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Postby The fingers » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:45 am

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The Heartbreaking Creation of a Ghost Bike

By: Peter Flax

Dec 22, 2016





RIP Deborah Gresham Photo: Nick Kelley

It starts with a deadly crash, like the one that happened in October on a busy Orange County street. Then the volunteers build the memorial. Peter Flax embedded with the team that makes ghost bikes in Southern California to record the process—and the tragedy that triggered it—from beginning to end.


The bicycle was black before it was white.







It lay on the pavement behind Alan Nakagawa’s house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. An English-style cruiser, it had fenders, a swept-back handlebar, and a wide leather seat. Nakagawa and two friends, Isaiah and Julio, got busy, pulling off the tubes and tires, disassembling the brakes, sanding the frame. Nakagawa is an artist who primarily works with sound, but on this evening his medium was paint—two cans of white Krylon ColorMaster. He painted the chain guard and then the frame. He waved the can to coat the fork, the handlebar, the saddle, the fenders, and the chain. Finally, Nakagawa painted the rims and the spokes and the pedals.

It was after dark now, and the bike was done, leaning against a couple of sawhorses, gleaming and wet.


Deborah Gresham was almost home from the store. It was after dark on a Friday night in October and she was riding her beach cruiser westbound on Cerritos Avenue, a busy road in Stanton, a small city located in the northern interior of Orange County, just a few miles west of Disneyland. This stretch of Cerritos Avenue is five lanes wide—two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane—and has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour. There is no shoulder.

At roughly 7:35 p.m., people who live nearby heard a terrible crash. Neighbors rushed from the dinner table to the street, expecting to see two cars smashed together in a smoking heap. Instead they saw a mangled bicycle sitting in the road. One of its wheels was detached and wobbling down the street.

There was a car, too. It was there for a moment and then it wasn’t, tail lights speeding down Cerritos Avenue until they disappeared.

Gresham was pronounced dead at the scene.

The following day, a story in the Orange County Register reported that Gresham had been killed by an allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver. The story quoted a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who said that officers were dispatched at 7:41 p.m., that the suspect left the scene and was “eventually located at his residence in Stanton,” where he was arrested and charged with suspicion of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and other charges. The story also named the suspect: Ricardo Sandoval Hernandez.

Hernandez was arraigned on October 19, posted a $130,000 bond, and was released. He appeared before a judge in a California Superior Court in the city of Westminster, where he was charged with four felonies and multiple enhancements. The charges included vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit and run with permanent injury or death, and driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury.

The court documents allege that Hernandez had a blood alcohol level of 0.18: California law sets 0.08 as the threshold for DUI. The complaint does not detail how much alcohol Hernandez consumed on the night he allegedly killed Gresham. But if the weight on his OCSD booking is accurate, it is not difficult to estimate a ballpark figure using online tools designed to help people calculate their BAC before they get behind the wheel. (The precise figures will vary from individual to individual.) According to multiple tools I used, a 280-pound man would have to consume about 13 and a half beers to reach a BAC of 0.18.


The crew meets at Danny Gamboa’s apartment in Long Beach. It is 8 p.m. on a Monday night, three days after Gresham was hit. I get off my bike, shut down my lights, and climb a flight of stairs to knock on the door.







Inside, they're gathered—Gamboa, Nakagawa, Terez Sanogo, and Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage. Danny pours each of us a glass of white grape juice and we make introductions. Everyone is friendly, but also cautious and restrained.

Gamboa is the cofounder of the Long Beach organization called Ghost Bikes, part of a loose nationwide network of groups that creates roadside memorials for cyclists who have been killed by cars and that otherwise advocates for awareness and cycling safety. If anyone who is riding a bike in Southern California—a region that stretches from San Diego through the entire Los Angeles metro area and up into the Central Valley; an area larger than New York State—is killed in a crash, Gamboa’s Ghost Bikes will respond. Sometimes the group even places bikes in communities in the Bay Area.

To cover so much geography, Gamboa and his partner rely on a network of two dozen regional volunteers to spearhead operations and line up additional manpower. In a past professional life, Gamboa supervised logistics in the trucking industry, so he knows how to manage this enterprise, but it wouldn’t succeed without committed volunteers. The guy who coordinates Ghost Bikes in Ventura County, Anthony Navarro, lost his 6-year-old child a few years ago—he was cooking a turkey on Thanksgiving morning when his son was hit and killed on a neighborhood street. Gamboa got involved in the ghost bike movement about six or seven years ago. “I got hit from behind in 2008 and after that I got involved in advocacy,” he says. “I started doing this and advocating for complete streets. And I’ll tell you, the more I did ghost bikes, the more I wanted to teach bike safety.”

The five of us climb into two vehicles to make the 20-minute drive to Stanton. As we get onto the freeway, I ask Gamboa how many ghost bikes he has personally placed. Through the end of October, at least 67 cyclists were killed this year by cars and trucks in Southern California. Ghost Bikes has set out a memorial for every one of them.

“Hundreds,” Gamboa replies. “At some point I realized it would be healthy to stop counting.”


Ghost bikes are nationwide now, but the phenomenon is relatively young. Back in 2002, an artist named Jo Slota had recently moved to San Francisco and took note of stripped and abandoned bicycles he saw chained around the city. “I was a full time commuter cyclist and these bones looked like some kind of urban road kill,” he tells me. “I decided to paint them as a means of recognizing them, and in doing so, give them a new appearance that seemed more appropriate to their current status in a discarded material lifecycle. They were bones, ghosts of something once active and full of potential.”

