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This thing is only a concept, which if I am understanding design correctly means it really has very little to do with the final product (or reality), but still it won an award…presumably the people giving out that award rarely ride bikes.
There is a lot wrong here.
Lets start with the small things and work are way up.
The helmet has no ventilation, going to be hot on most rides…especially with the visor down. Some people don’t mind that style though so lets move on.
How heavy are all the cameras and computers and display and sensors? I am going to guess heavier than foam and a thin plastic shell. Do you really want an extra pound or two on your neck for long rides? Will it fly off my head due to the extra weight during a violent fall?
How will it perform in the rain? In the snow? My cell phone doesn’t like getting cold or wet and its “water proof” Will that screen actually display anything in the sun? What if its night time and someone shines headlights in my eyes?
What happens to all that fancy stuff when you actually smash your head into something? Do the electronics and display become tiny projectiles? Is the absorbent quality of the helmet affected by having all that crap attached to it? Will I be bathed in optics and display parts all over my eyes?
Judging from the video it presents data in such a way to be far more distracting than traffic itself. Giant blue dots to let me know I am moving in the right direction? Sounds? Text in the middle of my view? How exactly do you select those different options, are we going to toss eye tracking into this thing as well? Or do I have to reach up and tap my helmet to select options while riding? Voice activation?
Why a rear facing camera? It’s actually a good thing to turn your head around and look behind you once in a while, its lets you see what you are dealing with and is a visual cue to other road users that you might be about to turn. PS. a tiny mirror does the same thing and is a lot cheaper.
What are those impact detectors on the side supposed to do? Anyone who has ever been passed by a car too close knows when something is near them, I don’t need expensive sensors to tell me that. Also the way Boston streets are designed I imagine they would be screaming constantly as most of the time you are riding in very cramped conditions. Thirdly, what exactly am I to do when the cars get too close? I can’t always move away from them. Its not like I am backing my minivan into the garage and need to know when I am too close to the wall, the cars are much bigger and heavier than me, when they get too close I am mostly at their mercy if they choose to move away from me or not.
How big are the batteries in this thing? How heavy are they going to be? With all this fancy stuff strapped to my head I imagine I couldn’t ride for more than an hour or two without having to swap them out or recharge them.
What is the carbon footprint on something like this? Am I going to have to worry about e-waste from my helmet now? Will it be full of brominated fire retardants, lithium ion batteries (which can catch fire if punctured), rare earth minerals? Will it be made with sweat shop labor in china? I am riding my bike to try to decrease the amount of emission and suffering in the world, not increase it.
How much is this going to cost? Helmets don’t last forever, even if you don’t crash you should still replace them every few years just because the foam degrades. Are the electronics removable? Is the helmet in pieces so you can only replace what you need? A cell phone or VR helmet with this much tech goes for $500-$600, am I supposed to drop half a grand every time I drop my helmet on the ground, or get hit by a car, or every three years?
This design is a failure.
Tags: over complication, poor design, rant
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A male cyclist was killed after a crash with an 18-wheeler truck in Porter Square during rush hour this morning, according to police. The incident happened around 8:08 a.m. on Massachusetts Avenue near Christopher’s restaurant, at 1920 Mass. Ave., in the direction of Harvard Square. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both sides of Mass. Ave. near the crash will be closed for some time as investigators reconstruct the crash, according to Jeremy Warnick, communications director for the Cambridge Police Department.
— Scott Tetreault (@BostonNewsMan) October 5, 2016
My heart goes out to his friends and family. It is very sad to see another fatality with a large truck, perhaps its time to think about banning them from the city during certain hours, or making it mandatory that they have more safety equipment, or in any way addressing this problem.
We can’t keep fixing problems AFTER someone dies. We have to fix them before it happens.
Personally I would love to ban large trucks from the city, either during certain hours, or totally. This is a problem that is solvable, we just currently value money over human life, so we have not fixed it yet.
More info when I get it.
The cyclists has been identified as 60 year old Bernard Lavins of Lexington.
There are also details emerging about the gruesome nature of the accident.
Richard Fries of the advocacy group MassBike came upon the scene during his commute to downtown Boston.
“Suddenly I saw the aprons where they tried to conceal where the victim was, and then the moment you see that,” he said, speaking later in the day. “So many bike riders go through there.”
Fries estimates three out of 10 commuters in Porter Square are cyclists — and the intersection can be treacherous.
“This truck hit this cyclist square on … the body was 60 feet behind and the bike was wedged under this guy’s truck,” Fries said.
We must take proactive action on improving intersections and policies BEFORE these deaths occur. We can not allow cyclists to die in dangerous intersections before we take action.
Every time we hear about these things we learn that EVERYONE knew how dangerous a specific intersection was, and yet we did nothing until someone was killed.
Cycling is the future of transportation in this city, not single occupancy cars, and large trucks have no place in the city during most of the day (or ever). We must develop our policies and intersections accordingly.
Seems the safety record of the trucking company involved in this crash is pretty bad.
Porter Square cyclist death: Boston Globe whitewashes 4 Mitlitsky Eggs, mentions 2012 review not 60% inspection fail rate pic.twitter.com/fkj6tsTdz3
— Brett (@bikewazowski) October 6, 2016
An awful lot of violations for speeding, bad brakes, and driving while looking at your phone.
These things have real life consequences as we have tragically observed. I am really starting to think that large trucks should be banned from the city except during certain hours, and perhaps with an escort.
Tags: Bernard Lavins, cyclist killed, death, Porter square
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Have you seen this guy? He apparently shoved a woman off her bike while she was riding through Inman on the 22nd.
Tags: cambridge, help find, inman, what a jerk
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Happened last week, but if you haven’t noticed yet this might affect your commute.
Tags: hubway, moved, station
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Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard!
And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are.
Department of Conservation and Recreation reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard:
Comments from the public will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and may be submitted online or in writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114…..Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St., Dorchester
more info about this from Boston Bicycle Union:
Two big projects will bring safer, slower streets and new protected bike lanes to Dorchester. Show your support at the meetings!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a public meeting to present plans for a redesigned Morrissey Blvd.
Currently a 6-lane, high speed road, DCR will be showing plans that include a road diet and protected bike lanes.
A site of two fatal crashes in the past 4 years and many other serious crashes due to speeding, these changes would be a huge improvement, adding a safe bicycle connection from Dorchester to South Boston, and slowing and making the streets safer for all road users. Bike facilities on Morrissey Blvd have long been a top priority for Dorchester and South Boston cyclists. Connecting to the Neponset River Greenway, these new protected bike lanes would serve a significant number of people commuting by bike. DCR needs to hear that neighbors, residents and the general public support these changes!
Show up and speak up!
Morrissey Blvd Redesign Meeting
The Leahy Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
If you cannot make it, you are invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of close of business on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/age
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is holding a community meeting to discuss and get your feedback on the upcoming transportation improvements to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood (pictured to the right), that will be implemented as part of Mayor Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
With goals of bringing down vehicle car speeds, reducing the number and severity of crashes on residential streets and reducing cut-through traffic, this plan represents a major victory for safer streets and better biking in Boston!
From BTD: “Proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH-making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
Our plans include:
More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.”
The Transportation Department needs to hear from residents that they support this plan in this neighborhood of Dorchester, and want to see similar efforts in additional neighborhoods across Boston!
Show up and speak up!
Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood Slow Streets Meeting
Prayer Tower Apostolic Church
151 Norfolk St, Dorchester
If you cannot make it to the meeting, the presentation will be posted online afterwards and you can email your comments to [email protected]
Tags: comments, Dorchester, DotBike, morrissey boulevard
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