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Ghost Bike Removed Hours After Installed

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

In Lincoln apparently even placing a ghost bike is too much for the locals.

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From the globe:

More than anything, Erik Limpaecher was surprised.

The Concord resident late Sunday night erected a “ghost bike” along a busy road in the neighboring town of Lincoln, near where a cyclist was killed in a crash on Aug. 17. By Monday morning, the memorial, a stripped-down bike painted a glaring white and adorned with a sign bearing the victim’s name, had vanished.

“I didn’t expect it to be taken down within hours,” said Limpaecher. “It was really disappointing.”

Limpaecher said he spoke to a police officer parked near where the ghost bike had been chained to a stop sign on Virginia Road. The officer told Limpaecher that the bike had been removed by the town, and would need to be placed on private property if he wanted it to stay up.

“The police officer was deferential, and said he appreciated the sentiment, but said some people don’t appreciate having such a stark reminder of a tragedy like that,” said Limpaecher. “I assume they [took it down] because of some interpretation of the town’s laws. But I would hope that they would have empathy for the family of the cyclist, and for the cycling community.”

Insensitive, and problematic. Particularly this little gem:

Higgins said the stop sign chosen as the location is at the corner of a “heavily traveled intersection, where the roadways meet at a sharp angle.”

“A more inappropriate location could not have been chosen,” he said, because it can be distracting to drivers.

Oh you mean like get them to slow down because apparently people are dying in this area while riding their bicycles?

Boston used to do this sort of thing in the bad old days, and it solved nothing and only made the problem worse.

I can’t imagine a worse way to handle this sort of thing, city of Lincoln, get your shit together. Maybe Lincoln can call up the Boston city hall and ask them how to get their heads out of their asses.


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3 Simple Design Elements For Safer Intersections

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

Lets copy this all over the place…

 


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Long Time Advocate Jackie DeWolfe Leaves Livable Streets

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 04

She has done a great job and will be sorely missed, her farewell letter below:


It is bittersweet to write to you that next Friday, August 12 marks my last day on staff at LivableStreets. I have been appointed Director of Sustainable Mobility at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation where I will continue to work on improving our streets, public spaces, and transit.

As I prepare for my departure, I’ve had fun reminiscing. I started volunteering at LivableStreets more than eight years ago and was immediately hooked by LivableStreets’ founders.  They were rethinking transportation and simultaneously rethinking the role of advocacy to forge new partnerships to create more livable communities.  LivableStreets instilled in me the belief that streets are our public space. Transportation options are key to quality of life because they unlock access to what you need and want.  Streets should be designed to accommodate people regardless of age or ability.

Today, LivableStreets has become what we had hoped for, a thriving organization with an active membership. I’m so proud of what we have accomplished together. I’m even more excited for what’s next for LivableStreets. We now have four full time staff, six summer staff, and hundreds of volunteers working on initiatives across Metro Boston. We have championed changing the conversation to integrate walking, biking and transit facilities into transportation projects to provide people more transportation options.

Whether you have volunteered, donated, shared your story, participated in one of our campaigns, worked at a partner organization, led efforts in your own neighborhood, spoke at a public meeting, or attended an event – thank you. When people ask, “Who makes up the LivableStreets Alliance?” the answer is you!

Together we have accomplished a lot in 8 years, but there is still a long way to go. We are at a pivotal moment as the Commonwealth and communities across the country grapple with how to improve safety, mobility, and sustainability, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic. I look forward to working on these important issues in my new role, and LivableStreets will be hiring to continue to do so as well. Deputy Director Stacy Thompson who has been my co-pilot for the past year and half will step in as Interim Executive Director.

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I hope to see you before I go! LivableStreets will be hosting a goodbye party onThursday, August 11, from 6 to 8pm at Central Wharf Co, 160 Milk Street, Boston. Please come to raise a glass!  If you can’t make it, we are also hosting two summeropen houses Friday, August 5, 8-10 AM and Tuesday, August 9, 4-6 PM at LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge. Come on by!

Thank you again for a wonderful eight years.

Sincerely,

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Jackie DeWolfe

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Boston By Bike At Night Aug 13 2016

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 04

From this years flyer:


Twenty eighth annual tour of architectural and historic sites.

  • Meet at 11:15 pm aug 13th in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
  • Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  Helmet recommended
  • Commemorative T shirts available.  Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
  • Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
  • Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers

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Hubway Turns 5 Today!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 04

To celebrate they are throwing a bunch of parties!

See below, from Hubway.


Join us for 5 parties in 5 days!

Free coffee from our friends at Pavement Coffeehouse and KooKoo Cafe … Ice cream from JP Licks and Ben & Jerry’s … Appetizers from Cambridge Brewing Company … Free t-shirts for Hubway members … Complimentary 24-hour passes for all … A chance to win one of five $100 gift cards from New Balance (no purchase nece … This is how Hubway does birthdays! Join us as we celebrate five years of bike share in metro-Boston with five days of pop-up celebrations throughout the area. Hubway Ambassadors will be at the stations to greet you with guaranteed docks, but don’t be late — you must arrive during the specified times, or you’ll miss all the fun (and cool stuff).

Day 1: Boston

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
BOYLSTON / MASS AVE HUBWAY STATION
New Balance Boston Hubway t-shirt for members.
Free small coffee from Pavement Coffeehouse’s Berklee location (1096 Boylston). More info.

