Cyclist Hit And Killed In Allston

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 12

I am getting reports of a cyclist hit and potentially killed in Allston.

Here are the details I have so far:

Happened around 6:15pm tonight
Corner of corner of Harvard Ave and Brighton in front of Redneck BBQ
some say it involved an MBTA bus
No Helmet
Rider is male, wearing a Red Sox hat
white Giant bike with Knog lights
rider had a new Kryptonite lock on the handlebars

Apparently the ambulance didn’t rush off after loading him in, which means he is either ok, or dead. I am hoping he is ok.

Does anyone else have any information about this incident? More information when I get it.

EDIT: I am getting more reports that the cyclist has been killed, nothing confirmed yet though.

EDIT:

It was fatal sadly.

from here.

A 21-year-old bicyclist was fatally struck by a vehicle in Allston tonight, and authorities are trying to determine if an MBTA bus was involved, police said.

Boston police Officer Neva Coakley, a department spokeswoman, said the man was struck just before 6:30 p.m. near the corner of Harvard and Brighton avenues, and witnesses reported that the vehicle may have been a T bus.

Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesman, said Transit Police are working closely on the investigation with Boston police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, but he declined further comment.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said a prosecutor from the office was at the scene tonight, but authorities have not confirmed that it was a T bus that hit the man.

More than a dozen plainclothes and uniformed Boston police officers were at gathered at the intersection tonight directing traffic and telling pedestrians passing through the busy intersection to move along.

The eastbound lane of Brighton Avenue was cordoned off, just outside Redneck’s Roast Beef, and a twisted white bicycle was visible just off the sidewalk at the corner.

This is tragic, so young. If he was hit by a bus it will be yet another in a string of cyclists killed by large vehicles. This has to stop.

EDIT:More images of the scene here.

Bostonino reports that a bus driver has been taken out of service and questioned:

A 58-year-old MBTA bus driver has been taken out of service while the Boston Police Department and officials from the T investigate the circumstances of a bicycle accident in Allston that killed a man in his twenties.

“A Route 57 bus operator has been taken out of service while police investigators work to establish facts in this matter,” according to T spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “[The driver] is 58, and he has been with the T for six years.”

According to reports, witnesses said an MBTA bus may have been involved in the accident, which happened on the corner of Harvard and Brighton Avenues on Monday evening, just after 6 p.m.

Jake Wark, a spokesman from the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, said the cyclist was killed, but no charges have been filed at this time.

“It is still under investigation,” said Wark, via e-mail to BostInno.

Wark did say, however, it was a “bus and [bic]cycle collision.”

EDIT: Seems the bus driver didn’t realize he had hit the cyclist.

The bus driver was unaware he struck the bicyclist, according to police, but witnesses at the scene said the bus did hit him.

EDIT: Seems it was a BU Student.

Authorities are investigating the facts surrounding the death of a 21-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Allston Monday night, officials said.

“Everybody is still out, and the investigation is still ongoing,” said Neva Coakley, a Boston Police Department spokeswoman.

The accident occurred at 6:36 p.m. on the corner of Brighton Avenue and Harvard Avenue, Coakley said.

News outlets report that the bicyclist was a Boston University student, although BU officials did not confirm this information.

EDIT: NPR Reports that the cyclist was hit by a bus driver, and that the driver may have not known that he hit a cyclist.


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  1. By scrambles on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I work in the patron’s upstairs.
    Ambulance workers were doing chest compressions. Used a breathing bag as well.
    Paramedics showed up 3 minutes after loading him into the vehicle. Lot of blood on the ground after lifting him.
    Looked like man was about 34byears old.
    Detectives are on the scene and so is the crime scene response. Possible hit and run.
    Witness outside said a bus was involved as well, but if so, crime response team wouldnt be here.
    They’re currently scanning the scene for bits of plastic, marks on the bike and tire travks on the crosswalk

  2. By Raf on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rider was pronounce death at emergency room, very sad only 21 years of age.

  3. By BB on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/12/cyclist-fatally-struck-tonight-allston/wVkrTmLCfsxsjnfTyLE1YP/story.html

  4. By [email protected] on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Let the victim blaming begin since he wasn’t wearing a helmet – nevermind whether head injuries were what killed him or a helmet would have done him any good.

    Yet another MBTA bus driver does a hit and run. WHY ARE MBTA DRIVERS GETTING AWAY WITH HIT AND RUNS?!

