• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 2s

Cycling community reacts to losing one of their own

By Bonney Bowman 9:23 AM January 3, 2014

"It gives you pause whenever a biker goes down"

ANCHORAGE - The broken bike lying at the side of the road was a sobering sight for cyclist Eric Lespin.

“I was discouraged when I came by this afternoon and saw the police cars and a bike laying on the side of the road,” he said. ”It gives you pause whenever a biker goes down.”

Lespin said he bikes the Northern Lights Boulevard corridor every day and has never been hurt.

But Thursday afternoon, police said another cyclist was riding across Northern Lights Boulevard near Minnesota Avenue when they were struck and killed by an SUV. Officers reduced traffic to one lane for three hours while they tried to figure out what led to the deadly collision.

Lespin has his own theory about what might have happened.

“There’s a place where there’s no sidewalk on the other side of the street so you have to come over to this side and when you reach this area near Carr’s, then you go back over to the other side of the street,” he said.

APD noted there’s a pedestrian bridge and a marked cross walk, both within sight of the accident scene.

Several other cyclists passing by the crash site Thursday evening said they felt the area was dangerous.

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    Kick, push: Alaskan streetwear brand exposes Anchorage’s skateboard culture

    by Sierra Starks on May 03, 2:23

    Kicking, pushing and coasting on a skateboard is all 22-year-old Taylor Goldade thinks about. So much so, that he spends his hard-earned paychecks on two things — bills and skate gear. Goldade, who’s lived in Alaska for most of his life, happened upon skateboarding after school sports didn’t work out. There was just one problem trading […]

  • Sports

    East High girls cruise to 5-3 win over Chugiak; boys tie 1-1

    by KTVA Sports on May 03, 1:35

    The East Anchorage High School girls soccer team let loose against the Chugiak Mustangs Saturday morning, scoring three goals in the first half and going on to win, 5-3. The boys team could not produce as much offense, tying Chugiak, 1-1. Mickey Victor and Olivia Grant each scored two goals for the T-Birds in the […]

  • Crime

    Kodiak man sentenced after guilty plea in sexual assault case

    by Associated Press on May 02, 18:58

    A judge is sending a man he calls “one of the most dangerous people to come to Kodiak” to prison for attempted assault and coercion. The Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://bit.ly/1I6eZ3r) reports Judge Steve Cole sentenced Robert Zoellner Jr. to 15 years behind bars as part of a plea deal. Six of the years will be […]

  • Crime

    AST: Man arrested after allegedly punching girlfriend’s sister in face

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 02, 17:45

    Troopers arrested a man Sunday on assault and disorderly conduct charges after he allegedly punched his girlfriend’s sister in the face. On April 12, a Kobuk woman reported that “she’d been punched in the face by her sister’s boyfriend,” according to an online Alaska State Troopers dispatch. The woman sustained “serious injuries,” troopers say, adding […]

  • News

    Lt. Gov. Mallott to discuss trans-boundary issues during British Columbia visit

    by Associated Press on May 02, 15:55

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott plans to meet with Canadian officials, tribal leaders and Canadian mining interests during a trip focused on trans-boundary resource issues. Mallott’s visit to British Columbia is scheduled to begin Monday. He said in a release that he looks forward to the trip and seeing the Canadian side of the trans-boundary issues. […]

  • News

    Plans advancing to demolish 3 Anchorage properties acquired for Knik project

    by Associated Press on May 02, 13:18

    The state transportation department plans to move ahead with demolishing three Anchorage properties acquired as part of the idled Knik Arm bridge project. The department, in a release, said the contract to remove the Sourdough Lodge and two adjacent houses was made last September. It says the contract complies with an administrative order last December […]

  • Weather

    Weekend weather forecast, May 2

    by KTVA Weather on May 02, 8:28

  • Sports

    Alaska wrestling championships become family affair for dad and daughters

    by Jake Edmonds on May 01, 22:50

    Todd Cook of Homer is a wrestling coach for the Popeye wrestling team. He and the group joined more than 1,000 wrestlers Thursday for the beginning of the Alaska USA Wrestling Championships at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. But Cook is not just a coach. Once a wrestler in high school, he is now […]