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It was never acceptable that people got hurt and killed in motor vehicles, but we now have the technology to drastically reduce traffic fatalities.
Operating a motor vehicle is not a right, its a privileged, and we need to take the safety of the operation of motor vehicles more seriously. Because lets be clear, the vast vast majority of traffic fatalities are caused by big heavy fast moving pieces of metal operated by people who are very bad at operating big heavy fast moving pieces of metal.
This is not to say that everyone is a bad driver, but that no one is a good driver. Human beings didn’t evolve to drive around in cars, and as such we lack many of the skills that one would need to operate them effectively. Combined with our penchant for drinking, falling asleep, texting, and other distractions behind the wheel and you end up with a murderous rampage killings tens of thousands of people every year.
The “freedom” provided by owning and operating motor vehicles in the way we do currently is not worth the cost in human lives. There are a host of well tested and proven methods shown to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities, all we need to do is enact them in our city. Speed reduction, automated cars, better enforcement, better infrastructure, driver education, and many more. Start with the easy ones, and work your way up to the hard ones. It’s time we stop allowing those we love to die needlessly.
Tags: no more deaths, vision zero
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My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy.
A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester.
Two cars crashed at the intersection of Talbot and New England Streets. A young man on a bike was struck during the collision. One badly damaged BMW remained at the scene while the second car fled.
Police say they found the second car on Wednesday morning. The suspect and driver of that car, 27-year-old Gregory McCoy of Dorchester, was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but and charges were expected to be filed later on Wednesday in Dorchester District Court.
The charges include two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and one count of motor vehicle homicide. The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.
One witness, Cheline Garcia, says she heard the crash around 10 p.m. and rushed out to help. She performed CPR on the victim, who she said had a pulse but later died.
“The scene was just horrible. You can’t even explain how bad it was,” Garcia told FOX25. “He was breathing he didn’t know what was going on I told him the paramedics were on the way.”
More info when I get it.
They have released the victems name:
Prosecutors did not identify the teen, but family and friends identified him as Fritz Philogene, 18, a sophomore at West Roxbury High School. (via)
The driver didn’t have any license.
Tags: cyclist killed, death, Dorchester, hit and run, teen
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Here are some bike jobs, so you can bike, while you job!
Live in Boston and love bikes?
If you are interested, please complete the form below. If you have questions or other suggestions for our shoot, email [email protected].
Tags: bike jobs, get paid!
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After a year off the race is back for its third year.
One will go by bike, one by T, one by car, one by Hubway, and one by any which way: That’s the description of tonight’s annual Rush Hour Race, a fun event to determine the fastest way to get from A to B in Greater Boston.
The Boston Cyclists Union and the Somerville Bicycle Committee are putting on the third annual Rush Hour Race tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at the corner of Beacon and Somerset streets in Boston. Racers will converge on Brass Union Bar, located at 70 Union Square in Somerville. It’s expected to last approximately one hour.
For the 2012 and 2013 Rush Hour Races, biking and the T won, respectively.
Spectators can begin gathering at Brass Union Bar at 5:30 p.m.
Its very interesting to see this years route, as I basically commute this exact route every day. On a good day I can do it in less than 20 minutes on bicycle (following all the traffic rules). I know of no other transportation means that can beat that. We will see how this years racers do.
Tags: bikes rule!, rush hour race
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This sounds awesome! A bike co-op where you can use the tools, and the collective information of the folks around you for a very reasonable price.
The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative where members of the community can repair their own bikes, learn about about bike repair and attend bike events. The SBK located in a 190 sq. ft. space just outside of Davis Sq. The space is managed by four volunteer staff members and is open to the public and members for drop-in hours one night a week.
Presently, the space is open to the public and members from 6pm to 9pm every Tuesday evening. We are just getting started and are working toward having having more drop-in hours. Bike stands and tools are available on a first come first serve basis.
Tags: bike, bike kitchen, co-op, somerville
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For most of us, every week is bike week, but it is rather nice that they make a special week just for us! Hit the website below for a list of events, as well as where you can get all the free bike breakfasts!
Bay State Bike Week: May 9th – 17th
Every May Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. From Cape Cod to the Berkshires participants organize events like film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals and more to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.
It is fitting that Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week, given our long history of biking. From Worcester’s bike racing champion Major Taylor to the world-famous Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament, the love of biking has deep roots.
What’s New for 2015?
Win Raffle Prizes! – This year, we’re adding some exciting options for our event participants and event organizers. Every day, Bay State Bike Week participants will have the option to log their bicycling trip in NuRide – the nation’s largest ridematching and incentive program for individuals who take green trips- and be entered to win a daily raffle prize. Whether you’re starting your own event or joining an existing one, let’s PUMP up those events, log your bike trips in NuRide, and make this the biggest Bay State Bike week ever!
How Do I Get Started?
Plan An Event – We hope that you’ll plan a bike event in your community during Bay State Bike Week. There are a lot of resources on how to do it. Once you have the details down, be sure to register your event.
Register Your Event – Click on the link to register your event. Be sure to provide as much information as you can for those who are looking to participate in Bay State Bike Week events in their community.
- This year we want to stress the importance of bicycle safety. By completing the materials request form you can receive:
- Bike Lights
- Reflective Ankle Bands
- Reflective Stickers
- Bike Bells
Materials can be ordered by clicking here once you have submitted an event. We always do our best to fill a request, but please keep in mind that we have a limited quantity of materials that need to be distributed statewide.
Join An Event – Not ready to start your own event? That’s ok! Join an existing event in your community. Check out the calendar to find one close to you.
Share the Logo – In an effort to keep the message going, we ask that you share our logo on your promotional items, website, and printed materials.
For more information, contact Becca Cyr at [email protected]
Tags: 2015, Bay State Bike Week
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Free snacks from The Bicycle Belle!
Tags: bicycle belle, free snacks
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For the last couple of days I have been seeing cyclists in packs standing in front of a Cambridge cop getting a lecture about why they shouldn’t run red lights, some even being issued warnings/tickets.
They usually hide out at the same spots (near the Longfellow bridge, at the corner of prospect and mass ave, various other places), and if you are clever (or just paying attention), you can always see them waiting to catch people who break the law.
A lot of people hate this, but I LOVE it. I have written ad nauseum about the problem with the road culture here, Boston road users do things that people in other areas simply don’t, including running red lights, running stop signs, j-walking, speeding, not using signals, and in general being huge jerks. The only thing that people seem to value is their time, so forcing them to pull over and get a lecture, a warning, or a ticket wastes their time, and I think generally makes them less likely to do the bad behavior again.
I have seen plenty of (almost exclusively) Cambridge cops pulling over cars, and cyclists and giving them tickets/warnings. But there is one user group that always escapes the targeted enforcement, pedestrians.
It’s time for this to change. Pedestrians need targeted enforcement, the same way cyclists and motorists do. If you don’t believe me simply go to any street corner and watch them break just about every law that is breakable. Downtown Boston, near any T-stop, and a million other spots you would talk yourself hoarse giving warnings to J-walkers. They are a danger to themselves, and others, but they hate being bothered, and maybe just maybe they would knock if off given enough warnings.
I love targeted enforcement, I love it when I see red light runners getting warnings, and tickets being issued, its long overdue to include pedestrians in the group of road users being targeted for enforcement. In theory this should already be happening (see here), but in practice pedestrians are never targeted, we will never change the road culture of Boston until we educate all user groups equally.
Tags: bad behavior, pedestrians, targeted enforcement
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