  5. By John_in_NH on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Bus or not, I doubt a helmet would have done much good (might be wrong though). How about instead of mentioning if the victim had one or not, we instead mention if he was in a bike lane or cycletrack or not (no bike lane here). Also good job wasting money on bike lane helmet decals, could have been used to actually put bike lanes in on Brighton ave and narrow it down to one lane, actually money could have been used to repaint and reconfigure this for a parking protected cycletrack (added to the pot of funds for road reconfiguration since obviously decal funds alone would not be enough). More likely than a helmet to save his life. I ride through here daily, it is very hairy and not pleasant at all. All the best to family on this unneeded death.

  6. By @teeheehee on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think, focusing on putting the cyclist in or outside of a bike lane or cycletrack would end up being used against cyclists in the same way that mentioning helmets does.

    It’s good to bring awareness that there are no lanes/tracks available in unsafe areas, but I don’t want to see more confusion that cyclists are being “unsafe” because they don’t use a lane/track if it is available. FWIW, it’s not mandatory to use a lane/track if one exists, and often it’s safer to be in the lane and away from the door zone.

  7. By KT on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of the helmet use OR the presence of a cycletrack/bike lane, most relevant would be whether the cyclist had lights and/or easily visible clothing.

    That’s something that could make a huge difference in a nighttime situation, and is some actual information that could be acted upon by fellow cyclists. A knog light is not enough if you want to really be seen.

    I am so sorry to hear this story. Are fatalities way up this year or does it just seem that way?

  8. By Y on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    @KT: it’s an extremely well-lit intersection. Whether the rider had lights is likely irrelevant.

    Most of the recent Knog lights are VERY visible.

    We don’t blame pedestrians for not wearing reflecting/day-glo clothing and having lights on them if they get hit by cars. You have no idea whether lights, helmet, or “easily visible” clothing would have helped here. Stop fishing for ways to blame the victim.

  9. By Mark on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like the excessively large bulb out projecting too far into the roadway at the crosswalk left no space for the rider next to the travel lane occupied by a 10′ wide bus. The fault is misguided road designs that show no accident reductions and here likely caused a death. Just recently a cyclist opposed bump outs on a road project after nearly crashing on one. Bump outs should be a maximum of 6 feet into the road, about as far as a parked car. Wide buses, narrow lanes, big bulb outs killed this rider.

  10. By Mark on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    How many cyclists have to get killed by MBTA buses before misguided lane narrowing is stopped and reversed? Achieving a 1 MPH vehicle speed reduction hardly seems worth killing cyclists not given enough room to ride.

  11. By Typing With Helmet On on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for letting us know that you think the cyclist might not have been wearing a helmet. Was he wearing a jacket? What color was his underwear? What was the bus driver wearing on his head? Were any of the bus passengers wearing helmets? What color was their underwear? All of these facts are approximately as relevant as whether or not the deceased was wearing a helmet when he was run over by the multi-ton bus. Give me a break. The helmet fact is something that the cops, the local press and car culture put out there to place the blame on the victim and distract us from relevant facts that would help us prevent fatalities like this from happening in the future (but may also inconvenience motorists and cops). BostonBiker.org should know better than to focus on the helmet. I expect more of this community.

  12. By Y on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The bump-out is virtually even with the parked cars, especially if you’re not riding in the door zone.

  13. By TurkeyWatch on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The curb bulb-out isn’t much (any?) wider than a parked car. You wouldn’t come near it if you’re riding in the proper spot on the street. If anything, it’s easier to deal with because it won’t open a door into you.

    The bulb-outs do make it much easier for pedestrians to cross the street because there’s better visibility for the pedestrians and drivers. Without it, you’d have more cars parking in the cross walk just like they park everywhere else illegally in those two blocks.

  14. By MITGear on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ Mark

    Again you try to blame the death of a cyclist on bump outs. Maybe someone just wasn’t paying attention or being patient? You don’t ride a bike, how would you know what riding in a urban setting would is like? Your anti infrastructure comments on all these blogs around the city, including your rampage against bike lanes in E Arlington, are proof you don’t know what you are talking about and don’t have the best interest of peds and cyclists in mind.

    Thoughts go out to the victim and his friends and family.

    Ride, Drive, and Walk safe.

  15. By Mark on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Too bad you’re wrong. The bump out is as wide as a parked Hummer H1 or bus, if that’s what you drive. The bump out doesn’t enhance pedestrian visibility! The parked cars are all downstream from the corner, thus no blocking – it would only help if motorists were going the wrong way like cyclists do. Turkey doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    Given the choice between riding in the door zone, riding into a bump out, and getting ridden over by a bus, I’d enter the door zone briefly.

