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In an effort to make it more like downtown crossing Newbury Street will be closed to cars one day next month (Aug 7th).
The city’s decision to shut down Newbury Street to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Aug. 7, is drawing mixed reactions from the Back Bay’s business community, with some representatives steadfast against the idea and others enthusiastically embracing this first-time initiative.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., “Open Newbury Street” will transform the full width of the street from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue into a pedestrian-only walkway. Parking will be restricted beginning at 8 a.m., with signs posted to inform drivers of the change, according to a press release.
Michele Messino, executive director of the Newbury Street League, said a recent survey showed that 82 percent of its membership is opposed to the idea, however.
I love it, but not everyone is so into it. Perhaps they should read some of the research that shows that pedestrian and bicycle customers buy a lot more stuff, and that parking is actually costing us all a lot of money.
Tags: Car free, good idea, Newbury
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In a rare turn of events a motorist was actually sentenced to jail time for killing a cyclists. All it took was him being drunk and driving without a license. Nothing will bring back young Fritz Philogene, but at least justice has been served in some small way. My heart goes out to the family.
A Dorchester man who admitted he was drunk when he took the life of a teenager waiting to cross the street with his bicycle was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office reports.
Gregory McCoy, 27, pleaded guilty to manslaughter while operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision causing death, and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury for the death of Fritz Philogene, 18.
According to the DA’s office:
Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning would have introduced evidence and testimony to prove that McCoy was driving a friend’s 2012 Cadillac CTS at a high rate of speed in a residential area as he approached the intersection of Norwell Street and Talbot Avenue on the night of May 19, 2015. The Cadillac slammed into the rear of a BMW stopped at a red light, sending both vehicles careening through the intersection just before 10:10 pm.
Philogene, who was at the corner with his bicycle and apparently waiting to cross the street, was struck and died at the scene. Henning would have proven that Philogene’s fatal injuries came as a result of McCoy’s actions.
The crash also injured the 33-year-old driver of the BMW and McCoy’s passenger, a 26-year-old Quincy man who owned the Cadillac.
The evidence would also have shown that McCoy extricated himself from the badly-damaged Cadillac and fled the scene on foot, leaving a blood trail from the vehicle’s final resting point to his neighborhood.
Tags: cyclist killed, Dorchester, Fritz Philogene, hit and run, justice
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As we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.
Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.
A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding her bicycle in Inman Square, a four-way intersection often jammed with cars, pedestrians, MBTA buses, and bikers, authorities said.
Amanda Phillips of Cambridge was struck by a landscaping truck at 12:17 p.m. at the intersection of Hampshire and Cambridge streets, said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christopher Burke in a statement Thursday night. Phillips was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, they said.
“She was really one of the sweetest, smartest clients that I have,” Pinho said. “She was a really gentle girl.”
Phillips worked full time as a barista at Diesel Cafe in Somerville, had graduated from Harvard University, and planned on pursuing a career in health care, Pinho said.
The Diesel Cafe owners lamented Phillips’s death in a statement.
“We are all heartbroken,” Jennifer Park and Tucker Lewis said. “She was an amazing friend, employee, co-worker and human being. We are sure that the world is a little less without her.”
Phillips was a student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school in Charlestown founded by Mass. General, according to her Facebook page.
“She really loved to exercise. That was her big thing,” Pinho said, adding that Phillips also doted on her two pets, a dog and cat.
My heart goes out to her friends and family, we must not rest until our roads are safe for all users.
EDIT: I am getting reports that Amanda was doored and then flew into the path of a large truck, these are unconfirmed, but if true mirror what happened last year when a cyclists was doored and then hit by a bus.
The solution for this must be better designed bike lanes that have a barrier between the parked cars, the cyclists, and another one between the cyclists and the moving traffic. If there is not enough space for this infrastructure remove the on-street parking.
Our goal should be less car use, not more. All the research shows its better in so many ways. We can not continue to allow people to be killed by lazy people failing to look behind them before opening their god damn car door.
Tags: amanda phillips, cyclist killed, death, inman square, tragic
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Yet another potentially deadly interaction between a large truck and a cyclist. I hope she recovers.
More info when I get it.
Cambridge police are asking the public to stay clear of a portion of the Inman Square area as they investigate a crash between a cyclist and motor vehicle.
According to a tweet from the department’s account, the incident happened at the intersection of Hampshire and Cambridge Streets, in the heart of the square.
Jeremy Warnick, a spokesman for the department, said the crash occurred just after noon Thursday. He said the victim, a 27-year-old Cambridge woman, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
“From my understanding she is undergoing surgeries at this stage,” he said.
The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, but Warnick said the vehicle involved in the incident — a landscaping truck — remained on scene.
Tags: inman square, serious crash
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Lynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it). Looks like things are going well for the effort:
Tags: boston, hearing, speed limit
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This guy is making things happen in Dorchester, seems like an awesome guy! I used to live in the very very (very) southern point of Dorchester, and while its gotten better for cycling down there, its not nearly as good as it needs to be.
More great info on Noah and his message here. He is really talking about the real issues behind cycling, as a transit option, and as a life changing technology for low income folks. I hope the city will pivot to focusing on the neighborhoods that most need these kinds of infrastructure improvements and where they will do the most good economically.
Tags: awesome, Dorchester, noah hicks, NPR, video
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Hurray! Looks pretty awesome too:
The recent removal of rusty rail tracks behind his home on Beacon Street, as they were dragged out whole by heavy equipment after the wooden ties were removed, was “like watching two large snakes going by all the houses,” according to Barry Clayman.
The activity marked the beginning of the long-awaited Cape Cod Rail Trail extension through Dennis and Yarmouth.
This will be a great money maker for nearby business as well, as tourists on bike will be hungry and thirsty.
Tags: cape cod, extension, rail trail
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We managed to get really good safety ratings as well!
For the second time in a row, Boston and Washington D.C., have topped a biannual report for the share of commuters who bike or walk to work in the 50 most populous U.S. cities — but this year, D.C. has narrowed the gap between them to a dead tie.
According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2016 Benchmarking Report — a breakdown of non-vehicular mode share in the U.S. released this week — 16.7 percent of both cities’ commuters bike or walk to work. That’s a 2 percent increase in D.C. since the 2014 report, with Boston’s rates unchanged in the same time period.
Tags: boston, number one, tied
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