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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.

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