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The 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!
|An example of a more complete street design with protected bike lanes.|
Tags: Comm. Ave, public meeting
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Oh man what a difference a couple degrees makes. Its like a someone pushed a button and all of a sudden all the cyclists are back on the road! Welcome back everyone, we missed you, and are super happy you are back. Just an FYI, while you were gone the roads were destroyed by several snow-blastings. There are now pot holes, piles of sand/salt/rocks, still a lot of ice, and in general they are slightly more narrow.
All that being said, its been GLORIOUS riding these last couple days. I actually got to wear actual bike shoes, instead of winter boots, and I feel like a million bucks. HURRAH SPRING!
Have you started riding again? Do you remember what green plants look like? Have you figured out what that glowing thing in the sky is?
Tags: back, cyclists, spring
Posted in bostonbiker, Commuting, fun | 1 Comment »
This is exactly what Boston needs. From the web
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.
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.
Tags: bike super highway, london, why can't we have this?
Posted in advocacy, Commuting, infrastructure | 1 Comment »
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!
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.
Tags: awesome, snow tunnel, video
Posted in advocacy, Commuting, infrastructure, video | 1 Comment »
I sometimes have odd thoughts on my ride into work. Today’s were mostly around how nice the sun was, and how great it was to be riding, but as I locked up my bike (after an effortless commute), I realized something. Bicycles add a lot of redundancy to a transportation network.
These thoughts were peculating in my mind because nearly every person at my job has complained about their commutes lately. Be it by bus, by T, by car, or walking (the only people not complaining are the ones riding bikes…hmmm.) Seems that if you dump enough snow on a city that has a lack of redundant transportation options and everything comes crashing down.
If the T is delayed, and the bus can’t run, and your car is stuck in a snow bank, you basically have the option of walking, or taking your bike. While walking is a fine and useful form of transport, if you want to get some place really fast you will take the bike. Plus no one shovels the sidewalks.
The amount of infrastructure it takes to keep bikes “running” is relatively small, you don’t need to even plow the entire street, just a slim strip down the middle. In a perfect world without on-street parking, you could have the roads clear enough for bikes in a relatively short period of time. (as one commentator said “I still don’t understand why my tax dollars go to subsidize a nice paved parking spot in front of every car driver’s house. If people don’t have enough space on their own property to store all of their possessions, maybe they should just get rid of some of them?”)
Currently Boston has very low bicycle ridership, below 10% on even the best days. But if we could get 15-30% of our population riding regularly (and making sure we put forth the minimum amount of effort needed to keep the infrastructure clear for them in the winter), we could dramatically reduce the burden on our public transportation infrastructure. This would free up space for more people to take the bus, or the train, or even for folks that absolutely needed to drive (especially folks like fire/ambulance service). These numbers are not as crazy as they might seem, as many places around the world have experienced this level of ridership (even in snowy places).
Increased redundancy means we are better able to handle extreme weather events (like say 6 feet of snow in a month), would have decreased levels of air pollution, less use of fossil fuels, and a whole host of other economic and health benefits.
The amount of money it would take to build and maintain a vibrant bicycle infrastructure would be peanuts compared to what we currently spend to just pay the interest on the dept the MBTA has. This problem is well within our grasp, using technology that has already been demonstrated successful by other cities.
Or we can just keep doing the same thing, and having the same problems. The choice is ours.
Tags: and good for everyone else, its good for you, MBTA, redundancy, ride a bike
Posted in advocacy, bostonbiker, Commuting | 1 Comment »
Currently the world is drowning in snow, but this is huge news!!
From Livable Streets.
Example of a protected bike lane.
|LivableStreets co-founder Jeff Rosenblum presenting a vision for a Comm. Ave. that prioritizes walking, biking, and public transportation.
Photo BU Free Press
Tags: big deal, Bike Lanes, Comm. Ave, livable streets
Posted in advocacy, Commuting, infrastructure, news | 2 Comments »
In case you couldn’t figure out from the apocalyptic messages emanating from every media device, its going to snow, a lot, Tuesday. Stay inside, bust out the trainers, and sweat out some holiday calories while watching a movie, oh also the Hubways will be closed (duh).
|Hello Hubway member,
Due to a Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service (NWS), Hubway willtemporarily close all stations at 7:00PM on Monday, January 26th, to protect the safety of our members and staff. No bikes can be rented after the temporary closure has begun. Any bikes in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.
Please note: throughout the day, Hubway field staff will be applying covers to some of the docking points at many stations to protect them from snow accumulation. This will reduce the actual number of docks available in the system and will impact the accuracy of dock availability numbers displayed on Spotcycle and other Hubway-related apps.
We expect Hubway to remain closed for the duration of the NWS Blizzard Warning and thereafter until conditions have improved. Annual and monthly members will be informed of re-opening plans via email. Closure and re-opening information will also be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you have any questions, please call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929). The Hubway Severe Weather Closure Policy can be found here.
Thank you for your cooperation,
The Team at Hubway
Tags: closed, hubway, snow
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Doug looking great in safety yellow! Also is that a built in headlamp?!
Tags: cold outside, warm in your balaclava, winter rider
Posted in bostonbiker, Commuting, fun | 2 Comments »