Bicyclist hit by taxi near Craigie Bridge

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State Police on the scene of a car-bike crash Thursday evening

A bicyclist was struck by a Boston City Cab Thursday night at the dangerous intersection of Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Storrow Drive. The details are unclear, but the cyclist was up and walking without any serious damage. The same cannot be said for his bicycle, which had a badly mangled front wheel.

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A taxi cab driver and cyclist talk with a State Police Officer while standing near the mangled bicycle.

The driver of the cab pulled off immediately to check on the cyclist. Upon finding him standing on the sidewalk, shocked but otherwise unharmed, the driver hugged the cyclist. Both were clearly shaken by the incident as they waited for the police (which took a surprisingly long time considering the crash occurred less than 200 feet from the State Police Barracks). After a few minutes, the police officer apparently chalked it up to a harmless accident and drove off. The cab driver helped the cyclist load his bike into the trunk and proceeded to take him to his destination.

Without knowing the details, we can’t comment on the actions that led to the crash. But it’s worth noting that the cabbie acted responsibly and he should be commended. The brief police investigation is dubious, however, representing the latest in our casual attitude toward roadway safety.

Most importantly, however, is determining what to do about this area. Biking across the Craigie Bridge into Boston can be a harrowing experience. It’s a jurisdictional nightmare, with Cambridge, Boston, and MassDOT all sharing responsibility. It’s time for leadership to demand action. And perhaps the greatest hope is that MassDOT executives to actually ride across the bridge.

Secretary Davey: we’d like to invite you to ride from the Cambridgeside Galleria to Boston City Hall. Let us know what you think. If you’d like, we’re happy to join you. Show us you’re serious about safety.

 

2 thoughts on “Bicyclist hit by taxi near Craigie Bridge

  1. January 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

    The frustrating thing about this is that bike lanes were promised on cragie, (after great public outcry over the poorly organized process and car-centric initial design) and the section was designed for bike lanes, but at the final striping, Mass DOT declined to put them in, saying that they needed more car lanes for the duration of the Longfellow closure because they anticipated diverted traffic. At the time we thought that would be a year or two, now it’s looking like 4 or 5. Very frustrating, and I’m very skeptical of the traffic counts and the projections of diverted traffic.

    1. editor
      January 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Diverted traffic estimates are notoriously wrong. Engineers assume vehicle traffic demand is fixed and that every vehicle needs to find an alternate route. Yet study after study shows that traffic actually responds to supply. More road means more cars; less road means fewer cars. People will avoid this inconvenience by traveling on a different mode or at a different time. Or they will decide not to make the trip. Engineering cannot process this socioeconomic relationship and will always overestimate the impacts of road closures.

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