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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 31 comments on Victim of Fatal Bike Accident Was Enrolled in CAS

  1. RIP Victor. Anybody know whether he wore a helmet? I don’t know the details of his injuries, but I would hate to think this could have been prevented :(

    1. UniversalHub.com is reporting that he was not wearing a helmet.

      I drive in the length of Comm Ave every morning, and unfortunately, most of the cyclists I see riding to class are not wearing helmets. It’s a shame, especially at a school that is at the forefront of research on traumatic brain injuries, that so few people are aware of how important helmets are.

    2. no, Victor was not wearing a helmet. He was only wearing a Red Sox cap. He was one of the best people I’ve ever met. Of all the people I know, everybody liked him. He managed to befriend all kinds of people. He’s always caring, always there for his friends. One of the most attentive, dedicated person to people around him. So many people bike around that area everyday, yet a person whose presence lightened up so many others’ lives was chosen. He will be missed by us all, because we all love him.

    3. Helmets are great, but this is not an opportunity to blame the victim. Please, everyone, let’s understand that even if you are wearing a helmet, being hit by an MBTA bus is a losing proposition. We need to make the roads safer for cyclists.

  2. Victor was my classmate, and I didn’t know him very well, but he was immensely friendly and good-natured, always smiling and laughing, he was the light of our class. I think he truly brought happiness to so many people’s lives, no matter for how long or how well they knew him.

  3. This is such an upsetting story. What a great loss to his family and friends and the BU community as a whole.

    Perhaps the BU Police and MBTA should get together to give a workshop to bus drivers and bikers about road safety. I am a biker and recently had a close call with a bus myself. We all need to be educated around this issue.

  4. Terribly sad…condolences to his family and friends. It is a difficult to ask but but perhaps important and useful to know whether he was wearing a helmet and/or reflective gear. In any event, it’s an opportunity to remind all cyclists to do so, especially on Boston’s busy streets.

    1. First and foremost my condolences to the family.

      In regards to your comment, Paul, victim blaming is all to common in the cycling community. As if a helmet is going to save you from being run over by a bus anyway. Also, why do you assume it was his fault at all. Maybe the MBTA, who have already killed 2 cyclists this year (that I know of), should be educated on how to share the road.

      As a well lit cyclist, who wears a helmet, I’ve had numerous run-ins with the MBTA. In fact a month or so ago I filed a complaint with a bus driver who passed by me at a high speed and way to close for comfort.

      1. Agreed. I try to be an extremely careful, defensive cyclist, and I still have gotten very nearly trashed by a bus on at least 3 occasions. They are unpredictable and I am terrified of them, and they need to learn to share the road better with bikes.
        I can understand the kind of balls to the wall attitude you need to be a bus driver in Boston… it must be hell, but that isn’t safe with bikes becoming more and more numerous. (and usually for every bike, that’s one less car causing traffic) Sure, it’s in your best interest as a cyclist to wear a helmet, use lights and reflective material, but you can’t control other people’s stupid actions.

  5. BU Today, please change your usage of the word “accident” to either “crash” or “incident”. Without knowing the findings of the police investigation, we cannot assume that this tragedy was simply an “accident”.

    1. Accident (noun): an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: i.e. automobile accidents.

  6. I passed the hurst with its rear hatch open which was parked in front of Marsh at around 7am this morning on Comm Ave. I was on my bike. It was very surreal and left me with a feeling of sadness as I made my way to destination. RIP Victor

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