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Lets make sure we don’t end up with just another highway, see below
From Livable Streets:
|Imagine what could be done with this space!|
Attend a public meeting tonight, or write a comment letter.
|Current allocation of existing space.|
The trends are clear: people are relying less on private automobiles and more on public transportation, biking, and walking. This project must invest in a future that improves the quality of life in our city and provides commuters/visitors transit options, and not just throughput of cars.
|Do you want something like this? (From a Boston Society of Architects design charrette, team led by Kishore Varanasi from CBT Architects.)|
- Acres of new parkland along the Charles River called “Allston Esplanade.”
- A multi-use community path connecting Allston to Cambridge via the Grand Junction Rail Bridge crossing the Charles under the BU Bridge.
- A new ‘West Station’ transit station that provides rapid transit service (every 10 minutes) to downtown & Kendall Square.
- A deck over the highway and rail yard to cover these loud and dirty uses, protect residential quality of life and connect the existing and new neighborhoods.
- Existing roads extended to connect Comm. Ave. and Cambridge St. to reducing cut-through traffic on Harvard Ave & Linden St.
- New Mass Pike on & off ramps near Beacon Street to serve the Kenmore/ Fenway/ Longwood area to get those cars off Allston’s streets and Storrow Drive.
Cut and paste into your email
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Dear Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett:
I am writing regarding the MassDOT’s Environmental Notification Form for the I-90 Allston Interchange Project #15278. In the 21st century, this project is not worth $260 million of taxpayer dollars if it is not going to do anything more than rehabilitate a highway. The trends are clear: we are relying less on private automobiles and more on public transportation, biking, and walking. This project must invest in a future that improves the quality of life in our city.
PERSONALIZE WITH A FEW SENTENCES HERE. What kind of future do you want to see? Which issues are most important to you and why?
I urge you to require MassDOT include the following:
While I recognize the hard work MassDOT has put into designs so far, there are a significant number of critical issues unresolved. MassDOT needs to revise the project so it does more than just move automobiles.
Tags: action alert, i-90, livable streets
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On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step towards making transportation safer for bikers as well as pedestrians. The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion put forth by Councilor Dennis Carlone to take the next step in considering outfitting city vehicles with side guards.
The side guards act as a protective measure in the instance of a collision between a cyclist and the truck and keep the cyclist from being pulled beneath the vehicle.
According to Councilor Carlone’s City Council Blog, “City Manager Richard C. Rossi is requested ‘to work with all relevant City Staff, safety experts, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to consider the possibility of deploying truck side guards across all city-owned and city-leased trucks.'”
Councilor Carlone introduced the legislation back in September after a cyclist was struck by a garbage truck. Luckily the injuries were non-life threatening but that was enough to inspire the councilor to act preemptively.
At the end of October, Boston became the first city in the nation to adopt such a measure. The Boston City Council also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance filed by Mayor Marty Walsh, along with At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and the Boston Cyclists Union, to equip all large city-contracted vehicles with safety side guards.
Tags: cambridge, Law, side guard, trucks
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Lot of good ideas in here, and it mirrors my feelings that we need to be working towards a future in which cycling is boring. Boring in the sense that it is ubiquitous and universal. Not in the sense that it isn’t fun, because it is fun!
Tags: bike friendly cities, video
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance in a unanimous vote Wednesday, which requires truck-side guards to be attached to city-contracted vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds in order to reduce fatalities of pedestrians and cyclists.
The ordinance aims to reduce the risks of collision with pedestrians and cyclists by equipping large city-contracted vehicles with safety measures such as additional convex mirrors, crossover mirrors and blind-spot awareness decals. It will take effect 180 days after passage.
