Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on many bike and pedestrian related bills including the omnibus bill An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (S1905/H2877). Advocates from across the state testified on behalf of the bill emphasizing its greater intentions to serve all that are on our roadways, beyond just bikes.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. David Rogers, of Cambridge, Rep. Jonathan Hecht, of Watertown, and Belmont Sen. William Brownsberger, includes a range of approaches to reducing road deaths, such as a local option for authorizing traffic enforcement cameras, a hands-free requirement for using mobile devices, and improving reporting protocol for crashes that involves people on foot or on bikes.
A hearing has been scheduled for our omnibus bike safety bill, An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (S.1905/H.2877). The Joint Committee on Transportation will hear testimony next week in support of and against various bills at the Massachusetts State House.Read more
New language aims to reduce “dooring” incidents and other bicycle-automobile collisions
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) added several new key guidelines to the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual (Driver’s Manual) this year as part of an ongoing effort to promote road safety by educating bicyclists and motorists to be aware of their actions as they travel.
Today, MassDOT also produced a video educating drivers how to safely exit a vehicle to prevent bicyclist injury. To view this video, click here.
The updated RMV Driver’s Manual includes a section outlining the benefits of the “Dutch Reach” method for drivers as they open the doors of automobiles that are parallel-parked and will include new content regarding the use of separated bicycle lanes and “bicycle boxes,” which have become more prevalent in Massachusetts.
Our 40th Anniversary Party last week at John Hancock Financial was a fun celebration that marked bicycling milestones and honored those who have been a part of the movement since the beginning. Special thanks to our host and partner for the event, John Hancock Financial, and to Boston Triathlon for making this night possible.
We need you to stand with us tomorrow morning.
On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable - people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor's declaration of the City's commitment to Vision Zero which is based on creating a built environment that is safe.
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition formally responded to Mayor Walsh’s remarks, (see below) and we are following up with an demonstration tomorrow morning at City Hall.Read more
Craft Sportswear and MassBike celebrate forty years of making cycling better in Massachusetts. Since 1977, Craft Sportswear has been boosting the sport experience by designing innovative and functional sportswear while becoming a favorite among Bay State cyclists who ride in all conditions. MassBike, also founded in 1977, has overseen explosive growth in bike friendly infrastructure and laws statewide.
To mark this milestone, Craft Sportswear will provide MassBike memberships to clubs and organizations placing custom cycling clothing orders in 2017. This innovative partnership improves conditions for Bay State cyclists no matter where they ride or what weather conditions prevail.Read more
The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan issued the following press release today on the investigation of the tragic death of Eugene Thornberg in Lincoln last June.
Investigation into June 16, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete
LINCOLN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Chief of Police A. Kevin Kennedy have announced that the investigation into the June 16, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Concord Road in Lincoln has been completed.Read more
MassBike Grieves Loss of Rick Archer, 29, Victim of Boston Hit-and-Run
Boston Police, Media Lauded for Giving Tragic Crash Due Priority and Attention
BOSTON (May 2, 2017) - The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is saddened by the news of the death of Rick Archer, 29. Archer was struck early Sunday morning by a hit-and-run driver.
Archer is the fourth Massachusetts bicyclist to die in 2017.
“First and foremost we want to offer condolences to the friends and family of this young man. We cannot begin to fathom the depths of this sudden and unspeakable tragedy,” said Richard Fries, executive director.Read more
MassBike, serving in an advisory role on MassDOT’s Design Exception Review Committee, has formally asked the state not to grant a request to have no bicycle accommodation in the Concord rotary.
Founded in 2003, the DER Committee serves as a design forum for both internal district engineers and external organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration and nonprofit advocacy groups such as MassBike. While mostly serving as an advisory panel, the DER Committee has placed more attention in recent years on healthy transportation elements.Read more