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Why People Don’t Ride Bikes In Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 21

From Bostinno:

 

The U.S. Census Bureau specified some of the reasons in its recent American Housing Survey. Health reasons (9.9 percent) rank as the No. 1 reason Bostonians who don’t bike say they steer clear. No bike (4.38 percent) and traffic issues (3.23 percent) round out the top three.

Interestingly, a “lack of adequate sidewalks” is also a major reason, despite public perception on the practice remaining largely negative amid a somewhat nebulous city stance. (The author has some opinions on the subject, too.) It’s possible, or perhaps likely, these are complaints pertaining to walking to work rather than riding, but it still seemed worth mentioning.

 

I assume “health reasons” means that people feel they are not fit enough to ride bikes, and at 10% that does represent a huge amount of folks who feel they are not healthy enough to ride a bike.   However even if you add up all the “folks who can’t ride” you still end up with a whole lot more people who COULD be riding, but don’t.

My gut is telling me that there are a whole lot of folks ready to get out there and ride, but are waiting for a couple of things.  More access to bike lanes, and bike infrastructure.  And a feeling that its a “movement.”

Every day I go to work and I see more and more people riding their bike, and I think that draws more people out onto the streets with a bike under them.  Their are a lot of people who don’t want to be first adopters, they want to join an established group.

Boston plans to install more and better bike infrastructure, more and more people will ride, and eventually the tidal wave of change will smash against the rocks of car culture and break it.  Northern European cities like Copenhagen didn’t get to be the way they are overnight, it took decades of directed improvement.  Boston is on the same path, they are far behind but catching up fast.  Lets hope we see continued improvement in the bike infrastructure, with more and more adoption of bikes as peoples main form of transportation.

Is there some reason keeping you from riding your bike?  Share it with us in the comments.


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Bike Party! (4/29/15)

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 15

From the email-

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Come talk SUMMER with us at a special Bike Party on 4/29 to introduce the first-ever Cycle Massachusetts bicycle tour event. This NEW weeklong tour (with shorter options) is from the same awesome people who brought you the Mass BikePike Tour, the Friendliest Ride in the East and the #1 annual donor to Massbike!
Come for the free food, the cash bar, and a great crowd of friends old and new – people who know how to have a great time on two wheels! We’ll preview the amazing route of this year’s tour and throw in some door prizes while we’re at it. Space is limited, so RSVP today at https://party-with-cyclema.eventbrite.com.

The party is April 29th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
It’s at the Asgard in Central Square Cambridge.
A $5 suggested donation goes straight to Massbike.

https://party-with-cyclema.eventbrite.com

About Cycle Massachusetts: www.cyclema.com

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Casey Overpass Fight Not Over Yet

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 11

Even though it was voted by a wide margin to be removed, the city council is once again trying to keep the Casey overpass up.  The meeting mentioned below has already happened, but you can still contact your councilor and let them know you are in support of bike infrastructure.

 

The more they hear from us the better.

 

 

From BCU:

The western end of the Casey Arborway project, notated with the improvements being added.

The western end of the Casey Arborway project, notated with the improvements being added.

WE at the Boston Cyclists Union apologize for having to post this important action alert, but if you live in Boston, we need to ask for your immediate action to support a decision many Jamaica Plain residents supported by a factor of 3 to 1 back in 2012, because it is again being dragged into Boston’s City Council chambers——this time with a citywide focus. Bridging Forest Hills has convinced City Councillor Charles Yancey to order a public hearing on the project to explore the health impacts of dust as the bridge is removed AND in Yancey’s words, to question the decision to build at-grade.

Please take a moment before tomorrow’s city council session to remind your Boston City Councillor, your at-large councillors, and particularly Councillor Charles Yancey, that you support a bike and pedestrian friendly Forest Hills. (See below for their phone numbers and emails).

There have been 36 public meetings on the Casey Project, including 10 widely advertised community meetings, including one in Mattapan. Yancey did not recall that there was a meeting in Mattapan for the project when the Bike Union called him today, but the meeting was organized by State Rep. Russell Holmes of Mattapan. But despite this being the second largest MassDOT public process in recent memory (the Big Dig had a few more meetings), a small but determined group of highway-like infrastructure supporters in Jamaica Plain have never accepted the majority-approved decision to build an at-grade boulevard instead.

We’re asking that:

  • There be no further delays of the Casey Arborway reconstruction project. There have been too many delays to this project already.

A few talking points around the at-grade option (check meeting minutes or this interview with neighborhood activist Clay Harper for more info.)

