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Do You Live In Cambridge? Do You Ride A Bike?

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 23

If so please vote to spend some of that sweet sweet Cambridge tax monies on some awesome bike friendly projects!

Welcome to the participatory budgeting (PB) ballot for the City of Cambridge, courtesy of the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team.

If you’re a Cambridge resident 12 years of age or older, YOU can help decide how to spend $500,000 from the City’s Capital Budget when you cast your ballot.

You can vote here if you have a cell phone that can receive a text message. Click “Vote” to cast your vote.

If you don’t have a cell phone, you can vote in person. Please see below for information on voting dates and locations. You can familiarize yourself with the project proposals for voting by clicking “See Projects.”

Visit www.cambridgema.gov/yourbudget for more information.

 

See more here

 

You can see the list of projects here.

 

 

 

 


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Don’t Miss Your Chance To Give Public Comments On The New Comm. Ave. Design!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 23

The big Comm. Ave. public meeting is tomorrow, make sure you show up to give your input!

From Livable Streets.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to weigh-in on the city’s updated design for Comm Ave!

Join us at the City of Boston’s public meeting tomorrow to learn more about the city’s plan for a safer Comm Ave and voice your praise and concerns.

An example of a more complete street design with protected bike lanes.
Immediately after the meeting, join us and our partners at Cornwall’s, 654 Beacon St in Kenmore to socialize and celebrate.
See you there!
LivableStreets
P.S. If you can’t make it to the meeting, we’ll be live-tweeting with #SaferCommAve@StreetsBoston, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

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Nicole Freidman, Bike Czar Leaves For Seattle Active Transportation Initiative

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 21

Nicole Friedman the long serving (two terms actually) bike czar is leaving (for good this time), heading to Seattle. I knew and worked with Nicole personally and I have to say she was a one woman force for change in this city. She expertly navigated the tricky political streets of Boston and brought a heap of good to our city. With the new mayor in office, and his unproven record around bikes I am sad to see a known ally leave, but I wish her the best and this city is all the better for her time here.

Thank you for your hard work Nicole, we will miss you!

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This is from her announcement about her leaving:

Dear friends,

As you may or may not know, my final day with the City of Boston will be March 27, 2015. I have decided to take a position with the City of Seattle leading their Active Transportation initiative.

When I began working for the City in 2007, Mayor Menino pledged to transform Boston into a world-class cycling city. Under Mayor Walsh, the city has continued to move Boston forward for cycling. There will be an exciting announcement about Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday, cycletracks on Connect Historic Boston should break ground in the spring, and New Balance Hubway is expanding in Boston in late summer 2015.

I am proud of how much we have accomplished together for cycling here in Boston. Since launching we have added 92 miles of bike lanes and nearly 2,000 bike racks. We have an award winning Community Biking Program which has donated 4,015 bikes and trained 23,000 youth. And of course, the New Balance Hubway system has become a new Boston institution.

Kim Foltz from Boston Bikes will be the immediate point person on issues related to bicycling, supported by a remarkable, dedicated, enthusiastic and tireless Boston Bikes team that includes Program Managers Najah and Jenny, mechanics Nate and Jonat, interns Meghann and Mar, and our many youth cycling instructors. They are the quiet champions behind Boston Bikes’ success.

I am honored and humbled to have had a chance to serve you and all the residents of Boston these last 8 years. I hope I have contributed to making Boston a great place to live, work, and visit. Since many of you have become friends over the years, please do stay in touch. My personal email is thefirstsnerf at gmail dot com.

With utmost respect and appreciation,

Nicole Freedman


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Bicycling in Brookline Where Are We? Where Should We Go?

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 16

If you live/bike in Brookline you should be going to this!

From the email:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
Meeting Room, Coolidge Corner Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline

Brookline has made many bicycle safety and infrastructure improvements in recent years, but there is still much to be done to make bicycling safe for all. There are also conflicts among users of the public roads and sidewalks that can be addressed through respectful discussion.

Join Town officials as they review recent town activities affecting bicycling, summarize Brookline’s Green Routes Bicycle Network Plan, describe education and enforcement to improve public safety and balance the needs of users of all modes of transportation. Open facilitated discussion will follow.

Add your voice and ideas on what should happen next for Bicycling in Brookline.

Presentations and Discussion with

Scott Cassel, Moderator

Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
Cynthia Snow, Chair

Brookline Transportation Board
Joshua Safer, Chair

Brookline Transportation Department
Todd Kirrane, Transportation Administrator

Brookline Police Department
Lt. Philip Harrington


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MassBike Gets Substantial Sponsors For Its New Bill

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

From MassBike:

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State House and Common, in the Snow Copyright Leslie Jones, provided by Boston Public Library under Creative Commons License

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (“MassBike”) is deeply appreciative of each of the state legislators that sponsored bills to make our roadways safer and more convenient for bicyclists. As the newly appointed executive director of MassBike I want to acknowledge and thank them for showing the political courage to support cycling and cyclists in Massachusetts. Please join me in thanking your senators and representatives for sponsoring these important bills. You can find out how here, or look for your districts below.