Day 2: Cambridge

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
ONE KENDALL SQUARE HUBWAY STATION
Custom Cambridge Hubway t-shirt for members.
Free chicken wings or shishito peppers with dinner
at Cambridge Brewing Company. More info.

Day 3: Somerville

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
DAVIS SQUARE HUBWAY STATION
Limited-edition Somerville Hubway t-shirt for members.
Free scoop of ice cream from JP Licks (4 College Ave).
More info.

Day 4: Open Newbury Street, Boston

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
NEWBURY / HEREFORD HUBWAY STATION
Experience a car-free Newbury Street 10am-6pm! Check in with an Ambassador at the Hubway station 12pm-1pm to get your free New Balance Boston Hubway t-shirt (members only), and pick up a free scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s (174 Newbury). More info.

Day 5: Brookline

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
BROOKLINE VILLAGE HUBWAY STATION
Specially-designed Brookline Hubway t-shirt for members. Free small coffee from KooKoo Cafe.
More info.

Bonus Day 6 at Fenway Park!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2016 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
YAWKEY WAY AT BOYLSTON ST. HUBWAY STATION
Did we say 5 days of celebrations? We meant 6, because Hubway’s 6th year officially begins with help from our friends at MassBike at the launch ofguaranteed dock service for all home games in August. Save yourself some hassle by taking Hubway to the game.

For the first August home game on the 9th, members can meet Hubway Ambassadors at the station before the game for a free Hubway birthday t-shirt and enter the drawing (no purchase necessary) for one of the $100 New Balance gift cards. More info.


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I Am Heading Out To The Corn!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 22

I am going to be doing my 5th (!) RAGBRAI next week.

It’s going to be hot, and fun, try not to break anything while I am gone.

 

Read some past RAGBRAI stories here.


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Newbury Street Closed To Car Traffic One Day Next Month

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 22

In an effort to make it more like downtown crossing Newbury Street will be closed to cars one day next month (Aug 7th).

The city’s decision to shut down Newbury Street to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Aug. 7, is drawing mixed reactions from the Back Bay’s business community, with some representatives steadfast against the idea and others enthusiastically embracing this first-time initiative.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., “Open Newbury Street” will transform the full width of the street from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue into a pedestrian-only walkway. Parking will be restricted beginning at 8 a.m., with signs posted to inform drivers of the change, according to a press release.

Michele Messino, executive director of the Newbury Street League, said a recent survey showed that 82 percent of its membership is opposed to the idea, however.

I love it, but not everyone is so into it.  Perhaps they should read some of the research that shows that pedestrian and bicycle customers buy a lot more stuff, and that parking is actually costing us all a lot of money.

 


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Councillor Michelle Wu Wants Your Help To Find Places For Better Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 18

So lets tell her!

 

From Facebook

Need some crowd-sourcing help to move protected cycling infrastructure! Can we generate a list of all the road segments in Boston where there’s already a painted bike lane next to parked cars? i.e. where we could flip the bike lane and on-street parking to form a cycle track between sidewalk and parking. I’ll compile from the comments – please identify cross streets to delineate where possible. Thanks!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Ghost Bike Removed Hours After Installed August 24, 2016
      TweetIn Concord apparently even placing a ghost bike is too much for the locals. From the globe: More than anything, Erik Limpaecher was surprised. The Concord resident late Sunday night erected a “ghost bike” along a busy road in the … Continue reading →
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    • Ghost Bike Removed Hours After Installed August 24, 2016
      TweetIn Concord apparently even placing a ghost bike is too much for the locals. From the globe: More than anything, Erik Limpaecher was surprised. The Concord resident late Sunday night erected a “ghost bike” along a busy road in the … Continue reading →
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    • Ghost Bike Removed Hours After Installed August 24, 2016
      TweetIn Lincoln apparently even placing a ghost bike is too much for the locals. From the globe: More than anything, Erik Limpaecher was surprised. The Concord resident late Sunday night erected a “ghost bike” along a busy road in the … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • 3 Simple Design Elements For Safer Intersections August 24, 2016
      TweetLets copy this all over the place…  
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    • Gilooly’s presentation August 15, 2016
      TweetDeputy Commissioner James Gillily’s presentation about the planned separate bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue is online at the URL below. I am preparing a version synchronized to his talk about it at the 2015 Moving Together conference and will announce that … Continue reading →
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    • Gilooly’s presentation August 15, 2016
      TweetDeputy Commissioner James Gilooly’s presentation about the planned separate bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue is online at the URL below. I am preparing a version synchronized to his talk about it at the 2015 Moving Together conference and will announce that … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Long Time Advocate Jackie DeWolfe Leaves Livable Streets August 4, 2016
      TweetShe has done a great job and will be sorely missed, her farewell letter below: It is bittersweet to write to you that next Friday, August 12 marks my last day on staff at LivableStreets. I have been appointed Director of … Continue reading →
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    • Boston By Bike At Night Aug 13 2016 August 4, 2016
      TweetFrom this years flyer: Twenty eighth annual tour of architectural and historic sites. Meet at 11:15 pm aug 13th in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  Helmet recommended Commemorative … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Hubway Turns 5 Today! August 4, 2016
      TweetTo celebrate they are throwing a bunch of parties! See below, from Hubway. Join us for 5 parties in 5 days! Free coffee from our friends at Pavement Coffeehouse and KooKoo Cafe … Ice cream from JP Licks and Ben & Jerry’s … Appetizers from … Continue reading →
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    • Summer Safe Biking Class August 1, 2016
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