Over the next three years, he painted 23 bikes stark white. Throughout the whole endeavor, he wasn’t thinking about memorializing cyclists. “There were no ghost bikes in 2002,” says Slota, who presently works as a product development engineer at a high-end ceramics and housewares company. “I did this in a way that was more poetic than literal and intended to document the project and turn it into a coffee table book, some kind of portrait of urban living.”

Patrick Van Der Tuin had a more literal approach. It was late in 2003, and after seeing a car drift and rear-end a woman riding in a bike lane in his hometown of St. Louis, he decided to create something the driving public would take note of, something more provocative than a Share the Road sign. So he took an old bike and demolished as if it had been hit from behind. “We folded the rear wheel and wrecked the rear triangle,” Van Der Tuin says. He painted that bike white for functional reasons: “It was autumn and I wanted the bike to stand out during the day and at night.” He left a sign on the bike; it said “Cyclist Struck Here.”







A week later, Van Der Tuin and friends set out 15 more bikes around St. Louis. “People didn’t know what to think at first, but you could see that people were slowing down to look at them,” he says. Van Der Tuin called the project Broken Bikes, Broken Lives. And it got a lot of attention throughout St. Louis, though it hadn’t spread elsewhere yet.

That changed early in 2004 after Dirt Rag magazine wrote a story about Van Der Tuin and his white bikes. “Suddenly I started hearing that they were popping up in a bunch of U.S. cities,” he says.

Eric Boerer ran a recycled bike shop in Pittsburgh (where Dirt Rag is based), and he says some editors reached out to him to start a similar program locally. “I had access to a ton of messed up bikes,” Boerer tells me. He recalls how he and some friends coined the term “ghost bike.” “We got together to plan the project over some beers, and started brainstorming ideas and someone came up with ghost bikes, both for the obvious element, but also because it feels like we were like ghosts to drivers, like they don't really see us,” he says. “I don't know, we had a few beers.”

In 2004, they registered the web domain ghostbikes.org. And later that year, the Associated Press wrote a story about their work. Soon ghost bikes spread to New York City. A phenomenon was born. No one precisely tracks the number of ghost bikes nationwide, but multiple sources indicate that more than 1,000 of the memorials have been installed in 200-plus cities around the world.

Van Der Tuin, who presently works as executive director of St. Louis BWorks, a non-profit that gives free bikes to kids and teaches them maintenance skills, is amazed at how the practice has spread—he’s seen ghost bikes in Tokyo and rural Michigan and quiet corners of New York City. “I can’t say I’m proud because the whole thing is too sad,” says Van Der Tuin. “You see a ghost bike and then you know someone died there. People keep calling them accidents but most of them are crashes that could have been prevented. I’m glad people have taken up the fight to increase awareness but it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by the sadness.”


A few newspaper stories published the day after Gresham’s death offered some insight to her life and death. One mentioned that she had been the creator of a popular Facebook group called “Zombie Killers 2,” dedicated to the television show, The Walking Dead. That story indicated that the Gresham’s group had more than 20,000 members and that she had cultivated relationships with people all over the world who were die-hard fans of the wildly popular show.







I reached out one member of Zombie Killers 2, the Facebook group that Gresham had created and managed, and he put me in touch with an administrator who gave me permission to join the group. I wrote a short post, introducing myself and this story, and asking people to share stories about Debbie. Within 24 hours, more than 85 people had replied to the thread and many others contacted me directly. Other than one of Gresham’s five children, no one I communicated with had met her in person, but almost all of them seemed to know her well.

One man named Jim Campbell (who goes by the handle Hillbilly Jim) said that Gresham had “saved me from being homeless by selling my drawings on here in auctions.” Jim and others described Gresham’s constant efforts to raise funds for needy people and the local children’s hospital. “Her heart was very large,” he said.

Dawn Dutra described how Gresham had helped her during a hard stretch. “I went through a really tough time about a year and a half ago,” Dutra told me, describing financial hard times that led her husband to take a job in a different state and the family to be separated for four long months. “Debbie constantly messaged me to see how I was doing. She would talk to me for hours just to cheer me up.”

Amanda Voncille Gurkins described how Gresham helped her though the hardest stretch of her life, only six months after she joined Zombie Killers 2. “I miscarried twins. It was really tough physically, emotionally, and mentally,” she wrote. “Within four days of the miscarriage, I had one of my childhood friends die.” What followed was what Amanda describes as “the beginning of a breakdown,” but Debbie saw a comment on Facebook and shot her a message. “I was sitting on my bathroom floor alone in the house trying not to cry. She called me and sat on the phone with me for two hours while I cried.”

Sarah Medley considers Gresham one of her best friends. “We were both insomniacs and talked all hours of the night,” Medley wrote in a private message. “I’ve know her for a few years and it feels like I’ve known her all my life. She was the one I turned to in my time of need because she was always so incredibly soothing. She radiated kindness.”

Before long, I was connected on Facebook and Instagram to two of Gresham’s daughters. I watched from afar as they shared memories about their mother. One of them posted an image of the ghost bike that bore their mother’s name, writing that the family was thankful for the memorial. Eventually, I got the courage to write them and ask if they wanted to share any thoughts about their mother.

One of them, Sarah, messaged me a lovely tribute, one that documented her mother’s philanthropic efforts as well as her love of cola-flavored Slurpees and chocolate. She wrote that her mother was always wearing second-hand clothing so she could buy things for her four children. “She would also always put others before herself,” the young woman wrote. “She had a heart of gold when it came to people who needed help.”







I asked Sarah where her mother had gone on her bike that night. “She just ran out to the store,” she wrote. “She wanted to get drinks for my brothers and some cat litter.”


