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Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on May 20

My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy.

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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.”

Police continue to investigate. (via) (more video here)

More info when I get it.
EDIT:

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.


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Bike Jobs!

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

Here are some bike jobs, so you can bike, while you job!

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Prevention Services has entered into a healthy communities project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), and are looking to hire three Dorchester Healthy Community Champion to work on this exciting new project to improve active transportation (biking and walking) in the community of Dorchester and Boston at large!
The Dorchester Health Community Champion will:
·         Support community engagement work to achieve Boston Partnerships to Improve Community Health’s (PICH) overall goals
·         Provide testimony at meetings or hearing related to transportation
·         Engage other community-based organizations
·         Write letters to the editor of local paper and on-line forums in support of the policies
·         Speak at neighborhood association meetings and other community events
·         Distribute information throughout neighborhood
·         Share PICH-related information via social media
This opportunity is open to anyone who is interested in building a healthier community through creating and supporting alternative transportation options that are geared towards encouraging a more active lifestyle. It will involve work within the Dorchester community and schools, as well as attendance at neighborhood association and community meetings. Applicants should either live or work in Dorchester and have a strong connection to and knowledge of the community.  The position offers 5-8 hours/ week at $14/hour, and because the main responsibilities of the position are tied to community engagement and work, the hours are very flexible. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in the position or if you have any questions, please email me.
Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Jinny Park
Prevention Specialist | Office of Community Programs
Harbor Health Services, Inc.
398 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122
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Live in Boston and love bikes?

The national bicycling nonprofit PeopleForBikes is conducting a photoshoot in Boston May 28-30 and is looking for local bike lovers to model! The objective of the shoot is to showcase the bike sharing system bikes being used on low-stress facilities by a diverse population. We’ll pay $50 per adult for each 2-hour session you work.We’re looking for people of all ages, looks, and ethnicities—singles, couples, families, business professionals, kids, seniors, etc. You don’t need to be a “model” to model for us!

If you are interested, please complete the form below. If you have questions or other suggestions for our shoot, email [email protected].


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2015 Annual Rush Hour Race

Written by Boston Biker on May 12

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Come on bicycles!  We have had one victory, and one almost victory, but we all know that the fastest way around town is by bike.  But sometimes its fun to prove it.

After a year off the race is back for its third year.

from Bostino

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.


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New Bike Kitchen Co-Op In Somerville

Written by Boston Biker on May 11

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.

About

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.

Hours

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.

 

more info on their website.


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Bay State Bike Week 2015!

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

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!

From The website:

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] 

Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Instagram/Twitter @BayStateBikeWK. Be sure use the hashtag #BayStateBikeWK!


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Belles Who Bike, Free Snacks! (May 8th 6-8pm)

Written by Boston Biker on May 01

Free snacks from The Bicycle Belle!

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Targeted Enforcement, And Why It’s Time To Have More Of It For Pedestrians

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 30

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.


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The End Of The Car Age

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 28

Anyone paying attention knows that the mode-share (as those in the transportation biz call it) has been shifting.  Less people are using cars, and more people are using other things to get around.

In my mind roads are a public utility, who’s purpose is to move people and stuff around.  There are a lot of ways these people and stuff can get around.  We could use cars, trucks, buses, trains, trolleys, walking, carts, bicycles, horse and buggy, dog sled, etc.  These methods all have pro’s and con’s.  An efficient city would use the methods best suited to its people, and economic activity.

For a long time people thought the best way to use roads, was to cram them full of cars and trucks, and as such they kept running into the same problem. They would build a road, then a bunch of cars and trucks would drive on it, the road would get clogged, so they would build bigger roads and then these bigger roads would get clogged, so they built bigger roads, etc etc.    These larger roads lead to people moving out of the city centers and out to the burbs, so you had decreasing tax bases in cities, and lots and lots of commuter traffic.

This downward cycle got pretty bad.  We ended up with giant multi-lane highways through the centers of cities.  Inner cities devoid of people, traffic, air pollution, obesity, and a lot of other problems we didn’t think would happen.  All because we decided the best use of the public utility that is our roads, was to fill them with cars and trucks.

But that is changing, rapidly.  In our modern, technologically advanced cities, filling our streets with cars makes very little sense.

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.” (via)

We have seen this trend right here in Boston.  The entire Big Dig (for all its failings) was basically removing an eyesore highway that bisected downtown Boston.  Highway overpasses are being removed in Somerville, in JP, and elsewhere.  The city is being re-designed to accommodate human beings, not cars and trucks.  With beneficial effects for its citizens.

This trend will only increase with a multitude of factors contributing to the decline of car use.  Uber, Zip Car, Hubway, self driving cars, better and more public transportation, cycling and walking infrastructure are all chipping away at car ownership and use.  The high cost of car infrastructure (like car parking), the poor health and environmental effects of cars, rising income inequality, combined with new expectations of ownership (the so called sharing economy) have all converged to really put the hurt on car mode-share.

The upshot is that you should expect a future filled with cycling, walking, and public transportation, not single use car trips. We have reached “peak car.”  This will usher in a new era, one significantly better for everyone.

Have you given up your car?  Do you use ride share services instead of owning a personal car? Have you switched to walking, cycling, or public transportation?  If you have a car does it get much use?  Has your personal mode-share changed?  Let us know in the comments.

 


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • THE PURPOSE OF TRANSIT: Neither Reform Nor Revenue are the Needed Starting Point May 22, 2015
      It’s now semi-official – everyone agrees that the MBTA needs both reform and revenue.  No one says (publicly) that the current T and Commuter Rail budget is too big for its mission.  And that’s where the agreement ends – with the question of what is the MBTA’s mission, vision, and values:  what exactly are we […]
      Steve Miller
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Bike Jobs! May 15, 2015
      TweetHere are some bike jobs, so you can bike, while you job! ————— Prevention Services has entered into a healthy communities project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), and are looking to … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • QUESTIONING COMPLETE STREETS: An Open Letter to the Cambridge City Council May 15, 2015
      Having a vision of the kind of city you want is an essential foundation for purposeful and effective governance.  Some cities do a coherent overall process, such as Somerville’s SomerVision or Boston’s forthcoming Imagine Boston 2030.  Cambridge has constructed its vision together piecemeal, through policies around a variety of quantitative and qualitative issues.  In either […]
      Steve Miller
    • 2015 Annual Rush Hour Race May 12, 2015
      Tweet Come on bicycles!  We have had one victory, and one almost victory, but we all know that the fastest way around town is by bike.  But sometimes its fun to prove it. After a year off the race is back … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • New Bike Kitchen Co-Op In Somerville May 11, 2015
      TweetThis 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. About The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative where members of … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker