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Drunk driving murderer Michael Ahern of Dorchester was sentenced to 18 months in jail for killing bicyclist Doan Bui.
It was a miracle that he was even found guilty in the first place, as most of the time when people use their car to murder people they get away with it, but this sentencing is insultingly short.
Prosecutors had asked for six to eight years in a state prison, because evidence showed that not only was Ahern going 20 mph above the speed limit, he had spent a good part of the evening before the crash drinking – in part at a bar he co-owned – and had a lengthy record of driving infractions that included 12 license suspensions.
Judge Christopher Muse sentenced Ahern to 2 1/2 years in a county jail, but with 12 months suspended for six years, during which Ahern must undergo an alcoholism screen, take any treatment that is recommended by that, perform 500 hours of community service and not drive.
In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:
Doan Bui did nothing wrong but ride his bike along the same route this defendant used after drinking all night. As a result of this defendant’s choices to drink and drive, the Bui family lost a father, a husband, and a source of emotional and financial support.
I would really like to know why the judge felt it was alright to take the recommended sentencing and reduce it so drastically. Drunk driving is a crime, cycling is not, murder is a crime, cycling is not. For justice to be served this person needs to never drive again, and spend a good period of their life deprived of liberty.
But that is just how I feel about it. Amazingly, and in a sign that perhaps humanity is not doomed, the family of the murder victim, actually urged the judge to be merciful on the murderer.
From The Boston Globe:
Accompanied by a Vietnamese language interpreter, Bui’s wife was silent in the courtroom as her lawyer told the judge that she and her children knew a long prison sentence for Ahern would not bring back her husband and their father.
Thuy Huynh, the victim’s wife, had asked for her lawyer, Andrew Barrett, to speak on her behalf.
“She doesn’t think any more damage should be done to anyone else,” Barrett said. “She has expressed, for the lack of a better word, forgiveness, and doesn’t see any advantage to any lengthy sentencing imposed on the defendant.”
Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse also heard statements from the victim’s 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son that were read by the assistant district attorney.
“If I had a wish, I hope my dad would belong with us and drunks do not drive any more in order to not injure anyone else,” wrote Thao Bui, the victim’s daughter.
She and her brother, Diamond Bui, wrote that after their father’s death, they do not want to leave the house. They also described a hardworking father who took care of his family.
His daughter wrote that Bui had often helped his wife study English and practice driving. His son said they would explore the outdoors together during the summer.
“We and my mom miss him very much,” wrote Diamond Bui.
I hope Ahern never drives again, and spends the rest of his life soberly contemplating the carnage he has caused his fellow human beings.
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And they are staying open until December this year, and opening a month early, with plans to add 10-15 more stations, all in all a steady progression towards more and better Hubway service. If you live in Cambridge you will get to use Hubway all winter!
BOSTON — The operator of bike share Hubway is getting new owners and winter service is expanding in Boston. Here’s what riders need to know about the Hubway news this week:
Bike share acquisition deal
Alta Bicycle Share, which is contracted by Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge to operate Hubway, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by investment group Bikeshare Holdings LLC. The newly formed investment group includes the CEOs of Equinox Fitness Clubs and real estate firm Related Companies.
In addition to Boston, Alta Bicycle Share currently runs bicycle shares in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Melbourne, Australia.
In announcing the deal Tuesday, the company said the acquisition will bring in more capital and allow them to expand operations and serve more riders. (read more)
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance in a unanimous vote Wednesday, which requires truck-side guards to be attached to city-contracted vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds in order to reduce fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists.
The ordinance aims to reduce the risks of collision with pedestrians and cyclists by equipping large city-contracted vehicles with safety measures such as additional convex mirrors, crossover mirrors and blind-spot awareness decals. It will take effect 180 days after passage.
“We’re seeing more Bostonians choosing bikes as their primary mode of transportation, but with this increase in use, we’ve also seen an increase in crashes between cyclists and vehicles,” said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in a Wednesday press release. “Truck side guards are a low-cost feature that can be installed on trucks and that have the potential to save a life.”(via)
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From the email, looks pretty awesome
Join us at the Fenway Landmark Theater on Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm for a one-time screening of “Half the Road.” To ensure that the event is a success, tickets should be purchased by November 11th.