    Another possibility is that the cyclist made an illegal right on red from Harvard Street, having to go way wide around the enormous bulb out. The cyclist may not have seen the bus if it was just pulling out from the stop at Blanchard’s. Facts needed however.

    Public opinion has evolved to consider cigarette smoking or driving without wearing a seat belt irresponsible. Lives will also be saved when the same thought is made of people who bike or walk (especially) at night without highly visible clothing and cyclists not using legally mandated head and tail lights. Its simple self preservation empowered by personal action instead of simplistically blaming drivers for everything.

  16. By Diane on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    It’s sad the bicyclist was struck & killed, but
    what about the ones that:
    1.) run red lights/stop signs;
    2.) travel facing on-coming cars;
    & go the wrong way down 1-way streets;
    3.)do not yield to pedestrians;
    4.) weave between cars stopped in traffic;
    5.) fall off bikes into traffic while
    trying to balance;
    6.) swing the handle bars back & forth
    because they cannot steer properly; &
    7.) Wear dark clothes & have no lights @ night.
    Just a few thoughts; I’m sure there are more.

  17. By Erik on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Diane: it’s sad when they get struck and killed too. :-/

  18. By Megan on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Arg. I was THIS close to being hit by a silver line bus last week. Thankfully we were both moving very slowly and I was able to pull my bike up onto the sidewalk. When I went up to the door to say “What the heck?” he claims he never saw me. (Despite it being broad daylight and him passing me before pulling over.)

    We need cycle tracks in as many places as possible and bus drivers need to be trained!

  19. By Charlie on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Mark, you are ridiculous. Stop blaming bump outs for everything. This bump out is designed properly and does not protrude further than parked cars. On Brighton Ave, a cyclist should not be riding that far to the right anyway. The lanes are narrow and he/she should be riding almost near the middle of the right lane in order to avoid car doors opening and to avoid being squeezed by passing cars. So even if the bump out was too wide, it’s irrelevant.

    This is a tragedy, and we don’t know yet what exactly happened. All we know is that the bus driver didn’t realize he hit a cyclist.

  20. By jthandle on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the location of MBTA bus stops played a role in this crash. I ride this route regularly in the winter. At Harvard & Brighton, the bus has a designated stop at the intersection. It pulls to the right to do so, then proceeds to make a left hand turn, cutting across a couple lanes of traffic, cyclists be damned. I think it may be in our best interests to petition the MBTA to prohibit locating bus stops within 40 feet of an intersection.

  21. By Grimlocke on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    We need to demand they release the video footage from the bus cameras.

  22. By TurkeyWatch on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    “The bump out is as wide as a parked Hummer H1 or bus, if that’s what you drive. The bump out doesn’t enhance pedestrian visibility! The parked cars are all downstream from the corner, thus no blocking”. That’s right, the cars are all parked downstream of the bulb which means it’s working. If it weren’t there, you’d have people parking *in* the crosswalk or intersection and thus making it hard to see pedestrians.

  23. By Eoin on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Diane, you note that lots of cyclists ride recklessly, but what’s your point? I’m assuming that you’re a decent person and that you didn’t mean to imply that the victim of this crash deserved what he got. So what are you trying to say, exactly, when you catalogue the transgressions that you observe?

  24. By Emily on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I knew there was a reason I always avoid riding through there. :(

    While I agree that bringing up whether the cyclist had a helmet on is counter-productive, I wouldn’t say the same of bringing up whether the road has bike lanes. It’s probably too soon for the general public to have much of a clear idea of how the accident happened, but discussions of how road conditions do or do not contribute to accidents are absolutely productive.
    That area in particular has a tendency to be especially chaotic, between distracted drivers, careless pedestrians, narrow lanes, heavy traffic, etc. Understanding what happened helps the rest of us avoid the same mistakes, helps planning committees design roads better, and helps advocacy groups argue for safer road design.

  25. By Paul Schimek on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    There’s not enough information to figure out what happened. Where was the bicyclist before the collision? Riding along Brighton or along Harvard? Trying to turn? Because the cyclist apparently had lights, the bus driver did not see the cyclist, and it happened at an intersection, I would bet that it was not an overtaking collision, but had something to do with either bus driver or cyclist not following the signals. But that’s just speculation. As I recall, the wait time at this intersection, especially for those trying to cross Brighton, is long, due to the all-way walk phase and the long crossing distance (although not as bad as the intersection with Comm Ave).

