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      CommentAuthorlukwam
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    MassDOT Priority: Road Safety

    http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2010/04/massdot-priority-road-safety.html

    "Additionally, due to a recent increase in pedestrian fatalities and injuries, MassDOT is planning on focusing on pedestrians in the upcoming year by conducting RSAs at high pedestrian crash locations."
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    I said it before, but the accident may have occurred in the intersection itself, and the car ended up in the opposing lanes because the driver swerved from the impact.

    Whatever happened, it's an exercise in futility to continue speculating. There's just no way for us to know.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    WBZ is about to air a story on the two accidents, if you are near a tv. Also, they just showed a promo clip that featured Shane cruisin around downtown somewheres.
    Anyways, just a heads up...RIDE METAL
    • CommentAuthormauspad
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    ^http://wbztv.com/video/?id=88384@wbz.dayport.com video here. 'lo shane.
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    I will respectfully request that this thread not turn (any further) into a debate over blame, advocacy, safety concerns, personal feelings about cars, rules of the road, etc. Given the serious nature this thread was founded on, it is prolly best to leave it at just its core intent: status updates on known accidents. We have plenty of other threads for all the other stuff.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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    pro cyclist hit and killed today
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bahati-rider-killed-during-training-ride
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    good lord that is embarrassing, also they talked to me for like 20 minutes and ended up using about 30 seconds of video...this wont hurt a bit...
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      CommentAuthorChicagoKarl
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    http://vimeo.com/7949969

    man i miss chicago.
    especially the accents and seagulls.
    "and remember, a smile can prevent a dangerous situation"
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    ^^ I hear news media does that all the time to people. Unfortunately they get to pick what footage to use and often might skew and shape what you are saying through cuts.

    Don't sweat it though. You did a good job.
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    wow. i'm bummed you guys.Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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    chr|s sedition:I will respectfully request that this thread not turn (any further) into a debate over blame, advocacy, safety concerns, personal feelings about cars, rules of the road, etc. Given the serious nature this thread was founded on, it is prolly best to leave it at just its core intent: status updates on known accidents. We have plenty of other threads for all the other stuff.


    Fair enough, sorry to take a trip down another road.
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      CommentAuthor49teeth
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    ugh, all these accidents are so upsetting...
    • CommentAuthorbrittle
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    on a side note, shane is a sexy mofo on camera.


    i would say in real life, but he no longer shows his beautiful face.disco visp
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    let me guess, the way to solve all this is for a bitch like freedman to collaborate with do-nothing 'bike advocacy groups', get his honor's secretary to put his seal on it, and paint a few lines on the ground on beacon street, create a 'shared bike lane' on huntington, take a few pr photos, and clap their hands at a job well done until the next 'accident'

    get a fucking clue.
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    ^whoa, why the freedman hate. boston has drastically increased their bicycle infrastructure in the past couple years. it's not going to go from one of the worst bicycle cities to the best overnight.

    you get a fucking clue.

    you're also getting off easy given the raking over the coals humpert is getting...didn't you mention recently buying a house?
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    i think i've topped out at 40 or so sprinting down beacon hill through that intersection.gone
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      CommentAuthorDan Roch
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    Most people haven't been around long enough, when there were vary vary few bikes lanes. They are a step in the right direction..They could just do nothing for cycling.... they just need to be more regulated as far as cars parking in them.Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaning they are unemployed - Prince Philip during the recession in 1981
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    keepitreal:^whoa, why the freedman hate. boston has drastically increased their bicycle infrastructure in the past couple years. it's not going to go from one of the worst bicycle cities to the best overnight.


    what the fuck does that even mean?
    some white lines on the ground don't protect anyone. it confines the cyclist into a 3foot wide lane. it gives drivers a reason to say 'well you should have been in the bike lane' when they're complete unsafe, being so closed to park cars and being a prime spot for double parking. first change people's outlook then change the infrastructure. make steeper fines for parking in a bike lane, make metermaids have that as a priority ticket instead of waiting for a meter to expire. re-teach cops about traffic laws. if there's a downed cyclist and the car is clearly in the wrong, throw that fucker in jail for assault, repo their car f or license for wreckless driving, instead of this bullshit bias against people on bikes and the assumption that their always in the wrong.

