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There are 20 comments on Bike Safety Focus of BU’s Sustainability Festival

    1. Amen! I am really sick of all the talk of bikes vs cars that ignores pedestrians. No more promoting bikes till I can cross with a walk light and not have to dodge them.

    2. The Boston Police just did this morning. They stopped each of the bicyclist who didn’t stop on red light and gave each of them a ticket. I got one for didn’t stop at a “no turn on right” crossing. Though it was only for vehicles. Can’t believe it.

    3. Not every student that rides a bike goes though a red light. But I have seen some people that ride bikes to work go through red lights. Also what about cars that go though red lights?

      1. I love this argument. The was drivers and cyclists run red lights is *totally* different and if high percentages of cars ran red lights, driving would be a very very different experience.

        1. Sigh, indeed. There are intersections in Boston where almost NO bikes stop, ie where the cross street dead-ends and there is no cross traffic, but 99.99% of the cars stop. There is no comparison. Way too many cyclists think they are above the law or, like Yang, don’t know the law.

    4. Thank you. If you’re on the road (car, motorcycle, moped, bike, skateboard, etc.), you’re NOT a pedestrian: you need to obey common traffic laws. Running a red light is dangerous not only to pedestrians trying to cross, but also to the person running the red light — you could get struck by oncoming traffic not expecting people to run that red light.

      It would also be nice to crack down on (or at the very least, educate) stupid pedestrians, say by Commonwealth and University Rd. They are equally frustrating and often the other half of the problem.

      1. It’s scary the amount of pedestrians (mainly students but not all) that walk straight across University Rd without ever even taking a look to see what’s coming towards them crossing Comm Ave

    1. They are not pushing the whole bike thing. They are promoting safety. Students are still going to ride to classes. BU students are not the only ones that ride bikes in Boston.

  1. Sorry, but they ARE pushing “the whole bike thing”, as does Boston and other cities in general. Despite good bicyclists, there are TONS of bad bicyclists everywhere. They ride on sidewalks, treating pedestrians like obstacles. They ride in bike lanes going the wrong way. They ride over the B.U. Bridge at high speed on the sidewalks, despite a multimillion bridge renovation that created BIKE LANES right BESIDE the sidewalks. They run red lights, cutting people off in cross walks. They pull U-turns, ride in the dark without lights, and generally act entitled. Cities, universities, and other entities have been handing out brochures, sponsoring “seminars”, and yakking about bike safety for years, and you know what? Those who bike and are brainless or self centered are going to do exactly what they want, DESPITE risks to themselves and others, because there are few or NO repercussions for them when they don’t follow the rules of the road. Until that happens, “bike safety” events are pointless. You can’t educate “duh”.

  2. Wanted to add: a red light means “STOP”. It doesn’t mean “now’s your chance to bike past cars which have stopped for the red light”. Little children know that a red light means “stop”, so clearly, the “cause” for bad bicyclist behavior isn’t just a lack of “safety education”. Most bad bicyclists already know the rules but could care less.

  3. I think we can make this discussion more informative. Forty years ago I used to blast around city streets on a bicycle while enjoying an amazing adrenaline rush. I now wonder how I got to live to my mid fifties! Once you lose a couple of friends, helmets become standard equipment and taking the kids out regularly for a safe ride becomes mandatory. Watching my kids ride bikes, learn to drive stick, and get a few years of driving experience, I can now state what I consider obvious:
    1) A bicycle is basically an incredible one-third horsepower vehicle. If you want to enjoy it to its fullest, do so but not on a city street. If you want to use it for transportation in Boston, you really have to put some sober thought into it.
    2)A generation ago most motorists were once cyclists and had some kind of “spidy sense” when they got behind the wheel. These days many kids are chauffeured around the suburbs by parents who feel that bikes are too dangerous for their kids. When they become sixteen their parents buy them a used SUV- just for peace of mind. If they hit anything, they won’t get the worst of it. These people are on the road, they don’t display good sense when looking for cyclists, and they are the reason why we should be praying for cyclists.
    3) Everyone seems to enjoy being distracted! When I see a cyclist with ear buds on, I’m ready to take a fit. Hearing needs to complement your other senses while cycling. On the other hand, just because a motorist has a responsibility to not be distracted, anyone who assumes this is the case if a fool (and certainly not a defensive driver).

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