The Casey Arborway project will mean:

  • A more inviting place to walk.
  • A more inviting place to bike.
  • A more scenic and enjoyable place to drive.
  • Along with the DCR’s new Arborway project and a future effort to get a cycletrack on Morton Street almost all the way to Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, this project will create an off-road route all the way from Franklin Park to the Landmark Center in the Fenway neighborhood.
  • A new farmer’s market and other events are made possible in a new park the size of Copley Plaza at the end of the SW Corridor and next the Forest Hills MBTA station.
  • Commuters will no longer have to cross the Arborway to get to the Forest Hills Orange Line station (a second headhouse is being added).
  • An expanded busway for the 39 bus.
  • Walking and biking paths connect the Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.
  • An under-the-bridge environment will not attract drunken loitering and crime.
  • Car commuters passing through will have an opportunity to stop and support local businesses.
  • More pedestrians and cyclists in the area will increase revenues for local businesses.
  • A visible gateway to the Arnold Arboretum that includes 69 different species of trees and shrubs (most of which would never thrive without access to sunlight).
  • Congestion and overall trip times for motor vehicles will actually be reduced from current conditions for the majority of drivers (although speeding over the area on a bridge to get to traffic tie ups on Murray Circle and at the Morton St. and Blue Hill Avenue intersection will not longer be a possibility).

The only defendable drawback to the bridge is that the 7 percent of users who want to turn left off of the Arborway will be taken a couple minutes out of their way, they will have to make a U-turn and turn right instead. For the benefits of this project, the Bike Union and the coalition of organizations supporting the Casey At-Grade decision think this small sacrifice is worth making.

Please email or call your city councillors now (and apologize for having to call on this issue that should have been resolved in 2012)!

President and District 2-Bill Linehan [email protected] 617-635-3203

D1-Salvatore LaMattina [email protected] 617-635-3200

D3-Frank Baker [email protected] 617-635-3455

D4-Charles C. Yancey [email protected] 617-635-3131

D5-Timothy McCarthy [email protected] 617-635-4210

D6-Matt O’Malley [email protected] 617-635-4220

D7-Tito Jackson [email protected] 617-635-3510

D8-Josh Zakim [email protected] 617-635-4225

D9-Mark Ciommo [email protected] 617-635-3113

At Large-Stephen Murphy [email protected] 617-635-4376

At Large-Ayanna Presley [email protected] 617-635-4217

At Large-Michael Flaherty [email protected] 617-635-4205

At Large-Michelle Wu [email protected] 617-635-3115


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In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 03

Got this great update from Lynn:

 

Hi all,
I was able to attend the Greenway Council Meeting in Mattapan last night and there are lots of project updates for the Trail/Greenway area as well as notes on the TTOR (The Trustees of Reservations) / BNAN merger and leadership transitions.
1) Neponset Spring Ride is ON! Saturday, April 4, 2015: Spring along the Neponset River
Meet at the parking lot at Pauls’s Bridge off Brush Hill Rd. in Milton at 10:00 am for a ride down the Neponset River and along Boston Harbor to Castle Island and back on existing and future trails. Email Jessica Mink j[email protected] for additional info.
2) Bike racks will be installed at Pope John Paul II Park as soon as the snow has thawed.
3) The bridge at Central Ave. (current Southern terminus of Neponset Trail) is currently under repair. A detour is in place and repairs are expected to be completed within 2 weeks.
5) BNAN’s Program Director Candice Cook will no longer be facilitating the Greenway meetings as she is taking a new job in Somerville. Conrad Crawford (formerly with the DCR, now Regional Director for TTOR) was in attendance at the meeting. He said he would attend meetings as often as possible, but could not confirm that TTOR would be providing a direct replacement for Candice (her job is being split into 3 separate positions within TTOR). He lives in East Cambridge and is an avid cyclist. (Conrad’s Email: [email protected]).
6) UPDATES ON GREENWAY PROJECT from Stella Lensing (DCR):
Segment I (Martini to Neponset Valley Pkwy)
- Neponset Trail from Granite Ave. to Shawmut Junction will be paved with bituminous asphalt this Spring. The contractor will be starting as soon as all of the snow has thawed. Detour will be until project is completed by the end of May.
- There was discussion about additional traffic enforcement at the Granite Ave. pedestrian stoplight.  DCR is looking into adding additional signage near 93 off-ramp to warn vehicles of crosswalk.
Segment 2 (Central Ave to Mattapan Sq)
**PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY 4/13** 7-8:30PM. Foley Senior Residences Dining Room 249 River St. Mattapan
DCR will present plans for construction. The public meeting presentation and other related materials will be viewable after the meeting on the DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings
- Construction to begin this month (Ryan Playground – Mattapan), S & R Corp. has trailers on site. Project completion 18-24 mos.
- Lee Toma of Milton Bikes reported that the design is now complete for a new Mattapan Sq. Crossing on Rt. 28/ Blue Hill Ave. (Detailed plans can be found on the DPW Town of Milton Engineering page)
- Port Norfolk Park construction to begin after site visits this month
Segment 3 (Victory Rd. to Morrissey Blvd. – Nat’l Grid/ rainbow gas tank)
- Construction access agreement has been reached. DCR is going to survey the site with design complete by 6/30.
Segment 4 (Tenean Beach to Victory Rd)
- Land is not DCR property, belongs to MassDOT. Due to MassDOT employee transitions DCR has yet to find the proper contact and will need to “reopen discussions”.
- Currently there are no funds for the design on this part of the trail.
7) April 25th is Mass. Parks Serve Day – there are beach clean ups happening in Savin Hill and Quincy River Walk. More info at Neponset.org or DCR website.
8) The Trustees of Reservation are currently seeking seasonal (Youth Crew Leaders) and year-round employees. See ttor.org for more info.
Happy Spring!
Lynn

