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Bay State Bike Week Begins!

Written by Boston Biker on May 16

Got this great email from Hubway with a whole host of great bike week stuff that is coming up, get out there and ride!

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week, and Bay State Bike Week promises to deliver! During the week May 14-22, there will be dozens of events — including workshops, festivals, clinics, commuter rides, and more. With new Hubway stations recently installed and more on the horizon, we hope you’ll join in the Bike Week and Bike Month fun, and pedal with us all summer long!

The Challenge begins Saturday!

The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge promotes cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly transportation choice. Joining the Challenge is fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts! Log all of the miles you ride May 14-22 and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. The Challenge culminates in a Bike Bash on June 1 at Flat Top Johnny’s in Cambridge. Register today →

ONE OF THE BEST CYCLING WEEKENDS OF THE YEAR

Fri, May 20th: Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival

Boston Bikes is making it easy to participate in Bike to Work Day with guided morning commuter convoys, leaving from dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Rides will end at City Hall, where there will be free breakfast, coffee, and t-shirts! Select a convoy route and register here →

Sat, May 21st: The Cambridge Bicycle Committee presents “The Reel Ride”

This guided 2-hour ride will celebrate movies in Cambridge, including the theaters where they’re shown, the locations they’ve featured over the past half century — Love Story, Good Will Hunting, & more — and the people who film them. Preview the sites and get more info here →

Sat, May 21st: Somerville PorchFest

After the Cambridge Reel Ride, pedal over to Somerville to celebrate with more than 400 bands & musicians, playing from porches throughout the city! There will be something for everyone – Bollywood funk, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock, and more. Enjoy as many bands as possible by riding Hubway around Somerville! More details →

Sun, May 22nd: Brookline Bike Parade

New England’s largest bike parade begins & ends in Amory Park, and gives you a car-free ride up and down historic Beacon Street. Free ice cream at the finish line! Save time and register online today →

Hubway Expansion News

New Balance Hubway expanding in Roxbury & Northern Dorchester.
Thanks to the generous support of the Barr Foundation, Boston will add ten new stations in Roxbury and northern Dorchester this summer. The goal is to build a highly-connected bikeshare network in these neighborhoods, so that all residents live within a 5- to 10-minute walk of Hubway. So where will the stations go? Join Boston Bikes on Saturday, May 14th, 10-11:30am, at Dudley Square Library, to talk about what makes a good site and work together to prioritize general locations for new stations.


All four Brookline stations are back
The wait was long, but we’re happy to report you can once again snag a Hubway bike at Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and JFK Crossing.


East Somerville’s first station, more to come in Somerville
Broadway at Lombardi Way station in E.Somerville is now open, and four more in Winter Hill & East Somerville are are on their way later this year.


Newbury/Hereford, Kenmore, and Boston Public Library stations return
These three stations have returned in Boston and are fully operational.


Where do you want bikeshare in metro-Boston?
Hubway’s Suggest a Location tool is here, and better than before.

Where To Ride


Tue, 5/17, 7:30-9:30am    Broadway Bikes Bike Week Pancake Breakfast
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge. This annual event features a raffle to win great prizes and benefit the Green Streets Initiative to celebrate and promote the use of sustainable and active transportation.


Tue, 5/17, 5:45-8pm    Innovation in Transportation: a panel discussion
WeWork, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. A special event presented by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on the evolving mobility landscape and the future of transportation in Boston.


Tue, 5/17, 6:30-9:30pm    Boston Cyclists Union’s 5-year anniversary party
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St, Boston. Food & drink from your favorite local establishments, raffle prizes, and dancing into the night to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work going towards making biking better in the Boston region! Tickets include a 1-year membership to the Bike Union!


Tue, 5/17, 7-9pm    FREE Bike Week Screening – Jour De Fete
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge. In Jacques Tati’s 1949 film, a small-town mailman tries to outdo his American counterparts by delivering the mail at a frantic rate on his bicycle. View the trailer here.


Thu, 5/19, 2-3pm or 6-7pm    Healthy Aging in Cambridge – Urban Cycling Basics
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Workshop geared towards riders aged 50+. Each participant receives a free helmet!


Sun, 5/22, 2-5pm    Somerville Historic Bike Ride
Join the Historic Preservation Committee for a ride along Paul Revere’s famous route. Departing from the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street, Somerville.


Fri, 5/27, 8-9am    Bike and Walk Commuter Breakfast
Somerville Bicycle Committee hosts a breakfast at the Whole Foods at 45 Beacon Street, Somerville.


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Join The Vision Zero Movement

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

Got this in the email. For far far too long Americans have had an at best un-examined relationship with the effects of the cars they drive. Vision Zero highlights the most tragic effect of our transportation choices.  We should commit to zero deaths on our streets.


 

A Tough Start to the Year: How you can get Involved

There have been more than two dozen pedestrian fatalities statewide in 2016, including the tragic death of a child near Tufts Medical Center last Saturday. Another person was hit this morning at the corner of Mass Ave & Albany Street – part of the 1.6 mile stretch of Mass Ave from Melnea Cass Blvd to Beacon Street that has been highlighted as a Vision Zero Priority Corridor. While we are seeing some positive incremental progress, we still have a tremendous amount of work to do to bring the number of fatalities and serious crashes down to zero in Boston and throughout the state.

