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How To Almost Kill Someone: Right Hook Edition

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

If you drive a car, you need to see this video.  I got this from Ian yesterday.

From Ian

I got right hooked in a bike lane this morning on Beacon St in Somerville,
MA, and got the entire thing recorded on my GoPro.  I called the cops, who
did respond, but basically seemed uninterested in the fact that a motorist
right hooked a cyclist, and in fact the officer told me that I needed to be
more careful!

A co-worker recommended contacting you, and said that you might be
interested in the video to help raise awareness of how dangerous a right
hook is to cyclists.

When making right turns it is not enough to simply turn on your signal, you need to also make sure NO ONE IS IN THE LANE NEXT TO YOU!  Including but not limited to the bike lane.  Just treat the bike lane like a lane for cars, check your mirror, yield to traffic already in that lane, etc.  There was very little the cyclist could have or should have been doing in this situation, he was riding legal down the road, and a car dramatically changed lanes with very little warning.  If you look at the video the signal and the turn happen at the same time, basically this driver flicked on his signal (a rare thing in this town), and began turning the wheel for the turn at the same time.  There is no way he could have had time to check behind him to make sure there was no one in the bike lane.

Luckily the gentleman in this video is ok, but it could have been a lot nastier.  I applaud his calm reaction, I have a feeling I would have flipped my shit.

Another even bigger problem here is the blasé reaction from the cops.  Waiting until someone is killed is not an effective strategy for preventing deaths.  This motorist should have been issues a citation (Ian was unclear about if he was or not), and legal action should be taken against the driver and the company he is driving for.  For every horrific death by right hook there are hundreds of these nail biting close calls, only if the police get serious about reducing these incidents will the deaths be prevented.

With the advent of cheap go-pro style cameras we are going to be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing.  I imagine a future several years from now when a simple USB stick style camera can record a days worth of video, and you would simply strap it to your jacket and use it as a daily commute recorder, if nothing happened that day you could erase the memory and go about your day.  If however some asshole right hooks you, you will have it all recorded.  If you have the money, and you ride often perhaps integrating a personal recording device into your safety gear is not such a bad idea.


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Riding In The Hurly Burly

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 09

Its cold, its dark, its raining sideways.  Welcome to winter in New England.

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Yet on my ride this morning I saw not one, not two, not even 10 riders out there, I saw at least 25+ riders out there, all in full rain kit, all braving the storm with panache.   Yes it was cold, and it was wet, and yes that rain did in fact resemble rain that was coming at you sideways, but in-spite of all that a smile still crept onto my face.

 

With a rain jacket, some rain pants, a plastic bag or two, some water proof gloves you are basically impervious to the elements.  Leaving you time to enjoy the splash of a puddle or two.  You still get to work way faster than anyone else, and you get a free shower out of the deal.  To all the brave rain riders out there today, I salute you!

 

For tips for riding in the elements see here here here here and here.


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Common Wheels End of Season PARTY!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 02

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Thursday, December 4th at 6:00pm – 9:00pm in EST
2 days from now

Come help us celebrate the completion of another amazing season at CommonWheels with a huge party at Wonder Bar on Thursday December 4th! We’ll have three bands of live music, Pabst on tap, and a silent auction/raffle for you to take home some goodies. (oh, and we’re raising dough; this is also our opportunity to help us raise some funds for CW2015)

Bring your friends, bring some $ if you want:
* More Open Shop streetside pop-up bike shops
* More Musical Mystery Rides
* More bike donations for the kids in lower allston
* More learn to rides for the adults of these kids
* More 40 mile rides out to Walden Pond
* More monthly workshop series to teach YOU how to fix YOUR bike!

RSVP on Eventbrite here: http://cwbikesbash2014.eventbrite.com/


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10 StreetTalks In 1 Night!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 02

This annual event by livable streets is awesome check it out!

