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from the email, check it out if you are in the Newton area:
The Second Annual Newton Bicycle Update will have all the details:
Monday, June 17, 6-7 pm,
War Memorial Auditorium, City Hall
(Psst–last year the City got an Honorable Mention from the League of
American Bicyclists. Surprise annoucement on Monday!)
Newton Bicycle Coordinator Lois Levin will be joined by Mayor Setti Warren,
members of the Board of Aldermen, city Transportation Director Bill Paille,
Police Chief Howard Mintz, and the Bicycle Advisory Committee.
They will highlight Newton’s new bicycle lanes, describe Newton’s
bicycling safety education programs, review crash statistics and enforcement
activities, and the city’s efforts to encourage more bicycling.
Having adopted a comprehensive Bicycle Network Plan in 2012, the City has
created separated bicycle lanes along Beacon Street, Centre Street, Langley
Road and Walnut Street. This year, the City expects to expand the network by
improving safety on the Carriage Road of Commonwealth Avenue, and add shared
lanes on Lowell Ave and Webster Street. Bicycling is steadily increasing in
Newton because of these efforts.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of the Transportation
Advisory Group, formed by Mayor Warren to help advance his vision of a
sustainable Newton. The TAG works to make Newton’s streets safe and healthy
for all residents.
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Last minute, but you could run over after work and it looks awesome.
Friday, June 14th, 5:30 pm
Nick Woebske and Galen Mook lead a bike tour at dusk around the perimeter of the Alewife Reservation. Edible plant expert David Craft, will educate riders on the vast amount of edible plants in the area at periodic stops. David has authored books on foraging, and does walks through out the Boston area.
Galen Mook is a bicycle instructor and ride-leader in the greater Boston area, with several years of experience working with Boston Bikes, the City of Cambridge, MassBike, and his own non-profit CommonWheels. He leads rides in and around the region (sometimes with musical accompaniment when he’s on his “drum bike”) and he truly enjoys showing off the area’s bike-ability to those who may be new to biking in an urban setting. For this event, he will be leading a casual, slow-paced and organized tour of the reservation, including a picnic at the end of the trip.
Bring a small snack and water bottle for picnic.
Sponsored by the Friends of Alewife Reservation. Participants will meet at the at the passenger pickup of the Alewife T-stop in Cambridge. Visit www.friendsofalewifereservation.org for updated information or call (617) 415-1884.
more details here (pdf)Go Green Edible Plant Bike Tour Flyer
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
10:00am until 2:00pm in EDT
4 Hilltop Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
Also present will be The Boston Society of Vulcans (Safety Town),
the the Boston Retired Police Officer’s Code Blue and Dot Bike
• Children ages 4-12 years and parents welcome
• Safety Info for Kids and Parents
• Bring your bike and helmet
• Fun Bike Games and Agility Test
• Cool Bike Helmets — Free as supplies last!
• Free raffle for two 20” kids bikes!
Thank you to all our sponsors and contributors!
Call the C-11 Community Service Office
at 617-343-4524 for more information
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Got this in the email from DotBike, pretty awesome that they have agreed to fund this project, its been in the works a long long time. If you have never ridden on the green-way, you should its gorgeous pretty much year round.
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick
Contact: Heather Johnson, Bonnie McGilpin, Juli Hanscom – 617-725-4025; SJ Port (DCR) – 617-626-1453; Cyndi Roy (MassDOT) – 857-368-8500
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$1.9 million for design to complete bicycle and pedestrian path; connecting communities and improving the transportation network
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How are you staying dry out there?
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Public Meeting for Proposed Cycletrack on Mt. Vernon Street
Wednesday June 19, 2013 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
270 Mt. Vernon Street, DorchesterSUBJECT: DISCUSSION TO UNDERSTAND NEIGHBORHOOD INTEREST IN CYCLE TRACKS ON MT. VERNON STREET
What are cycle tracks?
Cycle tracks are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists, physically protected from motor vehicle traffic. Paint or thermoplastic lane markings and flexible bollards plus accompanying signage mark the cycle tracks. Green paint is occasionally added for emphasis on select segments.
Why install cycle tracks?
Mt. Vernon Street’s proximity to University of Massachusetts Boston, the Walter Denny Youth Center, UMass/JFK MBTA Station, and elementary and middle schools, makes bicycling a very desirable transportation choice. Currently few people bicycle because of fear of cars and high speeds on Mt. Vernon Street. Cycle tracks dramatically improve comfort and allow new people to bike.
What about safety?
Cycle tracks are proven to make the roads safer for all users. All proposed plans would improve safety in the following ways.
Designate a safe riding zone for cyclists;
Encourage cars to drive at slower, safer speeds;
Encourage cyclists to bicycle more respectfully and predictably; and,
Make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists.
What are the project limits?
The bike facilities being discussed would extend from William T. Morrissey Boulevard to University Drive.
What does the City do for education and enforcement?
The City supports facilities through education and enforcement of the rules of the road for cyclists and drivers. Boston Police are key partners.
What is involved with installation? Work typically occurs during the day or at night over 3-5 days.
Will parking be impacted? Parking is currently not permitted on Mt. Vernon Street.
Will traffic be impacted? One motor vehicle lane will be removed in each direction with this project.
Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. For more information please call Nicole Freedman, Boston Bikes, <617-918-4456.
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Woo! From the Boston Globe:
The state is planning a two-year, $10-million project to completely rebuild a bridge that carries Cambridge Street over the Massachusetts Turnpike and commuter rail tracks in Allston, officials said.
The bridge currently carries three traffic lanes in each direction. After it is rebuilt, the bridge will carry two traffic lanes in each direction as bike lanes will be added along each side, officials said.
The bridge deck is rated in “poor condition and it is at the end of its serviceable life,” said Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the state’s transportation department. Jersey barriers have for months blocked vehicles from driving on a part of the bridge “that is in an advanced stage of deterioration.”
This bridge has been slowly falling apart for years, combined with the future plans of Harvard to develop this area, it makes a lot of sense to build up the bicycle infrastructure in the area. If the current rate of growth in cycling continues, combined with more student traffic, you could have thousands of cyclists and pedestrians crossing this bridge every day. The added bike lanes and side walks will turn what was once a crumbling mess of a bridge into a vital pedestrian/cyclist through way.
Keep saying this to yourself “Roads are a public utility for moving people.” This doesn’t mean just cars. Roads are a public utility for moving people…roads are a public utility…roads are a pu….roads….
Well done state planners, bravo!
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