‘City Council holds hearing on pedestrian safety’

My latest letter, published in the JP Gazette: Bravo to local heroes such as Councilor Ed Flynn and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta. They are making our city streets safer for children, cyclists, and all pedestrians. While officials investigate automated enforcement/ camera systems for speeding and running red lights (which are critically important), a few points bear mentioning: Small Victories are Urgently … Continue reading ‘City Council holds hearing on pedestrian safety’

bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts

check out the massachusetts bill regarding bike and pedestrian safety linked here. the bill is presumably going to be refiled for the 2019-2020 legislative session. advocacy is being lead by the  massachusetts bicycle coalition. what do you think? how can we make the bill even stronger? i’d propose traffic cameras and speed bumps be a prominent component of the new bill. please leave a reply below. Continue reading bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts

‘i’ve seen too many accidents’

it would be difficult to find a bicycle deliveryman in new york city who doesn’t know the story of edwin vicente ajacalon, recently detailed in the new york times. he was a 14-year-old boy who lived in the city for about a year, having come to the united states from rural guatemala, where he had finished sixth grade and helped his parents work in the … Continue reading ‘i’ve seen too many accidents’

cyclists call for safer lanes after australian tourist dies

how many more cyclists will have to die? madison jane lyden, age 23, had been visiting new york city on “the trip of a lifetime” and was the ninth cyclist to die in a traffic collision in new york city this year. she was hit by a garbage truck after swerving in its lane to avoid a livery cab. the driver was charged with driving under … Continue reading cyclists call for safer lanes after australian tourist dies

Is it safe to bicycle in Boston?

Previously one of America’s most dangerous bicycling cities, Boston has cleaned up its act in recent years, according to a recent study (read more here). This is personal opinion (not scientific), but I don’t feel safe bicycling the streets of Boston. There are too many distracted, drugged-out drivers on the roads. Therefore, I am only willing to cycle on protected bike paths. Personal opinion regarding “danger” is based on emotion and experience, not science. I frequently walk the … Continue reading Is it safe to bicycle in Boston?