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The Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 20

I got this in the email from Christina’s mom, it is a great way to honor and remember a sweet and lovely woman who we lost far too early.

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The Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Family friendly to elite cyclist routes starting at Newton City Hall 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Funds raised will support:
bike safety and affordable housing projects in partnership with Bike Newton, Bike and Build,and Habitat for Humanity.

Visit CCGFoundation.org for more information and to register online


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StreetTalk: Boston Under After Hours

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 16

Got this in the email, looks like a good talk

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StreetTalk: Boston Under After Hours

co-sponsored by On the Move Coalition
Thursday, March 29 6:00pm-9:00pm

@Central Square Theater 450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge
Tickets: $6.00 Buy here>>

6:00pm-doors open-food/drinks
6:30pm-documentary screening
7:15pm-discussion
8:00-9:00pm-social hour

We’ve all asked the age ol’ question, “Why doesn’t the T stay open later?” Now you can find out why.

Come watch the Boston Under After Hours documentary about what happens after the T shuts down, and the MBTA employees who work 1:30am-5:00am to make the system run smoothly the following day. With current fare increases and service cuts pending, this question is even more relevant. Why not keep the T open longer for more revenue? What can you do to keep the T going? Get insight in to the inter-workings of the T, and the current MBTA’s financial situation and service plan.

Discussion with filmmakers, MBTA, and On The Move following the film. Stay for a social hour afterwards to meet and chat with filmmakers and the stars of the film.

Popcorn and snacks provided and $2 Harpoon.

Watch film trailer here>>

This event is hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and sponsored by On the Move Coalition.

On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston, including LivableStreets, that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice. www.bostononthemove.org

LivableStreets Alliance is your advocate for a balance of biking, walking, and transit with automobiles—creating safe streets and livable communities—making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play. www.livablestreets.info

For more information>> 617.621.1746/ [email protected]/ www.livablestreets.info
Tweet and post #BostonUnder on Facebook for chance to win 2 free tickets!

(MBTA tunnel photo provided by Nicolaur Czarnecki of the METRO)



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Middlesex Canal Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 12

Got this in the email, its that time a year again, when organized rides start happening!

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Sun March 18, 2012 – Neponset Greenway End of Winter Ride. 10:00 am Castle Island We’ll ride along the Harbor south to the Neponset River, up it to the Blue Hills, and back again. We’ll look at pathways which are new since our last ride and discuss what is happening next along the Neponset Trail. People who live closer to Hyde Park than to South Boston are welcome to split off if they need the time, though much of the ride back will be on a different route than the ride down. Led by Jessica Mink of the Neponset River Greenway Council.

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Sun, Apr 1, 2012 – Spring Middlesex Canal Bicycle Ride. Meet 9:30 AM at North Station (commuter rail) and take our bicycles on the 10 AM train to Lowell. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or meet the Train when it arrives in Lowell at 10:43). Route visits Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Lunch at Route 3A minimall in Billerica. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston. Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$6.75 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded at www.mbcr.net if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.For any changes or updates, see middlesexcanal.org. Leaders Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383) & Dick Bauer (857-540-6293).

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Save the Dates – Other upcoming rides:

Sunday April 8th – Bike Rides for Ordinary People Easter Sunday ride, leaving from Arlington Center (morning). See http://boston.bikeridesfop.org/BikeRidesUpComing.htm

Saturday May 12th – National Train Day Ride, leaving from South Station (all day)

Sunday May 20th – Somerville History Ride, leaving from Somerville City Hall (afternoon)

Sunday June 3rd – Bike to the Sea (morning). See www.biketothesea.com

Sunday June 10th – Boston Jewish History Ride, leaving from Franklin Park Zoo, Giraffe Entrance (all day)


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End Of Winter Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 12

Got this in the email, its that time a year again, when organized rides start happening!

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Sun March 18, 2012 – Neponset Greenway End of Winter Ride. 10:00 am Castle Island We’ll ride along the Harbor south to the Neponset River, up it to the Blue Hills, and back again. We’ll look at pathways which are new since our last ride and discuss what is happening next along the Neponset Trail. People who live closer to Hyde Park than to South Boston are welcome to split off if they need the time, though much of the ride back will be on a different route than the ride down. Led by Jessica Mink of the Neponset River Greenway Council.

