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8 Year Old Child Killed While Riding Bicycle

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 09

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Yadielys Deleon Camacho, 8, was killed after she was struck by a car.

 

Two young cousins were struck by a car Saturday night during a birthday celebration for their grandmother in Mattapan, leaving an 8-year-old girl dead, a 12-year-old boy injured, and a close-knit family heartbroken.

Yadielys Deleon Camacho, described as a “sweetheart,” was a second-grader at Up Academy in Dorchester, according to her family.

At the time of the crash, witnesses said, she was riding her bicycle with Joseph Eduardo Cordova, her cousin, near the 100 block of West Selden Street.

A mangled bicycle was found at the scene, according to police.

Police arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle, James Horton, 45, of Dorchester, and charged him with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and motor vehicle homicide, said Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman. (via)

This is the second young person in as many weeks that has been killed by a hit and run driver.  In the 70’s in northern Europe the killing of children by cars sparked a movement that fundamentally changed the way people used automobiles.  Called the “stop murdering children” campaign, it changed forever the way the Dutch thought about how streets should be designed, and how cars should be part of society.  We must do the same.

There is no acceptable level of human death in service to automobile traffic.  We can not accept one single fatality because people want to drive cars around.  The death of this lovely young girl is a tragedy that no one should have to abide.  My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

Residents of West Selden Street say they have frequently complained about the speed of traffic on their two-way street.

Millien refuses to let his two children ride their bikes on the street. He said he limits them to riding in the backyard.

“People don’t slow down,” he said, calling for the city to install a speed bump. “There’s always a big accident.”

Millien, who has lived on the street for 13 years, said the tragedy may be the final straw for him and his family, as the frequency of car accidents has made him ready to move.

“There’s no problem with the neighbors or crime; the problem is speeding,” he said. (via)

 

It’s time we change our entire concept of how we allow cars into our society.  No more deaths.


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Things To Do

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

Thanks to Yurij for this handy list!

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tonight, 6/8/15redbones, bikes, beer, bbq

tomorrow, 6/9/15 — buy anything all day in Whole Foods on Beacon St in Somerville and proceeds go to the Boston Cyclist’s Union
6/24/15 — support a bike team raising money for MS research while playing mario kart and drinking beer

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Be Happy You Don’t Have To Power Your Own Toaster

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 03

 

Look at them legs! Energy efficient toasters, get them. At least that is what I took away from this.


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Yo Dawg, I heard You Like Riding Bikes To Work

Written by Boston Biker on May 31

So I put bikes in your bus so you can bike while you bus…

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“We thought, what about doing something that we could do while the [vehicle] was moving? Maybe a bus would work, since it already has the emergency exits, it has the right weight, and it’s designed to fit a lot of people,” Brodie says. “We figured out that the most efficient use of the space would be to put in indoor cycling bikes.” (via)

Or you know, you could just ride your bike to work? This is a whole new level of silliness.


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Hal9000 Teaches You About Unsafe Intersections

Written by Boston Biker on May 27

I love/am creeped out by, this guy doing his best Hal9000 impersonation. These intersections are horrible, and he does an amazing job of illustrating exactly why. Come on city of Boston, throw a little love (and money!) to the pedestrians and cyclists at these intersections! Hopefully their answer will not be “I am sorry Bikers, I can’t do that Bikers.”


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The Time Has Come To End Traffic Fatalities

Written by Boston Biker on May 25

It was never acceptable that people got hurt and killed in motor vehicles, but we now have the technology to drastically reduce traffic fatalities.

Operating a motor vehicle is not a right, its a privileged, and we need to take the safety of the operation of motor vehicles more seriously. Because lets be clear, the vast vast majority of traffic fatalities are caused by big heavy fast moving pieces of metal operated by people who are very bad at operating big heavy fast moving pieces of metal.

This is not to say that everyone is a bad driver, but that no one is a good driver. Human beings didn’t evolve to drive around in cars, and as such we lack many of the skills that one would need to operate them effectively. Combined with our penchant for drinking, falling asleep, texting, and other distractions behind the wheel and you end up with a murderous rampage killings tens of thousands of people every year.

The “freedom” provided by owning and operating motor vehicles in the way we do currently is not worth the cost in human lives. There are a host of well tested and proven methods shown to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities, all we need to do is enact them in our city. Speed reduction, automated cars, better enforcement, better infrastructure, driver education, and many more. Start with the easy ones, and work your way up to the hard ones. It’s time we stop allowing those we love to die needlessly.


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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.
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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)

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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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The Word On The Street

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    • Some Plain Talk about Plainville July 5, 2015
      TweetThe town manager in Plainville, Massachusetts, has complained about a new bike lane which has been installed in connection with upgrading of a casino by the side of Washington Street, US route 1. There is a news story including video … Continue reading →
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    • MassBike Summer Social June 29, 2015
      Tweet   Tonight from 5pm – 8pm, join MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries for cocktails and conversation to benefit MassBike. Our gracious host, Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square, has whipped up a signature, summer cocktail, proceeds of which will … Continue reading →
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    • 2015 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon June 28, 2015
      TweetOn June 7th, I rode in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon for the third time.  I seem to participate every year, although it’s such a lovely event for a great cause that I need to commit to doing it annually.  I was … Continue reading →
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    • Move By Bike! June 23, 2015
      TweetLast October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville. … Continue reading →
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    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so.  Not bad!   From the Cambridge bike … Continue reading →
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    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took … Continue reading →
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    • Some Fun Upcoming Events June 20, 2015
      TweetBike Friday June 26th, 7-9am Boston City Hall A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more Bikes & Bites July 18th 150 Jamaicaway, JP 2nd annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, a celebration of women who bike … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Bikes Update June 20, 2015
      Tweetfrom the email: ———— Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston (Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike. (Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike. Cindy Walling is … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Bikes Update June 20, 2015
      Tweetfrom the email: ———— Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston (Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike. (Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike. Cindy Walling is … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets 10th Year Birthday Party! June 20, 2015
      Tweet Livable Streets is turning 10!  Got the email below. ————– What do BBQ and bowties have in common? They are a couple of the many raffle prizes and activities we have in store for you at our birthday bash … Continue reading →
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