Richard Giordano

  • the Hands free cell phone bill on the advocacy page should be updated. It went through about three transformations and bills but was finally passed and enacted by the House and Senate and signed by the Governor on 11/25/19. See for some of the bill history. See this link for the texted as it is now in Chapter 122 of the Mass Generla Laws –

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  • Boston bike lanes need to be redesigned - they still have a dooring problem

    The summary below is an updated and expanded version of what I sent out to some friends who had heard about the accident. I am also filling in more details in this email.

     I was riding on Columbus Ave, on Thursday, 10/27 going in bound having started on Columbus from Ruggles Station

    • I had stopped at the light on Mass Ave and went with the green light.

    • I got past the USES building or Tubman House and had gotten to the corner of West Springfield  on the inbound side of the corner at about 9:15 am.

    • I was staying to the left side of the bike lane practically on the left hand white line to avoid doors.

    • That is when the driver of the red, two door Mini opened up the door. I never had time to react

    • I didn’t hit the middle of the door; as best as I can figure out the edge of the door hit my right knee, probably when it was in the 3 O’clock position

    • I went down like a ton of bricks on my left side, hitting my left shoulder, elbow and left side of my hip and legs

    • I probably skidded on that side (holes in the jacket) and flip over on to my back, probably hitting my head too (wearing a helmet)

    • I didn’t get run over by a car once the door from the parked car had knocked me over and I was down on the ground

    • I got run into by the bicyclist who was right behind me-she went down and into me as well

    • I did bang the heck out of almost all of me

    • A bystander on the street called 911 and Boston fire and Police responded

    • It took me about a minute to get up out of the street – I was pretty fuzzy

    • I think it was the Boston Police or the Boston Fire who suggested I go over to the stoop of the corner house and sit down

    • When I tried to walk over to it is when I began to realize that all was not well

    • Lots of pain in the groin and in my leg muscles leading to the groin; really could put any weight onto the right leg

    • Eventually I figured I should go to the ER and get checked out

    • I got taken by Boston EMS to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

    • Where they kept me in the ER for 27 hours doing multiple X rays and CAT scans

    • The final conclusion of the orthopedic doctors is that I had 4 fractures in areas of my pelvis

    • That they didn’t need to operate and that I would need Physical Therapy and could go home

    • I got discharged Friday afternoon and am home on crutches

    • So unfortunately you can still get doored even riding in the left hand side of the bike lanes

    • Maybe we can discuss this problem at the advocacy training on Dec 17th

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