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April 15, 2014

4,000 Annual ER Visits from Bike-Related Kidney & Genital Injuries

Bike riding can be dangerous when drivers cause collisions or when bikers are otherwise involved in accidents. While most people are concerned about head injuries after a bicycle accident, a new report indicates that there is also another major risk of bicycle riding: the risk of genital and kidney injuries. old-1950s-bike-1429602-m.jpg

When a bike injury occurs because of a negligent driver or because of a badly designed bicycle, a Boston personal injury lawyer can help the affected victim to pursue legal action. In the case of a kidney or genital injury, the costs of medical treatment, missed work and pain and suffering may be significant.

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April 14, 2014

Boston Engineer: Loud Bike Horn Could Prevent Accidents

As more commuters and enthusiasts trade in their vehicle for two-wheels, the divide between cyclists and drivers continues to grow. Though motorists may become irritated by bikers weaving in and out of traffic or violating laws, cyclists will always be at a greater risk when involved in a collision. Negligent drivers, blind spots, inadequate bike lanes and other infrastructural issues can create hazards regardless of how safe cyclists are when sharing the road. Something as rudimentary as a loud bicycle horn may allow riders to give drivers the warning they may need to prevent an accident.
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For drivers, loud horns have been able to prevent millions of accidents. Cyclists are not given the same advantage when trying to warn other motorists on the road. According to an interview on WBUR radio, with the "loud bike horn" inventor, the horn is one solution in reducing the number of bicycle collisions involving automobiles. Our bike accident attorneys in Massachusetts are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims. In addition to client advocacy, we are committed to raising awareness to help prevent future accidents and keep cyclists safe.

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January 25, 2014

Quincy Discusses 23 New Miles of Bicycle Lanes

More than 20 miles of bike lanes should be added in Quincy, suggests the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Before last year, the city had absolutely no bicycle lanes, according to Enterprise News.
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The council recently proposed a set of recommendations to the city's planning board, and the main goal was to make the area more bike-friendly. Included in these recommendations is a plan to paint bike likes on a number of major roadways in the area by the end of this year.

Our Quincy bicycle accident attorneys understand that bike lanes are critical to encouraging sustainable commuting in our area. With these bike lanes, we will be able to encourage more bicycle traffic while creating very little impact on the city's public works budget. Although the county already identified the 23 miles targeted to get these bicycle lanes, there are some streets that are "high priority" and should get these lanes as soon as possible. Included in these "high priority" areas are Washington Street, Hancock Street and Adams Street.

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September 17, 2013

$15.5 Million Grant Targets Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Boston

The City of Boston is getting a gift aimed at safe traveling. According to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the city has is the recipient of a $15.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant. The project has been dubbed the "Connect Historic Boston" initiative.
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What this project is going to do is to create attractive, safe, and easily navigated bicycle and pedestrian connections between the city's historic treasures and the public transit system. The grant is creating the opportunity for big change in the way we look at alternative modes of transportation and is going to allow more people to experience the city's rich history on a personal level. This project is expected to greatly help out local businesses and create a whole slew of new tourism-related jobs. It's also a key in the city's Greenovate Boston initiative, which is used to help encourage locals and visitors to cut down on greenhouse emissions by cutting down on motor vehicle traffic.

Our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers understand that with more on-foot and two-wheeled traffic, we can expect to see more of these accidents. Any increase in traffic comes with an increase in accident risks. That's why officials are turning to the motoring public. As such a densely populated area, we're asking all motorists to be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians. It's important to remember that we all have rights out there on our roadways, and it's important that those rights are acknowledged!

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August 9, 2013

Bicyclists Asked to Walk throughout Boston

Officials with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced that the prohibition on bike riding will remain in effect for Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Public Garden because of the all the events held at the sites and because of the volume of foot traffic. Bicyclists are still able to travel on the properties -- if they're walking their bikes through, according to the City of Boston.
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This announcement comes after a number of discussions between property abutters, bicycling advocates, Walk Boston, the Friends of the Public Garden and various other groups.

Our Boston bicycling accident lawyers understand that, although these meetings were very productive, there are still some disagreement that lingers regarding these areas and the nature of bicycling. The problem that officials see is that bicyclists come up quietly and swiftly behind pedestrians and are likely to catch them off guard. And that's no good when you consider that these areas are some of the busiest for pedestrian traffic in the city.

