In the wake of two bicycle fatalities in Boston within the past week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Boston Bikes operation posted a statement on the Boston Bikes Facebook page. The Globe reported Wednesday that, according to Boston Emergency Medical Services, there have been 451 bicycle-related incidents in the city so far this year.
Here is the Boston Bikes statement:
"It is difficult to put into words how tragic and awful it is to lose two members of our bicycling community in Boston this month. These accidents remind us how quickly something so joyous, like riding a bicycle, can go wrong, and why we continue to do the work we do to make the city a better place for all riders.
So many of us cyclists pedal to work or school and do our daily errands by bike because we love the sense of freedom a bicycle provides. That freedom can feel vulnerable when a cyclist feel unsafe, and accidents remind us all of that vulnerability. Through the Mayor’s leadership, Boston has moved to the top of the list of bicycle friendly cities, but there is always more work to be done. More roadway users to educate. More bike facilities to engineer. More cyclists to encourage and empower.
All of Boston Bikes is deeply saddened by these two accidents, but we know that the cycling community is a resilient one. We pause to reflect on this horrible loss, but tomorrow we strap on our helmet, put our feet back on our pedals, and work to ensure we do everything possible to prevent another. Ride safely Boston.''