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New U-Lock Holsters

Written by Boston Biker on May 23

Some of you might know that I make stuff.  Here is my newest creation, a U-Lock Holster.  Not an original design, but I wanted something easy, devoid of logos, black (although I could put reflective fabric on in the future), and strong.  Got some nylon strapping, some super strong thread, and went to town.  Pretty sure my u-lock holster is the strongest part of my kit now.

Comes in biggens, and little.  Depending on if you have a full size lock or a mini.

 

If you like em you can get em here.


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Fighting Fire With Funny

Written by Boston Biker on May 23

What do you do when you finally manage to get the city to install buffered bike lanes, but people keep parking in them anyway?  Get some awesome cartoons drawn by bikeyface, and use them to good effect!

See more here.  Globe has a write-up here.


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Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety!

Written by Boston Biker on May 19

On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable – people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor’s declaration of the City’s commitment to Vision Zero, which is based on creating a built environment that is safe. 

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition formally responded to Mayor Walsh’s remarks, (see below) and we are following up with an demonstration friday morning at City Hall. 

We hope you will join us and hundreds of others on City Hall Plaza at 8am to stand in a silent moment of solidarity with the victims of traffic violence.

Here’s how you can take part:

1. Please dress in black casual/work clothes to send the message that traffic violence affects everyone

2. Join the silent vigil at 8:15am

3. Sign a petition calling for safer streets now, which the Coalition will hand deliver the petition to the Mayor’s office at 9am

4. Spread the word and share the Facebook event

Tomorrow morning is Boston’s Bike to Work celebration. We will be respectfully participating in this event, but we also want to make sure Mayor Walsh gets our message.

There will be no formal remarks. More than enough was said during the four-hour City Council Hearing last Wednesday. Tomorrow we will stand in silence for the people – including many of you – who have been impacted by traffic violence in Boston.

We hope you will stand with us.

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition
http://www.visionzerocoalition.org


The following is the Coalition’s letter to Mayor Walsh, which was sent last night: 

Dear Mayor Walsh:

When you announced the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2015, we were proud to be your constituents. You demonstrated leadership when you stated:

“We know how to build safer streets. We know how to protect our most vulnerable road users, who are suffering disproportionately because of speeding traffic and distracted drivers. With this Action Plan, I am saying it’s time to act. It’s time to commit to eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes from our daily experience.”

Which is why we were dismayed by your comments Wednesday afternoon on WGBH Radio.

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we invite you to work with us to fully fund and implement Vision Zero in Boston. We ask that you join us on Friday morning at 8 AM for a moment of silence for victims of traffic violence on City Hall Plaza. On behalf of those victims, we also ask that you apologize for the comments you made on the air.

Our streets are in crisis.

In 2016, fifteen people died while walking on Boston’s streets; a record-breaking high for pedestrian fatalities. We are on track to see even higher numbers in 2017. Crashes overall are up. On average, at least two to three people walking are hit in a crash that results in an EMT call every day.

We need action from you and your administration, not victim-blaming. When you said on the air, “Pedestrians need to put their head up when they’re walking down the street, take your headphones off … you’ve got to understand, cars are going to hit you,” you were reiterating a narrative that doesn’t stand up to the crash data your administration collects.

Most of the people killed while walking were children or older adults. In 2016, of the 10 pedestrian victims whose ages we know, four were older than 60 and two were younger than 3 years old.

This Coalition and your constituents look to you for action.

 A week ago, hundreds of people attended the City Council’s FY18 budget hearing for the Boston Transportation Department to call for increased resources to make streets safer for everyone. After the hours of questions from the council and public testimony, it’s clear from all sides – Boston is falling behind.

In your interview with WGBH, you said that the city is doing “everything we can,” but we know Boston is being eclipsed by peer cities in both resources and implementation.  The City of New York spends about $20 per person on Vision Zero annually, and San Francisco spends $75 per person annually. Both cities have seen declines in overall traffic fatalities despite a troubling rise in fatal crashes nationwide. Boston is spending less than $5 per person, this is not enough.

Forty-seven neighborhood groups applied for Neighborhood Slow Streets, a signature program of Boston’s Vision Zero initiative. Your FY18 budget recommendation only provides resources to implement two to three in the coming year.

At the current rate of implementation it will take more than 20 years to respond to just the first round of applications. Safety should not be a privilege afforded to only some Boston neighborhoods.

We recognize that there are many competing budget priorities and that rapid change on our streets will cost money. This year we suggest drawing on the parking meter fund. In the long term, we are here to work with you to diversify and increase the revenue streams available for transportation, for example through increased parking revenues.

Simply put, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, and the thousands of people we represent, feel strongly that the 2018 transportation budget as currently proposed is insufficient to reduce the number of fatalities and serious crashes on our streets.

We hope you will take this opportunity to recommit to leading Boston as a Vision Zero city.

Thank you,
Vision Zero Coalition

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Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

BOSTON’S NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY FESTIVAL ONFRIDAY, MAY 19TH!
A collage of photos from last year’s Bike to Work Day festival.

