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    someone got pretty badly wrecked (like, speculation he was done were it not for a u-hub update an hour later) right outside work today.
    time to sit back and see whether or not charges will get filed or if this will be another wonderful case of getting to run someone down in a car without consequences and some massbike idiots saying more bike lanes everywhere will offer a force-field of protection for all.
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    I don't know/forget where you work, was it this one at Mass x Comm?DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    gary's at BBB, so yeasomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthortyler
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2014
     
    seanile mick:ay tyler, sorry that happened boo :(
    but let me know if you have any tips for living in a sling. ill be in one for six weeks post shoulder surgery next thursday.


    Tips for Sling Life

    1. You think you can do a lot more than you actually can.
    2. Give yourself AMPLE time to get ready in the morning. Getting dressed is a pain. I've been wearing button ups exclusively, as I ca't raise my shoulder to put on any pullover.
    3. My doc recommended taking your arm out of the sling once per day for about an hour. Don't let it dangle though. Support your elbow and move the muscles, but don't strain.
    4. Baths are easier.
    5. They're gunna shave your arm pit, and the regrowth is just as painful sometimes as the injury. Lotion up.
    6. Take it easy. Then take it easier. Surgery requires recovery time, and your 8 hours of sleep aren't enough. You'll get tired quickly. Nap.
    7. Sleep in the sling. It's not that uncomfortable and it's better than your body forgetting and you waking yourself up in horrid pain cuz you flail at night.
    8. Take the pain killers when you feel pain. I've returned to work and take one in the AM and half way through the day. It makes me *mildly* lethargic, but a tea counteracts it. If you are in pain, you won't get "high" and too whacked out.
    9. Give yourself AT LEAST 3 days to recover post surgery. I had the op on Weds, and told work I'd be back Friday. No way. I also missed a wedding this weekend, but it was the right thing to do.
    10. Get a new hobby. You'll find yourself incapacitated and frustrated at how you can't cook properly or ride or have super sex. I've dived headfirst back into studying language.
    11. I don't have a computer at home and don't really use one at work --> but typing/mouse work definitely work the shoulder more than you'd think. Take it easy on the tech stuff.

    I think that's it. Good luck! Heal well and REST.
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    damn dude, thanks, that's great advice. im hoping #5 wont be the case for an arthroscopic surgery. best of luck to you as well!!somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthorbuddymike
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2014 edited
     
    Fatal garbage truck vs. bike in Malden today. Lynn Street. That is on the Revere end.
    http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Serious-Accident-in-Malden-Massachusetts-275513411.html
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
     
    Boyfriend was riding to work in Cambridge down Windsor, car apparently doesn't like cyclists so he hit him on purpose. Luckily he is a great bike handler and managed to stay upright but he said it would've taken most commuters down. When he asked the guy at a light what the hell his problem was, he said he didn't like cyclists "swerving all over and running reds" and that bikes should act like cars. Even though he just fucking hit another human being. WITH HIS CAR. I don't have a car description but yeah, be careful for a vengeful crazy motorist on the loose in the Cambridge area.
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    WHAT THE FUCK.'Cause i always say i love you when i mean turn out the lights.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
     
    killersim:WHAT THE FUCK.


    Glad he's mostly unharmed, what a fucking shitbag. It's scary how many people like that exist and still have the privilege of driving."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
     
    jesusWe'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
     
    What about person description?Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
     
    I'll ask him tonight for more info. He got put in touch with some people that do bicycling programming and advocacy to see who at CPD would be best to talk to about it so I think he does have a description. Hopefully CPD doesn't blow him off.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2014
     
    He said it was a blue hatchback.
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    wow, cary has far more control than i would. i'm surprised the driver still has intact window and mirrors.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2014
     
    Reposting-
    To All: if you see a blue Toyota hatchback Mass plates 1RB447 watch your back or just get off the road temporarily. Very dangerous.
    a friend was hit intentionally while riding on Windsor st. in Cambridge this morning. Keep your eyes open for this creep especially, in addition to the usual


    From Dirtybird Jen's Facebook...Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2014
     
    ^i say if ya see him, fuck him up. or at least his car.
    i ain't no gandhi when it comes to this.

    love,
    'nop
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2014
     
    Cyclist killed in Braintree."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2014
     
    There will be a bike procession and small memorial this coming Sunday for Moe Zeidan, 29, from Somerville who died on September 5th in a accident with a motorcycle on Rt 16.
    The procession leaves Powderhouse Sq. at 4:30 PM.

    fb event page hereWe are the small axe.
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      CommentAuthorbuddymike
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2014
     
    it is nice to see Condon Shell in Medford utilized for something. It is under used and when I worked the ambulance in Medford, I only did weird calls by it.
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2014
     
    I agree it's a nice spot by the river where nothing ever happens. Maybe one festival a year? It's also very close to the scene of the accident.We are the small axe.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2014
     
    Update on that Slate Bar owner who killed a cyclist while drunk a few years ago:

    http://www.universalhub.com/2014/man-convicted-killing-bicyclist-his-car"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2014
     
    holy shit someone actually got sentenced for killing someone on a bikeMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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    dora:holy shit someone actually got sentenced for killing someone on a bike
    somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2014
     
    Convicted, not sentenced yet."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Nandy:Convicted, not sentenced yet.


    gonna bet on 'sentence suspended, community service'
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    Reports on a Bike vs bus accident in southie today...anyone know anything else?Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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    I assume everyone has the news regarding Lucas from Line of Sight fame and the boston incident this week...All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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    yeah, good lord that is a fucked up situation.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    In every conceivable manner. Perfect storm of bad for everyone.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
    • CommentAuthorLyzard
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2014 edited
     
    Late Saturday night I heard every emergency type vehicle go by my apartment on Broadway to head towards Holland.
    Naturally I googled for scanner streaming radio and hit play. The first word to come over the static was "bicycle"

    Hairs on the back of my neck. etc. I was freaked.
    Just saw this article from the Globe.