We park in a strip mall at the corner of Cerritos and Knott Avenues and start walking. Desvold-Rumage ducks into a 7-Eleven to grab a book of matches while the rest of us head eastbound on the sidewalk along Cerritos. Everyone is looking for clues; newspaper items about the incident lacked specifics about the crash site and no one came by during daylight hours to scope the site. We spend five minutes walking along the dark boulevard in silence as cars barrel by at highway speed.

And then we see flickering light up the street: a shrine. On the sidewalk outside a modest home sits a cross surrounded by flower bouquets and memorial candles. I had done some sleuthing on Facebook beforehand, and had stumbled upon a post from one of Gresham’s daughters mentioning that her mom had died very close to their home. I look down at the shrine and up at the house, windows drawn.

Through the end of October, at least 67 cyclists were killed this year by cars and trucks in Southern California. Ghost Bikes has set out a memorial for every one of them.

The burnt remains of signal flares sit in little mounds on the pavement. And as we walk further eastward, the edge of the street is increasingly littered with crash detritus: broken glass, scraps of metal, large strips of plastic. I kneel down to examine one little pile and something orange catches my eye—a plastic spoke reflector from a bike.

The crew huddles and decides to lock the ghost bike to a sign post near the apparent crash site, perhaps 60 yards east of the shrine. Though most families wind up expressing appreciation for ghost bikes, no one wants to traumatize relatives with a large and unexpected memorial on their doorstep. Desvold-Rumage snakes a short, heavy chain around the bike and the pole and locks it shut. She then lights five or six candles as everyone else shoots pictures and videos. Few words are spoken. I kneel on the sidewalk and try to imagine the moment Gresham’s family will see the memorial.


Stanton isn’t a bike-friendly city. According to Mike Wilkinson, a local who considers himself one of two active recreational cyclists in the area and who lives about a half-mile from where Gresham was hit, says Stanton has no more than a mile or two of actual bike infrastructure and that efforts to engage city officials on the issue have not been successful.

Earlier this year, the city of Stanton commissioned an 82-page Complete Streets Safety Assessment—funded by a grant from state and federal agencies and conducted by two researchers with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley. The document specifically mentions a stretch of Cerritos Avenue as a candidate for a road diet—concluding that the roadway could still handle the existing daily traffic of 13,000 to 15,000 cars per day if a bike lane was added in each direction. But in the report, the authors comment that this project would not be added to their suggested list of projects because city officials told them that Stanton would lose so-called Measure M funding if they pursued a road diet.

Like many communities, Stanton needs all the external tax funding it can get. So taking care to not lose Measure M funding—a countywide sales tax that has generated more than $5 billion for road projects in the past two decades—makes some kind of sense. Though the eligibility requirements for the program were rewritten this past April and now state that local jurisdictions must consider planning strategies “that accommodate non-motorized transportation,” the document clearly states that funding would be cut if traffic calming measures are pursued on “secondary arterials” like Cerritos.







The lack of quality cycling infrastructure in Stanton is hardly isolated. While many of the affluent communities in southern and coastal Orange county have terrific networks of bike lanes, huge swaths of the county, which has more than three million residents, still lack the most basic exoskeleton of safe places to ride. The same could be said for Los Angeles County, where I live, and many communities around the United States.

I ran into this first hand when I rode to meet Gamboa and his crew. I decided to leave work in Los Angeles that evening and ride my bike to catch a light-rail train to Long Beach—a Metro station is located three miles from Gamboa’s apartment. I had never ridden in his neighborhood, but Google Maps suggested a bike route and I knew that Long Beach has been highly ranked in all of the most prominent lists of America’s top cycling cities.

I have ridden in Long Beach before—the network of bike lanes downtown and near the beach is great—but my ride to Gamboa’s house was a genuine terror. I rode eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard, as Google had recommended, first on a narrow shoulder and then on a sidewalk, and then on a dirt footpath. And then there was nothing, right where the roadway reached Interstate 710—a stretch with heavy truck traffic that is poorly lit and has no shoulder, lacking proper crosswalks or consistent sidewalks. I just grabbed a lane on a dark virtual highway and sprinted for 60 seconds.

It was as though engineers or politicians had decided that no sane person would want to walk or ride a bike from a Metro station to a residential neighborhood a half-mile away. Later in the evening, I asked Gamboa if there was a better route from the train station. He said there was not.


The ghost bike is locked to a signpost, candles are lit, and the crew is documenting the memorial with photography and video. Up the street, I notice that someone is on the sidewalk, attending to the shrine.

I ask Gamboa about what he does with all the pictures and video he shoots when he’s out installing ghost bikes. “Part of it is to have a record of the memorial and part of it is that the bikes themselves are beautiful,” he says. “But part of it is just a mechanism to deal with the dark nature of what we’re doing. I think if I didn’t partially treat ghost bikes as an art project that I would need regular therapy.”

A woman named Leslie is on her knees, relighting memorial candles that have been extinguished by the wind. Leslie has lived in the neighborhood for almost 20 years. She says she grew up in El Salvador and Guatemala. She saw Gresham on walks and bike rides many times. “I know she had an English accent,” Leslie says, noting that she and Gresham exchanged smiles over the years but never had a conversation. “I guess you could say it’s a cultural thing.”







Leslie was at home alone when she heard the crash. She rushed to the corner and saw the bike. “My first thought was that it might be my son,” she admits. “It took courage to look up the street. I saw things growing up in Central America, and now I have seen things right here on this street.”

Leslie points way up the street to a traffic light at the corner of Cerritos and Knott Avenues. It’s about a third of a mile away. She says everyone in the neighborhood makes their kids walk to the light if they want to cross Cerritos. It takes about 20 minutes to safely cross the street.