To help you can:

  • Submit your safety concerns on the City of Boston’s new interactive Vision Zero safety concerns map. You can pick a location and comment on specific street safety concerns in Boston with this tool. Now you can report safety concerns, near misses, and incidents – valuable data that can be added to existing police and EMS crash data.

  • Read the City Of Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan and share it with others via Facebook, email or Twitter. Spreading the word is an important first step in making sure everyone is working to reduce traffic fatalities.

  • Contact your city councilors, legislators and other local leaders to encourage them to pass and support the legislation and policies above related to Vision Zero, and to focus efforts and funding on infrastructure that is safer for people walking and biking.
  • Share this email with your friends and encourage them to sign up for updates from the Vision Zero Coalition.


Boston City Councilors Support Lowering the Speed Limit to 20 MPH

Vision-Zero-logo-transparent-2.pngBoston city councilors held a hearing two weeks ago to lower the default speed limit to 20 miles per hour on city streets.

The measure would decrease the speed limit from 30 miles per hour in residential areas and thickly populated business districts where there are no posted signs. In school zones, the speed limit would be lowered from 20 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour.

Several members of the Vision Zero coalition spoke at the hearing: Jackie DeWolfe from LivableStreets, Wendy Landman from WalkBoston and Becca Wolfson from the Boston Cyclists Union.

The City Council has unanimously passed the proposal, which now goes to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The measure will also also require the State Legislature’s approval, because speed limits are set by state law.

Giving communities the option to set lower default speed limits is one more tool that can help make our streets safer for everyone.  It should be paired with real infrastructure improvements to change driver behavior and force driving at safer speeds.

We’ll keep you updated as this progresses!


Boston Commits Funds to Vision Zero

Just a few days ago, the City of Boston announced they would set aside $3.1 million for Vision Zero in their 2017 budget, a significant increase from the $500,000 that was in this year’s budget. Another $9.3 million will go toward the project over the next three years.

“The underlying philosophy of Vision Zero is that our streets should be welcoming and safe,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca.

Increasing the Vision Zero budget was one of the key recommendations the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition made to the city. Click here to read the full list of recommendations.


Cambridge Announces Commitment to Vision Zero

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Joe Barr, Director of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation for Cambridge, announcing the commitment to Vision Zero

In March, the Cambridge City Council unanimously passed resolutions to formally adopt Vision Zero and Complete Streets policies! Cambridge follows more than a dozen other cities nationally that committed to Vision Zero.

To read the full text of the resolution click here (resolution starts on p.54)

We are excited that Cambridge has committed to Vision Zero and hope that other towns and cities throughout the state will follow suit!


Video Shines Spotlight on Dangerous LMA streets

Check out this great video highlighting the often dangerous streets conditions for people biking in the Longwood Medical Area.

Recent studies show that more than 20 percent of rush hour traffic in the LMA is on bicycle. The video highlights the needs for better street designs that will accommodate emergency vehicles as well as everyone moving to and through the LMA no matter how they get around.

Thank you for helping make our streets safer for everyone!


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Commercial Street Getting Cycle Track

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

Hurrah! With barriers no less.


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Dot Bike May Events!

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

From Dot Bike:

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Bikes are in bloom! With the celebration of Bay State Bike Week, Boston Bike to Work Festival and thereturn of the Hubway fleets May can feel like a burst of new energy for bicycling in Boston. Maybe you can convince a friend, relative or neighbor to attend one of the local events below where they too can get a taste for life on two wheels…
Here are 8 ways you can get involved in your bike community this month:
ADVOCACY NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES:
 
In April, DotBike members submitted two advocacy letters on behalf of the group, urging local policy makers to support measures to increase safety and quality of life for vulnerable road users:
1)We supported Councilor Frank Baker’s proposal to lower default speed limit to 20 mph in Boston. Council votes this week, then passes to Mayor, then onto State House.
2)We asked State Reps to support specific budget amendments crucial to bike safety. These bills are on track to go to a full vote in the full House and Senate.
Once these move forward we will enlist you to help by contacting your state legislators via email or phone and asking for their support. See a sample letter and read more on MassBike’s website here.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
MAY 7- TNT Healthy Block Party @ Elmhurst Street 12- 4pm
Fun activities for kids and families including a bike rodeo, stunt show, double dutch, fitness challenge, healthy food BBQ and more! (see flyer attached for details)
Join the Dorchester convoy as we bike downtown for free breakfast and bike festival on City Hall plaza! Convoy departs Ashmont/Peabody Square at 7am, Fields Corner at 7:10am.
MAY 22 – Spring Into Action
Healthy Community Champions host a family-friendly bike fair with workshops, repairs, demos, sales and more at Pope John Paul II Park.
Explore more — join bicycling enthusiasts, advocates, and newbies from other neighborhoods and get to know some new streets through the locals who know them best.
SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 9th:
Greater Ashmont Main Street Vision Zero Community Forum
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
 
Saturday, May 7th- We need 2-3 more volunteers to help us table and support the bike events at Elmhurst Park. (See flyer attached)
Sunday, May 22nd – Seeking volunteers to help assist the Neponset Health Community Champions at the”Spring Into Action” event at Pope John Paul II Park.
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JOIN US!
Our next general meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy.
Happy Pedaling!
More details here (pdf)

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The 5th Annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

One of the saddest parts of running this website is reporting about cyclist deaths, way back in 2012 we reported about that Christina Clarke Genco was struck and killed while making the world a better place.   But that tragic event has been turned into something good for the world, something that Genco would have approved.