    painting lines on the ground is the easy way out and doesn't help the cyclists, and their fucking traps. i make it a point to ride on the outermost line of the bike lane, if on the line at all, and usually unclipped in case i need to use my feet to kick someone's door back in on them
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    kilgore I would be happy to sit down and have a long discussion about the benefits of bicycle infrastructure, but frankly from your statements you seem to have all the information you need to make up your mind.this wont hurt a bit...
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    To get back on topic --

    The funeral home in charge of the burial has an obituary page with a picture of Eric, as well as a page to leave messages of condolence for his family.

    Let's get this link out there and send his family some positive messages.



    edit: thanks jitensha. didn't catch that.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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    ^http://currentobituary.com/ShowObit.aspx?id=77485&member_id=22

    is the direct linkbowel shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse
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      CommentAuthorkatdaley
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    I called and spoke with Eric's stepmother and told her about the ghost bike and the vigil we had last night. I also sent her the links to Eric and Karol's photos. Thanks to both of you for taking photos. She was very appreciative of what we did.Behind my Game Boy™, I got game, boy.
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    ^good to hearsomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    Awesome, doolz.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    joeyfresh:Awesome, doolz.

    qftascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorTheFall
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    first change people's outlook then change the infrastructure.
    While it's very apparent that Boston has made some efforts in improving the compatibility of some roads for bikers, I do still agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly if more effective/significant change is what we'd like to see. (Apologies for the side tracking.)"...except for the SS Urine Fetish..that one can sink to the bottom of the fucking ocean." -Gilbert
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    I sympathize with you, but I don't think that changing attitudes and changing infrastructure are discrete, unconnected processes. Changing infrastructure (physical, legal, and otherwise) helps change attitudes and outlook. See civil rights, decreasing smoking prevalence, and many other issues where laws, law enforcement, and behavioral change each eeked forward in steps, reinforcing each other along the way.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    fuck yeah. agree with me you west coast loving hippie fucks.
    • CommentAuthorPLyTheMan
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010 edited
     
    My opinion on bike lanes, for what its worth living in Lawrence/Lowell, is that even though I agree with everything you said, kilgore, about people driving in them and parking in them and them being in the door zone and a whole slew of other reasons why I, myself, tend to be very careful and stick to the edge when I ride them, I do believe they are a step in the right direction. While it may give some drivers an excuse to yell at us and tell us to 'get in our lane' or whatever, it also is a painted reminder to drivers that we are out there and we do deserve a part of the road. They also encourage more people to ride who would other wise be too scared of riding in the street regardless of some of the dangers painted lines pose, and the more of us out there the more drivers will get used to us being out there. In short, yes, they have their shortcomings, and I myself am weary when riding in them, but they are a constant reminder to drivers that we're out there AND they encourage more people to get on their bikes and ride, which despite the tragedies lately, is always a good thing.

    That being said, awesome for all you to set up the memorial, I wish I was in the city to come out with you all. Also glad to hear that the guy at Beacon/Charles is still with us, I thought I had read yesterday that he died too... The past few days have definitely been a reality check to me to be more careful out there and not take stupid risks.
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    kilgore_trout:let me guess, the way to solve all this is for a bitch like freedman to collaborate with do-nothing 'bike advocacy groups', get his honor's secretary to put his seal on it, and paint a few lines on the ground on beacon street, create a 'shared bike lane' on huntington, take a few pr photos, and clap their hands at a job well done until the next 'accident'

    get a fucking clue.

    "The journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step."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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    trizzt:
    joeyfresh:Awesome, doolz.

    qft


    okay, when i was growing up, qft meant "quit fucking talking" and i have finally been driven to google the bfixed use thereof.

