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MassBike Summer Social

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

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Tonight from 5pm – 8pm, join MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries for cocktails and conversation to benefit MassBike. Our gracious host, Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square, has whipped up a signature, summer cocktail, proceeds of which will go towards better bicycling in Massachusetts. Stop by and say hello on your way home, and relax with the MassBike staff on this lovely Monday.

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Move By Bike!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

Last October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville.  And let me tell you, it was SO MUCH FUN!!!

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As you can see I moved EVERYTHING.  Books, plants, random stuff, furniture, my bed, everything.  The trailer was rock solid, even with several hundred pounds of books in boxes in the back.  There were hills, there were pot holes, there were tight turns, not a single thing fell out.  From a purely mechanical aspect everything was top notch.  When I built the trailer I was worried that it’s weak point would be the hitch connection, and it did get a little stress, but it held up well.  I am going to get a steel plate and bolt it through the first couple rows of cross bars, just to put my mind to rest for future moves.

The whole business took about 4 days, I made about 4 trips a day (sometimes a bit more), the pace was relaxed and I never got too wore out, or too sore from doing everything at once.  I took about a week, but if I had to I could have done it all in a weekend.

This is my second cargo bike move, but the first one I ever did by myself.  People smiled at me from the side of the road, and even from cars. I had a great time and would totally do it again!

 


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Cambridge Installs Bike Counters!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

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Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took this).  Not bad!

 

From the Cambridge bike count website:

 

Counting into the future

In 2015, Cambridge installed a permanent bicycle count station in Kendall Square, on Broadway.

The “Eco Totem” counter (made by the Montreal-based company Eco-Counter) counts cyclists via in-ground loop detectors and displays on the monitor how many cyclists pass by. The counter displays daily and cumulative totals and also captures weather data to use for analytical purposes. The data can be used in many ways:

  • To publicly show how many people are bicycling and make a statement that “bicyclists count”
  • The 24/7 data can be used to analyze daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal patterns. This can be used to help extrapolate data from other counts
  • The data assist with determining crash rate analyses

Live tracking of the counter will be available in July 2015.

More People Bicycling

The percentage of Cantabrigians who commute by bicycle has also been rising steadily over the past two decades. The 1990 US Census reported that 3% of residents commuted by bicycle; by 2000 that number rose to 4%; the American Community Survey for the three year period 2009-2011 shows 7% of residents commuting by bike.

Additional local surveys of Cambridge residents suggest that from 7% to 9% of Cambridge residents commute to work by bike. Local surveys also found a lot of bikes in Cambridge: for every 100 households, there are approximately 150 bicycles.

Traffic counts conducted by the city found that between 2002 and 2012, rush hour bicycle trips in Cambridge tripled in number. In 2014, the total numbers actually took a dip down, although detailed analysis seems to identify construction impacts as a primary cause. Click here for more information.

For more information on trends in bicycling in Cambridge, look to our Bicycle Counts Report.


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Some Fun Upcoming Events

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

Bike Friday
June 26th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Bikes & Bites
July 18th
150 Jamaicaway, JP
2nd annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, a celebration of women who bike

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
July 18th, 10am-12pm
Willow Pond Road & Jamaicaway, JP
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
July 24th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-thon
July 25th, 9am-4pm
Mildred Ave Community Center, 5 Mildred Avenue
A community bike ride and fundraiser to raise awareness about bike-ability in Mattapan

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
August 25th, 5:30-7:30pm
Bunker Hill Community College
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
August 28th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
September 15th,5:30-7:30pm
Franklin Park
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

TD Bank Mayor’s Cup
September 19th, 11am-5:30pm
Boston City Hall
The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Criterium is a family-oriented celebration that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers a unique professional sports experience. The event is free for spectators.

Hub on Wheels
September 20th, 8am-2pm
Boston City Hall
Hub on Wheels city-wide bike ride, with three routes: 10, 30, or 50 miles of harbor views and hidden pathways, river greenways and Boston’s wonderful and eclectic neighborhoods.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

from the email:

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Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston

(Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike.

(Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike.

Cindy Walling is the consummate bike commuter – it’s the primary mode of transit for her and her kids, ages 11 and 13. Katy Wetzel is a dedicated walk-to-work-er, but is intimidated by Boston drivers. She doesn’t even currently own a bike. But when friend and fellow parent Cindy sent out an email inviting her to join Team Menstrual Cyclists in the Bites and Bikes ride, Katy was quick to sign on.

