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Weigh In: Is Bicycling's Success in Boston a Safety Hazard?

More bicyclists are on the streets of Boston. That's good for a lot of reasons. But will we start to see more bicycle collisions?

Most of the recent news about bicycling in Boston is positive: More people are bicycling and the city is becoming an easier place to bike. Plus, the and is about to add 400 more bikes and 30 new stations to the system.

But when you put more pedestrians and two-wheelers crossing the same streets and intersections, bad things could happen. Especially when one or both parties are flouting traffic rules. Boston pedestrians don't seem to pay much attention to whether the crossing light is red or green. And we've all seen bicyclists zoom through red lights.

On June 2, 28-year-old Boston College graduate student Kelsey Rennebohm died in a collision with the 39 Bus while riding her bike on Huntington Ave. Three bicyclists have died in the past five years along that street.

A recent infamous case comes out of San Francisco, where a bicyclist ran a red light and slammed into a pedestrian. The man fell and hit his head. He died a few days later.

Atlantic Cities recently posted a round-up of cyclist-on-pedestrian incidents. They say it's hard to say whether such collisions are on the rise or not. Data from a Hunter College study shows that while there are more bike-pedestrian accidents than people thought, the number is actually declining.

Of course, pedestrians and bicyclists are in more danger from cars than they are from each other.

What do you think about bicycling in Boston? Let us know in the comments.

Thurman Smith July 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Need police to ticket wrong-way bikers. But of course we don't have beat cops.
Cate Lecuyer (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Thurman, how often have you seen wrong-way bikers? Any particular locations?
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