Is it only a matter of time before a pedestrian, bicyclist, driver or passenger dies in an accident in the Forest Hills area that could've been avoided? After a Boston Police officer was hit while working a detail on Monday, residents, city councilors and the MBTA are pushing hard to make the area safer. Thankfully, it appears the officer did not suffer life threatening injuries after a dump truck collided with a van, which then hit the vehicle the officer was in at Ukraine Way and Hyde Park Avenue, reported WCVB. Local resident Kyle Vining has witnessed safety issues in the Forest Hills area, and has complained to the city to improve the area since at least 2016. Vining tweeted after the accident:
"My heart is heavy and my spirit is sad today to hear that a @bostonpolice officer was struck today at the very intersection I have been complaining to @BostonBTD and @marty_walsh to fix for the last 3 years since I moved to Forest Hills."
You would think that one of the major MBTA stations, a hub of transportation for the area if you will, would have a Bluebikes station. But alas, Forest Hills doesn't currently have a station for anyone to get on a bicycle and pedal away. Bluebikes is a public bicycling sharing system and there are more than 260 Bluebikes stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville, with more than 2,500 shareable bicycles. But currently there isn't a station at Forest Hills. Currently, the nearest Bluebikes stations to Forest Hills are located at Williams and Washington streets (about .5 mile away); Curtis Hall (about .6 mile away); and Archdale Road and Washington Street in Roslindale (.8 mile away).
An online petition is circulating asking to have protected bike lanes installed on Centre Street. "If the City takes Vision Zero seriously, major thoroughfares that have the street space available should have protected bike lanes installed. Let's start small and practically by choosing Centre Street to install parking-protected bike lanes," says the petition. The petition is being formally submitted to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and also asks for comments to be specifically directed to Boston's Transportation Department. "The bike lanes already exist and, due to road construction, have been in dire need of repainting.
The 10th Annual JP Bikes Spring Roll Ride is this Sunday -- and it's family friendly! Gather at the South Street Mall (at the corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue, across from Fiore's Bakery) at 10 am on Sunday, May 13 for fun activities, snacks and bike decorating. Then bike parade down Centre Street to the Hyde Square Rotary and back with stereo-bike accompaniment. Children are extremely welcome and helmets are must for kids and adults. Click here for more information on the Facebook event page.
A public meeting to discuss access and safety enhancements to Jamaica Pond will be led by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Boston's Parks and Recreation Department Tuesday, April 11. The meeting will specifically discuss how to enhance Perkins Street and Parkman Drive, which are both access points to Jamaica Pond. The DCR presentation will reveal designs for enhancing and improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The plan will also include measures for calming traffic, according to a DCR press release. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Hunnewell Building in the Arnold Arboretum Tuesday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Project designs will be made available on the DCR's website following the meeting.