Hello everyone--as you may have heard, WGBH and Wicked Local are doing a multi-part series on how bikes and cars co-exist in the Boston area. I'm trying to put together a panel of cyclists, car drivers, and possibly pedestrians to talk candidly about their experiences and frustrations. If you'd be interested in participating, please give me a call (617-300-2534), send me an email ([email protected]), or tweet me (@reillyadam). Thanks.
Boston Police report three people became hospital patients early this morning when they darted out from behind a van right into the path of a car traveling down Dot. Ave.
H_Boston discovered somebody in Cambridge got a little frustrated with a pedestrian-crossing button.
Biking in Heels posits that differences in the way our traffic signals work for pedestrians explain why Bostonians dart every which way from every direction, while Cantabrigians are more thoughtful, even when jaywalking:
Oh, do check out the inflammatory rhetoric in the Herald. Chris Cassidy is successfully riling up the ragers there.
Yesterday, it was Cyclists, drivers are wheeling and dealing â€” keying off on ticket numbers and starting with a Steve Murphy slam on bikers. Today, Cyclists plan provocations in Hub bike-car war is even more heavy handed. He does the straw-man thing, manufacturer the pitched battle and sits back.
Maureeen Rogers tackles that report that claims Boston is the safest city in America for pedestrians, recounts an incident in San Francisco in which she and her husband were looking for a particular restaurant:
There was a woman a few yards ahead of us, and we caught up to her to ask for directions. After she provided them, I asked her whether she was from Boston (She did not have a New England accent). She said that she had recently moved from Boston, but asked why we might think she was a former Bostonian.
Mitch Blum strides across the road in defense of Boston jaywalking:
... True story: when I lived in Beacon Hill a cop once yelled at me for not jaywalking across Cambridge Street. There was construction going on and me standing there was a bigger public safety risk than me jaywalking. In that instance jaywalking probably saved a life. Think about that for a minute.
Boston is a special place and part of our specialness is our still extant spirit of independence. Just because The Man installs a bunch of paint and lights doesn't mean he can tell me where or when to walk. ...
Sharon Gartenberg crunches accident data from the state and determines that 40% of all pedestrian accidents in Framingham happen on just three roads: Rte. 9, Waverly Street and Concord Street. She provides a query tool and a map - which really makes it look like cars play whack-a-walker quite often on the Rte. 126 corridor from Rte. 9 to downtown Framingham.
The Watertown Police Department thought you should know.
Color Sharon disgusted by the way local cities and towns plow roads but not sidewalks:
... Walking around in winter is NOT an optional activity. Local government should be providing the same snow-clearing services for pedestrians on public sidewalks as they do for drivers on roads.
John compares Washington and Tremont streets. Washington is just too wide for pedestrians to get across safely:
It's like running for a touchdown.
Tremont, though, has too many crosswalks to be safe for motorists:
For drivers, it's an accomplishment to make it from Mass Ave to Berkeley without being rear-ended, having to slam on the breaks at every corner for someone jumping off the curb.
Hmm, what are your worst streets for crossing in Boston?
John admits to occasional drives to places only 3/4's of a mile away. But he starts thinking about how to encourage more foot traffic in Boston after reading about a proposal to ban cars on New York's Broadway: Are there streets on which cars should be banned? Besides Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, that is?
According to this report, Boston is one of the safest metro areas in the country for kiddie pedestrians. Go figure.
Supposedly, we're way safer than Nashville and Chicago, but not as safe as Pittsburgh, San Francisco and New York. FedEx is a proud sponsor of the report, so I'm assuming FedEx drivers are trained not to run down little kids.