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December 2, 2016

Where did the Amanda Phillips crash happen? And why?

Filed under: Cambridge,cycling,Deaths — Tags: , , , , , — jsallen @ 10:47 am

In a previous post, I stated that Amanda Phillips’s fatal crash occurred outside Inman Square, not in the Square.

An examination of news photos and a Google Street View establishes the precise location — 1423 Cambridge Street, just west of the Square.

The Google Street View

Boston Globe article with photo: note the blue recycling bin peeking out from behind the trash barrel, the distinctive leaning tree, and the ambulance parked on Hampshire Street in the background.

The Cambridge Patch has an even better photo.

This evidence establishes that Phillips had exited Inman Square. It has been reported that she rode off the sidewalk. That would place her in the same precarious situation as with the bike lanes exiting the Square in a “Peanut Roundabout” proposal advanced by the Boston Cyclists Union.

I also commend readers to Paul Schimek’s examination of factors which led to the crash.


  1. Robert–Thanks for your dogged attention to another horrible bicycle death in Cambridge, your in-depth analysis, and link to Paul Shimick’s article.

    And for everything else you do for Cambridge via the CCJ.

    Emily Dexter
    Cambridge School Committee Member

    Comment by Emily Dexter — December 2, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

  2. Emily – Thanks for the tip of the hat, but credit for writing this and the previous article (on the Inman Square Peanut Proposal) goes to John Allen who knows more about actual bicycle safety than anyone I have ever known.

    Comment by Robert Winters — December 2, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

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