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Cambridge To Follow Boston’s Lead On Side Guards For Trucks

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

I have talked about this a couple of times (here and here and here), and its great to see Cambridge moving forward with this simple and awesome plan.

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On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step towards making transportation safer for bikers as well as pedestrians. The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion put forth by Councilor Dennis Carlone to take the next step in considering outfitting city vehicles with side guards.

The side guards act as a protective measure in the instance of a collision between a cyclist and the truck and keep the cyclist from being pulled beneath the vehicle.

According to Councilor Carlone’s City Council Blog, “City Manager Richard C. Rossi is requested ‘to work with all relevant City Staff, safety experts, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to consider the possibility of deploying truck side guards across all city-owned and city-leased trucks.'”

Councilor Carlone introduced the legislation back in September after a cyclist was struck by a garbage truck. Luckily the injuries were non-life threatening but that was enough to inspire the councilor to act preemptively.

At the end of October, Boston became the first city in the nation to adopt such a measure. The Boston City Council also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance filed by Mayor Marty Walsh, along with At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and the Boston Cyclists Union, to equip all large city-contracted vehicles with safety side guards.


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Truck Side Guard Ordinance Passes!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

Woo! Hopefully this sort of thing will spread to all trucks in the city. We had reported on this before (here and here and here), but nice to see it actually pass.

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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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Ayanna Pressley To Hold Hearing On Safeguarding Cyclists, Introduces New Draft Legislation For Side Guards On Trucks

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 21

Got this in the email, Ayanna Pressley has been diligently working to ensure safer conditions for cyclists in Boston, here is her latest, welcome effort.

 

 

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In conjunction with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has recently authored an ordinance titled An Ordinance Requiring City Vendors to Safeguard Unprotected Road Users. This ordinance would require all city-owned and city-contracted large trucks to install lateral protective devices (“side guards”) as well as make improvements to visibility/mirrors and safety decals.
The City Council’s Committee on Government Operations (chaired by Councilor Michael Flaherty) will be hosting a hearing on this proposal next Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 4pm in the City Council’s Ianella Chambers (5th Floor of City Hall). If you would be interested in testifying, please contact James Sutherland <[email protected]>.
Full Text of the draft here: Bike_Sideguards (pdf)

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Big Trucks Have Big Blind Spots

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 23

Be alert, be safe.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Action Alert: Allston I-90 Interchange Project November 20, 2014
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    • THE DANGERS OF SAFETY: Why Focusing on Car Accidents May Hurt Our Health November 18, 2014
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    • Building Sidewalks For Children November 17, 2014
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    • Help MIT Students Test Outdoor Bicycle Training Device November 14, 2014
      TweetFrom the email, looks like fun! ———- We are engineering students at MIT who are building a device (Terrainer) for competitive cyclists to train outdoors.  To further improve our project, we are looking for competitive cyclists to help test and provide feedback … Continue reading →
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    • Cambridge To Follow Boston’s Lead On Side Guards For Trucks November 14, 2014
      TweetI have talked about this a couple of times (here and here and here), and its great to see Cambridge moving forward with this simple and awesome plan.  Via On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step … Continue reading →
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    • Cold weather glove review November 13, 2014
      TweetCold weather riding has it’s advantages. If you ride the paths, you begin to notice that there is much less traffic on the bike paths. The people out there tend to be more experienced and cordial that the fair weather … Continue reading →
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    • Cold weather glove review November 13, 2014
      TweetCold weather riding has it’s advantages. If you ride the paths, you begin to notice that there is much less traffic on the bike paths. The people out there tend to be more experienced and cordial that the fair weather … Continue reading →
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