Monday marked the start of Bay State Bike Week, and the annual event kicked off on a somber note after a Colorado man died in a Newton bike accident near city hall. Police said the 21-year-old bicyclist collided with a 2007 Honda SUV after the bicyclist ran a red light. The man was not wearing a helmet.
As part of Bay State Bike Week, bicyclists gathered on Tuesday for a previously schedule “Ride of Silence” to memorialize bicyclists who have been killed or injured in the past year. A spokesperson for MassBike predicted that this year’s “Ride of Silence” would be especially poignant in light of this recent bike fatality and several others. Cyclists rode from Seven Hills Park in Somerville through Cambridge and Boston, stopping at the Charles Street Entrance to Boston Common. The man’s coworkers were also planning a candlelight vigil.
The mayor of Newton said the town’s transportation advisory committee is examining transportation issues, including pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Source: Friends plan candlelight vigil tonight to remember bicyclist killed in Newton accident, Boston.com, May 18, 2010
Contact a Boston bike injury attorney if you have sustained injuries in a bike accident.