Monday evening, April 2, 2012, another high-profile, expert cyclist was hit riding his bike on the Fahy (New Street) Bridge in Bethlehem. Miraculously, Frank Pavlick, CAR-FREE.ORG‘s Advanced Mechanic Instructor and League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor, avoided serious injury.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Frank attempted to flee. He was quickly apprehended by the Bethlehem Police department because of the quick action of a LANta bus operator who blocked both Northbound lanes of the bridge with his transit vehicle. Another motorist blocked the fleeing driver in from behind. As cyclists we appreciate this show of respect to Frank, who was operating his bike in a strictly legal and optimally safe manner.
All cyclists in Bethlehem are encouraged to stop at red lights, ride in the same direction as other traffic, avoid riding on sidewalks and to use lights at night.
The driver who hit Frank will probably be the first to be charged under the new amendments to the vehicle code to protect cyclists that went into effect the day of the crash. The driver faces conviction on a number of other counts as well.
The Bethlehem Public Works Department has moved ahead quickly with plans to install Bikes May Use Full Lane signs and to repaint faded Shared Lane Markings on the Northbound side of the bridge where Frank was hit. Shared Lane Markings are also now repainted on the Southbound side of the bridge in the right lane where Patrick Ytsma was hit in December of 2011. These projects were approved some time ago. The timeline for these projects moved up in response to this latest near tragedy.
Bethlehem Public Works Department installs Bikes May Use Full Lane Sign and Shared Lane Markings on the Fahy Bridge .
See more about that story and the viral video on the Bethlehem Police Blog,