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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).