 

Got this in the email today.


This will be our 5th ride this year, and is done in memory of Christina Genco who tragically was struck and killed while participating in a Bike & Build Ride.  Christina was
a member of the BU Class of 2010.

For more information, please visit our site at www.ccgfoundation.org.
Registration for the ride can be done at www.bikereg.com/ccgfoundation.


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Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

The city council Unanimously approved the 20 mph speed limit, it now goes to the mayor, and then (strangely) to the state…stay tuned.


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Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Lynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are going well for the effort:


Hi folks,
A few take aways from yesterday’s hearing at City Hall:
– City Council was unanimously in support of Baker’s 20 mph proposal. The Council will officially vote on the proposal next week. Assuming it passes in City Council, it would then need to be approved by the Mayor, and next would go to the statehouse.  It’s filed as a Home Rule Petition, meaning while the state would need to approve it, it provides allowance for the City of Boston only.
-While the City Council has put forth similar proposals before, they have failed to pass at the state level. The question of who/why/how the measure was previously blocked was brought up at the hearing, but no one had any definitive answer.
– BTD’s Chris Osgood, Gina Fiandaca and Vineet Gupta all highlighted that the lowering of the speed limit intersects with the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan and the work currently underway (Neighborhood slow zone pilot:Talbot-Norfolk Triangle, Priority Corridor for re-design: Mass Ave)
– The City recently installed “speed boards” and “rapid flash beacons” on cut-through streets and others noted for speeding/high crash areas. BPD noted that the speed boards capture data in real time, allowing them to know when and where they need to provide better enforcement.
– BTD said that after the intial Neighborhood Slow Zone Pilots, the plan is to create an open application process for neighborhood groups to request specific traffic calming measures in a focused area.
Read Globe coverage of the hearing here.

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Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Got this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun.


Are you good with kids?

Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain?

If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or both) of our spring repair days.

Rozzie Bikes is not a bike shop; we are simply a group of people who want to make biking better in Roslindale.

Rozzie Bikes began Repair Days to fill a gap left by Boston Bikes Roll-it-Forward campaign that gives refurbished bikes to those in need.  Roll-it-Forward gives away many bikes to seven and eight year-olds at housing developments throughout the City of Boston.  However, there isn’t a City program to keep these bikes in good repair – the City’s short-lived Keep-it-Rolling program was not funded this year .  Many of these bikes end up not being rideable simply because the tires go flat, the chains become rusty, or something becomes loose.  Most of these problems can easily be fixed by someone with tools, parts and some knowledge of bike repair.  But many people don’t have the tools, knowledge, or spare parts to do the work themselves.  Even more don’t have the money to pay a bike shop to make the repair.

Rozzie Bikes goes to these low-income developments and fixes bikes for free.  Any bike that comes along, gets fixed.  That is as long as we have people to do the work and the spare parts.  Our local Roslindale bike shop, Busted Knuckle Bike Shop, (152 Belgrade Ave) has provided us the spare parts that we need for the past two years.  That’s where you come in.

We need people to help organize the kids, keep track of the number of bike we repair, do ABC Quick checks, pump up tires and oil chains.  If you can do more mechanical work, great – we also need people to help repair other bike parts, especially adjusting brakes and replacing brake cables.  We repair 20-30 bikes in the three hours that we are there.  It makes a huge difference to these kids to have a bike that they can ride.

We also give away helmets, donated by the Boston Cyclist’s Union, for free to help keep kids safe at these two events.

Our repair day is:

May 14 at Archdale Development from 10:30-1:30, we set up opposite the Archdale Community Center at 120 Brookway Rd.

Google Maps: https:[email protected],-71.1200613,66m/data=!3m1!1e3

I hope to see you there, we really need your help this year, please let us know if you can come by emailing me at [email protected]


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is it all right? May 23, 2016
      TweetAt the Boston Bicycle Safety Summit, February 23, 2016, in a small breakout group, Cyclist Jonathan Traum drew a sketch like this: (Thanks to John Schubert for this version, which looks like Traum’s, only neater.) Traum indicated that the right-hook … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Bay State Bike Week Begins! May 16, 2016
      TweetGot this great email from Hubway with a whole host of great bike week stuff that is coming up, get out there and ride! Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week, and Bay State Bike … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Join The Vision Zero Movement May 10, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email. For far far too long Americans have had an at best un-examined relationship with the effects of the cars they drive. Vision Zero highlights the most tragic effect of our transportation choices.  We should commit … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker