Ezra Finney reports on an incident around 10:10 p.m. yesterday in Cambridge:
I was riding south on Prospect Street in Cambridge with a green light at Harvard Street. There was a car in the oncoming lane with its left turn signal on. I have a bright white flashing front light on my bike, and clearly had the right of way, so I continued across...Read more
Capt. John Greland at C-6 reports that around 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, a motorist took exception, by way of his fist, to a bicyclist obeying traffic rules at Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road.
Greland says the motorist, apparently headed straight, beeped at the bicyclist in front of him. When the bicyclist refused to move and told him the light was red, the driver got...Read more
To go with the simulation of riding a trolley on the new end of the Green Line, MassDOT has created this simulation of riding a bike (or walking really quickly) along the 2-mile community path it's planning.
State officials today announced a 2-mile "community path" from Lechmere to Lowell Street, alongside the Green Line extension, will be fully complete by the time the Green Line extension opens, whenever that is (the latest estimate is 2020).
Construction is already well underway on the segment between Cedar and Lowell streets; state officials say that part of the path should be ready for use this...Read more
A "ghost bike" now marks the spot at Cambridge and Spice streets where Owen McGrory of Chelsea died in a collision with a garbage truck earlier this month.
Some people wanted to leave something besides flowers to remember the crash for which the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death:
UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim as a 30-year-old man from Chelsea. They have yet to publicly release his name to allow for family notification.
Ricky Prezioso, 42, of Swampscott, told police he thought he hit a pothole at the intersection of Cambridge and Spice streets while making trash pickups around 1:40 p.m. yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prezioso was arraigned today...Read more
UPDATE: Truck found in parking lot in industrial area along Railroad Street in Revere, towed to Boston as evidence. NECN reports the driver has also been found and is being questoned; Boston Police say no charges at this time. Jesse Haley notes the truck belongs to an East Boston company.
A bicyclist was pronounced dead around 1:40 p.m. after being...Read more
Under a new city program, doctors at Boston Medical Center can now write prescriptions for Hubway memberships, as a low-cost exercise option for low-income residents.
Under Prescribe-a-Bike, patients will pay only $5 for an annual membership in the bike-sharing system, which gets them an unlimited number of 30-minute Hubway rides. Patients also get a free helmet.
"Obesity is a significant and growing health concern for...Read more
A man who says a large pavement "rut" caused him to tumble off his bicycle in Brookline is plumb out of luck trying to get somebody to pay for his injuries, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today.
Tom Filepp sued what is now National Grid over injuries he says he incurred in 2005 when he tumbled off his bicycle due to a two-inch gap in...Read more
The Boston Cyclists Union reports DCR hopes to hold a forum on a review of the department's ice-removal policies for bicycle paths, last updated in 2006.
A DCR spokesman noted the number of bicyclists on state-owned paths, such as along the Southwest Corridor, has increased since then and that the state recognizes "the commitment" of year-round bicyclists.
Area bicycling groups protested this week after...Read more
A number of bicycling groups are reacting to an e-mail exchange over the Southwest Corridor bike lane with by asking why major bike lanes aren't given the same clearing priority as roads.
MassBike takes the issue of snow removal on off-road pathways â€“ and all bicycle facilities - very seriously because many people who ride bikes rely on them for their daily transportation...Read more
A bicyclist's request that DCR ensure its bike paths are plowed and salted to bare pavement within a couple days after a large snowstorm has DCR officals saying enough's enough: Bicyclists with "poor judgement and unrealistic expectations" who can't find other ways to get around in the days after a snowstorm should consider moving to a warmer city.
UHub was forwarded a series of e-mail...Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports on an effort by mechanical-engineering students at Northeastern to create a sort of sensor web around a bicyclist that would alert the rider to any cars getting too close:
Laser lights are also added to the bicycle to project a bike lane onto the street, so that the cyclist knows where the bike's safe zone is. If a vehicle...Read more