Archive for July 2014

City, BU resist protected bike lanes on Comm Ave

In the three years between 2010-2012, the seven blocks of Commonwealth Avenue from BU Bridge to Packard’s Corner in Allston were the site of 68 reported bike crashes. Around 21 young women and 47 young men, their ages averaging just over 23 years old, were bounced off car doors, run over by taxi cabs, and…

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Truck driver who fled fatal crash not charged

Another Massachusetts grand jury has refused to indict a truck driver for running over a cyclist, preventing any criminal trial for 41-year-old Ricky Prezioso who ran over 30-year-old Eoin McGrory on April 3 in Charlestown’s Sullivan Square. The development recalls the case of Alexander Motsenigos in 2013, wh ere a grand jury seemed to ignore…

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DCR takes step back, two steps forward

After receiving a letter from the Bike Union, the Department of Conservation and Recreation removed the bicycle symbols along the shoulder of the Arborway in Jamaica Plain last week, admitting that their premature addition to what was designed as a shoulder for the street was “a miscommunication between headquarters and our field engineering staff.” An…

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PWD to do Seaver St with cycletracks on one side only

Interim Commissioner of the Public Works Department’s Michael Dennehy is a promising promotion within the Martin Walsh Administration in many regards, but the new commish did not see fit to help community members agree on one solution for Seaver Street. In response to a letter signed by 48 community members and the Bike Union’s Organizing…

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