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The good folks in cambridge fighting for improved bike safety are claiming their first (of hopefully many) victories, with the installation of protected bike lanes in Central Square.
from their email:
We are excited to report major progress in the push for bike safety in Cambridge! Today, the City started to implement pop-up protected bike lanes on sections of Mass Ave! Additionally, the City has has committed to begin building a broader network of pop-up protected bike lanes this spring.
These are a major achievements and they would not have happened without you. The City Council and the new City Manager Louis DePasquale are responding to our petition signatures, phone calls, letter writing, rallies, and council meeting attendance. As a measure of the city’s commitment, the traffic department will be hiring an additional engineer in large part to help with the plans for increased bike infrastructure.
Our road to success has not been without challenges. As you may recall, in early November, the city had stated publicly that establishing even a single protected bike lane before the end of the year would be impossible due to the time needed for planning and the practical problems posed by snow and cold weather. This surprising reversal in policy was the result of our calls, letters and presence at council meetings letting City Hall know that we were not satisfied with the pace of progress.
Even as we celebrate, we recognize that we are still a long way from our goal of a network of protected bike infrastructure on all major thoroughfares. During the Winter, conversations will continue with city officials to work out details for the Spring roll-out of additional protected bike lanes. The city has not specified the exact plan for the spring pop-up network and we want to make sure that it is significant in scope and is as successful as possible. It will be important to voice our opinion at public meetings and, if necessary, at the council to make this happen. Let’s continue to use our collective power to ensure that we get the safe streets everyone deserves.
Tags: cambridge, central square, mass ave., protected bike lanes
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I was having a conversation with a friend on our ride to work after Trump was elected, and it was pretty grim. We talked about all the many many bad things that are likely to happen to our state, our country, our environment, our economy, and we were pretty hopeless. But then I just sort of blurted out “Well we can still ride our bikes!” A smile spread over both our faces and in the days since it has been our rallying cry.
WE CAN STILL RIDE OUR BIKES!
It has given us something to start with, something to work from, a place to stand while we figure out what we do next.
Today our lovely senator Elizabeth Warren let loose this barn burner of a speech and I feel even better!
Tags: bicycle, elizabeth warren, trump, video, you can still ride your bike
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From the email:
Unfortunately, the City has delayed or declined to implement all of the orders that involve actual infrastructure, so our fight to create safe streets in Cambridge is not over! The following is your third call to action.
WHAT: Call Cambridge City Councilors
WHEN: Before 5pm Monday (11/7)
ALSO: if you’re able, join us at the City Council Meeting, Monday November 7 at 5:30pmto offer public comment
We need each of you to call Cambridge City Councilors (contact information listed below) and ask them to explain why they have not followed through on all of the 8 policy orders that they approved on October 17th.
Here’s why this is important to do right now: Councillor Mazen, with support from Councillor Devereux, has introduced motions to instruct the city to act quickly. Passage of these motions by the full council this Monday is the clearest route to making sure the changes the City Council already ordered actually happen in a timely way.
INSTRUCTIONS & SCRIPT
The following is a draft script you can use when you call. If you are leaving a voicemail, please ask the councillor to call you back with answers to your questions.
- I am a Cambridge resident (or I ride to work, etc. on Cambridge streets) and I want to know why the City has not yet implemented the popup protected bike lanes on Mass. Ave., Cambridge, Broadway, and Hampshire called for in the policy orders the City Council passed over two weeks ago, which are designed to ensure that our streets are safe for cyclists, and the first three of which were supposed to go in on Nov. 1, 2016.
We hope you will come out in clear support of the motions from the Neighborhood & Long Term Planning Committee, particularly numbers 1 and 3, to begin implementing the policy orders from Oct. 17 immediately, with a popup protected bike lane by winter on one street and a full network of popup protected lanes this spring, as well as protected bike lanes on Huron Ave.
See further talking points below
If you can, please place your call before the next city council meeting this Monday at 5:15pm. Calling is the most persuasive action, but if you cannot call then please contact councillors by email and ask them to respond to your questions. The following is a list of city councillors that we most need to persuade.
617 349-4321 (work)
Annie and Nate
FURTHER BACKGROUND & TALKING POINTS
What’s happened before now?
- 8 policy orders were passed 10/17, including:
- pop-up bike lanes on Mass Ave, Hampshire, Cambridge, Broadway
- revisit Huron / Pearl St to improve bike infrastructure per bike plan
- include bike leaders in Vision Zero working group
- City presented on its plan this Wednesday 11/2:
- planning to implement one pop-up by Spring (on part of Cambridge St), no others in foreseeable future
- not going to revisit Huron, Pearl St will have parking studies done
- Vision Zero group with community leaders to be formed by December
- Most important are motions #1 and 3 from the Neighborhood and Long-term Planning Committee to move up the pop-up for one street from Spring to NOW (pre-Winter), put in a larger network of pop-ups in the spring, and put in protected lanes on Huron as it is reconstructed.
- See the motions here
- Mayor Simmons has a policy order to implement all 8 policies by Nov 2017
- this is WAY TOO SLOW. Which is why we MUST make sure the pop-ups get done by pre-Winter/Spring
- When talking to her, you can say “thank you, but we need you to vote YES on the motion to move the pop-up to pre-Winter”. This is fine, since some of the 8 policies can get done by Nov 2017 (e.g. the website for bike safety)
- We realize this is an ambitious program, so we need city councillors working with the city staff to move this work forward
- In the past three months since Amada Phillip’s death there have been over 80 recorded crashes in Cambridge involving cyclists. Of the 69 crashes that were so serious they were reported to the police, 44 have been on Cambridge, Mass Ave, Hampshire, or Broadway
- The city is encouraging new businesses (e.g. in Kendall) to minimize parking and encourage workers to commute by bike, but then not providing the needed infrastructure for safe commuting
- We want to see cyclists from ages 8 to 80 able to get across the city safely.
- Protected bike lanes increase safety for all users of the street and also increase foot traffic to businesses
- Tell them your personal biking story
We need your help! Looking for all skills and levels of commitment. If you want to see better streets, please join us!
Yes, I’ll get involved
Tags: Call Now, cambridge, Take Action
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Newton Wont Install Bike Lanes To Make The Roads Safer Because The Roads Are Too Dangerous In NewtonWritten by Boston Biker on Nov 05
This is sort of what I used to hear about kids walking and biking to school…”We can’t let our kids walk and bike to school there is too much traffic near the school.” Why is there traffic near the school…because all the parents dropping their kids off at school. This is like electing republicans who say that government can’t work, and to prove it they are going to destroy government.
Circular arguments for everyone!
by the way this discussion started 2+ years ago…so this even though the choice they made is probably the wrong one, they did it in record slow time….what I am trying to say here is the whole thing was done in the worst way possible. Wait that might be harsh, what I really mean is that Newton doesn’t understand how to create integrated and safe streets for all residents. If you live and bicycle in Newton you might want to go to a couple of these transportation meetings and let them know how poor of a job they are doing.
Tags: Bike Lanes, newton, stupid
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It’s well past time to rethink how we power our transportation system.
Change the way you live, change the way you vote, its time to save the planet for ourselves and our children.
Tags: cars, environment, global warming, oil, pipe line
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