craigie-bridge

Another preventable tragedy and ACTIONS you can take to help

From Cambridge Bike Safety:

Last Friday we lost a member of our community. Meng Jin was killed while biking on the Craigie Bridge near the Museum of Science. He was a grad student at Boston University studying economics and had just arrived in Cambridge two months ago to start school. We cannot imagine the pain and grief his family is now going through. Our hearts go out to them.

MassDOT and DCR were told a long time ago that this bridge badly needs bicycle infrastructure, something which is obvious to anyone who tries to commute across it. They promised to work on it after the Longfellow bridge project completed earlier this year, but it never happened. Meng is dead because MassDOT and DCR prioritized six lanes of motor vehicle traffic over safe bike infrastructure.

While we can’t bring him back, we can tell our governments that this isunacceptable and that these deaths are preventable. While the Craigie Bridge is under DCR jurisdiction, Cambridge has control over most of the roads leading up to the Craigie Bridge and a responsibility to keep people safe on them. Furthermore, the O’Brien Highway is identified as requiring protected bicycle lanes in the Cambridge Bike Plan, and Cambridge must work to build out its plan for 20 miles of protected bike lanes—including proactively engaging with state agencies—to prevent future injuries and deaths.

ACTIONS

1. Attend the World Day of Remembrance this Sunday, Nov 18 at 2pm at the Massachusetts State House, and Ghost Bike Ceremony at 12:30pm near Museum of Science. 

We will gather to mourn the people who have died on our roads this year and to tell our elected officials that protected bike lanes save lives. We will not accept any more heartless trade-offs in our streets.

Please tell everyone you know about this, including your elected officials, both local and state. We need a huge turnout to show our elected officials that many people care deeply about this, and that their decisions affect the lives of many people. Please attend this event if at all possible.

Earlier that day there is a ghost bike ceremony in memory of Meng Jin. Meet us at 12:30pm at the intersection of Charles River Dam Road and Museum way, near the Museum of Science where Meng Jin was killed. After the ceremony we will ride to the World Day of Remembrance event at the State House.

2. Email Cambridge officials council@cambridgema.gov,ldepasquale@cambridgema.gov and cc clerk@cambridgema.gov andinfo@cambridgebikesafety.org and tell them:

  • We want them to stand with us at the World Day of Remembrance so that they can hear the stories of people who are closest to the pain and learn from them.
  • We want them to support rapidly building out the city’s own plan for 20 miles of protected bike lanes because protected bike lanes save lives.

3. Email your state representatives (find them here) and tell them:

  • We want them to stand with us at the World Day of Remembrance. Their support is crucial for making changes happen at the state level.
  • If the State House acts quickly there is a chance they can pass the piece of the bike omnibus bill which requires state and state-contracted trucks to have safety side-guards and convex mirrors. Tell your state representative that they should help pass this bill to keep us safe around trucks. (Only the State House can help here; the State Senate has already passed this bill.)

Every death leaves our community hurting and scared. We will work together to make sure our streets show compassion instead of violence.

Be Nice Everyone…

You never know when you are going to piss off someone with sarcastic genius…

from C-list

(Warning the below is highly awesome, and funny.)

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…You passed me as I was walking my biker over the street at the JFK/North Harvard Street bridge right near the Dudley White bike path.

This was my first morning riding into work near the Gardens, and I have never biked along this route before.

I had decided to walk my bike over treacherous intersection because I wasn’t sure where the path started, let alone how rush-hour traffic would react to my inexperienced fumbling. Good thing I did because if I had noticed you, I surely would have crashed. You looked magnificent on your expensive bike and all your racing gear. You are a paragon of strength and endurance that Lance Armstrong can never seek to attain. Live Strong! I still can’t get over the way your numbered yellow shirt wrapped around your fit torso and your spandex pants so tightly hugged every curve of your manly thighs and groin. I wondered what races you had been in (or were in this morning!), powering over the hot macadam like a stallion of might, an unstoppable Conestoga of testosterone! Oh, but I were a ship to moor in your turbulent waters!

The point at which we were a whisper’s length away, you so courageously informed me that the intersection I was crossing was “not a sidewalk.” le sigh! If only I were not so feeble-brained, I might have understood your postmodern cryptic message. Indeed, the road is not a sidewalk; perhaps I was seeing a spoon when there is no spoon! Until then, I can only fantasize about discussing the likes of Kant or Heidegger – and bicycles, of course! – face to face with you in a cozy organic, local cafe just outside of Fresh Pond. Instead, you rode out of my life like Cinderella at midnight …

May every cyclist in Boston seek to ape your selflessness at dispensing wisdom! After all, your experience as a racer makes you better than the average cyclist, and you have an obligation to make others embrace their shortcomings with your worldly knowledge. Some bicyclists like to shout insults at others and simply ride away because they are too pusillanimous to support their instigating remarks. Not you – you wear your expertise like the wisdom of an urban Musashi in this individual-driven world we live in. A fie on those others that cannot see past their own psyches and who are convinced of their righteousness!

….I write this with the hope that someday you will not have to fear the terrible burden of bicycle leadership in a world where others are so quick to make assumptions. God Speed, yellow spandex racer man! And God Bless.

Or this

You pilfered my Shaw’s grocery bag off of my bike seat while I was away.
I hope you enjoyed your self erotic asphyxiation with that grocery bag,
as that is the only use I could think of – that you had to steal it, instead
of going into the CVS across the street and embarrassingly asking for a
fresh one.
Love,
Biker Chic with Wet Ass Cheeks

Or this!

You could have at least made it less obvious that you knew you were locking your bike to my bike. You are why people hate bicyclists. I hope you get doored.

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