  26. By Rachel_on_a_bike on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think it’s blaming the victim to question whether he had a helmet on. Frankly, I ride through this very intersection 5-6 times a week and see a TON of people without helmets buzzing through the reds- it’s frustrating. I think it has a lot to do with the population that tends to live around here, namely the young and the hip. As has been pointed out, this is a chaotic intersection. Riders have to do more than they usually do to protect themselves in such places, which means obeying the law, wearing a helmet, and waiting for the green. At the very minimum it means waiting for the cross sign and taking your turns with pedestrians to protect yourself from the cars. There is a bike lane on Harvard, but there really should be more space made available and designated for bikes on Brighton Ave. The blame in this terrible incident doesn’t seem to rest in anyone place, but still I think it’s worthwhile for bikers to look inward and examine whether they’re riding recklessly and to make some fixed of their own while the city should encourage drivers/buses to do the same.

  27. By Tzi on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    When are we going to educate the entire public on how to ride, drive and walk together! sure there are drivers that don’t pay attention and cyclists that don’t obey the rules of the road and pedestrians that are impatient and just ‘fall off the sidewalk’ into traffic. However, it seems no one wants to take responsibility for themselves and what they should know. Most people don’t even know hand signals. I believe with all the money going into bike lanes there should be billboards, bumper sticker, street signs that encourage people to pay attention. Whenever I pass a cyclist while driving, I note where they are and am extra precautious about signalling and checking my mirrors. However, nothing burns me more then when a cyclist just blows through a stop sign or turns without a signal. Isn’t it enough we have drivers that do this, wouldn’t you want to be more cautious for your own life?! I feel for this students family and what they may be going through but also for the bus driver and the guilt and regret that he/she will have to work through. An accident is an accident.

  28. By John_in_NH on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well I hear your point on mentioning bike lane etc, however I also feel it is important that it is mentioned since it would be a factor in many cases. (lights are also more important I agree since they are the law, well front at least, helmets are not)

    This stretch is bad and the condition of the road does not help either. When heading east on Brighton (what the cyclist may have been doing) there are some really bad pot holes that you need to avoid or snake through to get by safely. If you have a mountain bike ok, but anything thinner and there is a likelihood of a pinch flat or other damage due to the bad road conditions. I am sure that didn’t help since usually it means swerving further out into the travel lane than you might typically expect.

    The MBTA stop here is also a mess due to turning cars backing up and the bus trying to unload, it is very tricky through here and though I have cycled with the cabbies in central London (terrifying), I still do not feel safe in this area and have had to hop onto the sidewalk.

    Very sad and unneeded death. MassBike and the MBTA need to step up their training, most drivers do a good job (57 is not that bad compared to some routes) and it is still quite tragic.

  29. By Barbara on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Megan, were you biking on the “shared” BRT (bus rapid transit lane) on Washington St. Or were you elsewhere when the silverline bus nearly hit you? Did you notice the driver id number? I think there should be sign on the back of bues directed at cyclists letting them know the drivers cant/won’t see you and to stay back 20 feet or so. Whenever I interact with bueses, I am so weary…they do what they please. The driving is reckless and the MBTA will seemingly always stand behind their drivers. Awful. Tragic.

  30. By dan on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    i am sick and tired of the 57 drivers. not only are they complete dicks and half the time don’t stop when you’ve been patiently waiting for them, they drive carelessly and half the time don’t ever check if anyone’s in the bike lane before they pull over. i’ve been pushed into parked cars at least half a dozen times by 57 drivers alone. it’s very disappointing that this had to happen before they did anything about the recklessness of the 57 bus crew.

  31. By Mark on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    What ever happened to the investigation of the last cyclist to get hit by a MBTA bus and die, Kelsey Rennebohm? Where is the accident report? Did she lose her balance and fall from the sidewalk to the road because she was drunk? Where is the follow-up?

  32. By Andrea on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    So absolutely sad, and pretty damn scary, frankly – I passed that exact spot not more than 5 minutes before this incident. I often choose this route from work to home because it’s well-lit, if incredibly stressful. I ride to and from Cambridge from JP at least 4 out of 5 days, and I feel like I’ve seen all manner of weirdness and danger on the street, everything described above: jackass bus drivers, impatient and unaware drivers, nitwit peds that don’t even look before they step off the sidewalk, cyclists running reds and on the wrong side of the street, you name it. Regardless, this was yet another accident that shouldn’t have happened and I feel for this kid’s family, who must be freaking out right now. Terrible.

