Driving

Driving

By - 3/25/15 - 10:35 pm

Updated Thursday with info from BPD.

Boston Police report a 26-year-old man was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after he lost control of his scooter and crashed around 9:40 p.m. outside 236 River St.

Police continue to investigate how he lost control. The man remains in the hospital.

By - 3/25/15 - 11:31 am
Boston Mayor Walsh announces a new traffic-fatality plan

Mayor Walsh, other city officials and an old parking meter today.

Mayor Walsh said today the dedicated bike lanes planned for Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner are only part of a long-term "Vision 0" plan to curb crashes and traffic-related deaths through a combination of street reconfiguration and tougher enforcement.

By - 3/25/15 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will spend $6 million to replace all of its street parking meters with "smart" units in constant communication with BTD - a move officials say will lead to better management of curbside parking.

At a City Hall press conference, Walsh said the money will come from the city's parking-meter fund - collected from existing meters - not the general fund.

By - 3/25/15 - 11:04 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will pick a neighborhood to test out a new street sweeping plan in which fines are more than doubled - but car owners no longer have to worry about getting towed.

Walsh wants to increase street-sweeping fines from the current $40 to $90 or $95.

Walsh said the proposal would mean more revenue for the city - currently, most of the money paid by motorists whose cars are towed go to the private towing companies - and would actually lead to cleaner streets, because when you get $90 tickets three or four weeks in a row, "I think you're going to move your car."

By - 3/22/15 - 6:58 am

Good Morning Gloucester shows a car being pulled out of the harbor after its driver drove off a wharf there last night. Both driver and passenger are OK.

By - 3/20/15 - 10:39 am

In contrast to the idea of a Boston Olympics, Bostonians love them some space savers. WBUR reports:

70 percent of Boston residents are in favor of the use of space savers, despite the controversy, vandalism and parking challenges the tradition brings each winter.

By - 3/20/15 - 8:06 am
Car fire on Highland Avenue in Somerville

UPDATE, 10:40 a.m. The city of Somerville reports McGrath Highway is open again.

Jared was on scene for what he described as a "brutal accident" at McGrath Highway and Highland Avenue in Somerville shortly before 8 a.m.

David Robichaud reports several cars were involved and that there are injuries.

By - 3/18/15 - 5:24 pm

Dominick Revell, 43, was released on $500 bail today at his arraignment on charges of OUI, fourth offense, possession of both heroin and cocaine and driving without a license, after an incident in the drive-thru lane at the American Legion McDonald's last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/18/15 - 9:32 am

After seeing Alex Wheeler's photo of Green Line parking skill, the judges have closed this week's round.

By - 3/17/15 - 1:47 pm
Angry parking note

Ted Dobbin reports spotting this note yesterday on the remains of a snow mound at 6th and Cambridge streets in East Cambridge. One can only hope it's been there awhile, because to think that it might have just shown up yesterday would be kind of depressing.

By - 3/16/15 - 11:13 am

"Keep your cars out of our backyard" says BU President Brown

The Boston Globe reported today that in exchange for an $8M contribution to build the West Station commuter rail station adjacent to its campus, Boston University sought "enforceable language prohibiting the use of BU's West Campus as a route for buses or other vehicular traffic to carry commuters to or from West Station."

By - 3/13/15 - 11:09 pm
West Rutland Square in the South En

West Rutland Square

A South End resident who came out to find his car on West Rutland Square with a ticket on it yesterday for parking more than a foot from the curb wonders if this is a new way for the city to make money: Create a problem, then dun residents for it.

There is no way to park properly with the snowbanks in the middle of the road.

This is a 2 way street, but the city only plowed out one lane and has left it this way. It is the city's fault that the street is blocked, and now they are trying to profit from it.

By - 3/13/15 - 8:09 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the North End/Waterfront Residents Association voted 25-7 to ask the city to give them the same sort of space-saver ban the South End has. The resolution also supports towing cars in the way of street sweepers.

Neighborhood residents saw significant vandalism and threats as a result of these space saving efforts.

By - 3/11/15 - 4:49 pm

Cambridge Police report a bicyclist was struck and killed by a truck around 1:40 p.m. on Putnam Avenue between River and Pleasant streets.

Marcia Deihl, 65, a Cambridge singer and songwriter, was pronounced dead at the scene, police say. They add:

The operator of the vehicle remained at the scene of the accident and the driver is cooperating with investigators. No charges have been filed at this time.

By - 3/11/15 - 2:29 pm
Charles Circle crash scene

The crash scene this afternoon - the Coca-Cola truck was the one involved.

Updated with information from the DA's office.

A woman apparently walking against the light was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Charles Circle this afternoon.

Witnesses reported that the woman, 68, was crossing Cambridge Street towards the Liberty Hotel when hit around 1:30 p.m., according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which adds:

Emergency medical technicians from an ambulance company were in the immediate area and stopped to assist. The woman was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital a short distance away, where she died of her injuries.

By - 3/11/15 - 7:29 am
New lane along the Casey Overpass

Clay Harper, who has been chronicling plans for the Casey Overpass, watched workers smooth out the new temporary lane along the overpass yesterday, in preparation for the demolition of the overpass. The work has also included taking down trees - yesterday, workers chopped down the trees along the upper busway at the Forest Hills T station.

By - 3/9/15 - 4:59 pm
One car destroyed, one damaged by falling ice bombs

Spinorama84 happened upon some carnage in the parking lot between Hurricane O'Reilly's and the Fours on Canal Street this afternoon: One car heavily damaged by ice boulders falling from the building and one with its windshield taken out. No injuries, he reports.

Earlier:
Nobody injured by falling deathcicle behind Bromfield Street.

By - 3/5/15 - 2:24 pm
Smashed car in Burlington

Smashed windshield. Photo by Burlington FD.

The Burlington Fire Department reports firefighters responded to a condo project at 54 Villagewood Dr. around 9:15 a.m. to find:

A female patient, located inside a motor vehicle, with a large piece of ice sticking out of the windshield. The ice had fallen from the roof of her residence.

The large piece of ice broke the windshield and both side mirrors.

The woman was taken to the Lahey Clinic and is expected to survive, the department says. Chief Steve Yetman adds:

By - 3/5/15 - 10:17 am

Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) proposes using some of that there smart technology to deal with winter space saving: Basically charge residents for city space savers embedded with GPS devices that could report to City Hall:

After a snowstorm, when a 'host' shovels out a spot and needs to drive off they put their "Official City of Boston Space Saver" in their spot and log that spot into the 'Space Saver Hub'. They give their account and password and enter when they need to return to the spot. The "Space Saver Hub" uses the GPS embedded into the device to log the location. A display screen on the device could flash "Free until 6 pm" or whatever time the person plans on returning. The host is responsible for keeping the device charged and/or batteries installed.

A 'guest' driving through the neighborhood would have two ways of finding a space to park. One is to look for the flashing displays on space savers, the second is to have their smart phone alert them to available spaces in the neighborhood.

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