Apparently things are changing for the better for bicycling here in the world’s largest college town, Massachusetts. Working with our former executive director and current government affairs advisor, David Watson, we filed two bills for the new legislative session on Beacon Hill. The first was a Bike Lane Protection Bill, which makes it illegal for motorists to block established bike lanes. Every cyclist has experienced frustration with those hard-won bike lanes being used for everything from deliveries to taxi lines to double-parking spaces.

The second piece of legislation is a Vulnerable Road Users Bill, which brings together pedestrians, cyclists, road workers, tow truck operators, police officers, and emergency personnel as vulnerable road users and defines what is a safe-passing distance. This is landmark legislation that makes our entire state safer.

We had 42 lawmakers sign on as sponsors or co-sponsors for each of these bills. This represents 25 percent of the State Senate and 21 percent of the State House. This support will not go unnoticed. For too long, bicyclists have been simply tolerated by the transportation system. This legislation, if passed, will show that the Bay State – which has so much to gain by integrating pedestrians and cyclists into its streetscape – is not looking to just tolerate bicyclists but also to welcome and protect them as an important part of the transportation grid.

These lawmakers recognize that for the Bay State to be a leader in transportation, the bicycle is an important part of the streetscape, roadways, and transportation grid.

In the Senate

Sponsoring Both Bills
Michael Barrett, Third Middlesex
William Brownsberger, Second Suffolk and Middlesex
Sonia Chang-Diaz, Second Suffolk
Sal DiDomenico, Middlex and Suffolk
Kenneth Donnelly, Fourth Middlesex
James Eldridge, Middlesex and Worcester
Brian Joyce, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth
Jason Lewis, Fifth Middlesex
Joan Lovely, Second Essex

Sponsoring Vulnerable Road Users Bill
Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex

In the House

Sponsoring Both Bills
Ruth Balser, 12th Middlesex
Gailanne Cariddi, 1st Berkshire
Marjorie Decker, 25th Middlesex
Daniel Donahue, 16th Worcester
Shawn Dooley, 9th Norfolk
Carolyn Dykema, 8th Middlesex
Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex
Kenneth Gordon, 21st Middlesex
Jonathan Hecht, 29th Middlesex
Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Peter Kocot, 1st Hampshire
Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk
Timothy Madden, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket
Elizabeth Poirier, 14th Bristol
Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex
Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden
David Rogers, 24th Middlesex
Jeffrey Roy, 10th Norfolk
Paul Schmid, 8th Bristol
Frank Smizik, 15th Norfolk
Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden
John Velis, 4th Hampden
Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex

Sponsoring Vulnerable Road Users Bill
Daniel Cullinane, 12th Suffolk
Josh Cutler, 6th Plymouth
Carole Fiola, 6th Bristol
Leonard Mirra, 2nd Essex

Sponsoring Bike Lane Bill
Christine Barber, 34th Middlesex
Danielle Gregoire, 4th Middlesex
Bradford Hill, 4th Essex
Michael Moran, 18th Suffolk
Paul Tucker, 7th Essex

Yours Truly,

Richard Fries
Executive Director, MassBike


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City Of Boston Bikes Program Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Lots of good stuff in here:

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Boston Bike Week Festival & Bike Fridays

Boston Bike Week FestivalFrom April-August, on one Friday a month we’ll host a party on City Hall Plaza for cyclists. In May we’ll hold a special Boston Bike Week Festival to celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week. You can join a convoy or bike over on your own.

Boston Bike Week Festival: May 15th
Bike Fridays: April 24th (new this year!),June 26th, July 24th, August 28th

Register now for the 2015 Boston Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays.

Volunteer to lead a convoy: http://bit.ly/bikefriday2015volunteers

2015 Boston Bike Friendly Business Application

Bike Friendly BusinessAll Boston-based businesses are encouraged to apply to be named as a Boston Bike Friendly Business.

Last year we recognized almost 50 businesses for the work they’ve done to help make Boston more bike friendly.

Not sure if your business is bike-friendly enough? Click here to read about all the ways to earn points towards your application, and take a pre-assessment.

We’re getting ready to hire Youth Cycling Instructors!

We are preparing to hire Youth Cycling Instructors to join our team. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visithttp://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/

2014 Roll it Forward Survey

Last year we conducted a survey of Roll it Forward recipients to learn more about the program’s impact and where there is room for improvement. You can download the full analysis here.

Key Findings:

  • The vast majority of Roll it Forward recipients live in low-income households.
  • Roll it Forward increases access to bikes. Nearly 96% did not have access to a working bike.
  • 92% of adult respondents who rode less than 4 times a week before receiving their bike rode more after they received a bike.
  • Fun and fitness are the greatest motivators for riding

Notable Quotes:

“Keeps my body fit and pockets thick!”

