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The Boston Globe Thinks You’re Crazy

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 06

Well they can’t really figure out what they think…


Would you call this brave… or something else? (Wendy Maeda/Globe staff) #BOSnow http://t.co/MwUMT02dWx pic.twitter.com/QiM64BMIRP

— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) February 5, 2014

I would call it one less car clogging up the roads, one less person crammed into an overcrowded train. This person looks warm, dry, and reasonably prepared for just about anything. The trail behind him is in a nice straight line so he is not slipping all over, and it looks pretty peaceful and serine to me. Maybe if more folks got out of their metal boxes they would see that winter biking is not crazy, but really a very sensible option.


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Globe Talk: Safe Or Savage? The State Of Bicycle Safety In Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 29

Got this in the email, looks like it could be informative:

Globe Talks: 

Safe or savage? The state of bicycle safety in Boston

Join a few of Boston’s leading cyclists and policy makers to discuss bike safety around Boston and the efforts to make biking in the city easier and more accessible.

The event will be moderated by The Boston Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers.

Panelists:

  • Nicole Freedman, City of Boston’s Boston Bikes director
  • Vineet Gupta, Boston Transportation Department’s Director of Policy and Planning
  • Richard Fries, former professional European racer, world-class race announcer and race organizer, and local commuting advocate
  • Josh Zisson, bike lawyer and BikeSafeBoston.com blogger
  • Jackie Douglas, director of the Boston-area transit advocacy group Livable Streets

 

DATE: Tuesday, July 30

TIME: 6pm – 7:30pm

LOCATION: The Boston Globe | 135 Morrissey Blvd. | Boston, MA

www.bostonbikesafety.eventbrite.com


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Mayor Menino Comments On Bike Safety In Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 12

The mayor lets us know what he is doing to help increase bicycle safety.

Last week our cycling community, and the city, was rocked by the tragic death of Boston University student Christopher Weigl. By coincidence, a hearing on bicycle safety brought the community together at City Hall later that day. Both events have many left asking what’s being done to make our city safe for cyclists, and rightfully so. Personally, I have been inspired by the outpouring of concern, support, validation, and sense of togetherness in our efforts to make Boston a world-class caliber city for bicycling.

Over the past five years, our Boston Bikes program has grown tremendously. Bicycle infrastructure is popping up in every neighborhood. A few years ago, when I announced “the car is no longer king” in Boston, it was before we had 675,000 trips on Hubway and before 9,000 young people went through bicycle education classes in schools around the city. That vision has guided the rapid growth in cycling throughout Boston.

It is the close-knit sense of community that impresses me most about bikers in Boston, and it is that community that came together last week. It is the collective force of that community and the unfortunate accidents of this summer and fall that are cemented in our minds today. Through our Boston Bikes program, we speak often about the six “E’s” of bicycle planning. And, it’s the six “E’s” that become the constant refrain when discussing solutions that can bring an end to these tragedies.

While there is certainly more work to be done, sometimes it is helpful to share some of the pieces already in action:

You can read the rest here

I don’t disagree with anything he is saying. But its not enough. My new motto is “More and Better!” More cyclists on the street, better infrastructure for those cyclists. I think if we stuck to that as our goal we will do alright.

We were so far behind here in Boston that its going to take a decade of hard work to only get us to “alright.” Lucky for us there are places in the world that have already done the hard work, the research, and the trial runs. All we need to be able to do is find these places and copy them.


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Boston Globe Breaks Down Safety At Fatal Intersection

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 12

Thanks Ron for sending me the link to this Boston Globe story, interesting stuff.

Thousands of bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists converge each day at the intersection near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, where crowds of students on Vassar Street meet traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. Police say it’s a hazard.

“For the amount of volume that goes through that intersection … I would say it is one of our highest accident locations in the city,’’ said Police Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert.

Since 2007, Cambridge police responded to 55 accidents at the intersection, 24 of them involving cars and bikes, according to police reports. Many resulted in minor injuries, the records show, but last month one was fatal. MIT graduate Phyo N. Kyaw of Cambridge was riding a bicycle when he collided with a truck.

What stood out to me about this story is that its the first one in a long time that took my point of view about traffic. Its not that there is a cyclists, or motorist, or pedestrian “law breaking problem” its that there is a “law breaking problem.” I have said many times to anyone who would listen that the real problem in Boston is a culture of disregard for traffic laws, by all user groups. I felt the article gave a fairly reasonable treatment to all user groups, and helped to inform people about some of the dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians. Because while it is true that all user groups are breaking the law in similar amounts, the consequences for different user groups are very different. If you are walking, or on a bike and get hit by a car its very different than if you are in a car and get hit by a car.

According to the police accident reports, blame was not confined to a single group. Motorists ran red lights, cyclists followed vehicles too closely, and many ignored traffic signals. Of the 55 accidents since 2007, 26 involved vehicle-only accidents and three involved pedestrians, the reports show.