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Sun, Apr 1, 2012 – Spring Middlesex Canal Bicycle Ride. Meet 9:30 AM at North Station (commuter rail) and take our bicycles on the 10 AM train to Lowell. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or meet the Train when it arrives in Lowell at 10:43). Route visits Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Lunch at Route 3A minimall in Billerica. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston. Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$6.75 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded at www.mbcr.net if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.For any changes or updates, see middlesexcanal.org. Leaders Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383) & Dick Bauer (857-540-6293).

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Save the Dates – Other upcoming rides:

Sunday April 8th – Bike Rides for Ordinary People Easter Sunday ride, leaving from Arlington Center (morning). See http://boston.bikeridesfop.org/BikeRidesUpComing.htm

Saturday May 12th – National Train Day Ride, leaving from South Station (all day)

Sunday May 20th – Somerville History Ride, leaving from Somerville City Hall (afternoon)

Sunday June 3rd – Bike to the Sea (morning). See www.biketothesea.com

Sunday June 10th – Boston Jewish History Ride, leaving from Franklin Park Zoo, Giraffe Entrance (all day)


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Planning For The Post-Freeway American City

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

Saw this today, looks like it could have a lot to do with cycling, and if it doesn’t a couple cyclists should show up and ask cycling based questions.

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Lecture: Planning for the Post-Freeway American City
Speaker: Peter J. Park
Date: Tuesday, March 20, at 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Location: Lincoln House – 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Overview:
America’s failing infrastructure needs to be addressed. In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D” and proposed that keeping America “safe,” “prosperous,” and “competitive” would require a 5-year expenditure of $2.2 trillion. Roads and bridges were given a grade of “D-” and in need of $930 billion. Given current public funding challenges, now is an opportune time for America to reform outdated approaches to big-project spending and implement more effective design strategies. For example, freeways in American cities have not delivered on promises made more than 50 years ago. Skillfully sold as instruments of freedom and prosperity, in reality, they have weakened cities and financially burdened the nation. Continuing to spend taxpayer dollars on maintaining ineffective freeways or worse, expanding them, only saddles future generations with even greater challenges. Former Denver planning director Peter Park will explore America’s historic freeway campaign, damage caused by freeways in cities, and today’s opportunity to counter this failed 20th Century experiment. The presentation will include proven alternatives to costly and outdated freeway designs, and a case for a freeway removal campaign aimed at strengthening cities, regions, and the nation.

Speaker:
Peter J. Park is the 2012 Lincoln Loeb Fellow and former planning director of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1995-2003) and Denver, Colorado (2004-2011). In both cities, he oversaw preparation of numerous plans, comprehensive zoning code updates, and implementation of major infrastructure and development projects. In Milwaukee, initiatives included the replacement of the elevated Park East freeway with an at-grade boulevard that catalyzes new downtown development along the Milwaukee River. Significant work in Denver includes redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station as the hub of Fastracks (the largest public transit project in the nation), numerous transit-oriented development (TOD) station area plans, and the adoption of a new context and form-based zoning code applied citywide. Over the last 20 years, he has taught urban design courses with an emphasis on integrating practice and teaching. The work explored in his design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes and provided tangible benefits in local communities.

Registration:
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact [email protected] or call (888) 845-8759 to register and for directions. Register online. Parking is not available at Lincoln House.


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The Word On The Street

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      TweetFrom the email: Hello Quincyclists, I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us! Register here: http://www.massbike.org/ts101quincy This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling … Continue reading →
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    • Last all To Submit Comments For Allston I-90 DEIR February 7, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Are you willing to wait 22 years for your train to show up? Now is the time to let state leaders know that we can’t afford to wait. The Allston I-90 Interchange project can transform access and mobility for … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Winter Update February 2, 2018
      TweetFrom Hubway:   Hubway had a winning January! This past month, Hubway riders took over 40,000 trips, more than double the January record. Want to try out winter riding? You don’t need to be tough — you just need to be … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For Zoning Reform In MA! February 1, 2018
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    • My e-mail in support of West Station January 31, 2018
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    • My letter to the Globe about the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
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    • My letter to the Globe aobut the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
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    • Take Action! Support Safe Streets Legislation January 31, 2018
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update January 31, 2018
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    • BCU Looking For Board Members January 30, 2018
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