The bike was bought new so we may never know how well the bikes brakes were functioning or if Robert knew how to properly manage his front and rear brakes going down a steep hill.
If there is any lesson to be learned from this tragedy it is that stronger bicycle education efforts are needed in our schools. One of the first things that kids are taught in bike education classes such as BCGP's Safe Routes Philly Program is to inspect a bicycle using the ABC Quick Check.
Bike New York's Rich Conroy demonstrates the ABC Quick Check in Bike New York's Savvy Cyclist class.
The Bicycle Coalition extends our sympathies to Robert's family.