Another cyclist killed on busy Boston roads

At least four fatal bicycle accidents have occurred on Boston roads this year, the latest of which happened last week. The fatal bicycle accident claimed the life of a 21-year-old Boston University student who was struck around 6:30 p.m. last Monday at the intersection of Brighton and Harvard avenues.

According to reports, an MBTA bus was involved in the accident, but no charges have been filed as of yet. T officials said a 58-year-old Route 57 bus driver has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues. The accident occurred at one of the busiest intersections in the Allston neighborhood.

Ironically, Boston police were out the same day, hours before the accident, warning cyclists to be careful while riding on the streets. Even before the fatality occurred, two city council members called for a hearing on bike safety. They said they want to study data on accidents and make the city’s roads safer for bike travel.

“As a city we’re certainly trying to be more bike-friendly, and this hearing order is part of that process,” one of the councilors said. “The idea is to look at the bike infrastructure, and look at the safety precautions, and where can we be doing better?”

It definitely looks like there is room for improvement regarding bike safety on Boston roads after at least four people have been killed. In September, a female was killed while riding her bicycle on Broadway in South Boston. That same month, a 63-year-old cyclist died after being struck on Morrissey Boulevard.

In June, a Boston College grad student was killed when an MBTA bus collided with her bicycle on Huntington Avenue near Forsyth Street. After that fatality, the Boston mayor also said he wanted to take a serious look at making the city safer for cyclists. Hopefully, the most recent tragedy convinces city officials to take action.

Source: Boston Herald, “Police warned cyclists before fatal bike crash,” John Zaremba, Nov. 13, 2012