WSGVBC Mourns the Loss of Alan DeanePosted: September 29, 2011
Local musician, actor and cyclist Alan Deane tragically passed away on Thursday September 22nd – his birthday – after being struck by a car while riding across Terrace St. on Colorado Blvd. Alan was an accomplished guitarist and a regular at local community bike events, including the first official WSGVBC Emerald Necklace ride in July. Needless to say, he will be sorely missed.
Alan was also the second cyclist to be killed in Pasadena in less than a week – two days prior Jocelyn Young was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding home to Alhambra on Los Robles south of Cordova – highlighting the dangers facing cyclists in even one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most bike-friendly communities.
Although the exact circumstances of both fatal accidents are still being investigated, the need for safe bike infrastructure is clear, especially in the City’s central business districts where both of the accidents occurred. As a recent article in the Economist magazine highlights, cycling in the United States is significantly more dangerous than in countries that have made the development of safe bike infrastructure a priority.