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Cyclists ride down Commonwealth Avenue on Wednesday morning. Under a city plan, this section of the busy road would have protected bike lanes. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Cyclists ride down Commonwealth Avenue on Wednesday morning. Under a city plan, this section of the busy road would have protected bike lanes. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The number of people using bicycles to get around the city is on the rise. But, in the last five years, more than a dozen people were killed biking in Boston. Most recently, 38-year-old Anita Kurmann died in a collision with a truck in Boston's Back Bay. The investigation into her death is ongoing.

But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that, nationwide, the number of cyclist deaths involving a vehicle have decreased overall. But that's not so satisfying for bikers, drivers, or politicians and transportation planners. So, how can the roads become safer for everyone?

Guests

Peter Furth, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. He’s studied bicycle infrastructure around the world.

Jackie Douglas, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, which tweets @StreetsBoston.

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WBUR: After Fatal Bike Crash, One Expert On How To Make Boston Safer For Cyclists

  • "When a story comes out about cyclists being injured in Boston, every single time I’m thinking, well, we could have prevented it. And people will always argue that cyclists are not being careful or that it’s the drivers fault or the cyclist’s fault. We just have to stop pointing fingers and just work on solving the problem together. As lofty as that sounds it’s what works."

Harvard MAP: Bicycle Collisions In Boston (2009-2012)

This segment aired on August 18, 2015.

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