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You Could Be The Next Bike Czar! (Sorta…)

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 03

Got this bit of info…

This is a period of transition for Boston Bikes with the departure of Nicole Freedman.  Najah Shakir and Kim Folz will be handling her duties until a new director is hired.  The new director position will be a little bit different.  The title is Active Transportation Director, which I believe will cover not just bikes but also walking.  This position is not yet advertised.

The other big news is that the City is looking for a Chief of the Streets (COTS), which will directly oversee  BTD and DPW, with the Commissioners reporting to the (COTS). Boston Bikes and the Parking Clerk will also report to the COTS.  Part of the job describtion is implementing Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies and will play a big role in the GoBoston2030 transportation planning vision project.  Get those resumes ready!  The posting is here:

Here is that job listing in case you are having trouble finding it:

Executive/Professional (Mgmt)

Position: Chief of the Streets Reports to: Mayor
Hiring Range: $125,000-$140,000
’14 Budget: $137 Million (operating), $81 Million (capital)
Employees: 870 (approx.)

Job Description:
The streets are one of our most valuable public resources and the lifeblood of the city. Boston is in the midst of a transition from a city that served the transportation needs of the last half-century to one which can serve the future. The street network in Boston is unique, constrained, and rich in character. From being the first American City with a subway system, to the depression of the Central Artery, to becoming one of the most successful multi-city bicycle-share systems in the nation – Boston does not shy away from complicated and transformative projects. Now, the City is again poised to be an innovator and leader in re-imagining how streets are used by the public for the next century.

Under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston seeks a visionary leader with a strong concern for and awareness of urban issues, who, as Chief of the Streets (COTS), will build the infrastructure, team, and tools that deliver against a vision for better city services and enhanced mobility opportunities.
There are three responsibilities consistent across all positions in the Walsh Administration:

·Learning. Mayor Walsh is building a team of people who are not only comfortable with new ideas, but also have the curiosity to seek them and the courage to try them. For the COTS, this will mean exploring ways to reach the Citys stated mode-shift goals, identifying solutions to improve service delivery, and seeking out best-practice solutions from around the world.

·Leveraging. Mayor Walsh is creating one Boston, where all of our institutions, departments and residents are collaborating to build the best city. For the COTS, this will mean identifying ways to consolidate and improve operations, forging new partnerships with private organizations and area research universities, and investing in programs and infrastructure that serve as the platform for Bostonians high-quality of life.

·Leading. Mayor Walsh is seeking leaders who will steer a change agenda. For the COTS, this will mean a person with a passion for implementing transformative projects to make our streets safer and more sustainable, working collaboratively with colleagues across departments, the region and neighboring cities on an action oriented agenda, and, bringing Boston to new prominence as a world-class leader for mobility, infrastructure, and integrated city services.

Boston has long been considered an innovator and leader in transportation and public works projects. While the street network is complicated, the role the streets play are not. Simply put, the streets permit the City to function – from commutes to work and school, to the recycling trucks humming through the neighborhoods, and the web of utilities swimming underneath them – they are the lifeblood of a City with almost 400 years of history. But while Boston been providing transportation and public works projects to residents for almost four centuries, there are still tremendous opportunities to make improvements and to ready Boston for the next century of growth and change.