These properties host some of the city's most popular events, which makes sharing this space tough.

With today's announcements, residents and visitors should note:

-There are signs that state where bicyclists are allowed to travel. These signs are located at these entrances.

-If you've got a bicycle, you're still welcome. You're just asked to walk your bike through instead of riding.

-Officials will continue the discussion on cycling in the area and will continue to push for safe routes for everyone.

-Bicycling is allowed in City of Boston parks only on those paths that are designated for bike riding.

But don't think that bicyclists are getting shut out. There are still many bicycling events throughout the area. Coming up in the near future are the Hub on Wheels ride, September 22nd, and the TD Bank Mayor's Cup Pro Race, September 21st.

Since Mayor Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007, ridership in the City has more than doubled. Many other important strides have been made in safety, education, and facilities.

Both Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts were ranked as the most dangerous roads in the entire city. Close to 10 percent of the bicycling accidents in the city involved a pedestrian. About 35 percent reportedly involved a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, both men and women cyclists perceive cycling on off-road paths as significantly safer than biking on Boston streets. But we see here that that's not oftentimes the truth.

When you're riding out there, make sure you're riding in a safe and designated area. Some roads have marked bike lanes to the right side of the road. In ideal circumstances, cyclists should stay to the left side of the bike lane in order to avoid potential road debris and to stay outside the radius of the doors of parked cars.

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July 7, 2013

Boston Mayoral Candidates Talk Bicycle-Safety Plans

Our Boston bike accident lawyers know that preventing cycling injuries is a top-concern in our city. In fact, bicycle safety is such an important issue that many of the candidates running for mayor have answered some questions for Boston.com on their plans to improve cycling safety in the city. 1379253_directions_sign.jpg

The candidates face off in a primary election on September 24th, but in the meantime, their answers on bicycle safety are worth considering as many of the potential future mayors have some good ideas for preventing serious injuries or fatalities when traveling on bikes in Boston.

Bicycle Safety Plans Proposed by Potential Boston Mayors

According to Boston.com, the safety plans suggested by the different mayoral candidates include the following:


  • Candidate John Barrows suggests improving safety by providing targeted safety training for groups that have high crash rates. This would include cyclists; MBTA and taxi drivers and university students. The candidate would encourage workplace and on-campus training. Finally, the potential mayor would also redesign and install bike facilities in areas with high crash rates; encourage helmet use; make low-cost helmets and illumination products available; and enhance data collection to learn more about bike accident risks.

  • Candidate Bill Walczak believes in the importance of helmet use and of biker and driver education. His plan for improving bike safety includes giving bike riders more clearly designated and more heavily protected bike lanes in all neighborhoods, and putting up signs to remind drivers and cyclists about driving safely.

  • Candidate Don Conley suggests that a public education campaign on sharing the streets safely would be a good step towards making cycling safer. Continuing with his educational approach, he also suggests micro-campaigns addressed at certain groups to address common mistakes. Helmet vending machines and kiosks around the city are also part of his plan, as are improved enforcement of traffic laws and the potential adoption of a mandatory bicycle helmet law.

  • Candidate Charles Clemons suggests a citywide PSA campaign as well as better enforcement of traffic laws.

  • Candidate Felix Arroyo believes that new infrastructure such as cycle tracks could be helpful in making biking safer. His plan also includes collecting more data about dangerous areas; raising awareness of bicycle dangers; and combining data from different government departments to better understand bike accident risks.

  • Candidate Ron Consalvo would create a "Share the Road" public education campaign, and would support the Boston Bikes program that is already in existence. Infrastructure improvements, updated crash reporting practices, and innovative engineering solutions are also part of his bicycle safety plan.

  • Candidate John Connolly wants to increase both cycle tracks and protected bicycle lanes. He believes in a "complete streets," plan that incorporates cycling into all aspects of road design. He was a prior sponsor of the Hubway bike share initiative when serving on City Council and he wants to expand Hubway into more neighborhoods.

