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This is going to be awesome! Greg (friend of the blog) is going to be giving his talk about getting the MBTA to help out with the Midnight Marathon ride, go just for him, stay for the rest!
3rd Annual 10 in 1 StreetTalk
Wednesday, December 11 6:00pm-9:00pm
@ Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02139
Tickets: $5.00 / Purchase here
Come learn about innovative transportation research, start up ideas, and advocacy stories given by planners, students, consultants and engineers from around the Boston region. Hear ten, seven minute presentations from home and abroad. Beverages for purchase available and light snacks provided.
- 12 day transportation fight inside the State House - Elizabeth Weyant, Transportation for Massachusetts
- How I convined the MBTA to charter a train for the Midnight Marathon Ride – Greg Hum
- Discovering and growing a global bike culture at State Street – Peter DeBruin, State Street Corporation
- Connect Historic Boston – Steve Golden and Jamie Young, National Parks Service
- Green Routes: a vision for linked greenways in the urban core – Alice Brown, LivableStreets
- North Bank Bridge from the engineer’s perspective – David Greenwold, PE
- Agile city, urban renewal for a networked world – Aaron Naparstek, Streetsblog
- Quantitative Measurement of Infrastructure Changes on the Longfellow Bridge – Ari Ofsevit
- Reclaiming neighborhood streets: Circle The City on Blue Hill Ave – Jessica Parsons, Circle the City Initiative
- Street design activism in Santiago, Chile – Jeffrey Rosenblum, PE
LivableStreets is your advocate for better biking, walking, and public transit in the Boston region, creating safe streets and livable communities. www.livablestreets.info
More information: [email protected] / 617.621.1746 / #10in1StreetTalk / Facebook event
Thank you to event sponsors State Street Corporation and On the Move Coalition.
Tags: 10 in 1, livable streets, street talks
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This is basically the same sort of set up we have here, constrained city area (we are on a peninsula instead of surrounded by walls, but same thing), lots of students, poor city to drive in…just look at that place! Something to dream about, and work towards.
So many of these ideas could be picked up and placed down with little to no modification to fit our system. WE COULD AND SHOULD DO THIS!
Thanks Ron for the tip.
Tags: lets do this, no seriously lets do this, video
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Getting paid to make bikes safer? Sounds awesome to me! Job posting below:
Job Title: Customer Service Associate
Company Name: Kryptonite Lock
Address: 437 Turnpike St
Canton, MA 02021
Company Phone: 800-729-5625
Web Site: http://www.kryptonitelock.com
The Position: Customer Service Associate
Customer Service Position – Kryptonite Lock headquarters, Canton, MA
Team Kryptonite is seeking an energetic individual who can:
• Demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Interact with various levels of employees and departments within the organization.
• Manage a fluctuating workload while coordinating efforts within a team.
• Input accurate data into customer service database.
• Communicate with consumers via phone/email regarding product inquiries and technical information.
• Complete additional administrative duties as assigned by manager.
Position Type: Full Time
Minimum Experience Required: 1-3 years
E-mail resumes to Daryl Slater at [email protected]
Tags: bike jobs, jobs, Kryptonite
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Got a question about how to stay warm, what to wear, how to ride in the slush. Ask them here and I (and everyone else), will do our best to answer them.
Tags: open thread, questions, winter riding
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I honestly don’t know what people are thinking, but you need lights. You need a red one in the back, a white one in the front and you need to have them on and at full power. Its dark 24 hours a day now, so the USB rechargeable ones are nice, but I don’t care if you have to light the front and back of your bike on fire, you are 100% invisible without a light.
Reflectors are nice, but they don’t work for pedestrians or other cyclists, or if the car has its lights off, or if it comes at you from a strange angle….basically you need to be lit up like a gaudy Las Vegas sign all the time every day (seriously).
I almost ran into another cyclist the other day, there was a line of cars facing me (as I was going up the Longfellow towards Cambridge), and they had no lights or reflectors. They were completely invisible until I was about 3-5 feet from them. Similarly some crazy ass runner did the same thing, except he was running TOWARDS me.
All in all I would say in the last two or three weeks I have had more than a dozen close calls with people dressed totally in black riding or walking with NO LIGHTS. (I think that pedestrians need lights as well, especially when out for a jog in the street, or when j-walking.)
Get em, use em, love em. LIGHTS!
Tags: don't be a dumb ass, lights, use lights
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Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:
We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.
We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.
New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?
These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:
- VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
- VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
- Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
- Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
- Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
- Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
- Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
- Cross Street / N Washington Street
11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.
Donate to Roll It Forward
“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.
We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/
BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.
With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Boston Bikes, City of Boston, helmet hub, hubway
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Just got this, looks like it could be a good time:
Winter is Coming! Prepare by cleaning off the autumn leaves, pumping those tires, and lubing up that chain so you’re ready for the frost season with a finely tuned machine. We’ll cover the basics of bike cleaning and preventative maintenance, and we’ll cover a wide range of topics; from what tires work best in the snow to the best types of home-made fenders to keep that slush off your back. You really can be an all-season rider with the right tips.
Workshop is FREE and OPEN TO ALL, at the Harvard Ed Portal. 175 N Harvard St in North Allston. from 5:30-7pm.
See you there! Bring your bikes, we’re going to get hands-on!
Tags: bikes, common wheels, winter
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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