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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bike & Build Cross Country Rider Struck & Killed In Alabama

Cross Country Bike & Build Trip Leader Struck & Killed By SUV In Alabama

The Bike & Build community suffered a tragic loss Monday when South Carolina to Santa Cruz trip leader and B&B alumna Christina Genco, 22, of Newton, MA was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding in Alabama.

Christina was an active member of the Bike & Build community, having previously participated in the Boston to Santa Barbara route in 2009 as well as several of the CWM alumni rides.

Christina’s zest for life and passion for the cause made her a beloved member of the Bike & Build family and her passing has left a permanent hole in our lives. More information........

Solomon's words has tracked the Bike & Build riders through the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania for several years. This year, riders will travel to Savona, NY on June 24, to Wellsboro, on June 25th, Coudersport on June 26th, Warren on June 27th, and Franklin on June 28th.

The group that travels through the local area rides from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA, stopping along the way to help with Habitat For Humanity projects and advocating for affordable housing.
The groups usually at the Coudersport Alliance Church overnight in Coudersport.

With all the truck traffic on the road throughout the area this year, please be on the lookout for about 30 bicyclists who are sharing the road with you on the dates above and help make their ride a safe one.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Such a tragic loss.
Thoughts and prayers out to all.

The PSP & local law enforcement should contact all the drilling companies and make them inform all their employees of this upcoming event.

Anonymous said...

Such a sad loss.

Although it would be nice to have the man power to contact any person/company who might be on the road during these dates, that's impossible and not the responsibility of law enforcement.

Notifications such as this are all that can be expected.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is partially the responsibility of the car drivers; but have you seen how reckless many of these bike riders are. They are riding on roads that the speed limit is 55 MPH and they often ride the curb line. Sometimes it's not safe as a car driver to pull into oncomming traffic to spare the other persons life.

Anonymous said...

One of the greatest dangers to riders in PA are the grooves that have been cut into the roads along the white lines. As a rider, I find that most are sensitive to bikers, even the truck drivers. Although I try to stay to the right as far as possible, poor payment and grooves don't always allow me this ability. When I ride, I am trusting drivers to respect my space and can only pray that they do. The Habitat for Humanity riders will be arriving at the Alliance Church on the 26th. They have always been a great group to host and I would invite anyone out to meet them.

Anonymous said...

I would ask that you consider slowing down until it is safe for ALL road users before passing the cyclist. You do not need to endanger yourself or others by passing too fast or pulling into the other lane when traffic is on-coming.

Troy said...

My toughts and prayers go out to this group. I have had the oppertunity to work with this group the last several years while working at the Alliance Church and i can tell you how greatful they are to be able to stay with us.May the Lord bless all of you as you travel and keep you safe!!! People as you travel on these dates beware of these riders!!!