    Driver flees after hitting woman on bicycle
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/14/driver-flees-after-hitting-woman-bicycle/UhFanswmHN7lgRH5WMGtGP/story.html

    I heard on the radio they saw bottles all over the floor of the car and were looking for someone on foot.
    Sounded like it was on Cameron & Holland. Also heard them mention to tell CambridgePD because the bottom of Cameron at Mass Ave is Cambridge.

    Anyone else have any details?
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2014
     
    So they fled on foot, leaving the car behind? Was it stolen?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorMJ
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2014
     
    Nandy:So they fled on foot, leaving the car behind? Was it stolen?


    fleeing scenes of accidents and then claiming the car was stolen is a fairly regular tactic; could go either way really.
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    MrsFries saw it on the news, they said the cyclist will survive.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Ambulance-calling dooring at Comm and Babcock. Could just be abundance of caution?

    https://twitter.com/walking_boston/status/549007890305286144i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Someone (don't think it's anyone on here) got right hooked at Bow/Summer St. again. He's okay, and apparently the city engineering department is going to "investigate this area." Maybe they'll actually fix it... refDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2015
     
    There are very few intersections around here that give me real concern that even well-meaning drivers will run me over, but S. Huntington & Heath St and Bow & Summer are probably the top two.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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    ben:There are very few intersections around here that give me real concern that even well-meaning drivers will run me over, but S. Huntington & Heath St and Bow & Summer are probably the top two.


    This. I slid under a car coming down South Huntington when a car didn't yield coming down Heath and crossed over the bike line- definitely the closest call I've ever had. I've never had any issues at Bow/Summer, but I live right by it and I hate riding through it bc it's just a clusterfuck always.and then the time will come when you add up the numbers
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2015
     
    Sometimes when I have to go around Bow and I have the feeling that I can't trust the drivers I just start waving my hands and take the whole road."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2015
     
    s. huntington/heath is super sketchy right now. it's plowed after the fork, but there's only about 6 inches of room to the right of the tracks right at the most sketchy part. don't die plz, brojs.
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    I ride it every day but go on Summer from Bow so it's usually no problem. I always take the lane if I'm staying in Bow.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthoreburgers
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2015
     
    Yeah, there's no room right now at S. Huntington/Heath to safely cross the tracks at an angle, even with no traffic. It took me the longest time to even realize that I have the right of way on S. Huntington, because nobody in their cars coming off of/turning onto Heath St seems to acknowledge my presence.

    On another note, is there some sort of technology/infrastructure changes to make the green line tracks less ridiculously hazardous to cross on a bike, like a sort of filler on either side of the rail that remains flush with the rail under the light weight of a bicycle, but would be depressed by the weight of the trolley and still allow it to continue along the rail?1) Stop watching the donkey porn.
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2015
     
    ^Yes, the answer is to remove those tracks entirely. Seriously the most useless piece of infrastructure we have in this city.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    Also the rubber track filler is totally a thing that exists but we don't have it 'cause fuck cyclists.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    From what I've heard, the rubber track filler doesn't really work in places where it gets really cold, i.e. here, unless they want to replace it every year.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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    Also an R&L carriers truck was signaling a right turn from Surface onto Pearl St last night so I was slowing down to let him turn in front of me, but the guy in the passenger seat leaned out the window, saw me and waved me past their truck. That was nice.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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    Last week they just disabled service on the E line past Brigham Circle because there were too many cars on the road aka tracks. That is the failiest transit fail I've ever heard. So while I feel sort of shitty for people when the MBTA is just like "Fuck you take the 39" to the people in a poor-ish neighborhood, that part of the line could really stand to go.

    And there are probably like 10 people who live closer to Heath Street than Brigham Circle, but not far enough south of Heath to be taking the 39 anyway.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Now I sort of want to start a thread called "The Failiest Transit Fail I've Ever Heard" because I think two different trains caught on fire last night between Central and Kendall.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthormfratt
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2015
     
    I've been taking Washington all the way in from Roslindale all winter, specifically to avoid the mess of S. Hunt / Hunt up to Brigham. One day this past week, traffic carried me over towards Center St, so I was like "Fuck it, I'll just take Hunt in." I quickly learned why I'd been avoiding it. Yea, S. Hunt was sketchy as fuck, and Huntington all the way in was a standstill. In many places, with no room to even filter. I saw at least a half dozen commuters stuck in gridlock, and after having to contort my body through several 6" openings between mirrors, I decided to dip off down the Fenway to Boylston. Which was better but still shitty.

    I love traffic, but with the narrowed roads and unpredictable surfaces, its getting to be more of a pain than its worth. Melt, damnit.
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    surprisefries:Also the rubber track filler is totally a thing that exists but we don't have it 'cause fuck cyclists.

    Anyone remember the Mass Ave tracks way back before the Mass Ave reconstruction? We are talking 10-15 years back here. They were so bad it was almost a hazard for CARS to drive over them. On a bike, had to dismount.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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    I don't believe there isn't some rubber or polymer compound they could use in cold climates.

    And most of the E line past Brigham Circle is covered by the 66 in addition to the 39.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D