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The City of Cambridge is handing out a copy of the bike laws to all the residents (including incoming Harvard students). Education is a key component in preventing bike accidents, and I am glad they are passing it out to ALL new residents, because the vast majority of people in Cambridge are not riding their bike daily, and they need to know the laws just as much as the cyclists (if not more).
Perhaps this could be expanded to EVERY resident in Cambridge, as they could use a refresher on the laws as well.
From The Crimson:
New residents of Cambridge, including incoming Harvard students, will receive information on local bicycle regulations, the Cambridge City Council ordered at its weekly Monday night meeting.
A trio of resolutions, all focused on increasing knowledge about bike laws in Cambridge, passed unanimously. The resolutions, sponsored by Mayor E. Denise Simmons, requested that the City Manager’s office work with the city and local colleges to provide new residents and students with relevant bicycle safety information.
“There’s a good deal of volume of bicycles in the area, and people may be coming from areas where there aren’t as many,” said Sandra Clarke, Cambridge’s deputy director of community development. “[The resolutions are] intended to reach out to folks who may be new to the community.”
Tags: cambridge, education, laws
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Got this in the email. For far far too long Americans have had an at best un-examined relationship with the effects of the cars they drive. Vision Zero highlights the most tragic effect of our transportation choices. We should commit to zero deaths on our streets.
A Tough Start to the Year: How you can get Involved
There have been more than two dozen pedestrian fatalities statewide in 2016, including the tragic death of a child near Tufts Medical Center last Saturday. Another person was hit this morning at the corner of Mass Ave & Albany Street – part of the 1.6 mile stretch of Mass Ave from Melnea Cass Blvd to Beacon Street that has been highlighted as a Vision Zero Priority Corridor. While we are seeing some positive incremental progress, we still have a tremendous amount of work to do to bring the number of fatalities and serious crashes down to zero in Boston and throughout the state.
To help you can:
Submit your safety concerns on the City of Boston’s new interactive Vision Zero safety concerns map. You can pick a location and comment on specific street safety concerns in Boston with this tool. Now you can report safety concerns, near misses, and incidents – valuable data that can be added to existing police and EMS crash data.
Read the City Of Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan and share it with others via Facebook, email or Twitter. Spreading the word is an important first step in making sure everyone is working to reduce traffic fatalities.
- Contact your city councilors, legislators and other local leaders to encourage them to pass and support the legislation and policies above related to Vision Zero, and to focus efforts and funding on infrastructure that is safer for people walking and biking.
Share this email with your friends and encourage them to sign up for updates from the Vision Zero Coalition.
Boston City Councilors Support Lowering the Speed Limit to 20 MPH
Boston city councilors held a hearing two weeks ago to lower the default speed limit to 20 miles per hour on city streets.
The measure would decrease the speed limit from 30 miles per hour in residential areas and thickly populated business districts where there are no posted signs. In school zones, the speed limit would be lowered from 20 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour.
Several members of the Vision Zero coalition spoke at the hearing: Jackie DeWolfe from LivableStreets, Wendy Landman from WalkBoston and Becca Wolfson from the Boston Cyclists Union.
The City Council has unanimously passed the proposal, which now goes to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The measure will also also require the State Legislature’s approval, because speed limits are set by state law.
Giving communities the option to set lower default speed limits is one more tool that can help make our streets safer for everyone. It should be paired with real infrastructure improvements to change driver behavior and force driving at safer speeds.
We’ll keep you updated as this progresses!
Boston Commits Funds to Vision Zero
Just a few days ago, the City of Boston announced they would set aside $3.1 million for Vision Zero in their 2017 budget, a significant increase from the $500,000 that was in this year’s budget. Another $9.3 million will go toward the project over the next three years.
“The underlying philosophy of Vision Zero is that our streets should be welcoming and safe,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca.
Increasing the Vision Zero budget was one of the key recommendations the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition made to the city. Click here to read the full list of recommendations.
Cambridge Announces Commitment to Vision Zero
|Joe Barr, Director of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation for Cambridge, announcing the commitment to Vision Zero|
In March, the Cambridge City Council unanimously passed resolutions to formally adopt Vision Zero and Complete Streets policies! Cambridge follows more than a dozen other cities nationally that committed to Vision Zero.
To read the full text of the resolution click here (resolution starts on p.54).
We are excited that Cambridge has committed to Vision Zero and hope that other towns and cities throughout the state will follow suit!
Video Shines Spotlight on Dangerous LMA streets
Check out this great video highlighting the often dangerous streets conditions for people biking in the Longwood Medical Area.
Recent studies show that more than 20 percent of rush hour traffic in the LMA is on bicycle. The video highlights the needs for better street designs that will accommodate emergency vehicles as well as everyone moving to and through the LMA no matter how they get around.
Thank you for helping make our streets safer for everyone!
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— Cambridge Police (@CambridgePolice) November 18, 2015
Woo! Now all we can hope for is that this attempted murder gets treated as such, instead of the more usual case of having the charges thrown out or reduced to a ridiculous degree. Trying to kill someone with your car should be treated in the same way that trying to kill someone with anything else is, seriously.
Tags: asshole in a truck, cambridge, hit and run
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Who hit a cyclists on purpose and then drove off.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for the driver of a pick-up they say swerved towards a bicyclist on Webster Street shortly after 7 a.m. on Sept. 29:
Just before the hit and run, the operator of the pickup yelled, honked his horn and then made contact with the bicyclist’s handle bar, causing him to fall.
The bicyclist, Geren Stone of Somerville, is a doctor at Mass. General. He required surgery for injuries to his left arm, police say.
Read more about this here, anyone with info call the Cambridge police at: 617-349-3364.
Tags: asshole, cambridge, hit and run
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Got a good glimpse of some amazing and awesome naked riders last night. Way to go everyone! Bikes + anything = awesome. Especially if that anything is naked people having innocent fun on a warm summer night.
Tags: 2015, boston, cambridge, world naked bike ride
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