Live From Mayor Menino’s Bike Week Kick-Off

MassBike was at Mayor Menino’s Bike week kick-off this morning. After a nice ride out to the new Comm. Ave. bike lanes we listened to several speakers talk about the many improvements that Boston has made in the last couple of years. We had a great time riding with a police escort, and the new bike lanes on Commonwealth Ave. are really nice. We even got a chance to try out the cities first bike boxes!

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6 Responses to Live From Mayor Menino’s Bike Week Kick-Off

  1. matt May 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    can someone explain the idea behind bike boxes? I rode past several of them on Comm Ave and can’t figure out the advantage.

  2. Andres Salomon May 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Matt: the idea is for cyclists (who are in the bike lane or otherwise to the right of vehicular traffic) to filter up to the bike box at a red light. When the light turns green, bikes will be in front of the cars, where they are more visible. Compare this to cars and cyclists starting to move while next to each other; drivers are not trained to look to the right side (or rear-right) while making a right turn from the right lane, and thus are likely to not see (and therefore hit) a cyclist who is going straight.

    Bike boxes are all over Portland, and work really well there.

  3. J May 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    While Andres is correct, the primary reason they were installed on comm ave is for the transition from right to left side bike lanes. This allows cyclists who arent comfortable merging across live traffic to wait and be able to do so at the red light (legally). Of course, this also allows for easier left turns.

  4. jj May 18, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    FYI the guy who fabricated that bike rack was recently doored while riding in JP. He is homebound for a month now and has been having nightmares about his crash. We need safer roads for bikers.

  5. Paul Schimek May 20, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    @jj

    Sorry to hear about that dooring — can you provide his name?

    I’m afraid that we will be hearing about doorings more, not less, as the city continues its campaign to install Door Zone Bike Lanes.

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