Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A local cyclist talks about how she stays safe on the road, in the wake of several serious accidents.
Somerville resident Amanda King, 32, bikes 16 miles roundtrip to work in Waltham, on average three times a week during the summer. While she knows the risks of riding the roads, taking safety precautions and not being complacent is how she says she stays safe. “When I first started biking, I thought, how can I possibly bike on the road — I’m going to get killed,” she said. “Now, I’m not as worried about it, but that doesn’t mean I’m not very wise to the dangers.” When it comes to safety, King rides her bike wearing a helmet and fluorescent-colored vest. She mounts blinking lights on her helmet and the front and back of her bike. She “signals like a lunatic” to drivers, never runs red lights and stays as far to the right as possible, she …
Monday, June 11, 2012
If you were at Sunday's JP Bikes Spring Roll, or captured pics or video as it moved through the neighborhood, add them here for your neighbors to see.
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- Chris Helms
Monday, June 11, 2012
It's the favorite JP event of the year for Forest Hills moms Casey and Michelle Carey-Brown — The JP Bikes Spring Roll. The event brings families out for a community bike ride, preceded by a session of bike-decorating. Other bike-related organizations like Bikes Not Bombs, the Boston Cyclists Union and Ferris Wheels Bike Shop were among the attendees. If you've got pics or video from this year's Spring Roll, please add them here to the ones Casey and Michelle Carey-Brown have already posted.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Three bicyclists have died in the past five years along Huntington Avenue.
In the wake of Friday's fatal bike wreck on Huntington Avenue, bikers who use the busy, narrow street say it is a dangerous but essential way to get around the city. "It's hard to ride on Huntington," said Lucy McDermott, a Northeastern student who relies on her bike, "but we do it because we have to." McDermott also relies on her friends. She bikes with fellow Northeastern students Jessica Feldish and Teresa Bryant whenever possible. By riding in a staggered formation they can take up a whole lane, as is their right as cyclists. The trio had stopped by a memorial to the woman who died Friday, 28-year-old Boston College graduate student Kelsey Rennebohm. A glass vase held a simple flower arrangement and a card that read: "In loving memory …
Monday, April 9, 2012
In deciding the winner, poll votes and directory ratings both count. The contest runs until Friday at 9 a.m.
JP Patch is doing a series of week-long "Best Of Patch Readers' Choice" contests. This week's category is: Best Bike Shop. We're lucky in JP to have so many great bike repair places, including small businesses and nonprofits. Here's how it works. Vote in the poll below. Add comments supporting your decision. Rate the businesses involved. Votes and ratings decide the winner, with ties broken by most favorable comments. The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday. Because this poll isn't scientific, it isn't the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor (that's me, Chris Helms), based on poll results, comments on this story and ratings on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey. The official rules…
Sunday, March 25, 2012
A thief riding a bicycle snatched a man's phone. When the victim caught up with him, the man pulled a knife.
A man was walking his dog on Heath Street Friday afternoon and talking on his phone when a thief on a bicycle stole the phone. Police say they got a call about the incident at 4:13 p.m. When they talked to the victim, he told officers that he chased the thief through the ball field in back of the Hennigan School and caught up with him. That's when the thief pulled a knife and fled down Day Street. The thief was riding a black or dark blue mountain bike. He is described as a heavy-set black man of medium complexion, between 6-0 and 6-2, 220-240 pounds and having a round face. The suspect is thought to be between 35-45 years old. He was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
State officials say the new six-lane road through Forest Hills will be named for Monsignor William J. Casey, for whom the to-be-demolished Casey Overpass is named.
CORRECTION, Monday, April 2: State officials say the final name for the road has not been set in stone. It has been given the working title "Casey Arborway Project." Future discussions with the city and other stakeholders could result in a different name, said Kate Fichter, a representative of the Mass. Department of Transportation. The Gazette issued a correction about the term "Casey Parkway" being chosen. Patch regrets not confirming this separately. The original text is below. This poll has been closed to further votes. ~~~~~ State officials plan to name the new six-lane road through the area under the Casey Overpass as "Casey Parkway," according to the Gazette. Do you like the sound of the name? It honors Monsignor William J. Casey, …
“There will be no further discussion on a bridge,” a Transportation Department spokesman told the Gazette.
CORRECTION, Monday, April 2: State officials say the final name for the road has not been set in stone. It has been given the working title "Casey Arborway Project." Future discussions with the city and other stakeholders could result in a different name, said Kate Fichter, a representative of the Mass. Department of Transportation. The Gazette issued a correction about the term "Casey Parkway" being chosen. Patch regrets not confirming this separately. The headline of this article has been changed. The original text is below. ~~~~~ State officials laid out a timeline for the next steps in what will become the "Casey Parkway" at an advisory group meeting Tuesday night, according to the JP Gazette. A public meeting hosted by the state about…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The state is about to miss its self-imposed deadline of the end of February for telling residents whether it has chosen to build a new bridge after the Casey Overpass is torn down, or to create a new at-grade traffic pattern.
The state is about to miss another self-imposed deadline in telling residents which configuration it will choose for the new Forest Hills — a new, lower bridge or an at-grade traffic pattern. "We've been using the past several weeks to do some additional work that stakeholders have asked us to do," said Michael Versecke, spokesman for the Mass Department of Transportation, in an email to Patch. "We plan on making a decision soon." The state had told State Rep. Liz Malia, D-Boston, that it would make a decision by the end of February. The decrepit Casey Overpass has been reduced to one lane in each direction for safety reasons. It will be torn down. The question is what will replace it. The state had originally said it would make its …