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Cambridge Police Searching For Man Who Pushed Cyclist Off Her Bike

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

Have you seen this guy?  He apparently shoved a woman off her bike while she was riding through Inman on the 22nd.

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More here.


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Two Hubway Stations Moved

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

Happened last week, but if you haven’t noticed yet this might affect your commute.

From Hubway:


Stations to move after rush hour on September 22nd

Effective Thursday morning, at 10am on September 22nd, after the morning commute rush, the two Hubway stations located at North Station, TD Garden – Causeway at Portal Park #1 & #2, will be moved to accommodate ongoing construction in the area.

New docks will be placed in two different nearby locations (map below):

  • 16 docks will be added to the station at Nashua Street at Red Auerbach Way.
  • 35 docks will be installed on the west side of North Station at the new West End Park station, across the street from the Nashua Street at Red Auerbach Way station. Use the crosswalk at the intersection of Lomasney Way and Martha Road to access West End Park.
The original Portal Park stations will be in place for the morning commute rush on Thursday, September 22nd, until 10am. The new locations are expected to be installed immediately after the former stations are removed, but please note there may be some down time between removal and installation during which the docks will not be available. Please allow for additional time if looking for a bike or dock in the area. We recommend planning a backup mode of transportation in case the need should arise.

A Hubway Ambassador will be available for more information at the former station location on Thursday, Friday, and Monday. Hubway’s North Station Valet service will continue at the new West End Park station during its regularly scheduled times, Monday through Friday, 4-7pm. Please allow for additional time, especially during heavy commute times and evening rush hour if traveling to catch a train.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From DotBike:


Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard!

And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are.

Department of Conservation and Recreation reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard:
Comments from the public will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and may be submitted online or in writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114…..Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St., Dorchester

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/

more info about this from Boston Bicycle Union:


Two big projects will bring safer, slower streets and new protected bike lanes to Dorchester. Show your support at the meetings!
6-lane Morrissey Blvd, prone to high speeds, is in major need of a road diet
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a public meeting to present plans for a redesigned Morrissey Blvd.
Currently a 6-lane, high speed road, DCR will be showing plans that include a road diet and protected bike lanes.
A site of two fatal crashes in the past 4 years and many other serious crashes due to speeding, these changes would be a huge improvement, adding a safe bicycle connection from Dorchester to South Boston, and slowing and making the streets safer for all road users.  Bike facilities on Morrissey Blvd have long been a top priority for Dorchester and South Boston cyclists.  Connecting to the Neponset River Greenway, these new protected bike lanes would serve a significant number of people commuting by bike.  DCR needs to hear that neighbors, residents and the general public support these changes!
Show up and speak up!
 
Morrissey Blvd Redesign Meeting
The Leahy Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
If you cannot make it, you are invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of close of business on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
The area encompassed in the Neighborhood Slow Streets program is highlighted in orange.
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is holding a community meeting to discuss and get your feedback on the upcoming transportation improvements to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood (pictured to the right), that will be implemented as part of Mayor Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
With goals of bringing down vehicle car speeds, reducing the number and severity of crashes on residential streets and reducing cut-through traffic, this plan represents a major victory for safer streets and better biking in Boston!
From BTD: “Proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH-making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
Our plans include:
  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices.
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4″ at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.
More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.”
The Transportation Department needs to hear from residents that they support this plan in this neighborhood of Dorchester, and want to see similar efforts in additional neighborhoods across Boston!
Show up and speak up!
 
Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood Slow Streets Meeting
Prayer Tower Apostolic Church
151 Norfolk St, Dorchester

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Rally For Safer Streets Sept 29th!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From Livable Streets:


The program will start at 6pm sharp with City Council President Michelle Wu and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. Show up early to meet with Councilor Wu and share your street safety concerns!

Streets are For People Rally
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston
**rally will go on rain or shine

Many of you have been helping us to spread the word via social media, thank you! Keep the momentum going so we can get the biggest crowd possible!

Together we can urge our leaders to prioritize safer options for people who walk, bike, and take transit. 

What you can do:

  1. Share this email with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join you on September 29th!

  2. Invite 5 friends to the event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1590398451256994/

  3. Wear yellow to the rally. Yellow is a color of solidarity for those killed or seriously injured in crashes.

  4. Spread the word via social media before and during the rally using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident

By participating in this rally you can show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people get around.

We know that Vision Zero can save lives. We hope to see you at City Hall Plaza this Thursday!

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

Event Co-Hosts: WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston, Walk UP Rozzie, Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition


Dear Boston City Council,

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition invited Mayor Walsh to speak at a Vision Zero rally taking place on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza. (We’ve included the invite below). We would like to invite City Council President Wu to speak at the rally, and invite all of you to be there to show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people are getting around.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston


September 14, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013

Dear Mayor Walsh,

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we would like to invite you to speak at a rally on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza, where we will gather with our friends and neighbors in solidarity with those who have been killed in traffic crashes to call for swifter action to prevent these tragedies in the future.

Specifically, we hope you will recommit to Vision Zero, the pledge to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030, and share what actions the City will take before the end of the year to achieve the goals it set forth in the Vision Zero Action Plan released in December of 2015. Additionally, we hope that you will commit more financial resources for additional staff and capital projects to ensure that the Transportation Department has the support it needs to reach these important goals.

Committing to Vision Zero was an important first step in improving safety on our streets. Unfortunately, in the wake of a series of tragic and preventable crashes, injuries, and fatalities, including 13 pedestrians who have died so far this year in the City of Boston, it is more important than ever to focus the priority of transportation policies and projects on safety.

The status quo is not working. We desperately need to invest in the infrastructure of Boston’s streets and sidewalks — and we need your leadership to show it is the mandate of city government to prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, take transit and drive.

Thank you for considering this invitation. We hope to see you on September 29th and look forward to working with you to accelerate progress toward achieving Vision Zero in the City of Boston.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition advocates for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout the metro area and state of Massachusetts. The growing coalition includes community-based organizations, nonprofits, businesses, civic groups and individuals representing communities across the state.

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As Cycling Grows Cambridge Proactive In Education

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 25

The City of Cambridge is handing out a copy of the bike laws to all the residents (including incoming Harvard students).  Education is a key component in preventing bike accidents, and I am glad they are passing it out to ALL new residents, because the vast majority of people in Cambridge are not riding their bike daily, and they need to know the laws just as much as the cyclists (if not more).

Perhaps this could be expanded to EVERY resident in Cambridge, as they could use a refresher on the laws as well.

From The Crimson:

New residents of Cambridge, including incoming Harvard students, will receive information on local bicycle regulations, the Cambridge City Council ordered at its weekly Monday night meeting.

A trio of resolutions, all focused on increasing knowledge about bike laws in Cambridge, passed unanimously. The resolutions, sponsored by Mayor E. Denise Simmons, requested that the City Manager’s office work with the city and local colleges to provide new residents and students with relevant bicycle safety information.

“There’s a good deal of volume of bicycles in the area, and people may be coming from areas where there aren’t as many,” said Sandra Clarke, Cambridge’s deputy director of community development. “[The resolutions are] intended to reach out to folks who may be new to the community.”


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