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From the Upper Merion Police Department’s Facebook page:

Unlike the story we reported on yesterday, this apparent hit-and-run crash was not covered by TV media. It was picked up only by Mainline Media News.

Unfortunately, this incident does bear a resemblance to yesterday’s -and several others we’ve covered over the years– in that it involves an intersection that was designed for automobile primacy, like the majority of suburban roads nationwide.

While this intersection has marked crosswalks, the crossing length is rather long, there are no shoulders, and it is not clear whether the number of auto lanes marked are what is needed for the area’s regular auto traffic.

The suburbs can be a perilous place to be a cyclist. In 2014, Bicycling Magazine, in attempting to quantify the worst city in the nation for cycling, wrote “the worst city is the suburbs.”

We will continue to shine a light on these crashes, and to advocate to change that paradigm.

Leonard Bonarek

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In 2016, Leonard entered his third career: city planning. Previous to joining Bicycle Coalition, he had 7 years’ experience working in social services, and 10 years’ hard labor in the maritime industry, in addition to several years of intern and volunteer experience with our organization and Neighborhood Bike Works.

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