A year after a local man was fatally struck by a truck while riding his bicycle in Wellesley, town officials are creating a committee to study if and where bike lanes and signage can be installed in the next year to make cycling safer.
“This is something that’s been looked at for a while, but it’s fair to say the accident brought it more to the forefront,” said selectwoman Terri Tsagaris.
Alexander Motsenigos, 41, was killed last August after a truck struck him while riding his bicycle on Weston Road. The truck driver was initially charged, but a grand jury chose not to indict him and the charges have been dropped.
However, Motsenigos’ family has filed a wrongful death suit, which is pending in Norfolk Superior Court, said the family’s lawyer, Carlin J. Phillips.
Wellesly’s executive director Hans Larsen cq underscored the catalyst that the acccident has provided in getting the town to move forward on improved safety for bicyclists.
“We are sobered by the fact that one of our residents died on our streets, riding a bicycle,” said Larsen. “It has caused everyone to think, and question if we have done enough, and what we can to do to avoid a reoccurrence.”
To that end, the Board of Selectmen approved the formation of the Bicycle Safety Committee in mid-August. Members of the board are from various town departments and boards, including police, public works, planning, and School Committee; two bicycle advocates; and selectwoman Ellen Gibbs, as well as Larsen.