  • Candidate Marty Walsh indicates that he plans to initiate a comprehensive traffic flow review if elected mayor in order to improve bicycle safety and make the city move more smoothly. His plan also includes developing cyclist amenities including more bike lanes and share road markings, as well as bike stoplights and bike boxes at intersections. Finally, public awareness and public education on issues such as helmet use are important and he wishes to incorporate training in schools, driver's education courses and community fitness programs.

It is good news that each of these different candidates takes bike safety so seriously, and it is also good news that this issue is important enough that Boston.com believes this is an important concern for voters who will select the city's next mayor. While each of the candidates has different ideas, hopefully whoever is elected will be able to make a significant difference in making the roads safer for riders.

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July 5, 2013

Boston Bicycle Riders are a Diverse Group - Summer Bike Accident Prevention Important

Recently, the Boston Globe addressed the so-called "image problem," of Boston's bicycling community.

According to the Globe article, many people incorrectly assume that Boston bicycle riders are all either hipsters and/or white, wealthy and middle aged. This image problem and the stereotype of bicycle riders has, according to the Globe, made it more difficult to make improving bicycle safety into an important political issue. 1347817_biker_in_the_curve.jpg

Our Boston bike accident lawyers know that improving bicycle safety is good for everyone throughout the city. By recognizing that bike riders are a diverse group and that improved safety measures can benefit everyone, hopefully lawmakers and local politicians will be able to make safety initiatives more of a priority. This is especially important as prime bicycling season is underway during the summer and everyone - drivers and cyclists alike- need to make a serious effort to be safe when sharing the roads.

Boston Bicycling Community is a Diverse Group

The perception of bicycle riders as hipsters or as wealthy white people has become so entrenched that there is even an acronym: MAMILS, which stands for middle-aged men in Lycra. The cyclist stereotyping has caused many, including some local politicians, to view bicycle safety issues as affecting only a small minority of local area residents. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that those individuals most vocal on bike lanes and bike safety programs tend to fit the stereotype of the rich middle-aged rider.

In reality, however, the Boston Globe indicates that bicycle riders are very diverse and that many people ride bikes as a matter of necessity. In fact, studies have shown that cycling is a growing method of transportation among both racial and ethnic minorities. Lower income individuals who are unable to afford the costs associated with a car also use bicycle riding as their means of getting to work and running essential errands.

This trend towards an increasingly diverse group of bikers isn't isolated to Boston either. In 2011, for example, a Rutgers University study revealed that minorities are making up an ever-increasing share of bicycle riders throughout North America. In 2001, African American, Hispanic and Asian people made only 16 percent of cycling trips but in 2009, individuals within these ethnic groups accounted for 23 percent of rides. Yet, many of the minorities who are increasingly riding bikes do not tend to attend events organized by pro-cycling advocates.

Some Boston lawmakers believe that an important opportunity is missed by failing to engage all bicycle riders, including minority riders who may not traditionally speak out in favor of improved bike safety measures. By raising more awareness of safety issues and of the diversity of bicycle riders, bike safety can become a more popular cause and more politicians may be willing to take real action to improve conditions for cyclists in Boston. This would be good for all riders, especially as adults and kids take to the roads on their bikes for fun or pleasure this summer and beyond.

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May 4, 2013

Bicycling: No Joy Ride in Boston

A photojournalist with Boston University was riding his bicycle along Comm Avenue when a tractor-trailer swung wide. The bicyclist collided with the trailer and was killed. This is the University's second student to die in a bicycle accident in a month, according to Wicked Local.
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A local columnist is no stranger to these kinds of accidents either. During Labor Day, he was riding his bicycle in Buxford when a vehicle t-boned him. In the accident, all of his ribs on the left side were crushed, his collar bone was broken and his left lung was punctured. After roughly $300,000 in medical bills, he's still spending much of his time in rehab.

Our Boston bicycle accident lawyers understand that there were nearly 10 bicyclists who were killed in the state in 2011. These accidents accounted for close to 2 percent of all traffic accidents reported in the state, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It's surely no joy ride out there, but there are things you can do to help better ensure a safe journey.

In the state of Massachusetts, the law of the road concerning movement of vehicles says that bicycles are vehicles. This means that for the most part you should operate your bicycle like a driver of a vehicle. The rules are the same. You are a part of traffic and you have a right to expect to be treated as other drivers are.