I walk with Leslie down the ghost bike, and she asks about its meaning. “It’s a memorial,” says Gamboa. “We want to honor the cyclist who died. We want people to slow down and realize what happened. We want people to see beauty.”

Leslie nods her head, and then points out Gresham’s house—it is directly next to where the ghost bike is locked. There is a moment of confusion. I ask her about the little house up the street, the one with the shrine out front. Leslie takes a couple deep breaths. She points to the shrine. “That is where the body came to rest,” she says. She starts to cry quietly. “That is where most of the body came to rest.”

Gamboa and Nakagawa and Sanago and Desvold-Rumage unlock the ghost bike and move it closer to the shrine. Desvold-Rumage leaves the key on the cross. “If you see the family, please show them this key,” she tells Leslie. “That way if they want the bike removed or want to keep it, they can.”

Leslie asks me if I believe in God and I shrug back at her. “I used to be a Catholic and now I’m not,” she says. “But I still believe in God and certain things. I have to believe that this woman is in a better place.”

The ghost bike crew takes a final round of photographs and talk with Leslie, and I walk back down toward the crash site. I follow the trail of debris until it ends, right where Leslie said the impact occurred. The spot is directly beneath a street light casting an orange glow on the road. I can see faded chalk on the street; little piles of extinguished signal flares. Cars race by.

Gresham could see her driveway where she was hit. Even on a beach cruiser, her ride would have been over in five or 10 seconds.


Gresham was killed nine days before the season premiere of her favorite show. She and the 20,000-plus followers of her Facebook group had spent the entire summer and early fall talking about the highly awaited episode. Everyone knew that a key character would die in the opening episode.

Most threads on Zombie Killers 2 were a memorial to the woman who had launched the group. People said they were trying to email the show to see if a tribute to this super-fan could come together. A couple of people messaged me privately to see if I could help. (I work as an editor at The Hollywood Reporter.)







I shot off a quick email to two publicity executives at AMC, the network that airs The Walking Dead, including links to some news stories about Gresham’s death. One of them wrote me back almost immediately, conveying shock and vowing to forward it to producers. No other promises were made—it was the frantic week before the most important premier in the show’s history.

On Sunday October 23, the episode aired, with the characters Abraham and Glenn dying in graphic fashion. At the end of The Talking Dead, a live television aftershow that airs after each episode, the screen turned blue and a message appeared: “In Loving Memory of Deborah Gresham,” it said, “A huge fan forever in our hearts.”

The explosion of emotion on Zombie Killers 2 was palpable. One of Gresham’s daughter posted a message after seeing the tribute. “I'm so happy to have seen this,” she wrote. “I'm sure my mom is very happy in heaven right now seeing this.”

Due to the flurry of curious Googling that the tribute generated, more than 2,000 people joined Gresham’s group in the following week.


I return to the site of the crash on a Saturday afternoon, 15 days after Deborah Gresham died. The ghost bike is still there, adorned with some red plastic flowers and a Walking Dead wristband, from one of Gresham's favorite shows. The shrine is still there, too—a few memorial candles are still flickering, and people have scribbled messages with chalk on the sidewalk. Cars are still hurtling past.

I walk around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking questions. Everyone heard the crash and no one had ever talked with Gresham. People tell me that a fire truck was the first emergency vehicle to arrive, that police were on the scene with the street closed until 2 a.m. One woman walks out to the curb to show me the exact spot where Gresham’s shoes wound up on the street; how the police drew chalk around them.

I stand directly across the street from the ghost bike, a memorial to a woman who went out for cat litter and soda and was killed seconds from home. In this moment, at least, no one appears to be slowing down as they drive past.

As I stand there, I think about how Gresham’s daughter, Sarah, expressed her sense of loss in a message. “I am sad that she is gone,” Sarah said. “She was the life of my family and now that she's gone it's really quiet and feels like we are missing an important piece to us. It's lonely without her.”

The moment ends as two teenaged girls walk past, chatting loudly. I ask them if they saw anything, and one suggests that I talk to her grandmother. She runs into the house, and a few minutes later emerges with a woman who appears to be in her 60s. This woman, who asks that I not use her name, doesn’t speak any English. So her granddaughter starts translating. A swarm of children form around us.

“We heard the first crash and then another a second or two later,” she says. “So we ran out here to the street. My boyfriend kept trying to cross the street to reach the woman but the cars wouldn’t slow down. He almost got killed trying to help her.”







She says a sentence or two in Spanish and points across the street at the ghost bike. I glance at her granddaughter. “She says part of her would like to forget what she saw but that white bicycle keeps reminding her,” the girl says, turning her head to hear and translate what the woman says next: “A woman died right there, right in front of her own house. How can you ever forget a thing like that?”
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:52 pm

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/20161223/santa-fe-high-school-football-player-chandler-ray-killed-while-riding-his-bike :cry:
Sports High SchoolSanta Fe High School football player Chandler Ray killed while riding his bike
By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Santa Fe High School football player Chandler Ray died Thursday evening after being struck by a car while riding his bike at the intersection of Studebaker Road and Firestone Boulevard in Norwalk. He was 17.
Ray, a junior defensive lineman who alternated between the Chiefs’ varsity and junior varsity teams, was riding home from a friend’s house when he was hit by a car. It’s unclear whether Ray passed away at the scene or at a local hospital.
“It was just an accident, it was just one of those accidents,” Santa Fe varsity football coach Dave Pierson said. “I think we’re still kind of all in shock and somewhat disbelief. I know a lot of our players are. They can’t believe this happened and it’s very unfortunate.”