“We’re seeing more Bostonians choosing bikes as their primary mode of transportation, but with this increase in use, we’ve also seen an increase in crashes between cyclists and vehicles,” said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in a Wednesday press release. “Truck side guards are a low-cost feature that can be installed on trucks and that have the potential to save a life.”(via)
Tags: side guards, trucks
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Tags: bikes not bombs, update
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From the email, looks pretty awesome
Join us at the Fenway Landmark Theater on Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm for a one-time screening of “Half the Road.” To ensure that the event is a success, tickets should be purchased by November 11th.
Boston’s film scene is about to get velorutionized. On November 19th, Boston Bikes will host a one-time screening of “Half the Road” at the Fenway Landmark Theater. This is an incredible opportunity that we can make happen with your help. The screening last spring at the Kendall Theater sold out in advance, so get your tickets now.
The groundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. As the filmmakers describe, “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling. Then it turned into a film about equality, told through the medium of kick a$$ female athletes.”
We’ll follow the screening with some of Boston’s own super star women on wheels — like Sara Bresnick, who has been a professional cyclist since 2002, competing nationally and internationally at mountain, road, and cyclocross events. Join us for this discussion and Q&A about the realities for female cyclists.
Boston bike friends, this is our chance to see this film on the big screen at the Fenway Landmark Theater. But tickets have to be sold in advance! Grasp life by the handlebars and get your ticket NOW. (Then get another for your best buddy cause no one’s going to want to miss this film).
Here’s what the Village Voice had to say about “Half the Road.” Powerful stuff, let’s make sure Boston gets to see it.
Tags: cycling, half the road, movie, Women
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John (Tad) Read, Senior Planner III, AICP
Columbia Point Master Plan | Mt. Vernon Street Redesign
Urban Ring | South Station Master Plan
Urban Agriculture Rezoning | Allston Interchange Task Force
North Allston Community Wide Plan (Transportation) |
Accelerated Bridge Repair Program (Charles River)
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02201-1007
e-mail: [email protected]
Tags: bra, meeting, mt vernon
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With the election only a day away, we are reaching out today to remind you why we urge a NO vote on Question 1.
Photo courtesy of LivableStreets Alliance
Question 1 is bad news for cyclists and pedestrians. Safe biking and walking require good planning and investments, and Massachusetts has a long way to go to design and build streets, bikeways, trails, and walkways that are safe for everyone. Question 1, which eliminates the gas tax indexing law, puts $1 billion in transportation investments in jeopardy.
After years of neglect, roads and bridges in Massachusetts are now a major public safety crisis. This is something we can no longer ignore. Passage of Question 1 would mean our roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate, threatening the safety of Massachusetts cyclists and all residents.
For all of these reasons, MassBike urges you to vote NO on Question 1.
Say NO to sacrificing new infrastructure.
- Question 1 threatens to cut $1 billion in transportation investments over the next decade.
- Question 1 would reduce or eliminate new walking and biking paths.
- Question 1 would reduce or eliminate road / bridge projects with new bike facilities.
Say NO to unsafe bridges.
- 53% of all bridges in the state are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
- The ten busiest structurally deficient bridges in the state carry more than 1 million cars every day.
Say NO to traffic fatalities.
- Massachusetts roads are unsafe for too many cyclists.
- Roadways conditions are a significant factor in one-third of all traffic fatalities in Massachusetts.
- Motor vehicle crashes cost Massachusetts $6.3 billion a year in medical and other costs.
Say NO to cutting public transit improvements.
- Indexing the gas tax helps to improve our public transit system.
- Question 1 risks investments in aging subways, rail, and buses.
- Question 1 risks improvements in the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities.
Say NO to risking environmental benefits.
- Question 1 will hurt our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Question 1 will limit our ability to invest in low- and non-polluting transportation projects such as biking, walking, and public transit.
Say NO to Question 1. If you are eager to help stop Question 1, please spread the word. You can forward this email, tell your followers on Twitter, or share on Facebook. There’s only one day left to let your friends know that you will be voting NO on Question 1.
Click here to read the full ballot question.
Tags: massbike, no, question 1
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