    ALSO let's not imply that there are only "do-nothing" advocacy groups 'round these parts, because MassBike does a lot, like attending DOT planning meetings, pushing for infrastructure, making it fineable to door someone, and just plain BEING there when the news needs to talk to someone official. To name a few.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2010
     
    i'm not dead. but some lady hit me the other day. hard. my gf and another dude got the plate number. the cambridge cops went after her.

    but dang. that sucks about that dude that died. i go through that huntington shuffle place a lot goin' to see friends in jp. dang. wear helmets folks. but still. . .
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    shit man, glad to hear you're okay.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorbrittle
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    ^^sorry to hear that, nop! take care!disco visp
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    holy crap, 'nop!!! are you injured?Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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      CommentAuthorkatdaley
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    From Eric's stepmother:
    "Thank you. Please let the community know that Eric was an organ donor. Eyes will see, hearts will beat and children will smile because Eric was here.
    Be safe,
    Annmarie Hunt"Behind my Game Boy™, I got game, boy.
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    aw.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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    cdoolz:From Eric's stepmother:
    "Thank you. Please let the community know that Eric was an organ donor. Eyes will see, hearts will beat and children will smile because Eric was here.
    Be safe,
    Annmarie Hunt"

    Awesome.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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    cdoolz:From Eric's stepmother:
    "Thank you. Please let the community know that Eric was an organ donor. Eyes will see, hearts will beat and children will smile because Eric was here.
    Be safe,
    Annmarie Hunt"


    beautiful.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010 edited
     
    I checked out the memorial today and am happy to say that 1) the sign is still in great shape, even after the rain and 2) there were a whole TON of flowers there. Some even had personal notes on them, so I think people who knew Eric have visited.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    ^Teared up a little reading that. Thanks for passing it along.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorBuckley!
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    tinyhonkshus:
    trizzt:
    joeyfresh:Awesome, doolz.

    qft


    okay, when i was growing up, qft meant "quit fucking talking" and i have finally been driven to google the bfixed use thereof.

    ALSO let's not imply that there are only "do-nothing" advocacy groups 'round these parts, because MassBike does a lot, like attending DOT planning meetings, pushing for infrastructure, making it fineable to door someone, and just plain BEING there when the news needs to talk to someone official. To name a few.

    Massbike's most recent "big deal" meeting was actually about ARROWING ROAD RIDE ROUTES. That's right, i actually wrote that. They've clearly got bigger fish to fry than bike lanes.The kid's gotta learn that the game never lets up.
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      CommentAuthorggreggg
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    Elaborateenjoy two cosmetics
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      CommentAuthorstilgar
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
     
    ^^that was one of our board members, in no way are we spending any significant time on that. Check out our website if you want to see what the staff of massbike is up to.this wont hurt a bit...
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    PLyTheMan:They also encourage more people to ride who would other wise be too scared of riding in the street regardless of some of the dangers painted lines pose, and the more of us out there the more drivers will get used to us being out there.


    As much as I'm not a fan of bike lanes personally, I think there's one additional benefit you didn't list... the more people out there, even once in awhile, riding their bike in the city, the more likely it is that the next motorist who passes you will either be a cyclist themselves, or know someone who is. I figure the more of a connection there is between us and them, the more likely that they'll take an extra half second to look.

    Clearly we've all seen how many motorists treat bike lanes, I'm not in denial. That said, if you measure success by the number of people who ride in the city, I'd say there's been a world of change over the last 15+ years.

    Man, I feel really bad for Eric's father, I always think about something my father said when I was a kid about how hard it would be to lose a child.
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    stilgar:kilgore I would be happy to sit down and have a long discussion about the benefits of bicycle infrastructure, but frankly from your statements you seem to have all the information you need to make up your mind.


    that's a cop-out. gary laid down the issues he thinks are a problem. i want to have this discussion. explain it to me. i would say that i agree the confines of a bike lane only serve to cover everyone's asses when someone does get hit. a clear definition of who is at fault is laid out, and everyone's insurance companies are happy. i mean, auto insurance companies put menino in office, donating hundreds of thousands to his campaign, so why not? i think it's very relevant to discuss that politics and finding ways to quelch the masses with misdirection and schemes play a pretty decent sized role in the world of city improvements.
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    as of 2:30, the ghost bike was removed. carry on.
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    it's gone fucking already?
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    what the fuckbowel shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse
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    i wasn't able to make it on wednesday night, but i was positive i knew the location. can anybody confirm this?
    fuck, now i'm doubting my sense of location from the photos.