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In response to recent deaths, the city and BU have teamed up to improve Comm. Ave. From BU Today:
More warning signs, better bike lane markings, and highway reflectors will be added to the campus’ mile-and-a-half strip along Commonwealth Avenue to improve safety in the wake of the death of a student cyclist in December.
Those improvements, recommended by a joint BU-city working group, will be made by the city. Safety advocates, including Craig Hill, chairman of BU’s Bike Safety Committee, commended the measures, while cautioning that additional improvements may be necessary in the future.
“I’m hopeful that these changes will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along this very busy stretch of Commonwealth Avenue,” says BU President Robert A. Brown. “I am also extremely grateful for the city’s continued support of bike safety initiatives that safeguard all people who use the city streets that pass through our campus.”
The improvements will include:
- Signs. New signage will designate a “High bicycle and pedestrian activity zone,” and instruct drivers to “Share the road” and “Yield to bicycles when turning right.” Other signs will post a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. Part of the stretch had been posted for 30 mph.
- Pavement markings:. The existing bike lanes, installed five years ago, will be painted at intersection crossings with skid-resistant, high-visibility green paint, and white bike-shared-lane markings will be added within the green paint at busy intersections and at long crossings. The width of the bike lanes’ edges will be increased to six inches, from the present four inches.
- Reflectors. Highway reflectors, recessed into the pavement, will be installed along the outside of bike lanes between intersections, and more closely spaced before each intersection crossing.
Warning signs to improve safety will be installed on Commonwealth Avenue. Photo courtesy of Tetra Tech
Read the rest of this long, and in depth article here.
Tags: BU, Comm. Ave, improvements
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This morning on my commute into Boston, I spotted BTD prepping some “Share The Road” signs to be hung up on Comm. Ave. by Kenmore Sq.
When I walked by the same spot this afternoon, I couldn’t find them anywhere. Has anyone seen where they’ve been put up?
Tags: bike saftey, Comm. Ave, infrastructure, Kenmore, road signs, share the road, signs
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Its happened again…
A bicyclist did not survive a collision this morning with a semi at Comm. Ave. inbound at St. Paul St..
At 8:51, Sasha tweeted from a passing trolley:
Body covered by a tarp. RIP. what a bad start to the morn.
By coincidence, a City Council committee holds a hearing on making Boston safer for bicyclists today at noon at City Hall.
More info when I get it:
NPR reports, that a cyclist was in a bike lane when the semi-truck made a right turn and hit him. Was a white male in his 20′s.
According to Boston Police, at 8:36 a.m., a cyclist was struck by an 18-wheeler at the intersection of St. Paul Street and Commonwealth Avenue, near Boston University campus. Police closed down the 900 block where the accident occurred.
Police confirmed at 9:49 a.m. that the cyclist died as a result of the accident.
People reported seeing a sheet over the bike and the victim at the scene as they passed the accident near Boston University’s campus.
EDIT: A picture of the truck.
EDIT: another image of the scene
Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said in an e-mail that the bicyclist was killed and that the department’s Homicide Unit is now investigating the incident. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office has also sent a prosecutor to the scene, officials said.
EDIT: Heading to this meeting, on bike safety, see you there, more when I get back.
Students name released:
Christopher Weigl (COM’14), a 23-year-old BU graduate student who was pursuing a master’s in photojournalism at the College of Communication, collided with a 16-wheel tractor-trailer at about 8:30 a.m. Witnesses say Weigl and the truck both were traveling east on Comm Ave and collided when the truck made a wide right turn onto St. Paul Street. The accident is being investigated by the Boston Police Department, which cordoned off the area and closed Comm Ave eastbound. No citations have been issued.
“Chris was just a great guy,” says Sarah Ganzhorn (COM’13), a fellow graduate student in COM’s photojournalism program. “He was always smiling. He was just a really chill guy who never had anything negative to say about anything.”
EDIT: More photos:
Tags: Christopher Weigl, Comm. Ave, crash, cyclist killed
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Got this in the email today, sad news, will try to keep on top of it as things change.
Thanks for the news tip Craig.
Hope she recovers.
Via the Daily Freepress.
A male Boston University student hit a female biker with the car he was driving at the corner of Buick Street and Commonwealth Avenue at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim was a BU student also, said Sargeant Patrick Nuzzi of the Boston University Police Department.
