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Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

BOSTON’S NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY FESTIVAL ONFRIDAY, MAY 19TH!
A collage of photos from last year’s Bike to Work Day festival.

Celebrate Bike Month at Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival! This year’s event will again be full of bike-friendly exhibitors. Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza will offer riders free breakfast.

Join your neighbors on convoys headed to Boston City Hall for the festival on Friday, May 19th. They come from all across the greater-Boston area and are a great way to make new friends or get used to riding downtown. Sign up today to volunteer to lead a convoy near you!

We’re bringing back our *reflective* Boston Bikes t-shirts in a new color! Register now or visit boston.gov/bike-to-work-day to get a preview of this year’s shirt, review convoy stops, request exhibit space, and more.

LEARN MORE REGISTER LEAD A CONVOY EXHIBIT
WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLASSES
A woman practices riding a bike as an instructor stands nearby and watches.

Our Women’s Learn-to-Ride classes are back this year! We’ll hold classes every month from May through September. Our free classes are taught by women and are for anyone who identifies as a woman. Our experienced staff and volunteers will help each participant gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep rolling! Bikes provided upon request. Review the schedule below and learn more at boston.gov/women-bike.

BASIC SKILLS
Basic Skills classes are perfect for those who have never learned to ride or need to brush up on basic skills.
SAT, MAY 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!WED, JUNE 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mattapan
Mildred Ave K-8 School
5 Mildred Ave
Register Now!TUES, JULY 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
East Boston
McKay School East Boston
122 Cottage St
Registration opens May 30
WED, AUG 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charlestown
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave, Parking Lot 1
Registration opens July 5SAT, SEPT 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5SAT, SEPT 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
INTRO TO STREET RIDING
Intro to Street Riding classes are for women who have the basic skills like starting, stopping and turning, but want to build their confidence riding on the street. They are generally held right after Basic Skills classes. If you are attending a preceding Basic Skills class, you do not need to register separately for the Intro to Street Riding.
SAT, MAY 13, 12:00 pm – 2:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!SAT, SEPT 16, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5
SAT, SEPT 30, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
BOSTON STUDENTS HAVE FUN, LEARN SKILLS
Students at the McKay School practice their riding skills during our Fall 2016 Youth Cycling Program session.

Our Youth Cycling Program in Boston Public Schools is off to a great start this spring! We teach bicycle skills to youth across the City. Students take part in lessons and fun activities, which help them build the skills they need to be confident while biking.

This spring, we’ll bring a fleet of bikes to 10 schools. By the end of the school year, we’ll have reached over 3,000 students. Since 2009, we’ve worked with over 35,000 Boston youth.

GET INVOLVED AT A PUBLIC MEETING
Residents give feedback on potential interventions at a public meeting about Beacon St.

Boston.gov, the City’s new website makes it easy for you to find out about events and meetings happening in your community. Visit boston.gov/transportation and scroll to the Upcoming Events section to learn more about transportation-related community meetings and events.

We hope you’ll join us at the Rutherford Ave meeting on May 18th. We anticipate public meetings about the South Bay Harbor Trail and Beacon Street soon. Once the details are finalized, we’ll add the information to the website.

As a reminder, you can get Vision Zero updates, including public meeting notices, in your inbox. Visit visionzeroboston.org/contact to join the general or project-specific mailing lists.


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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Vote today for the People’s Choice

The entries are in! And now the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and the Town of Brookline are asking you to select the winner of the 2017 Hubway Data Challange presented by Microsoft People’s Choice Award. That winner will receive a prize package valued at over $1,400! Some entries are beautiful, some are clever, and at least one is very funny. Review each entry and link before making your choice, and complete your ballot by Tuesday, April 18th, 11:59 PM. One voter will win a free Hubway annual membership!

Hubway Valet Service: More docks at select locations

From mid-April to mid-September, Hubway offers Valet Service for expanded dock availability at high volume stations during peak usage times. These stations will be staffed by a friendly Hubway Ambassador to help you with any Hubway-related question, and allowing the station to operate at increased dock capacity. That means more room for your your bike! Details here.

Greenovate Boston Award Party w/Mayor Walsh, Wed 4/19

Join Mayor Walsh and Greenovate Boston as we celebrate Earth Day and Boston’s climate action leaders with the announcement of the 2017 Mayor’s Greenovate Award winners. Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to connect with neighbors and colleagues who make Boston a greener city.

Nearest Hubway Station:
Prudential Center – Belvidere St

Holy Spokes Book Launch Party, Fri 4/21

Celebrate the fabulous cycling community in Boston, spiritual seekers, the actual publication of a first book!, a vision of transit justice, and a love of the complicated, formative and holy experience of cities. Join us for the launch party for author and friend of Hubway Laura Everett’s Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels from 6-9pm at Dorchester Brewing Company.

