bicycling

By - 7/14/11 - 12:49 pm

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

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By - 7/11/11 - 9:38 am

Hubway, the impending bike-rental network, wants your suggestions for where they first start renting bikes sometime this month.

By - 6/27/11 - 12:17 pm

Biker hit

John Pouliot captured the scene around noon today at Mass. Ave. and Essex Street in Central Square. He reports:

Moving but being put on a stretcher. Witness-"Why bike lanes don't work."

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By - 6/9/11 - 8:47 pm

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports on a June 3 incident outside 74 Harvard Ave.

By - 4/30/11 - 3:32 pm

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.

By - 4/22/11 - 12:06 pm

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

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By - 4/19/11 - 6:38 pm

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

By - 4/15/11 - 2:21 pm

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

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By - 4/11/11 - 4:40 pm

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

By - 4/2/11 - 2:35 pm

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

By - 2/1/11 - 7:31 am

Bike-riding Steve Nadis reports a brief discussion with a pedestrian in a crosswalk at River and Putnam.

By - 1/26/11 - 7:04 am

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

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By - 1/24/11 - 11:00 am

Boston Police are investigating the 8:10 a.m. collision that left a 74-year-old man dead.

UPDATED with correct age.

By - 12/10/10 - 3:37 pm

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

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By - 12/8/10 - 3:25 pm

Boston Biker posts a copy of e-mail from the city's bicycle czar on why the city moved so quickly to remove the bike stripings it had just put down on Main Street a month ago - basically, the city should have talked to Charlestown residents first and it didn't.

By - 12/7/10 - 12:09 am

Boston Biker reports on the sudden disappearance of new bike lanes on Main Street just four weeks after the road was striped for them. Seems the Charlestown Neighborhood Council told the city Main Street doesn't need bike lanes:

The Neighborhood Council had a meeting on November 30 about the 4-week-old bike lanes. I was unable to attend.

The next morning, the bike lanes

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By - 11/28/10 - 11:35 am

The Boston Cyclists Union's Interactive Crash Map maps bicycle crashes between May and October of this year.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 11/26/10 - 12:38 pm

The 16-year-old Jamaica Plain girl, allegedly driving her mom's mini-van without permission, was arraigned this morning in West Roxbury District Court on a variety of charges related to an Oct. 8 incident that sent a 65-year-old man to the hospital for three weeks with severe injuries that required surgery and skin grafts, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge Terry Craven released the... Read more

By - 11/9/10 - 9:23 am

Dave Daniels reports on a recent incident in Kenmore Square - and posts a photo of the bowlegged bicyclist who nearly hit him:

He was weaving back and forth from one side of the sidewalk to the other. I don't know if he had "issues", was on some sort of mind-altering substance, or just an idiot.

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By - 11/7/10 - 2:35 pm

A rich money manager driving his Mercedes hits a cyclist, a surgeon, and keeps going. He pulls over a few miles down the road to phone in a report of damage to his vehicle and asks that his car be towed. He does not ask for law enforcement assistance or emergency medical care for cyclist.

The police arrest the driver later but the District... Read more

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