There was vigil held for Ray on Thursday evening, which Pierson and Ray’s teammates and Santa Fe students attended. Ray is the second local football player to pass away under fluke circumstances recently. In late November, Whittier Christian defensive lineman Ethan Hawks died from injuries suffered from being struck by an object that flew into his mother’s car while the two were driving on a local freeway.
“When it strikes one of your teammates, one of your players, it strikes right to the core,” Pierson said.

Pierson said Ray was a popular student due to his outgoing nature. He often went out of his way to visit teachers at the school every morning and give them a hug, regardless of whether he was in their class, Pierson recalled.
“He was a kid that you liked to have around,” Pierson said. “He was a great-spirited kid, very outspoken, he had his own opinion, but always listening to other people’s opinions. He was a strong football player and a strong athlete.
“I was looking forward to seeing him as a senior, but obviously we’re not going to have that. It’s back to the things that really matter. Not athletics, but kids growing up.”

Pierson said the Whittier Police Department is planning to make a donation toward Ray’s funeral arrangements. There is also a GoFundMe page for those seeking to offer help for Ray’s family.
“By no means does this family have loads of money running around,” Pierson said. “It’s just another family where an unforeseen tragedy has taken everybody aback.”
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:26 pm

http://www.kcra.com/article/bicyclist-killed-in-stockton-crash/8553022 :cry:
STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) —
A bicyclist was killed in a crash with a vehicle Saturday evening in Stockton, police said.The crash happened around 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of 8th Street and Turnpike Road.
The driver was going through the intersection on a green light when the bicyclist rode through the intersection, Stockton police said. The bicyclist was then hit by the vehicle.
Police said the bicyclist was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
No other information about the crash was released.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:19 pm

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170106/man-on-bicycle-killed-by-blue-line-train-in-willowbrook :cry:
By City News Service
A man riding a bicycle was fatally struck today by a Metro Blue Line train south of the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of the county, authorities said.
The man died at the scene of his injury, which occurred about 6:55 a.m. at the grade crossing at Willowbrook Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard, Ramon Montenegro of the sheriff’s Transit Policing Division said.
Authorities were withholding the name of the man, who was in his 50s, pending notification of kin, according to the coroner’s office.
The Blue Line train was northbound when it struck the victim, Montenegro said.
Blue Line passengers en route to downtown Los Angeles were advised to transfer to the Green Line at the Willowbrook Station, and then transfer to the Silver Line at the Harbor Freeway Station. Also, a bus bridge was arranged to take rail passengers between the Willowbrook and Compton stations.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:06 pm

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/cyclist-741471-roche-hit.html#fancy-1 :cry:
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Cyclist dies after hit-and-run with car in Stanton
Jan. 18, 2017
Updated 11:28 a.m.
Early Morning Stanton Bicycle Fatal
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By JOSHUA SUDOCK / STAFF WRITER
STANTON – A cyclist died after he was hit by a car near Chapman Avenue and Beach Boulevard around 2:40 a.m., said Lt. John Roche of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver fled before officers arrived.
The cyclist, an adult male, was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange at 2:57 a.m., and died a short time later, Roche said.
Around 3:15 a.m., Garden Grove police made a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of the car that hit the cyclist. The driver was being detained and questioned as of 6:45 a.m., but had not been arrested, Roche said.
“The investigation is ongoing and we hope to know in the next few hours what exactly happened and if we’ve got the right guy,” Roche said.
Investigators did not know yet if the cyclist was using the crosswalk at the time of the crash, which street he was crossing, or if the driver ran a red light.
Anyone who witnessed this collision can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers to report information anonymously at 855-847-6227.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://www.bakersfield.com/news/breaking/bicyclist-hit-by-alleged-drunken-driver-has-died-police-said/article_5e2f304a-0ee1-5f4a-a7dd-9093ed55108e.html :cry:
Bicyclist hit by alleged drunken driver has died, police said
The Bakersfield Californian
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A bicyclist who was struck by an alleged drunken driver Monday evening has died.
Police said the bicyclist, who they identified as Angela Holder, died Wednesday. She was struck in the 1600 block of Golden State Highway.
The driver of the vehicle, John Giumarra, left the scene but was found at a Mobil station on F Street, police said. He was determined to be driving under the influence and arrested on charges of hit-and-run and causing an injury while driving under the influence.
Giumarra's exact age is unclear but he was born in 1968, meaning he'd be 48 if he hasn't had a birthday this month.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://www.sfexaminer.com/bicyclist-struck-injured-hit-run-near-pier-39/ :x
By Bay City News on January 25, 2017 9:50 am
A bicyclist was struck and injured by a vehicle in a hit-and-run near San Francisco’s Pier 39 on Tuesday evening, according to police.
The collision was reported at about 5:40 p.m. in the area of Bay and Kearny streets.
A 32-year-old woman was riding her bicycle west on Bay Street when a vehicle tried to pass by her. The car hit the bicyclist, knocking her to the ground, police said.
The vehicle continued west on Bay Street and remained at large Wednesday morning. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to police.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/we-alaskans/2017/01/29/forget-dehydration-and-sunburn-in-alaska-bikers-worry-about-hypothermia-and-burned-bronchial-tubes/ :shock:
Forget dehydration and sunburn. In Alaska, bikers worry about frostbite and burned bronchial tubes.
Author: Michael Engelhard
Updated: 20 hours ago
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FAIRBANKS — Each fall I compile a to-do list for winterizing my bike, determined to get around to these things before the first flurries of white "termination dust" make tinkering outside undesirable:
• Slightly deflate tires for better traction on snow. (No money to buy studded ones.)
• Put on low-temperature chain grease. (Makes riding in low gears actually feel like riding in low gears.)
• Retrieve "pogies" from storage trailer and attach to handlebars. (They're mitten-like insulated shells that help keep your fingers from falling off — always useful for shifting gears and applying brakes.)
• Install reflectors and change batteries in headlamp. (Not even the gaudiest auroras give off enough light to navigate by.)

