Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Crimaldi Globe Staff March 30, 2019 LEXINGTON — The Minuteman Bikeway from Cambridge to Bedford is 12 feet wide and 10 miles long, but for many it provides limitless escape.The trail is protected from motor vehicle traffic, providing a refuge for cyclists, families pushing strollers, scooter riders, walkers, runners, roller bladers, and dogs on leashes.But now tragedy has been introduced at the spot in Lexington where two cyclists wearing helmets collided head-on around 2:09 p.m. on March 24. One cyclist, Cary G. Coovert, 71, died, and the other, who hasn’t been named publicly, was hospitalized with serious injuries, Lexington police say. Advertisement Further details about the crash and what may have caused it haven’t been publicly disclosed. A makeshift memorial including flowers, rosary beads, and a blonde-haired doll wearing a tiara … [Read more...] about Minuteman Bikeway riders reflect after cyclist killed in collision
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Lexington police have released the name of the man who died Sunday after he and another bicyclist collided head on while riding on the Minuteman Bikeway. Cary Coovert, 71, of Arlington, succumbed to his injuries from the crash on Sunday at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, police said in a statement. Officers responded to the scene of the crash about a mile from the Arlington town line around 2:09 p.m. on Sunday. Police said Coovert and the other male cyclist were both wearing helmets. “Both bicycle operators sustained serious injuries and were immediately treated at the scene and transported to a neighboring hospital,” police said. According to Lexington police, the other bicyclist remained hospitalized on Monday. His name has not been released by police. Close … [Read more...] about Lexington police identify victim in deadly bike-path crash
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff March 25, 2019 A 71-year-old cyclist was killed in Lexington on Sunday afternoon when he collided with another cyclist on a bike path in what appeared to be a “terrible accident,” a police official said. The fatal crash on the Minuteman Bikeway occurred around 2:09 p.m., said Lexington police Lieutenant Michael Toumi. “They were strangers going in opposite directions” at the time of the crash, Toumi said. He said the cause of the collision remains under investigation, but there are no signs of foul play. No charges have been filed, Toumi said. Advertisement Both cyclists were taken to Lahey Hospital, where the 71-year-old man was later pronounced dead, police said. The other cyclist, a man believed to be in his early 50s, survived, according to authorities. The name of the deceased man wasn’t … [Read more...] about Cyclist, 71, killed in collision with fellow cyclist in Lexington
Starting right around the time colder weather arrived in October, the Route 2 overpass on the Arlington and Cambridge line started experiencing a change. It wasn’t road construction or an upgrade to the well-trafficked bike path that traverses beneath the structure, just north of the Alewife MBTA station. But the difference was notable. It was about people — and their absence. A small homeless encampment that used the hulking highway frame for shelter left just when the seasons shifted and fall swept along. And now spikes sit on the ledges where the people — moved and directed toward a shelter and other programs by town officials — once lay. The additions installed in December are the latest chapter in Arlington’s recent history between the town and the local homeless population as officials have worked to balance public safety and health concerns with a compassionate response to a chronic issue experts say is only growing in Greater Boston. “Over … [Read more...] about Homeless people slept under this Route 2 bridge. Then spikes were installed where they once rested.