Following several accidents that claimed bike riders’ lives in Boston this year, City Councilor Felix Arroyo will take two-wheels to work at Government Center Thursday in order to raise awareness about the need for safe cycling in the Hub—and he wants residents to join him.
Arroyo’s bike trek from the Forest Hills MBTA Station to City Hall at 8 a.m. will come just hours before a meeting between elected officials about the importance of making Boston a “world class” bike city; one that’s safe for those who choose to skip the T and opt out of hopping behind the wheel in order to get around.
“We have many cyclists in our city and it is our responsibility to ensure that we make our city as safe as possible for cycling,” Arroyo said in a statement. “I am asking for people to join me on my bike ride to work to bring attention to the issue. The hope is that the ride and the hearing will result in improvements that will prevent cycling injuries, sometimes fatal, from happening on our streets.”
Last month, Arroyo and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley filed a motion for a hearing to explore ways to improve bike infrastructure in Boston and make it a more “liveable city.”
According to the request filed be Pressley and Arroyo, increases in bike ridership in Boston can also increase the potential for bicycle accidents and related-deaths, and by tracking that data, officials can find ways to fine tune what isn’t working.
“We need to better understand how many incidents there are so we can best prevent these accidents from happening,” said Pressley. “The fact that we have seen an uptick in these accidents accelerated a need for a hearing.”
The hearing, which is being held at City Hall at noon on Thursday, and is open to the public, will hopefully address those issues. The meeting will also include testimony from members of the bike community such as Josh Zisson, a bike lawyer and founder of BikeSafeBoston.com
As Boston looks to offer services like the Hubway bikeshare system all year-round, and expand on its already well-developed biking infrastructure by introducing a “Master Plan,” Arroyo and Pressley want to find ways to prevent accidents like the one that killed a Boston University student in Allston in November.