Boston is unique in its resources, its home to the world’s leading academic institutions, to world-class healthcare and finance industries, and to a growing creative economy. Boston also has an especially tech-savvy population; one in every three residents of the city is between the ages of 20-34. Over half of Boston residents select a mode other than a car as they head to work and school each day. Boston is also a dense city, encompassing 50 square miles and 850 miles of streets. The network of roadways, sidewalks, and public space, is about to undergo a major public process through the GoBoston2030 project – a City-led transportation vision plan kicking off in early January 2015.

The City of Boston COTS will be expected to lead an ambitious agenda including:

Vision
·To set a progressive vision for improving our streets in a way that meets the needs of a changing population and delivers on City goals including:

leading Bostons Transportation Visioning Process (GoBoston2030);

designing a plan to eliminate traffic-related fatalities in Boston over the next decade;

sparking ideas for non-traditional uses that create a vibrant, green, creative, and active streetscape

advancing a lighter, quicker, and cheaper approach as a pathway for improvements that benefit all roadway users.

Leadership
·Lead the implementation of Complete Streets policies, which strive to make our streets green, multi-modal, and smart, through increased collaboration and transparency of the Public Improvements Commission
·Forge new public private partnerships and more formalized relationships with existing Transportation Management Associations and local business groups.
·Strengthen ties with surrounding communities and relative state agencies to foster a regional approach to public infrastructure and transportation solutions
·Deliver top-quality public services with focus on data-driven results in the maintenance of public infrastructure, waste reduction, and improved permitting processes

Management
·Provide continuity to agency operations across the Public Works and Transportation Departments to drive effectiveness in serving constituents;
·Align department resources to provide a clear and transparent review process for large-scale capital projects and private development;
·Management of department Directors, who oversee daily operations, programs, and planning activities.

Chief of Streets, Transportation, & Sanitation Cabinet:

This cabinet position oversees the Public Works and Transportation Departments, as well as the Office of the Parking Clerk and Boston Bikes. The Cabinet Chief is also the link to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission – which is overseen by a separate Executive Director and a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor.

Transportation Department: Works to promote public safety and enhance the quality of life for residents through the management of the Citys transportation network. This includes long-range visioning and planning, engineering, education, parking enforcement, and policy setting.

Public Works Department: Provides core basic services essential to neighborhood quality of life, including snow/ice control, trash and recycling collection, street sweeping, street lighting, utility coordination, and road resurfacing and reconstruction projects.

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

The ideal candidate:

·Is a seasoned manager with strong transportation or public works planning, policy and/or operations experience.
·Has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Engineering or a closely related field, and the knowledge typically gained through a Master’s program or professional degree program in a relevant field.
·At least five to seven years of management experience in a complex urban environment is preferred.
·Significant work experience involving transportation policy, budget management, traffic, and urban planning is an essential prerequisite
·The successful applicant will possess a combination of technical skills, organization management skills, and leadership skills
·Will be able to demonstrate success in moving forward a vision through to complete implementation, overcoming significant challenges
·Can work collaboratively with a team – both inside and outside of their departments
·Experience working between tiers of government to deliver on an agenda
·Candidates conversant in multiple languages are encouraged to apply
·Boston residency is required.


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DCR Public Meeting – Neponset River Greenway Project – Phase 2

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

Check out this public meeting let your voice be heard in support for more cycling infrastructure.

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Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Public Meeting

Neponset River Greenway Project – Phase 2

Blue Hill Avenue, Boston to Central Avenue, Milton

Monday, April 13, 20157:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    

Foley Senior Residences Dining Room

249 River Street, Mattapan

 

This project consists of construction of a DCR”s Neponset River Greenway – Phase 2, which includes a 1.3+-mile multi-use recreational trail along the Neponset River extending from Blue Hill Avenue, Boston to Central Avenue, Milton.  It will link two previously-completed segments of the Neponset River Greenway, providing pedestrian and bicyclists with a scenic, safe pathway from Neponset Valley Parkway in Hyde Park to Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester.

 

At this meeting, DCR will present the plans for construction.

 

The public meeting presentation and other related materials will be viewable after the meetings on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/.

 

If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email[email protected].

Please follow us on Twitter at MassDCR!


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This Monday, Say No To Keystone XL Pipeline

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 27

Can’t ride your bike under water!  Global warming is real, its serious, and it has Boston in the cross hairs, this Monday show up and let President Obama know that we care.

