Officers Hand Out Free Bike Helmets, Warnings On Commonwealth Avenue
As part of a safety initiative, police stopped cyclists without helmets on the Boston University bridge.
As part of an ongoing safety initiative, officers from the Boston, Brookline, and Boston University Police departments gave away bike helmets to cyclists who weren’t wearing one on Monday.
Officers stationed at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the Boston University bridge said they stopped roughly 73 cyclists traveling toward the Back Bay, and only two refused to take the free helmets before continuing on. “I stopped one girl that actually said she was on her way to buy a new helmet,” said BU Police Officer John Struble. (Read more…)
With crash data, Boston tries to make bicycling safer
Ridership up; 50% drop in injury rate is the goal
Bike crashes in Boston are most likely to occur on Massachusetts Avenue, between 4 and 7 p.m., to men between 19 and 31 years old. And they are most often caused by cyclists running red lights.
Those insights are contained in a report of unprecedented scale that compiles years of data on bike collisions in the city. With a slew of statistics on crash locations and times, helmet use, and bicyclist and motorist behavior, the report, set to be released Wednesday, could prompt changes in how city officials strategize to ensure the safety of cyclists.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, whose office commissioned the study, plans to announce a pledge to cut the cyclist crash injury rate by 50 percent by 2020, a goal, he said, that will be made possible by the findings of the report. (Read more…)
Help BU WIN the Challenge!
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) is a week-long, free and friendly competition amongst Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities.
The 2013 MCBC will take place during Bay State Bike Week (May 11th – 19th).
We know you bike so… be sure to register and record you miles for the week!
The 34th annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is scheduled for Aug 3 & 4 and is a fully supported bike-a-thon — with food and water stops, mechanical and medical assistance, luggage transportation, and lodging — that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. Cyclists choose from 11 routes of varying mileage designed to cater to all levels of cycling strength and fundraising ability.
The PMC raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. Since 1980 the PMC has raised $375 million, the goal of the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge is $38 million.
New Cycling Safety Measures on Comm Ave
More warning signs, better bike lane markings, and highway reflectors will be added to the campus’ mile-and-a-half strip along Commonwealth Avenue to improve safety… (Read More!)
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