for two years for a major overhaul, the kind a road only gets once every 50 years. A lot of people wrote to PennDOT saying, there needs to be a protected bike lane. PennDOT ignored all the input. Eight days after the road re-opened, there's a cyclist fatality.
It appears that the cyclist was using the road exactly as the design called for. There's a sidewalk along the "river side" of the street which ends. There's a crosswalk across the road, and the sidewalk continues on the "hill side" of the roadway. Photographs indicate the cyclist was T-boned while using the crosswalk.
The relatively-inexperienced cyclist was using the road as the new design intended. A more experience cyclist would have been in the lane, not crossing at the crosswalk to get to a sidewalk. Major design fail.
This is the fourth cyclist fatality in three years on Route 51.
- Dennis Flanagan, April 27, 1969 ~ August 30, 2016 (age 47),
- Arthur Bell, May 4, 1961 ~ August 6, 2015 (age 54),
Taylor Lee Banks, March 24, 1991 ~ October 31, 2014 (age 23),
- Emily Jancart, September 7, 1995 ~ July 21, 2013 (age 17)