Bike courier killed on Spring Garden after being run over by SUV
One of the busiest roads for bikers in the city may not be safe enough, advocates say, after a cyclist was killed by an SUV.
This year's Ride of Silence through Philadelphia will be a little bit more somber. The list of local cyclists who have been killed while riding around the city that the annual silent memorial bike ride pays tribute to is one name longer on Wednesday, after the Saturday death of a courier biking to work.
Pablo Avendano, 34, was killed after being struck from behind by a Mitsubishi SUV near 10th and Spring Garden streets around 7:40 p.m. Both the bike and car were headed eastbound. The driver also reportedly ran Avendano over, and remained at the scene. No charges were announced against the driver as of Monday morning.
Avendano worked as a bike courier for the food delivery app Caviar and Sparrow Cycling Couriers. He was reportedly on his way to work at the time of the crash.
"Our dear friend and rider Pablo who was hit and killed on his bike last night on spring garden," Sparrow wrote in an Instagram post. "He was a teacher, an activist, a great rider, and a true friend to all of sparrow, the messenger community, and Philly as a whole."
This is for our dear friend and rider Pablo who was hit and killed on his bike last night on spring garden. He was a teacher, an activist, a great rider, and a true friend to all of sparrow, the messenger community, and philly as a whole. He spent all of yesterday helping run our alleycat checkpoint, guiding people to their next stop. He was instantly friends with everyone he meant. He’d talk to you like you were the only person that mattered in that moment and was truly a special special person. He will be very missed. We’re closing for the day, feel free to stop by the sparrow office today if you want company or want to talk. Rest in power bud, we love you forever #725
Spring Garden has painted bike lanes crossing almost all of Philadelphia. It is "the most-ridden east-west bike lane north of Center City," according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP).
5-11-18 Pablo Barbanegra, 34, Philadelphia
5-3-18 Dean Pryor, 58 Burlington Twp., NJ
2-15-18 Lela Cruz, 8, Camden
12-19-17 Kevin Williams, 56 Bristol, PA
11-28-17 Emily Fredricks, 24 Philadelphia
9-23-17 Unknown M, 80, Philadelphia
9-2-17 Matt Petzel, 50, Lower Southampton, PA
9-1-17 Lorenzo Vasquez, Philadelphia
8-8-17 Josh Goldinger, 14 Lower Makefield, PA
6-24-17 Edward McElrean, 64, Bristol Twp, PA
6-18-17 Unknown Female, Camden