 

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10 StreetTalks in one night! 4th Annual 10-in-1 StreetTalk.
Tuesday, December 16, 6-9pm
Central Square Theater

 

Ten 7-minute presentations including:

  • John Barros, Boston’s Director of Economic Development, “Lessons from the Netherlands.”
  • Andrew Howard, Harvard LOEB Fellow, “Better Block.”
  • Matthew George, CEO, Bridj.
  • Alice Brown, Boston’s Urban Mobility Project Manager, “Questions Campaign.”
  • Josh Ostroff, T4MA Director of Outreach, “Vote No” campaign.
  • … and more!
Learn about innovative transportation research, start ups, and advocacy stories given by planners, city officials, students, entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders from around the Boston region. Beer and wine for purchase, light snacks provided.

 


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Hubway Cyber Monday Deals

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 01

While the term “black friday” “Cyber monday” and the like make me want to curl up into a ball and cry…I did get this in the mail and thought you might all be into it.

 

Our bikeshare friends to the South, Citi Bike, launched last year and will double in size by 2017, but you can ride NYC now! As a Hubway member, you have access topurchase Citi Bike casual passes and annual memberships at a discount.

 

Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Pick up a 24-Hour or 7-Day pass for yourself!

Have friends in NYC? Grab passes or a membership as a holiday gift.

They make great stocking stuffers!

This offer ends on CyberMonday, December 1, 2014.

Here’s how to grab your Citi Bike passes now:

1) Email Citi Bike’s Meghan Leys at meghanleys@nycbicycleshare.com.

2) Include your Hubway member number. Log in to get it from your profile page.

3) Include the types of passes and quantity you’d like to buy.

You’ll receive a response within two business days with your personalized codes to purchases the passes online or at a Citi Bike station kiosk.

Happy holidays,

The Hubway Team

#HubwayEveryday


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New Bike Lanes On Broadway In Somerville

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 01

Somerville has been doing a lot of work to make the old nasty broadway, into a nice street.  They took out a lane, put in a divider, added larger sidewalks, and now have laid down what appear to be double buffer zone bike lanes.  Sadly the drivers still have not quite learned what to do with them.  But once the bike symbols are down, and they are used more I think they will come around.  (sorry for the poor quality pics, it was late at night)

 

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Cranks Giving!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 20

From the F-book:

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Saturday, November 22 at 1:00pm in EST
Copley Square
Copley Sq, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

First annual Cranksgiving Boston bike ride! Bring a bike, a bag, and a lock. This event is FREE but you’ll need about $15 to buy food to donate to The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, and part bike ride. As a grass roots event, Cranksgiving allows the Boston cycling community to give back to the neighborhoods we ride in and the city we love.

Navigate the streets of the Greater Boston area and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food items. Once you’ve found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Registration begins at 1pm in Copley Square in front of Trinity Church. The ride begins at 2pm. The afterparty will be held at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville. It’s gonna be awesome!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering? Please email us at [email protected] for more details!

#CranksgivingBOS

A HUGE thank-you to our sponsors! We really appreciate your generous support of this event!

Bikes Not Bombs
Superb Bicycle
Ula Cafe
Al Freshco
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
Aeronaut Brewing Company
God & Famous
Havoc Baggage
KRYPTONITE
Pike Powder Coating
Bern Unlimited
Flat Top Johnny’s
Ride Crazy Boston


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Action Alert: Allston I-90 Interchange Project

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 20

Lets make sure we don’t end up with just another highway, see below

From Livable Streets:
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We have a vision for something more than just a new highway. 
After months of MassDOT I-90 Allston Interchange task force meetings, a significant number of critical issues are still unresolved. We need you to tell MassDOT that their job is not yet finished. In the 21st century, this $260 million project has got to deliver more than just a rehabilitated highway.
 
Imagine what could be done with this space!
Imagine what could be done with this space!

Attend a public meeting tonight, or write a comment letter.

Public Meeting – Thurs. 11/20 @ 6pm. Brighton High School, 25 Warren Street, Brighton (more). beforehand, you can attend the site visit @3pm Beacon Park Yard Gate at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Lincoln Street (more).
Comment letter – Cut-and-paste using the template below to comment by e-mail. This is a powerful way you can participate in the public process. (Deadline Tuesday 11/25)
Current allocation of existing space.
Current allocation of existing space.

