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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    ^ for whatever reason, i find it extremely difficult to search for reports of accidents on the internet.
    can anyone tell me what their normal routine is? i tried to look for a story on that accident but came up unsuccessful. hope they're alright.Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    Ghost bike question: anyone know anything about the ghost bike locked up on tremont down by community bike? Looks like its been partially spray painted black, maybe we could rehab it?RIDE METAL
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    believe conor said that was the gordon riker one, he was killed on huntington at forsyth but northeastern wouldn't let the bike stay.
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    from Boston_Police twitter, "BICYCLIST STRUCK at Stuart and Washington, EMS enroute[sic], condition unknown."

    anyone know anything? :/DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorLyzard
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010 edited
     
    ^^^ edit double post

    wtf !
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    Dammit.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    At stuart and washington now, no sign of anything, hopefully it was a minor accident...RIDE METAL
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    Just spoke to some bike cops down the street from the accident, they said "it was just a guy on a bike, not a messenger, nothing major, he's ok."RIDE METAL
    • CommentAuthortruthserum
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    deadbolt: http://www.bpdnews.com/
    is where i start. they don't list everything

    and stolen bike:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stolen-Bikes-Boston-Community-Alert-Program/111631950002?ref=ts

    i'll try to get more info about where these reports are collected.

    the dude from last night at shawmut and mass ave was in an ambulance...so i'm assuming it was fairly bad.
    • CommentAuthortruthserum
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    and i say "dude" because the bike is really tall. i don't usually like to make assumptions about people's gender.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    truthserum:the dude from last night at shawmut and mass ave was in an ambulance...so i'm assuming it was fairly bad.

    i hope that it isn't fairly bad, but ambulance do not necessarily mean that it was. unless dude was loaded in on a stretcher, unable to get in on dude's own. i've been in ambulances twice from getting hit, and neither was too serious. the first i had a concussion, separated shoulder and was confused (also, blind - my glasses got run over) but otherwise okay, the other time i was just banged up and had landed on my head (yay helmet!) but was otherwise fine, they still wanted me to get checked out and transported me via ambulance.
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    WTF posts

    I wrecked once on beacon street and called an ambulance because I was bleeding from about 3000 points on my body, and they took me to the hospital just to check everything out. So don't expect that just because an ambulance took them away that it was "bad".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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    eBAUMANN:Just spoke to some bike cops down the street from the accident, they said "it was just a guy on a bike, not a messenger, nothing major, he's ok."


    whew. thanks for the update.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthortruthserum
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    there were two ambulances, he was in one, on the stretcher and his bike was locked on the street.

    ambulance rides are expensive. i'd always assume that it was serious if there's someone in one.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    aw man, that sucks.

    and they're expensive for the insurance companies of the cars that hit you, too. i haven't had to pay for either of the rides, although i was shocked to realize that the ambulance trip from roslindale to faulkner cost more than the ER visit since i didn't need x-rays or anything.
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    ratattack:believe conor said that was the gordon riker one, he was killed on huntington at forsyth but northeastern wouldn't let the bike stay.


    Why do we believe this? A cyclist was struck and killed in front of Community several years ago by a car whose brakes had failed (maybe it was a Toyota??). Anyway, I think it's far more likely that this ghost bike belongs to that victim, rather than Gordon Riker. When I've ridden by, it just looks like it's splotchy from a bad paint job or rust. I doubt anybody would take the time to paint it partially black.

    Does anybody else think that the city's minimal obligation for cyclist vs car fatalities should be a share the road sign at or near the accident site?
    • CommentAuthortruthserum
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010
     
    I once proposed signs that said, "Share the road. A cyclist was killed here." but it got shot down for being too morbid.
    • CommentAuthorskullfixed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2010
     
    Does anyone know why the ghost bike in Brookline on longwood ave near trader joes was taken down? It had been there for almost a year
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2010
     
    ^ nope, but i noticed that today as well.RIDE METAL
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      CommentAuthorcdrebbel
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2010
     
    Maybe for the marathon?Fuck yeah.
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
     
    ^^^ It was still getting fresh flowers too. I remember riding past it last week and seeing some :)
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    Anybody here live in B'line? Could always call DPW or Brookline Police and ask.
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    Dunno if she has any pull in Brookline, but Nicole Freedman basically just said at the Bike Safety Summit that if she knows where the ghost bikes are, she can help make sure they stay upI thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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    i work in coolidge corner so i will check tomorrow with the dpw. Also, i just talked to a friend who witnessed eric hunt's accident. he was 2 cars behind. he said eric was trying to weave around traffic, got caught in the tracks, and on his way down was clipped/run over by the bus. he tells me the bus wasnt doing anything aggressive or negligent. oh, and for what it's worth he was wearing headphones but no helmet.
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    Oddly, (if I heard correctly) the head of MBTA stated at the aforementioned Bike Safety Summit that, following an investigation, it was determined the tracks did not play a role in the accident, which seemed very hard to believe given all the testimonials to the contrary.I thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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    yeah, the mbta said that, but who the fuck trusts the mbta?
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    iliketurtles:i work in coolidge corner so i will check tomorrow with the dpw. Also, i just talked to a friend who witnessed eric hunt's accident. he was 2 cars behind. he said eric was trying to weave around traffic, got caught in the tracks, and on his way down was clipped/run over by the bus. he tells me the bus wasnt doing anything aggressive or negligent. oh, and for what it's worth he was wearing headphones but no helmet.


    There's contact info on bostonbiker.org for the Hunt family's private investigator looking for witnesses, please tell your friend to talk to them.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorskullfixed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
     
    Thank you Id be curious to know why that was removed
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
     
    Anyone know if the czar was alerted to the huntington memorial?ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
    • CommentAuthorBAUMANN
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
     
    ^ the huntington memorial was still there as of yesterday, if thats what you are askin.RIDE METAL
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    ^^I don't remember if someone specifically mentioned the one on Huntington. The one by the Trader Joe's was mentioned, and a commenter asked if the city could assure that ghost bikes would be left up. Nicole Freedman (the czar) responded by saying that they should stay up, and that her knowing where they were would help her communicate their locations so they aren't removed by the department that removes them (I forget which one).We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    So, in other words, we should keep her informed.
    Her email address: nicole.freedman.bra@cityofboston.gov
    Her telephone number: 617.918.4456
    Her city website page: http://www.cityofboston.gov/contact/?id=179We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    I've written her an email. Will call when Im around a phone (likely tomorrow).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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      CommentAuthorelraton
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    Should the ones that were taken down be put back up?Lone Wolf Running Club
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    ^ I say yes and would be willing to help.I thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    I emailed her as well.

    "...You did mention your support for keeping ghost bikes up, and that it
    would be helpful if you knew where they were. I'm sure you'll get more
    than one email about this, but I wanted to make sure you knew about
    the memorial for Eric Hunt that was erected on Huntington where he
    died. Please follow through on your support for this. It's really
    important to us, as a community, that these spots remain marked."

    If she responds to anyone, please share.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorelraton
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    So we should make a list and figure out how many bikes we need. I have an old bike I can donate.Lone Wolf Running Club
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    Nicole already responded:

    "Hi Joseph,

    Thank you. I am in touch with BTD right now to remind them about this one.

    Nicole Freedman
    Director of Bicycle Programs
    One City Hall Square, Suite 932
    Boston, MA 02201
    617.918.4456
    Nicole.Freedman.bra@CityofBoston.gov"We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorelraton
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    I wrote Nicole Freedman and she said they would leave all of them up.Lone Wolf Running Club
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    elraton:So we should make a list and figure out how many bikes we need. I have an old bike I can donate.


    So we've got (correct me if I'm wrong):
    Gordon Riker: Huntington and Forsyth
    Kelly Wallace: Harvard Ave and Cambridge St in AllstonI thought that might be you! But there was no shimmy-shake so I couldn't be sure.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010 edited
     
    edit: i can't read :) nevermind!Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    There used to be a bike locked up in Allston on Cambridge St on the bridge that goes over the mass pike I-90. It was painted all green and locked to the fence of the overpass. Not sure what that was all about. Does anyone know?
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      CommentAuthorggreggg
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    Please find a way to contact the families before you go throwing bikes up...enjoy two cosmetics
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      CommentAuthorelraton
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    I think we should start with those two. If we keep going back in time, there are plenty more, unfortunately. So we need another bike, signs, white primer, two chains and locks. What else? A place to work? Can we do this this weekend?Lone Wolf Running Club
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      CommentAuthorStinky Cheez
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010 edited
     
    edited (I was wrong)
    • CommentAuthorcolin
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    ^^^^ that green bike belongs to a girl named sarah, who actually rides it! She just so happens to lock it in random places with a yellow chain for extended periods of time.
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      CommentAuthorZomar
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
     
    ^ lol. i thought a teenage mutant ninja turtle died or something.
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    Portable welder.[all your base are belong to us]
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      CommentAuthorStinky Cheez
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2010 edited
     
    Huh, not that I have a portable welder (actually, I do have an oxy-acetylene set-up, no gas in 'em atm), but it would be kinda cool to make ghostbikes more than just an old bike painted white... could add sheet metal with cut-out patterns inside the main triangle. If they're really going to stay up they could even be contextualized to the unfortunate person who died there.

    Gotta be sure not to have any sharp edges though, admittedly it would be a fair amount of work.
    • CommentAuthorskullfixed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
     
    In an update the longwood bike is back saw it today