Most of the accidents involved drivers making right turns colliding with bicyclists because they did not see them.

I think that the future of this city will depend on designing it for people, not automobiles. That means making it as easy as possible for human beings to get around, not for cars to get around. Cycling and walking are not particularly dangerous, in the sense that you have a high chance of being killed or injured while doing them. But if cities are designed in a “car first” mentality that can make it more dangerous to walk or bike than it is to drive. I can only hope that it doesn’t take a cyclist or pedestrian death at every intersection in the city to get this kind of attention.


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Deal On Hubway

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 21

Seems the Globes version of Groupon has a deal on HubWay!  Sign up now for discounts next year.

Link

Thanks Sean for the tip.


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Boston Globe Places Foot In Mouth, To Much Yawning

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 15

Its kind of sad, newspapers used to be vanguards of news and opinion. Now the Boston Globe has devolved to the point where they would publish this sort of drivel.

Honestly I don’t even feel like posting a snippet of this article. I was reluctant to even link to it. Its got to be the most poorly thought out bit of tripe that has slid past the “editors” at the globe in a long while. It’s troll bait plane and simple. If you want to save yourself the trouble here is my quick summary.

I hate cyclists, lets ban bicycles from Boston. Here is some half asses opinion (not supported by any facts), here is my email, please email me and tell me I am an idiot.

Brian McGrory is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at [email protected]

Its the same half asses, one sided, poorly thought out shit the globe used to publish all the time about cycling. I would love to see, just once, a nuanced thought out piece about the kind of law breaking being done by all road user groups (including but not limited to cyclists) and an honest well researched piece about the implications of the different kinds of rule breaking (you know stuff like this, and this)…but that would require a brain and the will to use it. Something Brian McGrory seems to lack, as do his editors.

I feel bad about even mentioning this article, because it has no redeeming qualities, and my drawing attention to it will only make the author get more attention…its just red meat to the few people who still don’t get that cycling is going to be a major part of the future transportation mix of this city (along with public transit, and walking).

Shame on you globe editors for letting this steaming pile make it to publication. This article should have been left on the editing room floor with the rest of the shlock.


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Milton Plans To Build Giant Wall To Keep Poor Masses In Boston Where They Belong

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 29

Today the globe reported that Milton, our rich pale neighbors to the south, plan on building a giant wall around their town. When asked why every Milton resident was out putting sand in bags, and hauling cinder blocks to the border, Milton police chief Richard G. Whiteguy said “We worry about opportunities not only for those on the bike path but also for criminal perpetrators to now have an easy opportunity to cross into.” (via)

Mattapan Invasion Plan

When the reporter ran that phrase through the politically correct translator here is what the computers printed on the screen “We don’t want any black people coming into our neighborhood.” Wall started construction started immediately. When residents heard that black people could now enter their town by bike path, they realized they might also be able to enter via road, train, or even walking.

“A giant wall is the only thing that can save us.” Added one particularly melanin free resident, “With giant spikes!” added another helpfully. When asked what they were worried about Brian O’Caucasian repplied “The people who come and go here — we know them all,’’ he said in a phone interview. “If you put a bike path through the neighborhood, it would take that sense of safety away.’’ (via) Translated through the PC-o-matic that roughly translates to “We don’t want any black people coming here, because we think they are all criminals, only the people who live here now are OK.”

Local bikers, and pedestrians of Mattapan have lamented that the new wall will cut right through the proposed bike lane that would complete the Neponset River Green Way path. “I guess with the advancement in technology that allowed bridges to cross the river, the Milton residents had no choice but built a wall, I mean how else would they keep us out?” Said Mattapan resident Peter Cyclist. When informed that bridges have been around for thousands of years, and that several currently exist that will allow Boston residents to travel into Milton Mr. Cyclist responded “Seriously? Well ain’t this some racist bullshit then.”

Full report here.


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Globe Picks Up Critical Mass Police Tackle “Incident”

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 02

The Globe covered the incident last Friday in which someone got tackled on their bike while riding in the Critical Mass ride.

Its your typical news story, side 1, side 2, interesting fact, no conclusion. Its a formula and they followed it. The fun part comes in the comment section….whoooo boy. Usually you can count on Globe readers to spew out some hateful ignorant bullshit, but you know when the story is about cyclists you are going to get extra hate filled ignorance, suffice to say if the story is about Critical Mass bike riders you get a nuclear level (pun intended) barage of idiocy.

Remember to breath, and remain calm when you read the comment section.

Honestly though, if you skipped the whole thing you wouldn’t really be missing much. Ho hum.

I have been meaning to write up a post about my view of Critical Mass for a while now, perhaps this incident will get me to do it. Suffice to say I think the event is more complicated than a “celebration of biking” or “a bunch of morons clogging up traffic.”

Until then the closest I have come to giving my opinion of such things is this.


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