[*BCM*] grim scenes saturday... any news?

Dave Atkins datkinsg at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 22:26:44 EDT 2009

any news on these two crashes? When I bike commute, I pass both those
locations (although never late at night) and I would like to know what

On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 6:42 PM, jb fentner <symboliceon at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  despite the fact that i'd certainly seem like the type to have strong
> opinions regarding helmets, i really just think it's up to the rider and
> frankly shall remain horribly unjudgemental. i don't wear one (did for a
> while.. just seemed like a pain in the ass. ironically i was involved with
> more accidents when i wore one) and i ride like i have a death wish, but
> sometimes that's just the safest way to ride. cambridge street, for example,
> where the i90 on ramp is.. you can't ride cautiously there and you obviously
> can't hug the side of the road. the safest way to navigate that is to just
> gun it down the middle of the road. also, some folks obviously think riding
> a fixie is suicidal.. i'd say that as a result of riding one for a few years
> i have a better understanding of what's going on around me in traffic and
> what's going to happen a block or two ahead of time. a couple days ago when
> some insane woman in an SUV just decided to be totally oblivious to the fact
> that it was rush hour and that other people exist in general cut left across
> the intersection of harvard st. and cambridge st. from the right lane
> everyone freaked out. i was just hangin out in the middle of the road saying
> "yep, saw that coming. ..and yet i'm still oddly enthralled"
> bottom line, i guess, is that helmets are handy in certain situations, but
> knowing what's going on around you.. what to look for and avoid or
> confront.. is absolutely the most important thing regarding safety.
> regarding this particular accident with the cyclist getting cut off and
> slamming in to the passenger side of the car would not have happened if he'd
> been paying attention to.. i dunno.. a turn signal, or if there was no turn
> signal.. the car was most likely showing other signs of turning. if i even
> remotely suspect that a car's about to cut me off i slow down and ride
> directly behind it so i can quickly react to whatever the driver ends up
> doing. i'm not saying i'm perfect, i'm most likely going to eat shit again
> sooner or later, but perhaps if simple urban cycling advice was as readily
> available as cheap helmets there'd be a few less ghost bikes chained up
> around this place. 8\
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