The trends are clear: people are relying less on private automobiles and more on public transportation, biking, and walking. This project must invest in a future that improves the quality of life in our city and provides commuters/visitors transit options, and not just throughput of cars.

LivableStreets is part of a coalition of community groups called “the People’s Pike.
What do we “The People’s Pike” want?
Do you want something like this? (From a Boston Society of Architects design charrette, team led by Kishore Varanasi from CBT Architects.)
Do you want something like this? (From a Boston Society of Architects design charrette, team led by Kishore Varanasi from CBT Architects.)
  • Acres of new parkland along the Charles River called “Allston Esplanade.”
  • A multi-use community path connecting Allston to Cambridge via the Grand Junction Rail Bridge crossing the Charles under the BU Bridge.
  • A new ‘West Station’ transit station that provides rapid transit service (every 10 minutes) to downtown & Kendall Square.
  • A deck over the highway and rail yard to cover these loud and dirty uses, protect residential quality of life and connect the existing and new neighborhoods.
  • Existing roads extended to connect Comm. Ave. and Cambridge St. to reducing cut-through traffic on Harvard Ave & Linden St.
  • New Mass Pike on & off ramps near Beacon Street to serve the Kenmore/ Fenway/ Longwood area to get those cars off Allston’s streets and Storrow Drive.
 

Cut and paste into your email

 

Dear Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett:

 

I am writing regarding the MassDOT’s Environmental Notification Form for the I-90 Allston Interchange Project #15278. In the 21st century, this project is not worth $260 million of taxpayer dollars if it is not going to do anything more than rehabilitate a highway. The trends are clear: we are relying less on private automobiles and more on public transportation, biking, and walking. This project must invest in a future that improves the quality of life in our city.

 

PERSONALIZE WITH A FEW SENTENCES HERE. What kind of future do you want to see? Which issues are most important to you and why? 

 

I urge you to require MassDOT include the following:

  • Acres of new parkland along the Charles River called “Allston Esplanade.”
  • A multi-use community path connecting Allston to Cambridge via the Grand Junction Rail Bridge crossing the Charles under the BU Bridge.
  • A new ‘West Station’ transit station that provides rapid transit service (every 10 minutes) to downtown & Kendall Square.
  • A deck over the highway and rail yard to cover these loud and dirty uses, protect residential quality of life and connect the existing and new neighborhoods.
  • Existing roads extended to connect Comm. Ave. and Cambridge St. to reducing cut-through traffic on Harvard Ave & Linden St.
  • New Mass Pike on & off ramps near Beacon Street to serve the Kenmore/ Fenway/ Longwood area to get those cars off Allston’s streets and Storrow Drive.

While I recognize the hard work MassDOT has put into designs so far, there are a significant number of critical issues unresolved. MassDOT needs to revise the project so it does more than just move automobiles.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Your Name 

Address


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The Word On The Street

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    • How To Almost Kill Someone: Right Hook Edition December 17, 2014
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    • Narrow-Gauge Rail Trail, Bedford: safer to walk across the street? December 17, 2014
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    • Narrow-gauge trail, Bedford: safer to walk across the street? December 17, 2014
      TweetThe photo below is a cylindrical panorama: Hillside Road, at the right, is at a right angle to Route 4-225 (the Great Road) at the left. The Narrow Gauge Rail Trail runs from front to rear in the photo, alongside … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Narrow-Gauge Rail Trail, Bedford: safer to walk across the street? December 17, 2014
      TweetThe photo below, from summaer 2011, is a cylindrical panorama: Hillside Road, at the right, is at a right angle to Route 4-225 (the Great Road) at the left. The Narrow Gauge Rail Trail runs from front to rear in … Continue reading →
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    • Narrow-gauge trail, Bedford: safer to walk across the street? December 17, 2014
      TweetThe photo below is a cylindrical panorama: Hillside Road, at the right, is at a right angle to Route 4-225 (the Great Road) at the left. The Narrow Gauge Rail Trail runs from front to rear in the photo, alongside … Continue reading →
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