    I don’t think there’s a simple solution – obviously driver/rider training is part of it and also better street planning (crap, I’d settle for better quality pavement) – but at the very least we all can continue to be vigilant and cautious, I guess (though of course this is not always fail-safe — recently, I was nearly nailed while turning left to go over the BU bridge by a car (mind you, I was in front of him and signalling the left when the light turned green) who decided to speed ahead and cut me off to get on inbound Storrow Drive.)

    I wish there were more ways to cross the river that didn’t involve taking your life into your hands.

  33. By cc on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Being visible is important for cyclists and pedestrians, but ultimately, creating safe infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, addressing the speed limit and educating all about the laws is necessary to decrease these incidents. Drivers need to be more aware of cyclists and pedestrians rather than constantly blaming them and not leaving enough space to safely pass them. If you insist on driving, give yourself enough time to get where you need to go…be patient and get rid of the rage…cyclists are not slowing you down, other vehicles are.

  34. By Rebecca Albrecht on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I find it very frustrating to hear about a bike fatality, to hear all of the conjecture of what may have happened and then total silence. As a cyclist I want to know about the causes of the accident. Then we can know what the city must do to prevent that from happening again or perhaps it needs to be something I can change about how I am riding, like riding farther out into traffic so a bus or truck will see me.

    I go through that intersection all the time, approaching Brighton Avenue from Harvard Avenue, taking a left onto Brighton Avenue. I have never thought that particular stretch difficult, though maybe Brighton Avenue from Union Square east which I seldom ride on is difficult. When there is a lot of slow-moving car traffic I just ride in the traffic lane because I don’t like riding in narrow spaces between traffic and parked cars. Between Harvard Ave. and Packards Corner there is less traffic, at least at the times of day I use it. I haven’t ridden on it during morning rush hour. I usually take the lane there or ride very slowly, close to the parked cars if needed. I seldom will pass a bus unless it has just pulled over to pick up passengers.

    I think the intersection on Comm. Avenue at the BU bridge is far more dangerous even though there is a bike lane there. I drive a car frequently, and as a driver to take the second right from Comm. Ave onto Carlton Street to do the big loop to go over the BU bridge is very tricky. The driver must find an opening in traffic, while looking out for cars on the right that managed to pull over sooner into the right lane and the driver must avoid bicyclists in the bike lane. It is even more difficult when there is poor visibility during a heavy rain. I don’t think most cyclists are aware of just how dangerous an intersection that is. Also on Cambridge Street heading towards the Charles River, the intersection at the entrance to the Mass Pike is extremely dangerous for cyclists because you get trapped between fast moving cars on your left heading straight on Cambridge Street and cars merging into the right lane to get onto the Mass Pike. It is a route I seldom take on my bike.

    I love bike lanes, but I hate these narrow 5-foot bike lanes that are placed between parked cars and the traffic lane. I would like to see either a road narrowed to one lane from the two that are currently there or keep the two traffic lanes and remove the parking lane and bicyclists be given an eight-foot bike lane. It is time to give bicyclists more of a share of the public space and stop privileging cars. It is not their right to move in an expeditious manner when it interferes with the right of cyclists to move through our public space free from conflict with cars! Painting a bike lane between parked cars and a traffic lane is a simple solution to a problem that needs something better though it may not be politically acceptable.

    Oh, and my Air Zounds air horn has been a life saver for me. It gets the attention of bus, truck and cab drivers very quickly!

  35. By rotaryseven on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    As an ex-delivery driver who used cars mostly, but also a bike for awhile and a moped and a scooter, I have come to the conclusion that riding a bicycle in the night time anywhere is pretty much too dangerous. When I ride my bike in my surburban area, I try to stay on the sidewalk, avoid the city centers and generally just don’t ride much at all. As far as the bump outs and such, I am against anything that takes lanes away from cars and bus and trucks. I think all these supposed traffic calming measures only increase the level of aggression of everyone because of the loss of actual space for manuvering for everyone! As far as bike lanes, in our narrow constricted streets, these bike lanes would end up enroaching on travel lanes again, causing more anger. Bicycling for commuting is a noble cause, but I think we should just bite the bullet and put a lot more bus and subways out there. Especially during the winter months!