“It had a very good impact in my life, it got me to work on time everyday without any pollution to our world and had fun while doing it.”

“[the bike] just made it less stressful to get to destinations – much more simple”

ICYMI: New Community Space for Biking

Image credit: Beta BostonFortified, a local bike light company, has received a $150,000 grant through the Mission Main Streets Grants program, which they plan to use to create “a community space for Boston biking.”

You can read the full artcile from Beta Boston here.

 

ICYMI: Bike Part Vending Machine & Repair Station

Image credit: BikestockBikestock has partnered with Whole Foods to place a bike part vending machine at their South End location. Along with items that can be found in regular vending machines, this machine offers bike-specific items such as: inner tubes, patch kits, lights, locks, and multi-tools. A bike pump and bike repair stand have also been made available for use 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


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London Approves City Wide Bike Super Highway

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

This is exactly what Boston needs. From the web

london-separated-bicycle-pathway

Catering to some of the 170,000 cyclists that ride across London every day, this segregated bicycle lane will stretch from west to east, pass through the heart of the city and span 18 miles when completed, the longest of its kind on the continent. Backed by mayor Boris Johnson, a second route will also eventually span perpendicular to this first one, reaching south to north and crossing the first path in the middle of the city.

More here.

The thing is, these sort of projects cost money, but they cost DRAMATICALLY less money than say a subway, or highway. These are the sorts of infrastructure projects that make sense on multiple levels, financially, climate wise, health wise, sound wise, beauty wise. These are the sorts of infrastructure projects that benefit a city long term. We should be doing this exact same thing here.


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This…This Is Awesome, 40 ft Snow Tunnel Built By Cyclists

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 25

From Youtube:

The MBTA blocked access to a bike path with a giant snowbank when they plowed the parking lot at Wellington Station. We decided to do something about it!

more awesome back story here.

This is a great way to get things done, but honestly, what the hell MBTA just because your systems break down in the snow doesn’t mean you have to plow the rest of us in. Cycling and Pedestrian infrastructure shouldn’t be a secondary priority during snow storms.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Commonweatlh Avenue victory? March 25, 2015
      TweetI submitted the following comments in resposne to a Boston Globe article reporting on proposed bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue. Real solutions to bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Commonwealth Avenue corridor can be found by connecting parallel streets, an initiative … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonweatlh Avenue victory? March 25, 2015
      TweetI submitted the following comments in resposne to a Boston Globe article reporting on proposed bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue. Real solutions to bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Commonwealth Avenue corridor can be found by connecting parallel streets, an initiative … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonweatlh Avenue victory? March 25, 2015
      TweetI submitted the following comments in resposne to a Boston Globe article reporting on proposed bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue. Real solutions to bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Commonwealth Avenue corridor can be found by connecting parallel streets, an initiative … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonweatlh Avenue victory? March 25, 2015
      TweetI submitted the following comments in resposne to a Boston Globe article reporting on proposed bikeways on Commonwealth Avenue. Real solutions to bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Commonwealth Avenue corridor can be found by connecting parallel streets, an initiative … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Do You Live In Cambridge? Do You Ride A Bike? March 23, 2015
      TweetIf so please vote to spend some of that sweet sweet Cambridge tax monies on some awesome bike friendly projects! Welcome to the participatory budgeting (PB) ballot for the City of Cambridge, courtesy of the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team. If … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Don’t Miss Your Chance To Give Public Comments On The New Comm. Ave. Design! March 23, 2015
      TweetThe big Comm. Ave. public meeting is tomorrow, make sure you show up to give your input! From Livable Streets. ————-   Don’t miss your opportunity to weigh-in on the city’s updated design for Comm Ave! Join us at the … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Nicole Freidman, Bike Czar Leaves For Seattle Active Transportation Initiative March 21, 2015
      TweetNicole Friedman the long serving (two terms actually) bike czar is leaving (for good this time), heading to Seattle. I knew and worked with Nicole personally and I have to say she was a one woman force for change in … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Is It Just Me… March 17, 2015
      Tweetor is New England creating new and horrible types of precipitation to hurl at my face? What exactly was that flying out of the sky on around 5:30 pm today. Ice snow? Rain Hail? Tiny spike ice? It was like … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Is It Just Me… March 17, 2015
      Tweetor is New England creating new and horrible types of precipitation to hurl at my face? What exactly was that flying out of the sky around 5:30 pm today. Ice snow? Rain Hail? Tiny spike ice? It was like small … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Bicycling in Brookline Where Are We? Where Should We Go? March 16, 2015
      TweetIf you live/bike in Brookline you should be going to this! From the email: ——————— Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM Meeting Room, Coolidge Corner Library 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline Brookline has made many bicycle safety and infrastructure improvements in … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker