City of Boston Bike Safety Summit

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is hosting a bicycling safety summit April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Boston University’s Morse Auditorium.

Here is the official press release.

The announcement comes after three serious cycling accidents occurred in the city in recent weeks.

 Rider safety is very important to the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge – beginning with training all the way through the final mile of the Challenge. Check out this PMC safety video for some tips. Take precautions when out on the road this spring and summer.

From the Mayor’s announcement:

The Summit will gather area bicyclists and high-ranking city officials to discuss ways of improving safety for everyone who uses Boston’s roadways.

The Mayor’s announcement comes in the wake of a third recent bike accident and ahead of Boston Bike Week next month.

“This is about the need for a shared, common respect amongst everyone who uses Boston’s roads,” said Mayor Menino. “We have to come together and recognize that everyone is responsible for keeping our roadways safe and that we all have the right to safe passage through our beautiful city. We can start by fulfilling the personal responsibility of wearing a helmet.”

Mayor Menino has ordered the Boston Police Department (BPD) to immediately launch a focused enforcement effort aimed at both cyclists and motorists in an effort to assist them to better share the road.

Officers will more proactively seek out and fine for safety violations committed by those on a bicycle and those operating a motor vehicle. This effort will include the strict enforcement of Massachusetts laws dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian safety. The BPD is also researching the possible implementation of an enhanced reporting mechanism to document all accidents involving bikes.

Helmets always required in the PMC!

The Mayor’s office also has some tips to increase bicycling safety this season:

• Visit the Boston Bikes fanpage on Facebook or join the Boston Bikes Twitter feed to learn more about the program and share concerns about specific roads in Boston;

• Call the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500 to report safety concern that need immediate attention including roadway obstructions like potholes or debris;

• Visit the Boston Bikes homepage  to receive updates on the Cycling Safety Summit;

• Visit http://www.massbike.org to register for classes on bicycling safety conducted by Mass Bike on April 22, May 6 and May 19 at City Hall;

• Wear a protective helmet at all times when riding a bike (helmets can be bought for $5 at the Boston Medical Center gift shop);

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