Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Transportation

Bicyclists stage rolling memorial past scene of recent St. Pete fatality

St. Pete Bike Co-op organized the ride in memory of Anne McLaughlin, killed Sept. 19, and all cyclists and pedestrians who have died on the streets.
Dozens of cyclists gathered Saturday morning for a ride organized by the St. Pete Bike Co-op in memory of Anne McLaughlin, a 25-year-old woman struck and killed by a motorist as she crossed at a flashing beacon along a bike-friendly stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King St. N. [LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Published Sep. 28
Updated Sep. 30

ST. PETERSBURG — Bicyclists dying on local streets is an all too common tragedy, but the recent death of Anne McLaughlin was all the more painful because she was struck and killed along a stretch of roadway that had been reworked for safer pedaling.

On Saturday morning, St. Pete Bike Co-op organized a memorial ride for the 25-year-old McLaughlin past the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, where she was killed Sept. 19 while crossing at a flashing beacon.

The ride also memorialized all cyclists and pedestrians who have become casualties of the street.

RELATED STORY: Bicyclist is struck, killed while using St. Petersburg crosswalk

The ride began in downtown St. Petersburg with a moment of silence. Participants were encouraged to wear wear helmets and white clothing, use bike lanes, stop at lights, and keep a slow pace.

Jeff Allen, a coworker and friend of Anne McLaughlin, talked about McLaughlin before the start of a ride in her memory Saturday morning. McLaughlin, 25, was struck and killed by a motorist while pedaling Sept. 19. ["LUIS SANTANA | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

T-shirts delivered messages central to the Co-op’s drive to stop bicycle deaths: “Slow down, save a life,” and, “Don’t run me over.”

Brian Doughty Jr., 34, was driving the white Chevrolet that hit McLaughlin, St. Petersburg police said. Doughty stopped after the collision and has cooperated with the investigation. A crash report still is being finalized, police said.

The city of St. Petersburg spent close to a $1 million to resurface Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street between 4th and 30th avenues last year.

The project included adding extra-wide bike lanes on both sides of the road, along with a painted buffer separating them from traffic.

A memorial ride Saturday morning for Anne McLaughlin began with a moment of silence. McLaughlin was struck and killed Sept. 19 while pedaling along a bike-friendly stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. ["LUIS SANTANA | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

The city also installed new crosswalks with flashing beacons along the same stretch.

McLaughlin was hit and killed while riding in one of those crosswalks, near Rollin’ Oats market in 2800 block of North King Street.

McLaughlin was the 10th bicyclist to die in St. Petersburg since 2011, according to city data.

This was the first fatality on King Street during that time, and the first to occur in a crosswalk.

Only one of the 10 bicyclists who died was using a bike lane. That collision involved a drunk driver.

Correction: Brian Doughty Jr. is 44. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect age.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Cars back up at a Tampa intersection last October, not long before Hillsborough County voters approved a one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. This week, local officials detailed how the money would be spent, if the tax survives a legal challenge before the Florida Supreme Court. URSO, CHRIS  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Local governments have plans for $527 million in projects. But the Florida Supreme Court would need to clear the way.
  2. The Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee. SCOTT KEELER  |  Times
    The Tampa Bay Partnership, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. filed a brief in the Florida Supreme Court.
  3. The Florida Department of Transportation is installing lights on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as part of a $15 million project. During tests this weekend, engineers will illuminate the bridge in a pink hue to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. Courtesy of Florida Department of Transportation
    The Florida Department of Transportation is lighting up the span this weekend to commemorate breast cancer awareness month.
  4. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hoping to secure a $21.8 million federal grant to help pay for a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. St. Petersburg City  Council approved an interlocal agreement Thursday supporting the project. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
    Pinellas transit officials hope the project will get a federal grant in 2020. However, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena still oppose it.
  5. The Cross Bay Ferry, Provincetown III leaves the Vinoy Yacht Basin in January with passengers headed to Tampa. For departure times and fares for this season, which will go from Nov. 1 through April 30, check thecrossbayferry.com. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Now in its third year, the ferry will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with service for every Tampa Bay Lightning home game.
  6. Col. Jennifer Crossman smiles as Boomer, a 5-year-old dog, sits in the passenger seat of her car during the firefighter challenge at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. [Times (2016)] Tampa Bay Times
    Uber customers can now be connected with willing animal chauffeurs — for a fee.
  7. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Pasco County's long-range transportation plan no longer includes a proposed sales tax increase.
    The federally required plan guides transportation needs and expenses through 2045.
  8. Ryan Cummings, 23, of Tampa, left, and Alex Frey, 25, also of Tampa, rent Spin electric scooters from a corral located along Zack Street Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Tampa. Electric scooter companies Spin, Bird, Lime and Jump were being deployed within the next few weeks according to a tweet from the City of Tampa on Sunday. Campbell and Henigan spent a couple of hours Tuesday trying the electric scooters. Frey and his friend Ryan Cummings rented two scooters during their lunch break. "We are going to Armature Works, we couldn’t do that without these." said Frey. CHRIS URSO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Plus the most bizarre incidents of electric scooter vandalism around the city.
  9. The traffic signal for eastbound traffic on Drew Street at McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Image by Archive
    A reader wonders why the sign at the end of Bayside Bridge instructs trucks heading north to exit during specified hours rather than stay on the bridge.
  10. In this Feb. 23, 2015 photo, a car is hauled from a canal in West Palm Beach, Fla. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he died. Palm Beach County has over 300 miles of canals, built to move water. Since 1997, 181 people have drowned in vehicles that ended in canals. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP) LANNIS WATERS  |  AP
    Of the nearly 1,100 people nationwide who died from 2013 to 2017 when vehicles went into water, 1 in 6 died in Florida.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement