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Woman Cyclist Killed On Mass. Ave. In Hit And Run

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 07

Check in with your friends.  Does anyone know who this is.  This is horrible, and marks yet another instance of large trucks having fatal interactions with cyclists.

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A woman riding a bike was struck and killed by a truck in an apparent hit-and-run in the Back Bay Friday morning.

The cyclist was hit by the rear wheel of a flatbed truck as it turned off Massachusetts Avenue onto Beacon Street around 7 a.m.

The woman was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where she died a short time later, according to police.

Her name has not been released, but investigators said she was in her 20’s. (via)

 

If you see a truck matching the following description let police know right away.

 

Police said it is possible the truck driver was not aware the cyclist had been hit.

They’re looking for a flatbed truck with a red sleeper cab and a damaged chrome grill.

A city traffic camera has video of crash, according to police, and authorities plan to release images of the truck soon.

No other information is available at this point in the investigation.

Does anyone know who owns this bike?

 

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More info from the globe:

 

 

She was struck by a tractor-trailer unit pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with steel, said Boston Police Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke. Police were called to the scene at 7:05 a.m.

He described the tractor-trailer as having a red sleeper cab with chrome air horns on top of it, and some damage to the grill. He said the truck driver may not have seen the bicyclist, but stressed the investigation is just starting.

He said surveillance cameras in the neighborhood captured the incident and some of that footage may be released to the public later Friday.

“It’s a very, very tragic situation,’’ O’Rouke said.

The search for the vehicle is underway. “We are checking everything we can. We are looking at every single surveillance camera we can check,” he said. “We’re doing whatever we can to find the truck.”

Zach Cloyd, 31, who lives next door to the scene, said he stopped biking home from work because this particular intersection is dangerous.

“That exact corner, waiting at that corner, I’ve had someone almost hit me as they were turning right,” he said.

In the aftermath of the crash, there was a bike with a crushed handlebar laying at the intersection and nearby a helmet laying next to the bike.(via)

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This is the truck they are looking for:

 

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See a periscope of the officer at the scene talking about the crash.

 

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UHub reports this is a very dangerous intersection, which we figured out in 2013.  Lets hope we do something with that data now. (via)

 

The Back Bay intersection where a bicyclist was hit and killed this morning was identified in a city report two years ago as the most dangerous in the city for bicyclists.

A 2013 report on bicycle safety commissioned by then Mayor Menino found the intersection of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue had more bicycle crashes than any other – and noted it was just two blocks away from the second riskiest intersection for bicyclists:

We found that nearly 60% of all bicycle collisions occurred at street intersections. Of the 7 locations with 5 or more geographically identical collision locations, the top two intersections with the highest number of crashes were in the Back Bay/Beacon Hill neighborhood, with 14 collisions at Beacon St and Massachusetts Ave and 12 collisions at Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Ave (Westbound).

H/t Penny Cherubino.

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BPS has released more pictures of the truck.

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They have also said that the woman was in her early 30’s not her 20’s.

 

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They found the driver and the truck.  No charges filed yet.

 

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Somerville Approves Neighborways Improvements

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

An interesting proposal for improving the streets of Somerville.   From the email.

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Dear Somerville Cyclists,

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Somerville has approved a Neighborways program.  Neighborways use paint and planters to create a hybrid playground/bike/ walk street.  While City approved, funding and implementation is completely up to we-the-people.  We hope to execute a substantial pilot in the next three weeks (before Labor Day). Our first big event is an amazing street painting this Saturday.  We could really use some help this weekend and beyond:

Painters!  If you’ve done any house painting and know how wield a brush we could use you.  If you have experience painting murals, we will worship the ground you walk on (maybe can drum up a stipend for a muralist if you know one).   Our first mural will hopefully be painted this Saturday (weather permitting).

Neighborhorways porch-presenters. Our model is to get everyone on our blocks involved.  Lots of beers on porches.  I need someone to hang with neighbors for an hour or so and talk up the benefits of Neighborways.

Midnight painting crew– have you ever seen people painting the bike lanes in the middle of the night?  We’ll be doing that!  If you don’t mind being up late, please join us for some serious tactical urbanism.

As I mentioned this coming Saturday we’ll hopefully be painting a mural.  There’s a myriad of small things that would help out if your free–  organizing music, buying food (we’ll provide cash for that), helping keep small kids out of the paint and setting up tables for workers, taking photographs and video footage of the event.

If you’re interested in helping, please let me know what interests you the most.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

The latest from Bikes Not Bombs:

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Cycloville Video Premiere
Film screening at Ride Studio Cafe

Join Bikes Not Bombs on Wednesday, August 26thfrom 7-9pm at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA for a celebration of our new international partner,Cycloville, in Nairobi, Kenya.

We will be releasing a 6-minute documentary about Cycloville’s work supporting the local cycling industry and training young mechanics in bike shops all over Nairobi. The documentary will begin at7:30pm with a short discussion and Q&A to follow. Drinks and snacks will be served. Check out thetrailer and RSVP to the Facebook Invite.

Earn-A-Bike graduates from Spring 2015
Applications open for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Adult Instructor Training

Our next session of Earn-A-Bike will be Oct 5th – Nov 5th meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. This program is co-ed and for 12-18 year olds, applytoday!

Fall Adult Instructor Training will be Sept 14th – 30th. This training will teach adults about basic bike mechanics and working with youth. After the training adults agree to volunteer at 1 day per week for at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. Learn more and apply on our website.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast!

Bikes Not Bombs’ 5th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Thursday, October 15th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. There will be a Table Captain info session and training onWednesday, August 12th from 6-7pm. Please contact[email protected] if you are interested.

We're outgrowing our spaces!
Space Visioning

Several of our programs are finding it difficult to achieve their goals because of space constraints and/or the location of our facilities. We are thinking of making some changes and need your input!

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey beforeAugust 12th.

Stop by the Shop!
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

Mon 8/10 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 8/13 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Wed 8/19 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Please be on time for the clinics.

The Shop will be closed and Tool Time canceled onSeptember 7th for Labor Day.

We're having an apparel sale!
We’ve got so many jerseys!

On Sunday August 16th, BNB will host an apparel sale for the donated clothing, new and used, that we’ve received. The sale will be at the BNB Hub from 7pm – 8:30pm and all proceeds will help cover the costs of attending the Youth Bike Summit in 2016. Jerseys, riding shorts and a limited selection of cold weather gear will be available. All items are priced $5-$20, bring cash and tell your friends!

Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month – Martinas Andruis

Martinas Andruis first got involved at Bikes Not Bombs 5 years ago. Martinas was interested in affordable housing as a right, and says that similarly all people should have access to a bicycle. Martinas is a regular at our Thursday Volunteer Nights, and helped load our last two shipments. When we are understaffed we’ve asked Martinas to step up to help lead part of the work. Outside of BNB he’s an artist doing custom painting. Thanks Martinas!

News Outside of BNB

Boston GreenFest – Learn how to have a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and yourself! The largest multicultural environmental music festival is back August 21st – 23rd.

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday August 28th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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Bike In Movie!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

Got this event forwarded to me, looks like a great time!
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Summer is here, and the time is ripe for outdoor viewing of classic 70’s cycling movies!
Join us Saturday night, August 8, at the Somerville Bike Kitchen at 339R Summer St (sprout). We’re showing the epic movie, Breaking Away, starting at 8PM and food and drinks starting at 7PM. There is also a pre-ride hosted by Femmechanics, more info on their Facebook event page here!
Somerville Bike Kitchen is a bike repair co-op near Davis Square with all the tools, know-how, elbow grease, and grease grease that an amateur bike mechanic needs. You can currently join us Tuesday nights from 6-9PM for open shop. Come fix, build, or poke-at your bike and become a member!

Femmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists in the Boston area. They organize open shop nights (Grrrease Time), rides, and events to promote an encouraging, supportive atmosphere for people to teach and learn from one another. They’re awesome!

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More Bikes Than Cars!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 03

For the last 7 or so work days I have noticed that on my morning commute, there are significantly more cyclists than their are motorists.  The insane part of it is, the cars still take up vastly more room.

You will pull up to a red light and see 10 cyclists crammed into the tiniest little area, and next to them 3 people in cars taking up the entire road.  The light changes green and all the cyclists cram into a narrow bike lane (happily I might add), while the 3 or 4 cars struggle to find room on roads clogged with on street parking and construction.

There are two lessons I have learned form this.

1.  WE ARE WINNING!  Cycling is clearing a preferable form of transportation, this is due to many peoples hard work promoting cycling infrastructure and education.

2. Driving a car is about the dumbest way to get to work.  If you don’t have a really good reason, leave the 4 wheel vehicle at work, dust off that bicycle, and join the crowd!

Have you seen an uptick in the number of cyclists on your commute?  Have you noticed that you are outnumbering cars?  Let me know in the comments.


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Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015:

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Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again…

This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  So the average speed it not very high (you do the math…)

Boston by Bike… at night
Midnight ’til dawn Saturday, August 8, 2015

Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites

Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square.  Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended. Commemorative T-shirts available.  Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park. Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.  Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers.

 

here is another email about this ride, which also has useful info in it.

 

This year’s ride will be 8/8 – 8/9 2015

Boston By Bike…At Night
Midnight ’til dawn
Saturday, August 8, 2015
NEW ROUTE!
Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at *11:15pm* in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended.
Commemorative T-shirts available.
Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
–> Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
For information call 617-522-0259
Ride Support provided by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, Jamaica Plain


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Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Attend this meeting and let your voice be heard!

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Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there?

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is launching a process to create a new vision and plan for the Dorchester Ave. corridor area in South Boston that includes this and much more. Residents, property owners, business owners, community and civic groups are invited to this open house event to learn more about the study, the area, and how to get involved.

Show up, speak up!

Meeting Details:

Open House: South Boston – Dorchester Avenue Corridor Study

Thurs., July 30, 5pm – 8pm

Iron Workers Local 7 Building

195 Old Colony Ave.

South Boston

 


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Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists!

Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below

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Please plan on attending this ride this Wednesday 7/29 from downtown (5:15pm from the Federal Reserve,5:50 at Edward Everett Square) to Franklin Park.  This event has been put together by BTD and Livable Streets.  People with local knowledge are needed to point out the shortcomings in the current roadway designs and to push for better walking, biking and transit in this corridor.  More info below.  Refer also to attached map and flyer.
Thank you,
Ben
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Friends and neighbors along Columbia Road:
Please join us for a community bike ride on Columbia Road next Wednesday, July 29, starting at 5:15 downtown (if you are ambitious!) or at 5:50 at Edward Everett Square. We will be making stops along the way, including the wonderful place-making benches that the Four Corners Stop along the Fairmount Line. There are Hubway Stations at both ends of the route if you start at Edward Everett Square.
The ride is part of a series of rides convened by the Landlines Network and is co-hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and the city’s Boston Green Links initiative. I am happy to explain more about Green Links and all of these initiatives, but the basic idea is to connect people to greenways along fun and low-stress walking and biking routes.
Attached is a very nice description of the ride by Amber Christoffersen of LivableStreets Alliance.
Please let me know if you think you can make it.
All my best,
Charlotte

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