The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city will paint bike lanes from the Monument down Centre Street all the way to the beginning of the VFW Parkway - except through the large rotary where the Arborway comes in - because rotaries are just too risky for bicylists, who are advised to use the sidewalks around them.
A Jamaica Plain man with two drunk-driving convictions was charged with a third OUI offense after he allegedly disregarded a "No Turn on Red" sign in the Back Bay and hit and dragged a bicyclist in the crosswalk - then hit a cop as he was pulling over - the District Attorney's office reports.
Neither the bicyclist nor the Boston police officer were seriously hurt... Read more
"They're all in the downtown area, with the tourists and the wealthy people," lamented 21-year-old Genesis Baez, who lives in Jamaica Plain.
The Globe quotes Hubway honchos that bike-rental systems only work where they can have rental stations every... Read more
Or maybe he didn't think he was getting enough e-mail. But how long before Emily Rooney has him on her show to calmly explain why bicyclists should be shot on sight?
Mike Ball, himself an avid bicylist, ponders the ramifications of a City Hall statement that Hizzona Himself wants bicyclists to stop for red lights and wonders if the new enforcement will also involve going after signal-disregarding motorists as well:
Given the adversarial and disdainful attitude of many non-cyclists here, a well-handled education program should be amusing all around. To hear the anti-cyclist types... Read more
Hubway, the impending bike-rental network, wants your suggestions for where they first start renting bikes sometime this month.
Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports on a June 3 incident outside 74 Harvard Ave.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on proposed "hybrid" bike lanes along Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue that would swap the normal positions of car-parking and bike lanes on one side of the streets. Also, Segways would be allowed.
Marjorie Arons-Barron reports on an incident near Charles Circle yesterday involving ten kids on bicycles riding abreast on Cambridge Street, and an increasingly impatient driver who finally had enough:
It didn't work out too well. The white car sideswiped a weaving cyclist, who flew in one direction, his bike in the other. The car never stopped or pulled over. Fortunately, the bicycle rider picked... Read more
Boston Police report arresting a pair of 50-somethings who allegedly used "a bag with a big rock inside it" to smash locks and make off with a pair of bicyles at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street around 2:15 this morning.
Unfortunately for the alleged yeggs, Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street is one of the few intersections in the City that Always Sleeps that has... Read more
Mike Ball reports on last night's hearing on proposed bike lanes along Mass. Ave. from the river to Symphony Hall. Among other topics:
The local D-4 police captain, Paul Ivens (also a cyclist) ... was jolly but firm. Along with their regular duties, his officers have issued several hundreds of tickets to bike-lane car parkers since July. He noted that they would likely be... Read more
The city holds a hearing on Thursday to see what people think of the proposed addition of bike lanes to one of Boston's busiest streets.
City officials say bicycles now account for up to 14% of vehicle traffic on the avenue during rush hours - and that Mass. Ave. has one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents in the city. Under the city proposal,... Read more
Boston Police report a possible break in ending a spate of bicycle thefts on Beacon Hill and the Common over the past month: The arrest of Matthew Berry, 30, of Somerville.
Police say one of the theft victims was scanning Craigslist when he saw a bicycle that looked like his. After he contacted police, a detective contacted the seller and arranged to meet him... Read more
Bike-riding Steve Nadis reports a brief discussion with a pedestrian in a crosswalk at River and Putnam.
The Metro reports on a request from Mayor Menino to the state legislature to increase fines for red-running bicyclists from $20 to $150.
Boston Biker says fine, but only if the city does the same for pedestrians:
If you passed a law giving police the ability to write $150 j-walking tickets, you could go downtown on any given weekday and solve the state... Read more
Boston Police are investigating the 8:10 a.m. collision that left a 74-year-old man dead.
UPDATED with correct age.
Pete Stidman of the Boston Cyclists' Union explains the city should have talked to local residents first, because the lanes just showed up while they were looking at angled parking on Main Street as a way to increase parking for stores there:
Normally, when two competing interests arise like this, the neighborhood has a chance to talk them through and see options on designs... Read more