The biker’s head smashed the windshield of the BMW sedan, which is registered in New York, said a Boston Police Department officer on the scene who wished to remain anonymous.
Despite being a BU student for the past four years, the driver had failed to get a Mass. license and is considered under state law to be driving without a license, the officer said.
New bike lanes on Comm. Ave. have made it easier for bikers to be safe, but the lack of traffic laws specific to bikers has led to accidents, he said.
A friend of the offender had to drive the vehicle away from the site of the accident and have his license verified by police.
The BPD officer said that the charges against the vehicle operator will depend on the victim’s medical condition, but it is up to BPD to decide.
The female student was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is in fairly critical condition and could possibly be suffering from head trauma, he said.
Tags: BU, Comm. Ave, crash
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Spotted on Comm Ave, honestly I think we might need to put some sort of lights/audible alarms as well, BU students seem to have…trouble, crossing Comm Ave at even the best of times.
Tags: BU, Comm. Ave, crossing the street is hard
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Hey – wanted to make sure you’d heard (Im sure you have), but there are new bike lanes on comm ave! I was only on comm from Packards corner inwards, but they were in place on that whole stretch. Beautiful!
And AB Bikes saw them grinding off the arrows in preparation for moving the lane markings.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Comm. Ave, Commonwealth Ave
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At about 4:17pm, on Monday, August 9, 2010, officers from Area D-14 (Brighton) responded to a radio call for an accident involving a bicyclist being struck by a motor vehicle in the area of Warren Street and Commonwealth Ave. On arrival, officers located and observed a 24 year-old female victim being attended to and treated by EMS. The female victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital where she later succumbed to injuries and was pronounced. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
I’ve been hearing reports of a bad bike accident, yesterday evening at the intersection of Kelton St and Comm Ave. There is nothing official yet, but you can read reports/tweets here: http://www.universalhub.com/2010/bicyclist-hit-car-brighton
From what I’ve heard, she was a 24 years old, no helmet, wearing headphones, who may have run a red light. The driver apparently had the right of way. Again, the reports are unverified.
Be careful out there. I will post more details as I get them.
Edit: Lots of reports of a lot of blood in the street from the accident, but I still cant confirm a fatality…I think we can be sure it was a lady, thats about all I can confirm at this point.
Edit: Here is the location of the crash, Kelton and Comm. Ave.
EDIT: Just got off the phone with the cops, they say they don’t have any fatalities recorded for yesterday involving a bicyclist, so hopefully that means that the young lady survived.
EDIT: Here is a picture of the bike at the scene. Pink and purple step through frame. Looks geared, and with brakes (aka, this wasn’t a fixed gear bicycle).
Edit: The globe seems to have finally noticed, no new info however.
Edit: More info about the young lady who died Marlene “Marly” Pineda here.
Tags: bike crash, Brighton, Comm. Ave, Commonwealth Ave
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and new sharrows on Arlington apparently! Pics soon!
Edit here are some pics, I took some video too, but you will have to wait till I get home for me to upload that stuff.
I have to say I am impressed with these lanes, They still seem to be missing markings in the underpass area, and they need to work a bit on the transitions at the ends (I suggest Boston’s first bike box!) but the entire experience of riding down this street has changed. You feel…AWESOME! No longer are you looking for doors opening on your right, while having cars zoom by on the left. Going through the underpass is a DREAM. You get the whole left lane to yourself, with a nice big buffer zone to keep cars out. You pop up on the other side and don’t have to worry about merging with traffic.
The basic way you used to have to take that underpass was move far to the left in the right hand lane (so people could see you and not try to go around the corner too fast) and then when you got to the top you had to merge with moving traffic. No more! Now you just sort of glide through easily and really the entire feel of it is great.
They even did a lot of work on the street in front of the public garden, getting you around the right hand turn. There are now sharrows on the left most and right most lane, when I get the video’s up you can see them in action.
I think this is a banner job from the city, and hope that we see more innovative solutions like this.
EDIT: here are the videos I promised
EDIT: Sorry about the pics can’t seem to get them to rotate, just flip your head to one side for now I guess
Also just heard that there are more markings and bike boxes coming soon to these lanes, so those of you worried about the transitions give it a couple days and then re-evaluate. Also heard that they are going to be green!
Tags: Bike Lanes, Comm. Ave, left hand, video
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