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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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EVERYONE IS BACK!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

Urban-Cyclists

 

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?


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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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Cycling Adds Redundancy To A Transportation Network

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 18

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.

 


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Protected Bike Lanes Coming To Comm. Ave. Redesign!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 12

Currently the world is drowning in snow, but this is huge news!!

From Livable Streets.

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We did it! 
 

Example of a protected bike lane.
After years of advocating for a balanced redesign plan for Commonwealth Avenue,the city has now agreed to a safer, more livable design that includes protected bike lanes!
As yesterday’s Boston Globe reported, “The city went back to the drawing board after an outcry by advocates, media criticism, and an impassioned public meeting two months ago at Boston University where more than 100 citizens showed up despite a nor’easter.”
For years, LivableStreets has been saying no to Boston’s inadequate plan for the redesign of Commonwealth Avenue that designed for car traffic at the expense of biking, walking, and transit. Thanks to over 1800 signatures and stories collected by our Street Ambassadors, and a strong coalition — including LivableStreets, Boston Cyclists Union, WalkBoston, MassBike, and BU Bikes — Boston and BU officials went back to the drawing board. Thank you City of Boston!
LivableStreets co-founder Jeff Rosenblum presenting a vision for a Comm. Ave. that prioritizes walking, biking, and public transportation.
Photo BU Free Press
While thrilled with the news, this project is not yet complete. Stay tuned: we expect the City of Boston to hold a public meeting to share their latest plans in the next month.
We will continue to work with the city and our partners to ensure pedestrian and traffic calming improvements are included in the new design and push for a concrete commitment on transit priority for the Green Line and buses. And we will be pushing for better clearing of sidewalks and bike lanes in winter!
For more information, check out our project page.
While this victory is very exciting, and it is news to celebrate, Comm. Ave. is just one piece of Boston’s transportation puzzle. LivableStreets staff, members, and volunteers are active 365 days a year working to create more livable streets.
Have you renewed your LivableStreets membership for 2015? Or not yet a member? No better time than the present! Sign up today.

 


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Winter Mega Storm Aught 15 To Close Hubway Stations

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

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).

 

From Hubway:

 

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


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Another Winter Rider!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 20

doug

Doug looking great in safety yellow!  Also is that a built in headlamp?!

Still have two books left, get yours!


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The Word On The Street

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    • 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 →
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