To help to keep you save out there, consider the basics of traffic cycling:

-Go with the flow. You want to make sure that you're riding with the flow. You never want to ride against oncoming traffic.

-Be on the lookout for traffic on bigger streets. You may have the right of way as a cyclist, but it's important that you remember that drivers can't always be relied on. You've got to fend for yourself, ride defensively and stay one step ahead of the vehicles around you.

-Always drive in a straight line. If you have to move out of the line, make sure you yield.

-Always cross the road at intersections. Use traffic lights and stop signs to your advantage. This is where traffic is most likely to see you.

-Avoid riding at night. This is when your risks for an accident are the highest. If you have to, make sure there are working lights on the front and rear of your bicycle. Wear bright colored clothing and make sure there are reflectors on your bike. Stay seen out there.

You can't always avoid the dangers that come along with the dangerous driving habits of others. But you can best prepare yourself to react and to avoid these dangers. Stay alert out there and stay safe on two wheels. You have a right to that roadway, too!

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May 3, 2013

Boston Bicycling Accidents - Reducing Injury Risks When a Crash in Unavoidable

We've been talking a lot about bicycle safety, after all it is National Bike Safety Month. But we do understand that accidents happen. Do you know what to do when an accident is unavoidable?

Our Boston bicycle accident attorneys are here with tips from Bicycling.com to help to better your risks against injury in the event of a fall.
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The first thing you've got to remember is to look where you're going. Naturally, our body shift into the direction we're looking. If you're looking at a rock you want to avoid, the more likely you are to run into it. Your best bet is to keep looking into the clear path in the area you wish to ride. Your eyes will guide your bike.

Secondly you want to make sure that your pedals are ready for anything. Your best bet is to ride with clipless pedals. You don't want to strap yourself onto a falling bike. Make sure you can remove your feet easily whenever needed.

Next you want to make sure that you're staying loose and that you're moving with the road. If you happen to jump a hump in the road or shoot over a pot hole, you want your body to be ready to absorb the movement. Staying stiff is only going to work against you and increase your risks of a fall.

Lastly, you want to make sure you're stable. Whenever you're pedaling at a slow speed or you're heading up a hill, you're going to want to make sure there's space between you and the bike. Get up and use your body to pedal. It's a good workout and it's safer.

So you followed all of those safety precautions, but you still get into an accident. What now? The best thing you can do is prepare yourself for the fall and know what you're doing.

The first thing you want to do is go with the flow. You want to fall along with the bike. Don't put your arms out to stop yourself. That's only going to increase your risks for a fracture or a broken bone (if not more than one). Instead, your best bet is to tuck your chin into your check, make your body into a ball and roll with the fall.

If you happen to fall backwards, you want to do something a little different. This is where you want to stop the energy. You still want to tuck your chin, to avoid whiplash or a head injury. Instead of rolling with the fall though, you're going to want to extend your arms to the side to stop the momentum from rolling you further. Remember not to put your arms behind you to stop the fall, because you run the risk of a break or a fracture, but put your arms aside to stop.

To keep safe no matter what kind of fall you endure, your best bet is to lower your center of gravity. The lower you are, the easier it is for you to tuck and roll and the shorter distance it is to get to the ground.

With these tips, we're not telling you it's okay to get into an accident because you have a better chance of surviving. We're just offering up these safety tips IN CASE something unavoidable happens. Best of luck out there!

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May 2, 2013

Bay State Bike Week Shines Light on Biking Safety in MA

The entire month of May has been dubbed National Bike Safety Month, according to MassBike. Massachusetts takes it one step further though and celebrates its own Bay State Bike Week.
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Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. It is fitting that Massachusetts would be the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week, given our long history of biking. From Worcester's bicycle racing champion Major Taylor to the world-famous Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament, the love of biking has deep roots in our state.

Our Boston bicycle accident lawyers understand that bicycling is a popular way to get around town, especially with the warming weather. We're urging residents to get out there and to get involved to help spread the word about safe biking. You can check the bicycling event calendar on MassBike and find events near you.

Throughout the month, and during our Bay State Bike Week, officials will be pushing the "Same Roads, Same Rules" campaign. "Same Roads, Same Rules" is a program that is aimed at both bicyclists and motorists. It's a program that is about coexisting in a shared space, respecting each other as human beings, using common sense and keeping yourself and others safe by following a common set of rules. The number of bicyclists has skyrocketed in the area and the need for more information has become urgent, with many on the road, bicyclists and motorists alike are too often unsure how to safely interact.

We're here to help the bicyclists out and to get riders to refresh their bicycling safety knowledge before bike seasons gets into full swing. Read the following safety tips and share them with your biking loved ones to help ensure everyone a safe ride:

-Make sure you have plenty of space. You've got a legal right to the road, so use it - take the full lane when needed, stay away from car doors, and don't squeeze between lanes. Two bicyclists can ride side-by-side, but get into single file if cars can't pass safely.

-Ride with the flow. You want to make sure you're riding in the same direction as traffic. That means ride on the right-hand side of the road. Never ride against oncoming traffic. It's too dangerous.

-Give yourself a break. When you come to red lights and stop signs, you've got to obey them too. Use this as a time to catch your breath and take a break.

-Shine in the night. Make sure you have a light in your bicycle, not only to help you to see where you're going, but to help others see you as well.

- Always wear a helmet. There's no substitute and no better way to protect your head, skull and brain. Make sure your helmet fits properly and that you're always wearing it.

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April 5, 2013

City of Boston and BU Join Efforts for Safer Pedestrian & Bike Travel

Officials with Boston University and the City of Boston are continuing their effort to keep the 1.5 mile-long campus safer for travelers. They're working to calm traffic on the main campus. They're going to continue the focus on pedestrians and cyclists by encouraging these forms of transportation and raising awareness of their vulnerability. Part of these efforts include more highway reflectors, enhanced bike-lane markings and new signage throughout the area.
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"I am hopeful that these changes will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along this very busy stretch of Commonwealth Avenue," said Dr. Robert A. Brown, the President of Boston University.

Our Boston pedestrian accident attorneys understand that many residents and visitors to the area rely on their own two feet (or two pedals) to get to where they've got to be. Boston is a busy city and driving around isn't all that pleasurable -- not to mention it;s very time consuming. The problem we've been having in our area for a while now is the complete disregard for these kinds of travelers. It's important that all travelers -- especially motorists -- understand that both pedestrians and bicyclists have a right to our roadways and those rights need to be protected.

The new measures to achieve safer roadways for these travelers comes from recommendations from the City of Boston and Boston University, They've been working to urge President Brown and Mayor Menino to take action for safer roads. This movement launched after a number of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in recent months -- including the death of a BU student last year.

New safety measures have the City of Boston implementing a pilot program in the area to expand bicycle lanes. As part of the proposal, they're also working to get new signs declaring high bicycle and pedestrian traffic -- to remind drivers to share the road and to yield to bicycles as well.

They've also worked on getting better bike-lane road markings -- with the goal to have every bike lane and crossing area painted with a high-visibility, non-skid green paint. Safety advocates believe that this green paint will help to draw attention to and raise awareness of these riders. They've also worked to expand the bike-lane markings from 4 to 6 inches.

The truth of the matter is that bicycling ridership has increase in the area by more than 80 percent from 2007 to 2011. It's important that we keep the focus of safety on these riders.

Boston University is helping, offering close to 20,000 bike-safety items to locals, including reflectors, bicycle lights, flashlights and even helmets. Throughout the campus, there are signs reminding riders of safety tips and special safety days.

It's a group effort and while these vulnerable travelers are putting in the work to make our area safer, we're asking you to join the fight. It's a never-ending battle without your help.

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January 2, 2013

More Bike Safety Efforts Encouraged After Fatal Massachusetts Bike Accident

In early December, a Boston University student was killed when riding his bicycle. On the same day of the tragic death, a hearing had already been scheduled at City Hall to discuss efforts to make Boston safer for cyclers. The death of the young student has prompted the mayor to urge new bike safety efforts.