From 350.org:

 

As he approaches his final decision, we need to keep the pressure on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. In recent weeks communities in Cleveland, Stanford and Washington DC have all held actions at Presidential events calling on the President to say no to the piepelin.

Boston has played a key role in this fight against Keystone XL by consistently turning out big to tell President Obama to reject the pipeline.

On Monday, President Obama will be speaking at UMass Boston and we want a big crowd to greet him and remind him what to do: reject Keystone XL once and for all!

He’s approaching his final decision, and this could be the most important chance to bring him the message yet.  The bigger the crowd, the stronger our message will be. Do you think you can join us?

Click here to RSVP: facebook.com/events/534806483326598/

Here are all the details:

What: Boston tells President Obama: NO KXL! A rally to tell President Obama to reject KXL.
When: 9:30 AM on Monday, March 26th
Where: UMass Boston Campus, near Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate (exact location TBD)
Who: 350 Massachusetts, 350 Cambridge, Better Futures Project and 350.org

To RSVP, click here.

We will have signs and banners, but need a big crowd that’s ready to make some noise. The President vetoed Congress’ Keystone XL bill last month, and is closer than ever to rejecting the project outright. Come out on Monday to help put an end to this disaster once and for all.

Let’s do this!

Deirdre

P.S. If you haven’t heard about it yet, students, faculty and members of the Harvard community are coming together the week of April 12th-17th for Harvard Heat Week, a week of action calling on Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. The week will include various speakers, powerful community events and principled action. Click here to learn more and get involved.


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Mayor Walsh Announces Vision Zero For Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 27

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Like New York, Mayor Walsh has outlined a ‘Vision Zero‘ philosophy for Boston.  It’s something myself and many other have been saying for years.  Traffic fatalities are not “accidents” they are crashes.  They don’t just happen by cosmic chance, someone is at fault.  Through good planning, comprehensive education, strong engineering and proper enforcement we can reduce them to zero.

Some other juicy announcements in the press release below.

from the city:

March 24, 2015 – Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced five transportation initiatives to improve how individuals on foot, bike, or in a vehicle move around the City of Boston with a significant focus on improving public safety. The announcements include a complete streets approach to Commonwealth Avenue, featuring protected bike lane on from the BU Bridge to Packard’s Corner, the adoption of Vision Zero Boston, aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities in the city, the citywide replacement of parking meters with intelligent parking meters, and a pilot program to eliminate street sweeping towing. The initiatives are early action projects as part of Go Boston 2030 launched to imagine a bold new transportation plan for Boston for the next five, 10, and 15 years. Additionally, the Mayor and the Boston Transportation Department will begin a nationwide search for a new Active Transportation Director to think holistically about how our streets are used by people who walk, bike, and take transit.

 

“We’re implementing innovative and inventive transportation strategies and infrastructure upgrades in the City of Boston to improve travel safety and convenience,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether you walk, drive, take the T, or ride a bike on our streets, we’re looking at solutions that can accommodate every mode of transportation in a meaningful way.”

 

Vision Zero

 

Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston will adopt Vision Zero, based on the premise that traffic fatalities are not accidents, but rather they are crashes that can be  prevented by effective policies and systematic evaluation, enforcement, engineering, education, and  community engagement.  By adopting Vision Zero, the City of Boston joins cities such as New York, San  Francisco, and Chicago, which have committed to making traffic safety a priority. Toward that end, Mayor Walsh has convened a Vision Zero Task Force to develop an action plan for a  comprehensive and coordinated strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries in Boston.

 

The Task  Force includes representatives of Boston’s Transportation Department (BTD), the Boston Police Department (BPD), the Public Works Departments (PWD), the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and WalkBoston, Massachusetts’  leading pedestrian advocacy organization, and the Boston Cyclists Union.  Early action items include:

 

  • BPD improvements to its electronic crash reporting system that will lead to  better data collection and better crash analysis;

  • BPD is hiring a full-time Transportation Safety Data Analyst and a full-time DDACTS  Analyst (Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) to reduce motor vehicle,  pedestrian and bicycle collisions. Evidence in other cities suggests that this will also reduce  crime.

  • BPD and EMS will use crash data to identify pedestrian crash hot spots and high crash corridors with the help of researchers from BPHC and the Tufts Medical  Center Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

  • BTD and PWD will pilot test rapid-response improvements at pedestrian crash hot spots and along high crash corridors, as well as “residential slow zones”

  • BPHC will assist with education and outreach to educate residents  on safe road behavior.

