Right of Way

Local News
1:10 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Boy Struck And Killed While Riding Bike In Mass.

Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Hopkinton.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:42 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Can Mass. Afford Its Freewheeling Sales Tax Holiday?

Massachusetts lawmakers are currently debating lifting the state's 6.25 percent sales tax for one August weekend.
Credit Fatty Tuna / Flickr

Boston Public Radio for 7/25/2013.

    

Massachusetts lawmakers are poised to approve what has become an annual tradition in the Commonwealth — the sales tax holiday. Shoppers would enjoy the reprieve on the weekend of August 10th, if all goes according to plan. Goods priced $2,500 or under would not be subject to sales tax for those two days.

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Local News
3:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Death of Cyclist in Amherst Under Investigation

The 22-year-old cyclist who died after being struck by a truck in Amherst over the holiday weekend has been identified as a Hampshire College student originally from Newton.

College officials identified the victim as Livingston "Liv" Pangburn, who was struck at about 4 p.m. Sunday near Amherst College. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The driver of the struck stayed at the scene. The death remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

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RIGHT OF WAY
5:48 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Fatal Kenmore Square Biking Accident Underscores Risks

The intersection at Charlesgate West and Beacon Street.
Credit Adam Reilly / WGBH

Under Mayor Tom Menino’s watch, the city of Boston has been striving to make itself a safer place for cyclists. But now a bike fatality at a busy intersection right outside Kenmore Square is offering a tragic reminder that despite the city’s efforts, cycling in Boston can be risky.

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Local News
6:17 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Another Fatal Bike Crash in Boston

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology visiting scientist from Japan has been killed while riding her bicycle in Boston.

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RIGHT OF WAY
11:46 am
Wed May 15, 2013

City Bike Study Shows Rise in Ridership, Crashes

A biker shares the road with drivers in Allston.
Credit Liz Alesse / WGBH

A city of Boston study shows bike ridership in the city increased as much as 28 percent, to 56,000 trips per day, since 2010. 

With the increase of ridership comes a bump in crash incidents: The Boston Police Department reported a 2 percent increase (488 incidents in 2012), while Emergency Medical Services reported a 9 percent spike (521 incidents.)

More than half of incidents reported by EMS involved riders not wearing a helmet.

As a result of the study findings, Mayor Tom Menino announced his intention to cut the cyclist crash injury rate by 50 percent by 2020. 

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Local News
3:40 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Function Doesn't Trump Style for Boston Cyclists

Fink, trying out a Linus
Dave Poplin

Boston cyclist and photographer Nathaniel Fink makes a habit of stopping other bikers he finds interesting and asking if he can take their photograph. He learns a few things about each one he captures and posts a thing or two about them on his blog, Cycle Style Boston.

RIGHT OF WAY
2:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

From Cambridge to Brighton, a Short but Risky Bike Ride

Phillip Martin rides the streets of Cambridge.
Credit Phillip Martin/WGBH

I jumped on my own bike and found out that, even as an experienced cyclist, I have some old habits I need to break.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:04 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

BPR: Who Cares About #MaSen?, Chris Lydon On Cyclists, Friday News Quiz: Beer v. Wine

Christopher Lydon argues that Hubway and a forward-thinking cycle culture make Boston attractive to the young and upwardly-mobile.
Credit Mr. T in DC / Flickr
  • Do you care about the US Senate race between Gabriel Gomez and Rep. Markey? Jim Braude and Sue O'Connell debate that race with a little over a month of campaigning left.
  • Callie Crossley talked about "knowing thy neighbor" — how well acquainted we are with the people we see every day. Could more familiarity have prevented or shortened the Cleveland kidnapping?
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Local News
9:14 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Searching for Solutions

Credit Greater Boston

Adam Reilly concludes Greater Boston's Right of Way series with a studio-based forum of bikers from in and around the Boston area who offer their insights on improvements, problem areas, and how bicyclists and motorists CAN co-exist.

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Bike Helmet with Lights Displays Rider's Mood

The MindRider helmet indicates how the rider is feeling with colored lights. Green lights indicate a focused state, while red lights indicate drowsiness, anxiety, and other states not conducive to operating a bike or vehicle.
Credit MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab researcher Arlene Ducao has worked on developing a safer bike helmet for riders as part of her research. She sent WGBH News this article for our Right of Way series, a collaboration with Wicked Local.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Can a Louder Bike Horn Stop a Collision?

Loud bike horn inventor Jonathan Lansey
LoudBicycle.com

Boston cyclist Jonathan Lansey was glad to hear his friend had been lucky enough to survive a collision with a car while riding her bike. But after learning that a blaring radio had distracted the driver from hearing his friend scream, Lansey had the thought that no one should have to rely on luck when faced with a life-threatening situation.

"Yelling at drivers is not very effective," Lansey said. "I searched everywhere to find a good bike horn, but the few serious  horns I found sounded grating or unrecognizable. When you honk a car horn, [drivers] react immediately."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

BPR: Mothers' Day March, Boston Globe's Brian McGrory, Dangerous Intersections

Cyclists pass through the intersection of Commonwealth and North Harvard Avenues in Allston. The intersection is notoriously difficult to navigate.
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RIGHT OF WAY
8:57 am
Wed May 8, 2013

What Can We Learn From Arlington's Battle Over Bike Lanes?

Mass Ave. in Arlington is wide because it once had a MBTA trolley line that ran down the center of the street. Here's a view of the street now from Mass Ave from Varnum St. in Arlington.
Credit East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition

There's been a battle over bicycle lanes along a one-mile stretch of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington  since the Massachusetts Department of Transportation floated the prospect of nearly $7 million in federal and state aid to repair the deteriorating corridor.

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RIGHT OF WAY
5:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Taking Driver's Ed, with an Eye Toward Cyclists

A biker shares the road with drivers in Allston.
Credit Liz Alesse / WGBH

One complaint Boston-area drivers and bicyclists often make is that neither group follows the rules of the road. But how are drivers taught to interact with cyclists?

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Local News
6:56 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Take the Right of Way Safety Quiz

Credit Roland on Flickr/CC

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are all navigating tangled streets in communities around metro Boston. Take this quiz to find out just how much you know about your own rights and responsibilities as you share the road.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

BPR: CNN's John King, Texting While Biking, UMass Amherst Econ Whiz, Charlie Baker, And 3-D Printing

  • CNN chief national correspondent John King talked to Jim and Margery about the ongoing immigration debate in Washington.
  • Chicago Alderman Margaret Laurino talked about her city's ordinance to make cell phone laws the same for drivers and bikers.
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RIGHT OF WAY
5:50 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Bikes, Cars Maintain Uneasy Equilibrium

This is national bike month – something we’ve been anticipating for many months – WGBH News, along with our partners at Wicked Local, are taking a close look all week at how bicycles, cars and pedestrians share our roads. Tonight our Right of Way series kicks off with a drive around the city of Boston – Emily Rooney is the driver and she's looking for bicyclists.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:44 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

BPR: WGBH's Right Of Way Begins, Latest State Politics, And TV's Antiheroes

A bike rack in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Credit Simon Greig / Flickr

    

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Local News
1:56 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

WGBH News Poll Reveals Division Over Who Has ‘Right of Way’

A WGBH News poll released today shows that only one out of three Massachusetts residents feel drivers and bicyclists on the region’s roads interact safely. Nearly half (45 percent) of those polled responded that adding bike lanes and providing riders with a right of way is the most effective measure to prevent bike accidents, compared with only 32 percent who support efforts to improve enforcement of existing laws (22 percent) or pass stricter laws (10 percent).

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