The Latest From BostonBiker.org

News, Events, Updates


Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From DotBike:


Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard!

And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are.

Department of Conservation and Recreation reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard:
Comments from the public will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and may be submitted online or in writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114…..Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St., Dorchester

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/

more info about this from Boston Bicycle Union:


Two big projects will bring safer, slower streets and new protected bike lanes to Dorchester. Show your support at the meetings!
6-lane Morrissey Blvd, prone to high speeds, is in major need of a road diet
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a public meeting to present plans for a redesigned Morrissey Blvd.
Currently a 6-lane, high speed road, DCR will be showing plans that include a road diet and protected bike lanes.
A site of two fatal crashes in the past 4 years and many other serious crashes due to speeding, these changes would be a huge improvement, adding a safe bicycle connection from Dorchester to South Boston, and slowing and making the streets safer for all road users.  Bike facilities on Morrissey Blvd have long been a top priority for Dorchester and South Boston cyclists.  Connecting to the Neponset River Greenway, these new protected bike lanes would serve a significant number of people commuting by bike.  DCR needs to hear that neighbors, residents and the general public support these changes!
Show up and speak up!
 
Morrissey Blvd Redesign Meeting
The Leahy Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
If you cannot make it, you are invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of close of business on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
The area encompassed in the Neighborhood Slow Streets program is highlighted in orange.
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is holding a community meeting to discuss and get your feedback on the upcoming transportation improvements to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood (pictured to the right), that will be implemented as part of Mayor Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
With goals of bringing down vehicle car speeds, reducing the number and severity of crashes on residential streets and reducing cut-through traffic, this plan represents a major victory for safer streets and better biking in Boston!
From BTD: “Proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH-making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
Our plans include:
  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices.
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4″ at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.
More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.”
The Transportation Department needs to hear from residents that they support this plan in this neighborhood of Dorchester, and want to see similar efforts in additional neighborhoods across Boston!
Show up and speak up!
 
Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood Slow Streets Meeting
Prayer Tower Apostolic Church
151 Norfolk St, Dorchester

submit Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in advocacy, infrastructure | No Comments »

Drunk Driver Gets 12 Years For Killing Cyclist In Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

In a rare turn of events a motorist was actually sentenced to jail time for killing a cyclists. All it took was him being drunk and driving without a license.  Nothing will bring back young Fritz Philogene, but at least justice has been served in some small way.  My heart goes out to the family.

 

from uhub:

 

A Dorchester man who admitted he was drunk when he took the life of a teenager waiting to cross the street with his bicycle was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office reports.

Gregory McCoy, 27, pleaded guilty to manslaughter while operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision causing death, and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury for the death of Fritz Philogene, 18.

According to the DA’s office:

Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning would have introduced evidence and testimony to prove that McCoy was driving a friend’s 2012 Cadillac CTS at a high rate of speed in a residential area as he approached the intersection of Norwell Street and Talbot Avenue on the night of May 19, 2015. The Cadillac slammed into the rear of a BMW stopped at a red light, sending both vehicles careening through the intersection just before 10:10 pm.

Philogene, who was at the corner with his bicycle and apparently waiting to cross the street, was struck and died at the scene. Henning would have proven that Philogene’s fatal injuries came as a result of McCoy’s actions.

The crash also injured the 33-year-old driver of the BMW and McCoy’s passenger, a 26-year-old Quincy man who owned the Cadillac.

The evidence would also have shown that McCoy extricated himself from the badly-damaged Cadillac and fled the scene on foot, leaving a blood trail from the vehicle’s final resting point to his neighborhood.


submit Drunk Driver Gets 12 Years For Killing Cyclist In Dorchester to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in news | No Comments »

Save The Date: Dorchester’s First Bike and Brew Fest Sept. 15

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 15th will be the Inaugural Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest! (Scheduled as a lead in to the citywide Hub on Wheels Festival weekend)
 
This family friendly festival is being designed to showcase the growing cycling community in Dorchester, while also offering the opportunity to sample beers from several local brewers. We are excited to look forward to hosting several food trucks, live music, cycling repair and safety workshops, raffles, games, and more.  Stay tuned for more info, and if you want to help, please join us for the planning meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-7:30pm, in the Greater Ashmont Main Street offices, 1914 Dot Ave in the Carruth Building (across from Ashmont T).
 