 

Commonwealth Avenue Multi-Modal Redesign

 

At a public meeting held at Boston University, the City of Boston last night unveiled the new Commonwealth Avenue Phase 2A Redesign Plan, which will transform the portion of this busy thoroughfare that extends between the BU Bridge to Packard’s Corner. The built roadway will be innovative and provide bicyclists with physically protected bike lanes on both the inbound and outbound sides of the avenue.  It will also offer the MBTA and its patrons with fully ADA compliant crossings at all intersections along the project route and will create a framework for the construction of wider platforms that will be safer and more efficient for trolley riders. The design affords motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians with numerous enhanced amenities.

 

The Complete Streets design incorporates a “Protected Intersection” approach to make Commonwealth Avenue one of the most progressive multi-modal corridors in the country, and the first time that this design component will be used on Boston’s public streets.  This utilizes a sizeable separation between bikes and cars at intersections to reduce “right hooks,” a  common cause of bicycle/motor vehicle crashes where motor vehicle drivers turning right crash with cyclists continuing straight. This is a cutting edge safety feature built into the design along with bike boxes and a corner deflection island to maximize safety while accommodating turns and providing better visibility for both motor vehicle drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

 

A collaborative process between Boston’s bicycle advocates, pedestrian groups, the Boston University community, as well as others with an interest in Commonwealth Avenue, helped formulate the design with the City.

 

Commonwealth Avenue in the project area will also receive new street lighting, landscaping, repaving and new street furniture.  Construction financing for this $17 million project is being funded 80% by the federal government and 20% by the state.  The city expects to have another public meeting in the fall of 2015 before bidding begins on the project contract.  Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2016 with a completion date of  late fall of 2017.  The design process for this project began in 2009.

 

Adding protected bike lanes has shown positive economic impacts on surrounding businesses in cities across the country, including New York City, San Francisco, and Portland. A redesign of NYC’s Union Square to include a protected bike lanes resulted in nearly 50% fewer commercial vacancies, and the construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Avenue saw a nearly 50% increase in retail sales. Studies have shown that adding a protected bike lane increases cycling traffic on the roadway, boosting retail performance, with nearly 70% of merchants on San Francisco’s Valencia Street seeing a positive impact on business. Studies have shown that customers who arrive at retail stores by bike spend the same amount per month as comparable people who arrive by car, making smaller purchases but returning more frequently

 

Intelligent Parking Meters

 

The Boston Transportation Department will be making parking at the curb smarter and easier for people who park at the 8,000 metered spaces across the City. With the addition of new intelligent multi-space and single space parking meters, drivers can pay through mobile phone, a credit card, or pocket change. This next generation of meters will also provide real-time data to the City to help BTD better manage the space at the curb. The information provided by an upgraded parking system and an analysis of current on-street parking regulations will allow the City to make decisions based on data, not just intuition. Credit card and mobile payment enabled meters have shown increased revenue with drivers more likely to pay for the maximum length of stay.

 

Multi-space meters will be deployed in new locations in the Back Bay and in the Innovation District to improve City operations. A typical multi-space meter allows for more vehicles to fit on a blockface than a block demarcated with single space meters. In addition to the approximately 145 new multi-space meters that will replace some single space meters, current multi-space meters throughout the Back Bay and parts of Downtown will be upgraded, reducing annual maintenance costs for the aging equipment.

 

The remaining single space parking meters will be replaced with smart single space parking meters that can also be paid for with a mobile phone, credit card, or pocket change. A current pilot of credit card enabled single space meters in the Back Bay and around the Public Garden has shown positive results since deployment. This next generation of meters will provide the potential for collecting occupancy and turnover rate of vehicles, critical data that gives the City insight on how to better manage the curb space around Boston.

 

Street Sweeping Pilot

 

Mayor Walsh will file a City Council ordinance to pilot a new street sweeping initiative in one of Boston’s neighborhoods. The ordinance, which is being drafted now, will propose eliminating towing for street sweeping, and increase the fine for not moving a vehicle from $40 to $90. The City plans to use the pilot to determine whether this initiative should be extended to other neighborhoods.


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      TweetEven though it was voted by a wide margin to be removed, the city council is once again trying to keep the Casey overpass up.  The meeting mentioned below has already happened, but you can still contact your councilor and … Continue reading →
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    • Hubways Are Coming Back! April 10, 2015
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    • Boston Tweed Ride April 7, 2015
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    • Longfellow Bridge…What The Hell? April 6, 2015
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    • Women and Gender Queer Bike Polo Clinic April 6, 2015
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