Driving

By - 9/26/15 - 6:11 pm
Pickup truck driving down the Charles River

Bettlebrox spotted this novel craft in the Charles today:

It wasn't very fast, I passed it while cycling along the river and I last I saw of it was when it went under Harvard Bridge (Mass Ave Bridge)

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/26/15 - 8:19 am

Jennifer Kerwood of Medford this week joined at least two other Massachusetts VW/Audi buyers in suing Volkswagen Group of America over the diesel fraud. Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 11:35 am

Mayor Walsh said this morning that city officials are looking to base how much motorists pay at a meter based on where and when they're parking.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Walsh said these "flexible rates" could dramatically reduce the time motorists spend searching for spaces - which they would do by driving off those unwilling or unable to pay peak rates. Read more.

By - 9/23/15 - 8:26 pm
Fatal motorcycle crash

The crash scene.

Stanley Staco reports a motorcycle and taxi collided around 5:10 p.m. on Albany Street between Herald and Traveler streets. The Globe reports the motorcyclist died.

By - 9/23/15 - 1:25 pm

City councilors are working with residents along American Legion Highway to preserve "urban wilds" along the road and ultimately create a more bucolic stretch out of what at-large Councilor Steve Murphy says is now a "blighted" area. Read more.

By - 9/23/15 - 8:01 am

A Cambridge woman who bought an Audi A3 TDI in 2010 has sued Volkswagen Group of America for breach of contract, breach of warranty and "unjust enrichment" for selling diesel cars that belched more pollutants than allowed. Read more.

By - 9/22/15 - 4:12 pm
Van gets stuck at Rosolindale Square bank

Jim Nichols came across this scene in Roslindale Square this afternoon: A mismatch between the height of a van and the height of the Bank of America drive thru.

By - 9/20/15 - 4:39 pm
Scotter tied to a hydrant in South Bay

Paul was kind of amazed to see how somebody park a scooter at the South Bay mall today.

By - 9/11/15 - 8:39 am
Flipped SUV on Soldiers Field Road

Outbound, near the exit to Harvard Square, J. Goddell reports. Matthew Ferry adds:

Driver and passengers seem to be okay.

By - 9/4/15 - 7:24 pm
Door in a convertible in Cambridge

Psychlo Hexane sat behind this on Mass. Ave. near Porter Square this evening.

By - 9/4/15 - 8:20 am
Workers at big water-main break in Cambridge

The hole at 7 a.m. Photo by Erik Maki. See it larger.

Cambridge Police report on the water-main break at JFK and Mt. Auburn streets this morning:

Inbound traffic to Harvard Square from Memorial Drive will be closed. Traffic coming east from Mt. Auburn Street will be diverted to Eliot to JFK Street outbound to Memorial Drive. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area during the AM commute and likely through the weekend.

Without water, some businesses have shut.

By - 9/3/15 - 8:25 pm

An outraged citizen kvetches about how the city tries to keep streets clear for street cleaning:

I think it's ridiculous that cars are ticketed AND towed for street cleaning now...what is this North Korea?

Ed. note: Well, not in Charlestown.

By - 9/3/15 - 5:12 pm

A South Boston man with one OUI conviction under his belt and facing charges for another alleged OUI incident was ordered held without bail after he allegedly hit a woman walking across Day Boulevard yesterday evening - sending her 15 feet into the air - and then just driving off, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:43 pm
Bike on Storrow Drive

Jonathan Berks came upon what could have been an awful Storrowing involving a bike today.

By - 9/2/15 - 5:01 pm
Protected BMW

Runner Cait ran across this BMW protected with swim noodles in the Back Bay today.

By - 9/2/15 - 2:00 pm

The City Council today unanimously proposed an ordinance that lets police fine any scooter or ATV riders they see popping wheelies, standing on the seats or doing other stunts on city streets. Read more.

By - 9/1/15 - 6:58 pm
Truck almost slams into Bridge on Storrow Drive

Jared Dobson can only utter a hearty "Tis the season!" as he waits to get by a moving van with a driver alert enough to stop before slamming into a Storrow footbridge shortly before 6:30 p.m., if not alert enough to pay attention to any of the "CARS ONLY" signs earlier on his journey. Read more.

Kevin, meanwhile, gives us the eye-in-the-sky view from the footbridge:

By - 9/1/15 - 9:04 am
New lane markings at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street in the Back Bay

Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.

Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."

The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.