Our Foxboro personal injury attorneys are strong supporters of better bike safety measures. Bike accidents are very dangerous to riders since a bike provides no protection from the impact of a vehicle. Any steps that can be taken to improve safety and to make bike accidents less likely could potentially help to save lives. 1396741_cyclist_silhouette_1.jpg

Boston Bike Safety Programs
The hope is that the recent tragic bike death, along with encouragement from the mayor, will help to increase the focus on bike safety. According to Boston.com, however, there are currently a number of bike safety initiatives in Boston, although there is more work to be done. The Boston Bikes Program, for example, has been instrumental in helping to increase the presence of bicycle infrastructure in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Some of the other safety measures that have been put in place to improve bike safety include:


  • Education on bicycle safety. Education targets both bicycle riders and drivers. For example, information on bike safety is included in all mailings that go out with parking violations. A Youth Cycling program also provides instruction to more than 4,000 young bicycle riders each year.

  • Engineering efforts to improve the bicycle network throughout Boston. The majority of streets in the city have been evaluated and recommendations will be made for how to create a better and stronger bicycle network. The improved network will include more bicycle lanes and also new solutions such as priority-shared lanes.

  • Enforcement efforts to prevent drivers from parking in bike lanes. According to Boston.com, more than 1,500 tickets were written by Transportation Department Officers to drivers illegally parked in bike lanes. Bike riders who don't obey the rules, such as riders who drive through red lights, can also be ticketed.

  • Efforts to provide bicycles for all citizens and to increase ridership. A Roll it Forward Initiative, for example, has repaired more than 1,600 bikes and provided them to residents along with a bike helmet, a lock and bike education. This program, along with efforts to build a strong cycling community, is helping to increase the number of riders, which in turn increases public and legislative focus on bike safety.

Although tragic accidents like the death of the Boston student still occur, the hope is that with greater education and enforcement, as well as with more bike lanes and bike facilities, bike ridership will continue to grow and riders will become safer than ever before.

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September 4, 2012

Officers Set Out on Bikes in Boston, Providing Quicker Service

The "Bikes on the Beat" initiative is back, according to the Boston Inspectional Services Department. Last month, Code Enforcement Officers attended a three-day bike training course at the Boston Police Training Facility. Those who completed the course are now certified in instruction of bike usage, bike safety as well as bike safety precautions, including eye protection, gloves, knee pads, helmets and other protective measures.
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According to the City of Boston, these officers will be hitting densely populated Boston areas, including Downtown Boston, the South End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay, on their city bikes. The purpose is to help to ensure a quick and timely response to emergency calls in these densely populated areas. These bicycling officers will be able to cut through the congested areas at a high-rate of speed and will help to increase the visibility of our area's law enforcement.

Our Boston personal injury attorneys understand that these officers won't be the only two-wheeled travelers on our roadways. During this time of year, the bike and on-foot traffic is plentiful. Travelers of all kinds are urged to be cautious out there. It's these travelers that are most likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a traffic accident. We all need to work together to help to preserve the safety of our streets.

"This is a great program that will connect my staff with the general public on a daily basis," said Mayor Menino.

With the increase in bicyclist traffic in the area during this time of the year, we also see an increase in the risks for these kinds of accidents. Oftentimes, these travelers are overlooked on our roadways and accidents result. Drivers are asked to be cautious and aware of their surroundings while traveling along our congested roadways. Your responsible driving habits can help to keep our residents and visitors safe.

According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 620 bicyclists killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2010. To make matters even worse, there were another 52,000 of these vulnerable riders injured in these same incidents.

To help protect these travelers, officials with the City of Boston ask that drivers consider the following:

-Never travel in a bike lane.

-Always look around for passing bicyclists before you open the door to your vehicle.

-Be sure to pass bicyclists slowly.

-Make sure you allow bicyclists with at least 4 feet of space when passing.

-Always use your turn signals. Make your maneuvers as predictable as possible.

-Always check your mirrors and your blind spots, especially before making a move in traffic.

-Allow bicyclists the entire lane if necessary.

-Don't get distracted by using your cell phone.

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July 16, 2012

Ghost Bikes to Raise Awareness of Bicycle Accidents in Massachusetts

Recently, friends, family members, the community and other bicycling advocates gathered at the corner of Neck Road and Boston Post Road to participate in a Ghost Ride to ride in "in support of cyclists' rights to travel safely," according to the Madison Patch.
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One of the women who showed up for this awareness event, Colleen Kelly Alexander, was actually still recovering from a horrific bicycling accident that happened back in October of 2011. She was run over by a truck at that very same corner while bicycling her way home from work. After she was run over, she flatlined twice, but was able to be revived. After that, she underwent a number of painful and extensive reconstruction surgeries to fix the parts of her body that were mangled in the accident.

Alexander isn't able to work yet, but spends what time and energy she can helping to raise money for organizations and groups that have offered her assistance since the accident. She also helps groups who work to raise awareness about bicycle safety.

Our Boston bicycle accident lawyers understand the risks cyclists face on our state's roadways. Every year, there are hundreds of bicyclists who are killed in traffic accidents across the country. Many of these accidents are drivers' faults. Oftentimes, motor vehicle drivers aren't paying attention or fail to recognize bicyclists along our roadways. With all of these accidents and all of these fatalities, we now see a number of Ghost Bike memorials throughout the state. These Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials that are set up to remember bicyclists who were killed or were hit by a motor vehicle. These bikes are painted all white and they're locked to a street sign near where the accident happened. Accompanying these bikes is a small plaque. These bikes are meant to help remind drivers about these kinds of accidents and the vulnerability of our bicycling friends.

A number of supporters of the Ghost Bike program say that they're hoping that these bikes help to remind drivers to be safe and cautious when traveling near bicyclers. They also say that they hope that the bicycle will serve as a reminder about the congestion and the dangers at that particular intersection, so that any future accidents can be avoided.

Since the accident, transportation officials have reviewed that intersection to see if anything more could be done to make it safer. Besides a few new yellow stripes, nothing has changed. Still, residents complain that there is no line to alert drivers where to stop when approaching the intersection and drivers complain that the stop sign is so far back that that have an obstructed view going both ways.

Since the roadway doesn't seem like it's going to be changed, drivers are urged to be extra careful in this area. Unfortunately, these are problems that we see at many intersections across the country. Drivers are asked to be on the lookout for our vulnerable two-wheeled friends at all times, but especially when approaching an intersection.

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July 10, 2012

Accidents in Boston: Careful of the Anderson Memorial Bridge Reconstruction

According to Richard A. Davie, CEO and Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), officials recently broke ground on the Anderson Memorial Bridge to help to make the necessary improvements connecting Cambridge and Boston via the Charles River.

The restoration project on the bridge is costing the city nearly $20 million and it is being funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). The bridge helps to get North Harvard Street across the Charles River. The project will be done in 4 phases and is expected to be done by the fall of 2014. Until then, drivers and water travelers are urged to be cautious in these areas. Construction work brings about an increase in the risks for accidents in Boston.
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"The rehabilitation of this important bridge reflects our Administration's commitment to investing in infrastructure improvements in cities and towns across the Commonwealth," Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers understand that the bridge is nearly 450 feet in length and is a three-span structure, meaning there's a lot of work to be done. While construction teams are working on the bridge, they will always keep two arches open so that water travelers can continue their travels down the Charles River. Land travelers don't have to worry either. They'll be able to get by too, but only with one lane open in each direction. Traffic will be directed through barrels and striping so you've got to be careful! Risks of boat, car, bicycle and pedestrians accidents are significantly increased in construction areas. If you can, you're urged to avoid this area altogether. If you have to use the bridge, make sure that you do so carefully and be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for traffic and congestion.

According to transportation officials, this bridge and the reconstruction is benefiting everyone. Not only will it last for decades, but it will also provide better and safer accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Frank DePaola with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) says that these kinds of improvements will help to make sure that everyone has an easier and safer way to get around.

There is nearly $500 million in ABP funds to help to improve seven of the bridges that make their way across the Charles River. The Anderson Memorial Bridge serves as the third bridge to get a makeover. The Craigie Drawbridge and the Craigie Dam Bridge have already gotten their turn.

The Anderson Memorial Bridge was built back in 1951 and was named after the builder's father.

Drivers are asked to be cautions when driving through construction areas. Be on the lookout for other vehicles and for roadside workers. Accidents are likely when travelers are not paying attention. Keep it slow and keep your full attention on your surroundings.

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