And then comes a morning when I step outside my cabin to find snow piled on the seat of my still-unmodified ride.

Wool Army pants, not Spandex
When I relocated from Moab, Utah, to Fairbanks, Alaska, a few years ago, I feared that I wouldn't find terrain as exciting as what I was leaving behind. But I quickly learned that the joys — and tribulations — of riding the wintry range equal the best that Moab's slickrock offers.
No need for tight, pricey Spandex here. Vital parts are safeguarded by heavy wool Army pants baggy enough for two pairs of long underwear and with pockets deep enough to carry bananas home from the store without having frost turn them into slimy black slugs. If you think Cossack-style hats look silly, imagine one beneath a bicycle helmet. A hooded down parka, knee-high homemade mukluks and beaver-skin mittens complete the en vogue cycling ensemble. On breezy days, a facemask is also a good idea — as long as I remember to take it off before entering banks or convenience stores.
My Moab friends complain about tires flattened by goat heads or cactus spines. Up here, the risk is from broken whiskey bottles and potholes that gape threateningly, like big-game pitfalls. Moose cross at unpredictable intervals, sometimes mistaking bikers for rival ungulates or mates. Although the streets of Fairbanks offer fewer topographic hurdles than, say, Moab's joint-busting Poison Spider Mesa Trail, significant weight loss and aerobic workouts can be expected. This is mostly due to snowdrifts and profuse sweating inside the Michelin Man clothing.
Instead of long wheelies or suicide jumps, the greatest challenge is simply staying upright. Black ice demands that you not hit the brakes or try to turn when entering intersections, no matter what's in your path.
After several falls on slick roads, I have perfected the paratrooper shoulder-roll. I've also learned how to steer one-handed between snow berms and bully trucks while flipping off drivers. Snowplows can suffocate or fillet you, or mangle your ride. On days when I'm too chicken to face traffic, I shortcut through the woods, though the trade-off is run-ins with snooty cross-country skiers.

Burned bronchial tubes
Another hazard is air quality. Freezing moisture blends with the reek from too many households that burn green wood and cars left idling because the owners know they likely won't restart. Even on clear days, deeply inhaled cold-and-dry air burns in your windpipe and bronchial tubes. In the summertime, the chokehold of wildfires that consumes the state can make you hack like a consumptive. It's as much fun as having your respiratory system sandpapered.
Fairbanks biker Melissa Guy near Airport Way in Fairbanks during a 2006 stretch of cold weather that was colder than minus 40. (Michael Engelhard)
Fairbanks biker Melissa Guy near Airport Way in Fairbanks during a 2006 stretch of cold weather that was colder than minus 40. (Michael Engelhard)
During my first winter of riding at 40 below, I wore a sweater with a metal zipper. Had I remembered that metal is an excellent conductor, I could easily have avoided the nickel-sized frost blister on my Adam's apple. On a different day, my tongue stuck to the bike's padlock when I tried thawing it out with my breath.


In short, while desert bikers worry about dehydration or sunburn, their sub-Arctic counterparts work to keep their noses from turning to stone.
I'm not that exceptional though. It's surprising how many people ride bikes in the dead of winter in one of the continent's coldest cities. There's the French expat (an accomplished classical violinist) who hauls bags of dog food for the huskies that share his backwoods home. There's Bob, who is wearing felt Viking helmets he sews and who wraps birch bark around his bike frame, which appears cobbled together from saplings. Another guy pulls an enclosed bike trailer with a clear-plastic window. (Is he carrying babies in there?)
My neighbor, a Zamboni driver at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, bikes to and from work wearing headphones and white "bunny boots."
With our snotsicles and waxy cheeks, our breath plumes and hulking silhouettes, we might look like members of Capt. Robert Scott's last expedition. But an inner flame fuels us, a deep-down awareness (call it stubbornness or call it pride): What is sport for some is transport for others. Regardless of trends, we are biking cool.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news/20170130/bicyclist-killed-in-whittier-hit-and-run/1 :cry:
By Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/30/17, 9:53 AM PST | Updated: 18 secs ago
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WHITTIER >>Whittier police are looking for the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist then fled the scene Monday.
Police spokesman Officer John Scoggins said the bicyclist died at the scene.
The coroner’s office has not released the man’s name pending notification of his next of kin. Coroner spokesman Craig Harvey described the bicyclist as a Latino in his mid 40s from Whittier.
A woman driving a newer model Lexus hit the bicyclist in the 9100 block of Calmada Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Scoggins said the car was last seen heading west on Lambert Road.
Police described the suspect’s car as a pearl-colored 4-door Lexus with tinted windows and black-and-white paper plates. The car should have front end damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Richard Jensen at 562-567-9261, Officer Esteban Medina at 562-567-9259 or the Whittier police Crime Tipline at 562-567-9299.

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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://www.wfmj.com/story/34408080/bike-riding-now-legal-in-downtown-youngstown :shock:
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -
You are now legally allowed to ride your bike in Downtown Youngstown.

Since 1974, it's been against the law to ride bicycles and motorcycles along Federal Plaza, but the rule hasn't been enforced for years.

When city leaders learned the law was still in the books, they felt it was time for an update.

“Downtown is thriving, ready for more business and ready for more growth,” said councilman Julius Oliver. “And at the same time, adding some things that some people in the community that don't have cars, or like to ride their bicycles more frequently, or rollerblade, or what have you, as we're putting in this bike path, we just wanted to basically make sure everything was working together for the greater good of Downtown and the city of Youngstown.”