Nearest Hubway Station:
E. Cottage St at Columbia Rd

Where To Ride

Mon, 4/17, 3-6pm    Post-game “Zero Waste” Sort Event at Fenway Park
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston


Thur 4/20, 6:30-8:30pm    Cambridge Science Festival: Tipping the Scales on Climate Change. The Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge


Sat 4/22, 9am-1pm    Cambridge Science Festival: Sustainable Cambridge
Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway (outside Main Library), Cambridge


Mon 4/24, 8-10pm    2017 El Pelon Chile Pepper Eating Contest
El Pelon Taqueria, 92 Peterborough St, Boston


Wed 4/26, Noon-1pm    Climate Ready Boston Webinar
Online anywhere! Ride to your favorite wifi spot (psst: the public library has free Internet)


Wed 4/26, 6-7pm    Free Bicycle Workshop: Urban Cycling & Hubway Basics
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway


Fri 4/28, 7:15-10:30am    Walk Ride Day Corporate Challenge Kick-off
Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway (outside Main Library), Cambridge


Sat 4/29, 7:15-10:30am    Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St, Dudley Square, Boston


Tue 5/16, 6-9pm    MassBike’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
John Hancock Financial, 601 Congress St, Boston

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Zoning Session – PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue May 2nd!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

 

Tuesday May 2nd

195 OLD COLONY AVE
Iron Workers Local 7 Building
South Boston, MA 02127

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue zoning process will translate community values and guidelines outlined in the December 2016 BPDA Board approved Plan into updated zoning for the corridor along Dorchester Avenue between Andrew Square and Broadway stations. The approved planning document was developed through a 17 month long public engagement process that incorporated the input of the community members, City departments and state agencies and established a framework for implementation of community’s vision. The zoning session on May 2, 2017 is an opportunity to learn about the Plan and to have a discussion about zoning process as it relates to PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, May 2.
5:30 PM-6:00 PM Open House/Networking
6:00 PM-7:30 PM Presentation and Dialogue
To learn more, please visit: bit.ly/plandotave
mail to: VIKTORIJA ABOLINA

Boston Planning & Development Agency
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02201
phone: 617.918.4312
email: [email protected]


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Last Friday Of The Month Ride With DotBike

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Looks like fun!

 

 


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Help Bring Protected Bike Lanes To Cambridge St!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

got this in the email:

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Do you want to see protected bike lanes on Cambridge St? We need your in-person support to make sure it happens!

On April 25, the City is holding its first public meeting for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane project. We need as many people as possible to show up and express support!

When: Tuesday April 25th from 6PM-8PM
Where: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – Media Café, 459 Broadway (use main school entrance)

  1. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
  2. Canvass with us at least once this week along Cambridge Street! Click here to sign up. The focus of the canvass is to inform neighbors about the project, building support for protected bike infrastructure at the local level. Talking points and materials will be provided.

This project is in no small part because of our community’s collective effort last fall and will be a model for future protected bike lanes and lay the groundwork for a much broader protected network. It’s essential that we work with the city to get this one right.

More details about the project below.

Sincerely,
The CBS core team
What is happening, and where?

Protected bicycle lanes are going to be installed on Cambridge St from Inman Square to Quincy St (near Harvard). The lanes will have a similar design to those on Mass Ave near the Harvard Law School and Lafayette Square, except that they will be longer and on both sides of the street. Here is an example cross-section, and here is a photo of one of the similar lanes on Mass Ave.***

Detailed comments

Three design elements that Cambridge Bicycle Safety views as critical for safety for Cambridge Street and all protected bike lane pilots:

  1. The protected bicycle lanes need to be physically separated from parked and moving cars along the entire length of the protected lane. This can be accomplished using a range of options from flex posts to pre-cast curbing and planters.
  2. Vehicles such as buses, taxis/Uber/Lyft, and delivery vehicles should not need to, or be able to, block or stop in the bike lane. Floating bus stops–where the bus stops in the travel lane and picks up riders from a raised platform–and appropriate signage and physical barriers to prevent disruptive stopping in the bicycle lane should be included. Here is an example from the MassDOT separated bike lane design guide.
  3. Designated loading zones need to be provided elsewhere to make sure that deliveries and passenger pickup/dropoff can take place. Loading zones are crucial for small businesses who depend on deliveries, and they are also important because they provide an alternative to stopping in the bicycle lane.

We’ve recently sent the city two memos outlining our suggestions for the spring projects. Read them here.

*** Although they aren’t the focus of this public meeting, two other short segments of protected bike lanes are also being added this spring, one on Brattle St from Harvard Square to Mason St, and one on Mass Ave from Trowbridge St to Bow St. Additionally, protected bike lanes are part of all the Inman Square redesign options. We’ll be writing more about these projects soon.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety! May 19, 2017
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