Celebrate Bike Month at Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival! This year’s event will again be full of bike-friendly exhibitors. Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza will offer riders free breakfast.

Join your neighbors on convoys headed to Boston City Hall for the festival on Friday, May 19th. They come from all across the greater-Boston area and are a great way to make new friends or get used to riding downtown. Sign up today to volunteer to lead a convoy near you!

We’re bringing back our *reflective* Boston Bikes t-shirts in a new color! Register now or visit boston.gov/bike-to-work-day to get a preview of this year’s shirt, review convoy stops, request exhibit space, and more.

LEARN MORE REGISTER LEAD A CONVOY EXHIBIT
WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLASSES
A woman practices riding a bike as an instructor stands nearby and watches.

Our Women’s Learn-to-Ride classes are back this year! We’ll hold classes every month from May through September. Our free classes are taught by women and are for anyone who identifies as a woman. Our experienced staff and volunteers will help each participant gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep rolling! Bikes provided upon request. Review the schedule below and learn more at boston.gov/women-bike.

BASIC SKILLS
Basic Skills classes are perfect for those who have never learned to ride or need to brush up on basic skills.
SAT, MAY 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!WED, JUNE 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mattapan
Mildred Ave K-8 School
5 Mildred Ave
Register Now!TUES, JULY 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
East Boston
McKay School East Boston
122 Cottage St
Registration opens May 30
WED, AUG 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charlestown
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave, Parking Lot 1
Registration opens July 5SAT, SEPT 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5SAT, SEPT 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
INTRO TO STREET RIDING
Intro to Street Riding classes are for women who have the basic skills like starting, stopping and turning, but want to build their confidence riding on the street. They are generally held right after Basic Skills classes. If you are attending a preceding Basic Skills class, you do not need to register separately for the Intro to Street Riding.
SAT, MAY 13, 12:00 pm – 2:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!SAT, SEPT 16, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5
SAT, SEPT 30, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
BOSTON STUDENTS HAVE FUN, LEARN SKILLS
Students at the McKay School practice their riding skills during our Fall 2016 Youth Cycling Program session.

Our Youth Cycling Program in Boston Public Schools is off to a great start this spring! We teach bicycle skills to youth across the City. Students take part in lessons and fun activities, which help them build the skills they need to be confident while biking.

This spring, we’ll bring a fleet of bikes to 10 schools. By the end of the school year, we’ll have reached over 3,000 students. Since 2009, we’ve worked with over 35,000 Boston youth.

GET INVOLVED AT A PUBLIC MEETING
Residents give feedback on potential interventions at a public meeting about Beacon St.

Boston.gov, the City’s new website makes it easy for you to find out about events and meetings happening in your community. Visit boston.gov/transportation and scroll to the Upcoming Events section to learn more about transportation-related community meetings and events.

We hope you’ll join us at the Rutherford Ave meeting on May 18th. We anticipate public meetings about the South Bay Harbor Trail and Beacon Street soon. Once the details are finalized, we’ll add the information to the website.

As a reminder, you can get Vision Zero updates, including public meeting notices, in your inbox. Visit visionzeroboston.org/contact to join the general or project-specific mailing lists.


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Passport To Summer Bike Fun!

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

From the email:

Would you like to get to know more of your biking neighbors and their favorite sites and streets this summer? 
 
Join Dot Bike, Roxbury Rides, Mattapan Food & Fitness, Quincycles, and  Rozzie Rides for the 2017 Neighborhood Ride Series with I Bike Boston and the Boston Alliance for Community Health. 
 

 
Ride with Us! All are Welcome!
 
Starting on Saturday, May 20th, the Neighborhood Ride Series will bring area residents together for an introduction to a different neighborhood by bicycle each month. The Neighborhood Ride Series is a women-organized series seeking to foster the participation of communities not typically seen in mainstream bike culture. Rides are appropriate for ages 16+ (under 16 with parent present). Helmets are required for all participants.
 
Win Cool Stuff
 
Get your Neighborhood Ride Series Passport stamped as you enjoy all 5 of the rides across South Metro-Boston this summer. For every ride you complete you will be entered to win great prizes from local businesses!
 
For More Info
 
 
Please help us to spread the word by including the Neighborhood Ride Series on your organization’s calendar, forwarding this email, and sharing via social media using the images attached and hashtags #IBikeBoston and #BikeYourHood
 
We can’t wait to ride with you!
 
Lynn, Vivian, Michelle, Irene, and Jessica
 

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    • New U-Lock Holsters May 23, 2017
      TweetSome of you might know that I make stuff.  Here is my newest creation, a U-Lock Holster.  Not an original design, but I wanted something easy, devoid of logos, black (although I could put reflective fabric on in the future), … Continue reading →
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    • Fighting Fire With Funny May 23, 2017
      TweetWhat do you do when you finally manage to get the city to install buffered bike lanes, but people keep parking in them anyway?  Get some awesome cartoons drawn by bikeyface, and use them to good effect! For those still … Continue reading →
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    • Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety! May 19, 2017
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    • Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings May 15, 2017
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