Public Meeting On Bike Lanes In Boston, Tonight!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 14

Sorry been away from the computer for a couple of days, last minute notice but you should still get to this meeting and tell them you want more bike infrastructure!

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Meeting to assess interest in bike lanes on Mass Ave from the Harvard Bridge to the Symphony area.

Boston Public Library, Main Branch
(700 Boylston Street, Boston)
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

edit here is more info from JP bikes

Reminder: meeting to gauge public support for bike lanes between symphony and Harvard (Mass Ave) bridge

Please come to this meeting and bring as many people as possible. Even if (or especially if) you can’t get into the room, your presence will be a strong message of support for bike accomodation on this busy stretch of road. This meeting is for anyone concerned, not just cyclists, so overwhelming numbers of cyclists is key. The meeting is at the central branch of the Boston Public Library, near Copley Square, at 7 pm.


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6 Responses to “Public Meeting On Bike Lanes In Boston, Tonight!”

  1. By Spooky on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I really wish I could make it, however I have a prior commitment. Though, in the vein of acting like a concerned parent, I do feel compelled to mention a few things:

    If any cyclists make public comments, don’t make an ass out of yourself by berating drivers or pedestrians. Yes, we all know that there are a plethora of dangerous and reckless people in this town, but that includes some cyclists as well, and verbally assaulting motorists or pedestrians will only weaken our case and instill more resentment towards us by those very same dangerous and reckless people. Stick to the subject and say why you think there should be a bicycle lane.

    Likewise, don’t dignify any verbal assaults towards cyclists by feeling compelled to fire back with a pithy retort. Be the bigger person and redirect the conversation back to the purpose of the meeting: a potential bike lane on Massachusetts Avenue.

    Personally, more than anything, I’d be pleased as punch if the city would start with repaving the stretch between Boylston and Huntington. The potholes and extended stretches of buckled pavement scare the hell out of me. Give me a smooth surface, _THEN_ let’s talk about changing traffic patterns.

  2. By cycler on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll be there, and urge others to try to make it. There will be stiff resistance to removing parking, so it’s important to show that there’s a very strong demand for safer facilities.

  3. By Omri on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I was there. It’s a done deal.

  4. By matt on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    I would hardly say that it is a done deal. I imagine the business owners on the side of the street were the parking will removed be will fight like crazy.

  5. By Omri on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    Well, the only Back Bay resident representative was in favor of it, and as for the businesses, it’s not like they get that many customers driving to their stores on that stretch of Mass Ave, and yet unable to park on a side street. But we’ll see.

  6. By matt on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    i certainly hope you’re right. but I think the issue will be more loading zones than customer parking.

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