Will You Still Ride Your Bike in Wellesley?

Did Friday’s tragedy change your approach to biking in Wellesley?

For the most part, Wellesley is bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The town has trails for biking and hiking, and the roads tend to be wide enough to accommodate vehicles as well as bikes.

There are blind spots at certain intersections in Wellesley, however, like any other town.

made you think twice about riding your bike in Wellesley? Though details of Friday’s crash, which resulted in the death of cyclist Alexander Motsenigos, are still forthcoming, would you be more likely to leave the bike at home now?

Leave your opinion in the comments.

Jim Whetton August 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The roads in Wellesley are not built to accommodate bicycles. Cars have to cross the solid yellow line into on coming traffic to avoid them.
Tyler Hoffman August 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Or Jim, you slow down until you have plenty of room to pass and do safely. Share the road.
dulles August 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
This brings up the frightening reality that all it takes is one car driver who's not paying attention, or who tries to squeeze past a cyclist when there is not sufficient space to do so. I'm going to continue doing my best to be a safe and courteous cyclist on the road. I can't eliminate the risks, but I can try to minimize my chances of being struck. (And from my experience, drivers in Wellesley are generally more courteous and attentive than in Newton).
David August 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I live in Wellesley and have been a cyclist for 20+ years and we (cyclists) all need to do our part to safely share the road and comply with stop signs and other traffic signals. The vast majority of cyclists in my experience are, in fact, responsible stewards of the road, but I too have witnessed bad cycling behavior. I've also had my share of near misses with inattentive motorists. Drivers, you have a duty to share the road, especially when passing cyclists or other slow moving vehicles. The fact that numerous cycling accidents in Dover, Wellesley and elsewhere in the U.S. often involve motorists hitting cyclists from BEHIND is especially concerning. I personally have known 2 cyclists killed by motorists over the years, one of which involved a motorist texting (and a cyclist hit from behind). The driver's first call following the accident was to her parents - not to emergency responders. Motorists...texting or diverting your eyes from the road while behind the wheel, for even a split second, can have disastrous consequences for everyone involved - including you. Driving is a privilege - not a right - so please store the blackberry's and iphones while behind the wheel and watch our for pedestrians and cyclists. Do the right thing and please teach your children, our next generation of drivers, to do the same. Thanks!
jaclyn August 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Drivers please share the road and cyclists, please wear bright colors and kill the ear buds. As an avid cyclist myself, it is amazing to cars rush out of an intersection to avoid waiting for a cyclist and I am also amazed by cyclist who wear clothes that blend into the background - don't wear black shirts - or if you do add a yellow reflective running vest.
mec August 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Bicycles are vehicles and they belong on the road together with cars. Just slow down and pass when it's safe.
roger weinreb August 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Let's get real. (1) Cars need to be more aware of bikers (2) bikers need to be smarter regarding visibility and hearing as well as obeying ALL the rules of the road... All that put aside. Weston Road cannot safely accomadate bikes. The road is just not wide enough. Until the town can figure a way to accomadate both cars and bikes safely it falls to the biker to find safer routes. Whether you agree or diagree when your personal safety is concerned spend as little time biking on Weston Road as possible.
Local Person August 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Weston Road cannot accommodate Peter Pan buses. The road is too narrow, and I wish buses were required to access Wellesley college from Route 16, not Weston Road.


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