Where is the South End's Worst Place for Cycling?

Which streets do you avoid on your bike? Which are you worried about while driving?

After the near the South End this weekend, biking enthusiasts and the mayor are . The stretch of road has been host to three bike-related deaths in the past three years.

Boston has a blossoming bike culture, with miles of new bike lanes and trails cross-crossing the city and Hubway, the hugely successful bike-sharing program. As more bikes take to the streets, there are more opportunities for car-related accidents, especially on noarrow or fast-moving roadways. 

Cyclists: Which streets in the South End worry you the most? Drivers: Are you worried about hitting cyclists on any streets in the neighborhood? Tell us about the most intersections and stretches of roadway in the comments section below.

Cookie June 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I was so sorry to hear about this fatal accident, as I enjoy riding my bike in Boston, living in the South End. One has to be careful on Tremont and Mass. Ave. but most drivers seem vigilant and respectful. Cyclists however, PLEASE obey the rules of the road!! if we are going to become a cycle friendly city!
mike June 05, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Mass Ave. its just so busy and has a ton of double parked trucks, etc. the bike lane is a false sense of security as it is not far away enough from parked cars. beware opening doors. unfortunately, there is no better way to cambridge. i applaud the city for eliminating the on street parking at Christian Science Plaza. it has helped traffic immensely; which is always good for bikes.
Virginia E Watkins June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
south end driver I am increasingly nervous driving anywhere in the city. Between the drivers who don't obey the laws and the cyclists who don't even seem to know them, I am constantly surprised by vehicles coming out of nowhere and right into my driving lane. I am beginning to think cyclists should pass a written test and have a license plate just as drivers do.
j k01 June 05, 2012 at 02:09 PM
While I applaud the Hubway concept, I think the removal of the two Washington St. Hubway stations from the street directly in front of SilverLine bus stops to the adjoining sidewalks, at the intersections with W. Newton St. and Waltham St, would be an excellent step towards preventing a potential disasterous bycycle-bus accident.
Timothy Crawford June 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The WORST place for cycling is the sideWALK!! Until cyclists can fathom this simple rule they get no respect from me!! They cried for and justily got their lane now use it! From what I see on a daily baisis cyclists pretty much ignore every rule of the road. I also see the cyclists get "squeezed" in the bike lane also so improvement is needed. Boston is a small, old town, there is little room for new bike lanes.
Charlie Denison June 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Tremont St can be challenging since it is 4 narrow lanes and quite bumpy in places. I'd love to see some kind of a road diet there (perhaps one lane each direction with bike lanes and dedicated left turn lanes at intersections). That would make it more pleasant for bikes (dedicated space), easier for motorists (left turners would have their own space and would only have to cross one lane), and safer for pedestrians (fewer lanes to cross and slower car speeds).
Maria Dolorico June 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I believe that city cyclists can make for a better city -- but as a resident who loves how PEDESTRIAN-friendly Boston and the South End are, I find myself in equal danger from cyclists and motorists. I use cross walks, and I am often crossing the street with my 3 children. The cyclist's death on Huntington is tragic, and I hope not in vain; cyclists and motorists and pedestrians all have a right to the city.
Roberto Scalese (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Great conversation, folks! I figured Mass Ave. would be high on people's lists, but it's interesting the the physical condition of Tremont is also a big issue for cyclists. Maria raises a good point about pedestrian safety, too. Personally, I see more cyclists stopping at red lights, which is great. I also see drivers more aware of their surroundings, waiting to open car doors, etc. Do you think that's a matter of familiarity breeding respect? Is anyone else seeing this?
Cookie June 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Yes, Maria, pedestrians are very important! Nothing upsets me more than cyclists who ride on sidewalks, or do not slow down when approaching crosswalks, to see if anybody is about to cross. I walk everywhere, may soon give up my car, so I understand your concern. Roberto, I think some people are trying to work with the idea of "sharing the road", therefore doing the things you mentioned. If only Boston could become the new Amsterdam!LOL We are making progress, but it is going to take time and perseverance. If I come upon a cyclist when riding that is stopped at a light or stop sign, I always try to thank them, or mention something. I have done cycling tours in Europe the last 25 years, and the first thing that is said is "Do not ride like an American. Please OBEY the rules of the road." Some recreational cyclists, or visitors to Boston, who use the Hubway, may not know what these are, or do not understand how important it can be. Courtesy does so much to bridge the gap between drivers and cyclists IMHO.
Northguy June 08, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Actually, it is perfectly legal to ride a bike on a sidewalk, unless it is posted that it isn't allowed or in a commercial area. It doesn't mean that it should be done, but it is allowed.


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