Council also gave the stamp of approval to begin moving forward with a downtown resurfacing project. Parts of Federal and Market streets will likely be repaved in late July.

The project is expected to last a couple of weeks and may require some road closures.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://hoodline.com/2017/02/as-sfmta-delays-cyclists-continue-to-wipe-out-on-17th-street-video :x
With Safety Issues Yet To Be Addressed, Cyclists Continue To Wipe Out On 17th Street
Last July, we reported on the dangers posed to cyclists navigating 17th Street's Muni tracks. But six months later, nothing has changed. Just yesterday, another cyclist crashed on the tracks.
"Another day, another SFMTA-caused bike wreck," said neighbor John Entwhistle.
In October, SFMTA spokesperson Ben Jose told Hoodline that he hoped the agency would be able to “share ... proposed designs with the broader community this fall."
Since that story was published, we’ve been in regular communication with SFMTA to find out when such a meeting would take place.

On January 3rd, Jose connected us with Neal Patel, who does community outreach for SFMTA. On January 20th, Patel wrote us saying that SFMTA has been developing proposals to improve safety on 17th Street (particularly between Church and Sanchez streets), and that the agency was planning to hold two outreach events on the week of February 6th to share ideas and hear from the community.
Monday’s meeting was intended to be from 4-6pm near the intersection of 17th and Church streets, and Patel said that he hoped the agency would be able to engage with people as they passed by. That was meant to be followed by a second meeting on Wednesday, to discuss safety issues, draft proposals, and potential solutions with community members.
Patel wrote that SFMTA staff would hand-deliver notices to 17th Street residents announcing the upcoming meetings. But on January 23rd, Patel wrote that the venue for the community meeting “fell through,” and that he was waiting on confirmation for another location.
However, just yesterday, Hoodline was told by SFMTA that next week’s meetings would not be happening. Patel wrote that the agency hopes “to have a meeting very soon."

John Entwistle, who lives on the block and has been championing the safety issue since last year, captured both of the above videos from a security camera attached to his 17th Street home.
He told us that although the rate of cyclists falling down on the tracks ebbs and flows, he's seen a spike in crashes in the past two weeks.
As much as Entwistle sees the Muni tracks, inadequate signage, and narrow street as contributing factors, he noted that double-parked cars and speeding vehicles pose a particular threat to cyclists navigating the 17th Street corridor.
Double-parked vehicles are apparent in both of Entwistle's videos.
"The average speed of cars going down that stretch of road is 27 mph," Entwistle told us. "The posted speed around the school says 'reduce to 15 mph.'"
If you're a cyclist, pedestrian, or resident concerned about the dangers posed by the 17th Street tracks, you can contact the SFMTA using these options.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/02/08/cyclist-dies-north-berkeley-crash/ :cry:
Update, 1:35 p.m. Berkeley resident Chris Lull, who came upon the crash Wednesday morning, posted an account of it in the Berkeleyside comments. It has been republished below.

“I must have been third car on the scene at 7:08 or so, coming up from Gilman, as soon as we turned the corner onto Sacramento, I saw the bicyclist down and the driver out of his car calling for help. I stopped my car in the middle of the … lanes on Sacramento to try to prevent any more cars from coming through. The victim was prone and both legs looked badly broken. He wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. I turned him over to get his airway open, started chest compressions, I didn’t do any rescue breaths because there was just too much blood and I didn’t have a mask. There wasn’t much I could do. Between sets of compressions I kept checking for a pulse, trying to talk to him, rubbing his sternum to see if I could get any response. I told the guy on the phone to tell 911 to send an ambulance as fast as possible.

“I did this for another 45 seconds or so…. The paramedics from Berkeley Fire got there within seconds of that and went to work. The driver was talking to police, there was another car who got there before I did who might have been an eye witness, she left her name with the police, as I did.

“I am speculating but the tendency of northbound cars to merge there, especially when it’s raining and still dark, combined with a bicycle without a helmet, all combined to take a life this morning.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/houston-metro-cyclist-deaths-new-safety-messages-bike-plan :cry:
uring Super Bowl 51 weekend in Houston, two fatalities, both involving a light-rail train and a bicyclist, have shined a spotlight on bike safety in the city, KPRC 2 News reports.


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On Friday morning, a Rice University professor tried to bike through a rail crossing ahead of an oncoming train. Then, during the game on Sunday, a man riding the wrong way on a road turned into the path of the train.
The crashes come as City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan, a 10-year plan created by nonprofit BikeHouston to add more than 500 miles of bike lanes in the city. While prior to last weekend there had only been two fatalities involving a train and bicyclist since Houston’s MetroRail system opened in 2004, advocates with BikeHouston​ point out that there is an average of five bicyclist deaths a year in Houston, and that many of the city’s roads — including 610 where Sunday’s crash happened — do not have safe infrastructure for cyclists.
In response to the fatal crashes, MetroRail put out public service announcements hoping to create more awareness around safety, and authorities say they’re looking to see if there are better ways to improve safety.
The Houston Bike Plan also calls for the city to investigate the role street design plays in fatal bike crashes. This week, in a statement urging passage of the plan, BikeHouston outlined just how follow-ups to such fatalities can be better handled.


Following each death, the City and other officials should start an investigation asking: “Why did the death happen?” A full investigation should be done that includes, how could the designs of these roads and intersections be improved? Does an alternative route need to be provided? What were the human mistakes and how do we change the road design to make it harder for these mistakes to happen? … Beyond the direct answer of always stop for trains, what are the underlying and contributing factors in these cases? Regarding the 610 crash: Why was a person riding a bike on the 610 feeder road? Can we provide a safer route through this part of town? Regarding the Sunset crash: How can this complex intersection be simplified? How can the signals be improved to result in more compliance with the signalization?

