A sad story to wake up to.
The tribune outdid itself in sloppy writing by stating that a pedestrian was killed until about 9am this morning, a full 10 hours after the accident took place.
This is a nightmare...
I spoke to someone from WBBM newsradio (he called me.)
The cyclist was Jacqueline Marie Michon. She was from Michigan and had been in Chicago for about a year.
Her friends had all come in from Michigan for Lollapalooza . . .they were camping out in her small apartment near Clark and Belmont, and were waiting for her to return. She never did.
I have a name and address for a friend, but no phone number.
More complete info and a face to go with the name (same link as above with updates).
This should be a wake up call for riders dealing with the traffic on ANY city street. We need to respect the potential of the behemoths around us. passing busses oin the right, squeezing twixt parked cars and moving traffic and being very cognizant that every driver within striking distance knows you are there.
We see it all the time: CTA bus approaching an intersection with a bus stop, bike moving slightly faster than vehicles because the right side of the lane is open due to cars bailing left to avoid the bus. Rather than also merging left the biker squeezes twixt the bus and the parked cars/curb to pass the bus (a presence carrying the potential of mass destruction to a body on a bike).
From the early reports this rider put herself in the position between a dump truck and parked cars which was so narrow she lost balance enuf to fall. My contention is the few seconds she gained by not just waiting behind the truck was not enuf to die for. Our daily 'lives' put us in enuf stress and danger we are lucky to greet the morning sun each day. To put ourselves needlessly at risk by manuevers like those I described and others to numerous to mention merely reinforces the anti bike attitude that we fight everyday.
The needless carnage and social backlash is part of the battle our civilization faces in attempting to change the society for the better...
Lets not let this woman pass in vain...learn and grow lets not die in vain for a foolish error.
I agree that we should all learn from our own and others' mistakes in the interest of living long healthy cycling lives, but I think there are a lot of assumptions being made here. I'm pretty sure I've seen all the same reports you have, and I haven't seen anything about squeezing into a narrow space (wouldn't that make her less likely to lose her balance?) We don't really know what traffic was like-- Lollapalooza was letting out and it's possible that truck hadn't moved in quite a while. Or it's possible she was there and the truck came up afterwards. It drives me nuts as well to see cyclists endangering themselves, but in this instance we don't have enough of the details, and probably never will, to make a determination about what exactly caused this.
Yes, very sad. Yes, I've tried to pick up a few seconds/minutes with some questionable riding in the past. A sobering wake up call for me.