Boston’s film scene is about to get velorutionized. On November 19th, Boston Bikes will host a one-time screening of “Half the Road” at the Fenway Landmark Theater. This is an incredible opportunity that we can make happen with your help. The screening last spring at the Kendall Theater sold out in advance, so get your tickets now.
The groundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. As the filmmakers describe, “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling. Then it turned into a film about equality, told through the medium of kick a$$ female athletes.”
We’ll follow the screening with some of Boston’s own super star women on wheels — like Sara Bresnick, who has been a professional cyclist since 2002, competing nationally and internationally at mountain, road, and cyclocross events. Join us for this discussion and Q&A about the realities for female cyclists.
Boston bike friends, this is our chance to see this film on the big screen at the Fenway Landmark Theater. But tickets have to be sold in advance! Grasp life by the handlebars and get your ticket NOW. (Then get another for your best buddy cause no one’s going to want to miss this film).
Here’s what the Village Voice had to say about “Half the Road.” Powerful stuff, let’s make sure Boston gets to see it.
Tags: cycling, half the road, movie, Women
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John (Tad) Read, Senior Planner III, AICP
Columbia Point Master Plan | Mt. Vernon Street Redesign
Urban Ring | South Station Master Plan
Urban Agriculture Rezoning | Allston Interchange Task Force
North Allston Community Wide Plan (Transportation) |
Accelerated Bridge Repair Program (Charles River)
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02201-1007
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With the election only a day away, we are reaching out today to remind you why we urge a NO vote on Question 1.
Photo courtesy of LivableStreets Alliance
Question 1 is bad news for cyclists and pedestrians. Safe biking and walking require good planning and investments, and Massachusetts has a long way to go to design and build streets, bikeways, trails, and walkways that are safe for everyone. Question 1, which eliminates the gas tax indexing law, puts $1 billion in transportation investments in jeopardy.
After years of neglect, roads and bridges in Massachusetts are now a major public safety crisis. This is something we can no longer ignore. Passage of Question 1 would mean our roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate, threatening the safety of Massachusetts cyclists and all residents.
For all of these reasons, MassBike urges you to vote NO on Question 1.
Say NO to sacrificing new infrastructure.
- Question 1 threatens to cut $1 billion in transportation investments over the next decade.
- Question 1 would reduce or eliminate new walking and biking paths.
- Question 1 would reduce or eliminate road / bridge projects with new bike facilities.
Say NO to unsafe bridges.
- 53% of all bridges in the state are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
- The ten busiest structurally deficient bridges in the state carry more than 1 million cars every day.
Say NO to traffic fatalities.
- Massachusetts roads are unsafe for too many cyclists.
- Roadways conditions are a significant factor in one-third of all traffic fatalities in Massachusetts.
- Motor vehicle crashes cost Massachusetts $6.3 billion a year in medical and other costs.
Say NO to cutting public transit improvements.
- Indexing the gas tax helps to improve our public transit system.
- Question 1 risks investments in aging subways, rail, and buses.
- Question 1 risks improvements in the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities.
Say NO to risking environmental benefits.
- Question 1 will hurt our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Question 1 will limit our ability to invest in low- and non-polluting transportation projects such as biking, walking, and public transit.
Say NO to Question 1. If you are eager to help stop Question 1, please spread the word. You can forward this email, tell your followers on Twitter, or share on Facebook. There’s only one day left to let your friends know that you will be voting NO on Question 1.
Click here to read the full ballot question.
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A great organization if you are looking for a job.
Deputy Director: LivableStreets seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional who will play a critical role in helping LivableStreets achieve its vision to provide high quality programs and have a major impact on transforming our streets in metro Boston. The Deputy Director will be instrumental in our strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s programs, and positioning the organization for continuedsuccess. Click here for full Deputy Director job posting and how to apply.
Executive Assistant: LivableStreets seeks a detail-oriented individual with experience in an office setting to serve as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. The Executive Assistant will work to maintain and improve LivableStreets internal systems and be instrumental in ensuring day-to-day operations run efficiently and effectively to help achieve our strategic plan. Click here for full Executive Assistant job posting and how to apply.
Tags: bike jobs, jobs, livable streets
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