  36. By Mark on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Rebecca,

    More truth would save lives but cost the public in lawsuits when road designers or the MBTA admits to errors and learns from them. The guilty would suffer loss to their careers and pensions.

    Bicyclists should get a larger share of public space when their numbers increase in proportion to motorists. The more efficient use of roadway is with motorbikes – the space efficiency of bicycles, but with greater passenger, cargo, distance, and speed capabilities.

  37. By rosirat on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    @rotaryseven – disagree. part of the problem is that cars in the US are oversized and take up way too much space – we’re very aware of it here in this city.

    we also need to be fighting for vulnerable road user legislation that puts liability on the motorist, in addition to requiring vehicles over a certain size and weight to register as “trucks” and require a special license with far more rigorous testing and renewal process. Cyclists who have been commuting for a while know to give larger vehicles and buses plenty of space, but based on my 10+ years of cycling around Boston, I know that the most dangerous/aggressive drivers I encounter are usually in commercial vehicles and trucks/SUVs – with the occasional hotshot yammering on their cellphone in their german luxury car.

  38. By BostonBiker on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    @Mark

    Just doing a simple google search reveals that you have been on a crusade against cycling in this area…which makes me think your comments don’t show a real concern for the victim of this tragic event.

    Your comments, when viewed in the light of your previous online activity, take on a petty cheapness that should embarrass you.

    As far as I can tell nothing you have added to this conversation has been valuable, or genuine.

    Please go away.

  39. By Mark on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Blame the government for ever larger vehicles. More stringent crash regulations result in more material used and greater overall size to enlarge both the buffer space around occupants and the crumple zones which dissipate crash energy. Child car seats are big and make higher vehicles easier for using them. All that protection and weight for highway speeds isn’t so necessary for city cars. Purchasers can have seating for four instead of two at no extra cost, so most choose to. Government also makes four wheels cost as much as two with motorbikes. Motorbikes are the more efficient transportation solution used worldwide, except in North America. Here, they are as unpopular as bicycles.

    Commercial drivers lose their livelihood with license loss so have the greatest motivation for keeping it. If I were trying to thread a large vehicle with cargo weighing 20,000 to 60,000 lbs, getting 3-8 MPG (MBTA buses average 4.7 mpg), I would try to minimize fuel costs of perhaps $0.25 each time I had to brake and $1 each time I had to stop and resume. Then add $50/hour or more for time of driver and vehicle.

    Given that a pedestrian or cyclist has ZERO cost to slow, stop, wait for the right of way, or courteously surrender the right of way to a truck or 50 people in a MBTA bus, some commercial drivers will consider some cyclists, pedestrians, and car drivers selfish, inconsiderate, and oblivious to the costs and many challenges of driving a truck.

  40. By Russ on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    Google search… Now I know way too much about
    Mark. I agree with Boston Biker, he shouldn’t be here.

  41. By V on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    Mark brings up some good points, actually. It’s Boston Biker and his insistence on jumping to conclusions and blaming the driver each time a story breaks that bothers me. You need to be able to see things from other peoples’s POVs.
    Cyclists do not run the world.

    As far as the fallen BC cyclist this past summer, the investigation cleared the MBTA driver and he is now back in action.

  42. By Russ on Nov 15, 2012 | Reply

    If you check on the web you’ll find that Mark
    probably doesn’t ride a bicycle (warning, some sites NSFW), and is very much interested in opposing efforts
    that would improve infrastructure for bicyclists.

    This site labels itself as a “community for cyclists”.
    Mark isn’t one. It is important to see things
    from other perspectives, but members of this
    community are assumed to be interested in promoting
    cycling. We know that cyclists don’t run the
    world, those who ride in traffic regularly generally know that all too well.

    A young man died. We want to know what happened,
    and how the risks can be reduced in the future.

  43. By nanda on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    “Police investigations suggested an MBTA bus did come in contact with Yang, but neither the driver nor the passengers knew anyone was struck. No charges have been filed.”

    http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/15/boston-police-identify-student-killed-bike-crash/SmcZ6FbsjSxl6lINhPyycM/story.html

    So sad. Can you imagine finding out that you killed someone and didn’t noticed? What if you found out that you were a few inches or feet from someone who died and hadn’t noticed? Can you imagine finding out that someone you cared about died and the person who could have easily prevented their death didn’t even notice that your friend/kid/parent/etc was there?

    The bike part is extra. It is sad when people die. It is extra sad when they are young. It is extra, extra sad when death could have been easily prevented.

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