Thursday, December 6, 2012
Boston officials and cycling advocates will present what specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes at a hearing on Thursday.
Boston's leaders are continually looking to improve bicycling throughout the city. One of the biggest boosts to bicycling in Boston is the Hubway program, which affords anyone the opportunity to rent a bicycle at one of many neighborhood stations. While the winter is here, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is leading the pack on discussing bicycling infrastructure from the halls of the Boston City Council. Pressley is holding a hearing on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon at city hall. Patch: You're leading a hearing on examining bicycling infrastructure in Boston. What do you hope to accomplish from this hearing, and moving forward? Pressley: There have been a number of reported vehicle and bicycle collisions, including several that…
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Stop signs are not optional, but they're sometimes treated as if they are.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Saturday, September 22, 2012
There are hundreds of stop signs in Boston, but all too often, they are overlooked when drivers are in a rush. We have all seen it and probably many would admit of a stop sign roll-through at one point in time. Do you know of a location where a stop sign is frequently rolled through or ignored? Share where it is in the comments section, below. [Editor's note: This item is posted on all eight Boston Patch sites.]
Friday, September 14, 2012
Should the state intervene when drivers reach a certain age?
Last week, an elderly driver up in Malden crashed through a backyard and ended up in a pool. While this and other nationally publicized accidents raise public concerns about senior drivers, AAA says it is a myth that seniors are among the nation’s most dangerous. Instead, AAA's Jake Nelson said just the opposite is true. “Recent data tells us that drivers in their 70s get into about the same number of crashes per mile driven as do drivers in their 30s,” said Nelson, who is AAA’s director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research. “On average, drivers in their mid- to late-80s still have lower crash rates per mile driven than drivers in their early 20s, and roughly half the crash rates of teenagers — the nation’s riskiest drivers.” Nelson …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Officers shot and killed a suspect in the South End last week. Does the incident make you feel less safe in the area?
Many South End residents were shocked last week to hear of a fatal police-involved shooting on Darmouth Street in the South End. Jon Sennett was bartending at Clerys on Tuesday night when he heard roaring sirens and saw flashing lights outside the bar. “I’ve never seen so many police cars in this area,” he said. The incident occured just when the Boston Police Department announced crime was down in the neighborhood by 13 percent compared to last year. Do you feel safe overall in the South End, and do you believe this was an isolated incident? Or do you think there's cause for concern in the neighborhood?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Angela Wang contemplates the art of balancing children's safety with their need for independence.
If there's a capitalist bone in your child's body, sooner or later, it will want a lemonade stand. Selling ice-cold refreshment has it's irresistible charms, I guess, not to mention the visions of green that dance in the heads of young entrepreneurs. Icon of suburban sidewalks in summertime … wait. "Suburban"? Can you safely operate a lemonade stand in the heart of the city? Yes, you can. And by "safely," you know I'm not talking about the health dangers of lukewarm lemonade. I'm talking about whether or not you should leave kids alone in front of your house, where vehicular traffic whizzes by at a steady pace, and strangers pass at all hours. While the urge to hover over the whole business is strong, you can help your child win a …