Visit www.greaterashmont.org to sign up for Greater Ashmont Main Street emails.

submit Save The Date: Dorchester’s First Bike and Brew Fest Sept. 15 to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in advocacy, fun | No Comments »

Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

This guy is making things happen in Dorchester, seems like an awesome guy!  I used to live in the very very (very) southern point of Dorchester, and while its gotten better for cycling down there, its not nearly as good as it needs to be.

 

More great info on Noah and his message here.  He is really talking about the real issues behind cycling, as a transit option, and as a life changing technology for low income folks. I hope the city will pivot to focusing on the neighborhoods that most need these kinds of infrastructure improvements and where they will do the most good economically.

Bravo sir!


submit Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester! to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in advocacy, infrastructure, news, video | 1 Comment »

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.

————————-

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.
EDIT:

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)

Read more »


submit Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in news | 2 Comments »

The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Cambridge Bike Safety Update January 20, 2017
      TweetGot this in the email from the Cambridge Bike Safety Folks:   Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We’re excited to report that planning for the Spring protected bicycle lane pilots is now in full … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Commonwheels’ Season of Earn A Bikes Classes Begins! January 18, 2017
      Our first session of the Women's Earn A Bike program has begun! The group meets every Tuesday and is the first of what will be six Earn A Bike classes held by Commonwheels this winter. There will be a second session of the Women's Earn A Bike... Continue reading →
      commonwheels
    • Thing A Week 2: Sculpting An Adult Toy January 15, 2017
      As part of my new years resolution to make a new thing every week this year, I have decided to make the second weeks project, sculpting an adult toy. Hold on to your hats prudes, and wholesome folks, futurecrash is going blue.  By which I mean, I have decided to make my own adult toy.  The […]
      Boston Biker
    • Bikes Not Bombs Winter Update January 11, 2017
      TweetFrom BNB: Save the Date for Bike-A-Thon! We’ll be hosting our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’ve been working on a new route this year check out our Instagram for some sneak peeks! Call for Partnerships We’re looking for … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Custom Hammer And Gear Earrings January 8, 2017
      Made these for a client, think they look nice.  The posts are set so that the earrings hangs to match the logo they were designed after. Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Thing A Week 1: Custom Safety Pins January 7, 2017
      As part of my new years resolution to make a new thing every week this year, I have decided to make the first weeks project, custom safety pins. After the Brexit vote in the UK a lot of people there started wearing safety pins as a sign to others that they were “safe.”  Basically that […]
      Boston Biker
    • Hubway Shut Down For The Storm January 7, 2017
      TweetGood to know if you use Hubway to get to work: From Hubway: Due to a forecast of inclement weather, Hubway will temporarily close at 12PM noon on Saturday, January 7th, to protect the safety of our riders and staff. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • The Math On Driving Doesn’t Work January 6, 2017
      TweetFrom MetroNews A common political argument is that bike and transit riders should “pay their own way.” A study in Vancouver however suggested that for every dollar we individually spend on walking, society pays just 1 cent. For biking, it’s … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Lawmakers Pass 50$ Fine For Parking In Bike Lanes January 5, 2017
      TweetDon’t know if the governor is going to sign it…but he should.   Drivers across the state could be penalized with a ticket of up to $50 for stopping in a bike lane under legislation sent to the governor’s desk … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • 2017 Thing A Week Projects! January 4, 2017
      I have had a lot of project ideas kicking around in my head for a while now, and I have decided with the new year its time to get some of them out of my head and into the real world. I am striving to complete one project a week, as well as documenting them […]
      Boston Biker