A 24-year-old pastry chef was killed in a tragic bicycle accident while riding her small-wheel commuter bike to work. Emily Fredricks had originally planned on becoming a doctor, but she chose a more creative career instead, and had worked in a resort area of New York and at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida before coming to Philadelphia for a job at a popular French restaurant. The young woman was riding in a dedicated biking lane at 7:25 in the morning when she was struck and killed by a private garbage truck.
Though the driver of the garbage truck was not immediately blamed by Philadelphia police for the fatal bicycle accident, investigators said that they were looking at whether he was distracted at the time, using a cell phone or whether he had failed to yield. According to Sarah Clark Stewart, the executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the death was the third between a cyclist and a vehicle in the city in 2017, and the 26th since 2010. Seven of those have involved trucks. She commented that the city had promised to repaint the bike lanes on the city’s dedicated biking streets but had not yet done so. She also called on the city to make the lanes less dangerous by constructing flex barriers or protective curbs that have been successfully installed in other cities with large commuting populations.
Philadelphia Bike Community Calls for Better Safety After Bicycle Accident
Philadelphia has a large population of cycling enthusiasts, and in the last several years has enhanced its road infrastructure to provide bikers with greater safety, but many in the community point to this latest fatal bicycle accident as an example of why more needs to be done. According to an interview with Ms. Fredricks’ mother, her daughter made a point of using the dedicated biking roads where available, even if it meant going out of her way.