“I think bike riding should be something people do in the city – getting around either on their feet or on a pedal – anything to make that accessible,” she shared when asked why she’d signed on. “Besides”, she added, “my friends were doing it, it sounded like fun, and it’s for a good cause!” The chefs weren’t unappealing either, she confided.

In fact, when Katy’s told others that she signed up, they asked how they could join. When asked why she decided to lead a team, Cindy shared that it was just so easy. “I sent an email to a bunch of women I know, mostly from my kids’ school – I didn’t even know Katy didn’t have a bike! I just figured I’d put the word out and see who got excited.”

Do you want to host a team? No special skills necessary – and no team is too small! You can invite friends, co-workers, neighbors…team prizes will be available! It’s easy to start a team – you will, however, have to compete with Cindy’s team name. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Start a team or register yourself now!

Can’t ride? We need a team of excellent volunteers – especially experienced bikers – but there are roles for all skills and folks!

Get Biking Challenge Final Results

The Get Biking Challenge, which encouraged Boston K-8 students to bike during the month of May, was a great success! Eleven schoolsparticipated, with a total of1,389 students entering into the challenge. These students reported biking a collective 597,760 minutes, which converts into a distance of 79,700 miles – or the equivalent of biking around the Earth’s equator three times!!! In terms of calories, the students burned about 859,810 calories, the equivalent of 6,230 cans of soda.

This was a friendly competition, with schools being ranked based on percent participation and days ridden. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School took first place, earning the Golden Pedal Award and a bike raffle, with Perkins Elementary and Nathan Hale Elementary coming in a respective second and third place.

Check out our blog for more details and pictures. Congratulations to all participants!

Join Us for Breakfast at Bike Friday on June 26th

Join us on June 26th for the next Bike Friday! Join a convoy of cyclists or pedal over to City Hall Plaza on your own. Bike Friday is your chance to mingle with cyclists from across the Boston area and learn more about Boston-based organizations that love cyclists. As always, food will be provided by Boloco,LARABAR, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods.

Registration is free, but we need to know you’re coming! Register now atbikefridays.org.

Pump-Up Boston!

Kat Waterhouse, of Rock Spot, and Andrew Prescott, of Urban AdvenTours, pose with a Pump-Up Boston pump that was recently installed at the Rock Spot in South Boston.
Image credit: Urban AdvenToursAs part of their new Pump-Up Boston initiative, Urban AdvenTours is partnering with local businesses to provide public bike pumps in the greater Boston area. You can find these green Pump-Up Boston pumps in Boston at:

  • Boston Cheese Cellar – 18 Birch Street, Roslindale
  • Rock Spot Climbing – 30 Old Colony Ave, South Boston
  • Whole Foods – 15 Washington St, Brighton

To learn more about Pump-Up Boston, visit the Urban AdvenTourswebsite. The pumps were donated by Giant Bicycles.


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Livable Streets 10th Year Birthday Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

Livable Streets is turning 10!  Got the email below.
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They are a couple of the many raffle prizes and activities we have in store for you at our birthday bash next Wednesday, June

Anniversary Launch Party details:

Date: Wednesday, June 24th

Time: 5-8pm
Location: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA

This celebration won’t just be a walk down memory lane. It’s the kickoff to our next decade of creating safer streets and vibrant communities, making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

 

There is something for everybody at the celebration, including:
  • An interactive map and table activities
  • A photo booth for kids (and kids at heart!)
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Aeronaut beer (brewed onsite!) for purchase
  • Birthday cake, of course!

We’ll be scattering shoutouts and announcement throughout the evening, so swing by at anytime and feel free to stay for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Our party will wind down around 8pm, but you are welcome to stick around for the after party featuring a live band. To learn more and see the event schedule visit our event webpage.

 

If you are planning to join the celebration, please RSVP. The event is free, family friendly and open to the public, but its helpful for us to have a sense of how many people are coming.

 

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

 

LivableStreets

 

p.s. wearing orange to the party is highly encouraged!

Thanks to our host:


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Work For Boston Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

got this in the email.

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Are you a bike mechanic?
Or do you know any skilled bike mechanics?

 

Boston Bikes is a great place to work and we are hiring a year-round mechanic and youth cycling instructors. The mechanic will help to run our shop and programs, steadily repair donated bikes, and assist with other Boston Bikes initiatives. We are looking for someone with professional shop experience and an interest in furthering cycling in Boston. See our website for more details and application information.

