Friday, December 09, 2011

Bicycle Safety Advocate Killed in Bethlehem

Lehigh Valley Wheelman member and Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) volunteer Patrick Ytsma died early Thursday morning. He was struck from behind Sunday shortly after sunset by a 79 year old driver on the Fahy Bridge. At the time of the crash he was wearing a reflective vest and helmet. Patrick was a safety advocate and volunteer instructor for CAT.

To date no charges have been filed.

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Services: Tomorrow (Saturday) 11 a.m. at Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th & Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Burial will follow at Fountain Hill Cemetery, in the green section. Bicyclists are invited to follow with their bikes to the cemetery. This will be the very first green burial in the Lehigh Valley.

You can honor Patrick's legacy by signing the petition asking the Pennsylvania Senate to pass HB170 the 4 foot safe passing bill. Your efforts to date have helped kicked this bill out of committee and it is now closer than ever to final passage.

A memorial ride is being planned for sometime in the near future. Our sympathies go out to Patrick's family and we thank him for his service to the bicycling community.