Safe street advocates across the U.S. argue that putting the onus on pedestrians and cyclists to avoid being hit by cars or trains is part of the problem, and that cities should instead focus on building streets that pedestrians and cyclists can use without putting their lives at risk.
Additionally, white, middle-class cyclists often have better access to safe streets than cyclists of color or lower-income riders, and public forums on these issues can be exclusionary. When working on its plan, BikeHouston aimed to tackle this issue by visiting roads in early morning commuting hours and talking to a diverse range of cyclists directly.

“If you’re only holding public meetings, who is able to hear about the meeting and take the time out of their day to attend?” Mary Blitzer of BikeHouston said in 2015. “Who is going to feel like the process will actually benefit them based on the incredibly racist history we have in the United States?”
City Council will vote on the plan later this month.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:31 pm

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2017/02/13/police-investigate-traffic-fatality/97853860/ :cry:
Police investigate traffic fatality
Sheyanne N Romero , Visalia Times-Delta 9:56 a.m. PT Feb. 13, 201
A man is dead after being hit by a semi-truck while riding his bike, police said.
Officers responded just after 6 a.m. to a traffic collision on Monday near Houston Avenue and Lovers Lane.
When officers arrived, they found a bicyclist dead on the street....
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby LockH » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:43 pm

[Yawn] Another cyclist killed in traffic. OH. WAIT. It was an electric bike? That's news!

From Singapore 57-year-old man riding electric bicycle dies after accident with car in Hougang:
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/57-year-old-man-riding-electric-bicycle-dies-after-accident-with-car-in-hougang

Article ends:
This is the latest in a "spate" of fatal e-bike accidents.

In November last year, a 62-year-old e-bike rider died after an accident with a tipper truck. Two other e-bike riders - aged 18 and 25 - died in an accident involving three e-bikes and a trailer in October.


In 2015, there were 151 road traffic accident fatalities in Singapore... but that's not a "spate".
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http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article132633489.html :cry:
Middle school student killed in Foothill Farms area while riding bicycle
By Nashelly Chavez
A Foothill Ranch Middle School student was hit and killed this morning while riding his bike in the Foothill Farms area, according to the California Highway Patrol and Twin Rivers Unified School District.
The boy’s death occurred Tuesday morning at Hillsdale Boulevard and Palm Avenue just after 8 a.m., said Chad Hertzell, CHP spokesman. The intersection is about 1 mile southwest of the middle school. The teen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Muheebullah Rajabi, 13, of Sacramento. The incident happened before classes start at Foothill Ranch, according to the school’s website.

Hertzell said the boy was riding on the southbound sidewalk of Hillsdale Boulevard near Palm Avenue going northbound when a car was pulling out of a 7-Eleven parking lot. The driver was trying to make a right turn when he hit Rajabi. The 13-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hertzell said two other boys, one of which was possibly Rajabi’s brother, were also riding on bicycles at the time of the incident. The driver tested negative for drugs and alcohol and was cooperating with officers, he said.
“I would emphasize not wearing a helmet likely led to this boy’s death,” Hertzell said. “If he was wearing a helmet, he would likely to be alive today.”
Hertzell said the law requires people younger than 18 to wear a helmet.
A team of chaplains, school psychologists and counselors were on hand at Foothill Ranch to help students and school staff, the district said.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby Chalo » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:01 pm

This is a major reason why I don't wear a bicycle helmet. It's not for protecting cyclists; it's never been very good at that. It's a prop for motorists to use when blaming the victim, and a propaganda tool to make cycling seem dangerous. Lack of a helmet doesn't kill. Cars kill.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

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http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/chp-seeks-witnesses-to-fatal-bike-crash-on-highway/article_a45cdbd0-5178-51e9-8d98-8861e750c029.html :cry:
And:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article132851744.html :cry:
By Bill Lindelof
A bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Wednesday north of Yuba City, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The 77-year-old still-unidentified bicyclist was declared dead at the scene about 4 a.m. on East Onstott Road north of Pease Road. His damaged bicycle was nearby.
Evidence found at the scene indicates that the vehicle that hit him may be a late 1980s or early 1990s GMC or Chevrolet pickup or sport-utility vehicle. The hit-and-run vehicle likely has front-end damage, including a broken headlight and broken right-front running light.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Yuba-Sutter CHP office at 530-674-5141.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:02 pm

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article133910944.html :cry:
By Andrea Figueroa Briseño
A man died Monday afternoon at Community Regional Hospital after he was hit by an Amtrak train in southeast Fresno.
The incident happened around 1:20 p.m. near East and California avenues. The train was heading southbound when an unidentified man who was headed east went around the crossing arms with his bike and was hit by the train, said Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez. The victim was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Gomez said the train would continue on its way within a few minutes. No other information was immediately available.
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Re: Bike Friendly City?

Postby The fingers » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:21 am

http://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/bicyclist-fatally-shot-northwest-arizona-after-altercation-motorist-passengers :cry:
By DAVE HAWKINS
SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Police are investigating a homicide following a deadly altercation between a group in a vehicle and a bicyclist in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Department spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said gunfire erupted around 5 p.m. Monday after a confrontation between four people in an older-model Honda Civic and a man on a bicycle on the 500 block of Riviera Boulevard.
Police officers arriving on the scene found the bicyclist, 33-year-old Juan Pedro Flores, dead. Witnesses said the occupants of the Civic — three males and a female — sped away after the shooting.
Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said a reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest in the killing.
Anyone with information may call the Bullhead City Police Department at 928-763-1999 or Mohave Silent Witness at 888-227-8780 to remain anonymous.
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