Jenny (Duquette) Norcott
Community Cycling Program Manager

City of Boston – Boston Bikes
Boston City Hall Suite 932
Boston, MA 02201
Office:  617-918-4253
[email protected]


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What the Boston Bicycle Advisory Group Is Up To

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 11

Got this rather awesome recap of what the BBAG is up to.

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1. Vision Zero Implementation.  A presentation was given by Charlotte Fleetwood of BTD.  The first year focus will be on the 10 locations areas with the highest incidence of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.  There will be education, enforcement and structural improvements targeted at these areas.  The City will also be looking at more widespread use of traffic calming measures.  Speed limits near schools and parks may be lowered (the City has the authority to do this now). Mayor Walsh has in the past sought to lower the speed limits below the statutory 30mph at some locations.  However, state law regulates how speed limits are set, and so far he has not gained the authority to lower the statutory limit of 30mph which applies to the vast majority of streets in the City.   Here’s some informations on why lower vehicle speeds are so important for reducing fatalities and serious injuries:
Relationship of Vehicle Speed to Odds of Pedestrian Death in Collision
Vehicle Speed
Odds of Pedestrian Death, Source 1
Odds of Pedestrian Death, Source 2
20 mph
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5%
30 mph
45%
37%
40 mph
85%
83%

[Source 1: Killing Speed and Saving Lives, UK Dept. of Transportation, London, England. See also Limpert, Rudolph. Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Cause Analysis. Fourth Edition. Charlottesville, VA. The Michie Company, 1994, p. 663.}

[Source 2: Vehicle Speeds and the Incidence of Fatal Pedestrian Collisions prepared by the Austrailian Federal Office of Road Safety, Report CR 146, October 1994, by McLean AJ,Anderson RW, Farmer MJB, Lee BH, Brooks CG.]

2.  Boston Bikes is being reorganized and will be moved from being part of the BRA to being part of BTD.  The new Director of Active Transportation may be selected by the end of June.

3.  15 New Hubway Stations have been ordered and will arrive in September.  Several are sponsored stations and will their locations are selected by the sponsor (mostly Brighton and the waterfront).  The others could be put anywhere. More stations around Uphams Corner and expansion into Savin Hill seem like logical improvements to the network.

4.  Bike Repair Stations.  The City has purchased 8 Fix-It Stations to be installed around the City!  I like to think that this is a direct response to DotBike’s (and all the generous donors) effort to purchase one for  Fields Corner.   

5. Bike Lanes  Boston Bike has a very impressive list of projects for this construction season!  The projects having the biggest impact in our area are: West 4th Street Bike Lanes on bridge from Southie to South End, Mass Ave Bike Lanes (Melnea Cass to Columbia Rd), Norfolk St Bike Lanes (Codman Sq to Blue Hill Ave).  

6. Bike Racks.  300 new racks to be installed this year.

7.  Parking Meters.  The City has embarked upon a study to look at expanding parking meters beyond the downtown area.  This is good for bikes, pedestrians, drivers and business.  


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • MassBike Summer Social June 29, 2015
      Tweet   Tonight from 5pm – 8pm, join MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries for cocktails and conversation to benefit MassBike. Our gracious host, Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square, has whipped up a signature, summer cocktail, proceeds of which will … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • 2015 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon June 28, 2015
      TweetOn June 7th, I rode in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon for the third time.  I seem to participate every year, although it’s such a lovely event for a great cause that I need to commit to doing it annually.  I was … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Move By Bike! June 23, 2015
      TweetLast October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so.  Not bad!   From the Cambridge bike … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Some Fun Upcoming Events June 20, 2015
      TweetBike Friday June 26th, 7-9am Boston City Hall A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more Bikes & Bites July 18th 150 Jamaicaway, JP 2nd annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, a celebration of women who bike … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bikes Update June 20, 2015
      Tweetfrom the email: ———— Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston (Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike. (Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike. Cindy Walling is … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bikes Update June 20, 2015
      Tweetfrom the email: ———— Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston (Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike. (Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike. Cindy Walling is … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Livable Streets 10th Year Birthday Party! June 20, 2015
      Tweet Livable Streets is turning 10!  Got the email below. ————– What do BBQ and bowties have in common? They are a couple of the many raffle prizes and activities we have in store for you at our birthday bash … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Work For Boston Bikes! June 20, 2015
      Tweetgot this in the email. ———— Are you a bike mechanic? Or do you know any skilled bike mechanics?   Boston Bikes is a great place to work and we are hiring a year-round mechanic and youth cycling instructors. The … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker