[*BCM*] List of dangerous streets
rsarnold at gmail.com
Fri Apr 6 13:11:13 EDT 2007
The RoadHog PDF is good and informative, but how come this is the first time
I've seen them? I've been to the RMV to renew my license, and I've been
visiting bike shops around town for the past seven years. It's one thing to
have the information available and another to disseminate it effectively.
And informative pamphlets are one thing, but I doubt we'll see any
behavioral changes from either side of the equation until that information
is applied equally, to every driver. I'd love to see this information on a
driving test. If parallel parking is on the friggin' test, so should
information on how to avoid killing a cyclist.
On 4/6/07, David Watson <david at massbike.org> wrote:
> MassBike does in fact offer classes on how to ride safely in traffic;
> more than 200 people signed up last year. We're putting together the spring
> schedule now, and revamping our curriculum a bit, but the info will be up
> soon at http://www.massbike.org/skills/classes.htm. We also have some
> tips online at http://www.massbike.org/skills/traffic.htm. We've also got
> a pamphlet online that looks at the law from both a bicyclist and motorist
> perspective: http://www.massbike.org/info/roadhog.pdf. One of the goals
> of the Bicyclist Safety Bill is to make the law even more clear about how
> cars should interact with bikes.
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> bostoncriticalmass-bounces at bostoncriticalmass.org]*On Behalf Of *Andrew
> *Sent:* Friday, April 06, 2007 11:31 AM
> *To:* Boston Critical Mass
> *Subject:* RE: [*BCM*] List of dangerous streets
> I think it might be more productive to focus on "best" routes rather than
> which streets are dangerous and why. The SF Bike coalition, for example,
> makes a map of bike routes through the city avoiding it's major hills. It
> would be a great project to do this for Boston, with the goal of avoiding
> areas of especially high traffic, severely pot-holed roads, etc.
> Me and the sweetie were talking about this last night - does anyone offer
> classes or guidelines on how to ride safely in traffic? This might be a
> great project for MassBike, and I bet there is grant money for it
> somewhere. A lot of it boils down to "when in doubt - take the lane" but
> I'm sure there could and would be more to it than that. The sweetie has
> done a lot less city riding than me so she ends up asking me for survival
> tips a lot. I bet a lot of people are in a similar situation and a well
> promoted class would help avoid accidents like this one.
> > Maybe Massbike could compile a list of known, dangerous streets for
> > bicyclist to avoid, or at least be aware of. That would be the best help
> > they could give for now. We have a wealth of knowledge here that needs
> > be dispersed before another tragedy occurs. I took Massbike's safe
> > course but found their insistence that city biking is safe a little
> > detached from reality. Bicycle safety is not as simple or easy as
> > following a few road rules. Not acknowledging this is very
> > We don't need to let another person to find out the hard way which
> > streets are unsafe.
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