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No Left Turns In Inman

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 27

In an effort to improve cycling safety, the city of Cambridge has restricted left turns in Inman square.

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Effective November 3rd, the Department of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation will restrict several left turn movements in Inman Square in order to improve the safe operation of this complex intersection.

The following turning movement prohibitions will go into effect on this date:

– No left turn from Hampshire Street southbound (towards Kendall Square) to Cambridge Street eastbound.

– No left turn from Hampshire Street northbound (towards Somerville) to Cambridge Street westbound

– No left turn from Cambridge Street westbound to Antrim Street southbound.

In coming months, the Department will study the impacts of these changes on safety in Inman Square as well as evaluating the impacts on surrounding intersections and neighborhoods.

Variable message boards and advance warning signs will be in place to advise drivers of the change.

For more information on safety improvements in Inman Square, please visit our Inman Square Transportation Safety page.

Map of Inman Square Left turn restrictions


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Celebrate Comm Ave Improvements (Part 2) This Friday

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 27

A bunch of big wigs will be on hand to celebrate the second phase of the Comm. Ave. improvement project.  Come check it out.

 

From Livable Streets:

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This Friday, we are excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the second phase of the Commonwealth Ave project!

CommonwealthAveGroundbreaking.pngThanks to the work of LivableStreets advocates like you, our partner advocacy groups, and many others, we were able secure a plan for Comm Ave that includes crucial improvements like protected bike lanes, raised crosswalks, improved bus stops, and transit signal priority for the Green Line and 57 bus. This is a landmark improvement and a big victory for the 100,000 people using Commonwealth Ave.

If you are available, join Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Federal Highway Division Administrator Jeff McEwen, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, Boston University President Robert Brown and others to break ground on the second phase of the Commonwealth Avenue improvement project.

Event Details:
Commonwealth Ave Groundbreaking

Friday, October 28, 3:00 pm
@ 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

This project is an important example of LivableStreets’ larger vision of a seamless network of improved streets across greater Boston that are safe and convenient for all. To learn more about our work to improve the designs for Commonwealth Ave, click here.


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Hubway About To Hit 5 Million Rides! Help Them Out And Win Stuff!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 16

Hubway is about to hit five million (!!) rides, and to celebrate they want to give away some goodies to the 5 millionth rider!


Hubway’s real-time rides counter is live!

The impact of bike sharing on everyday life in metro-Boston is tremendous, and the benefits extend far beyond the individual riders. Check out Hubway’s real-time rides counter today and see how Hubway has changed the way we live.

We want to celebrate our great achievements with our riders! Take a ride between now and the 5 millionth ride for your chance to win great prizes. Each ride you take = 1 entry into our drawing to win free passes, restaurant gift certificates in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge & Somerville, and gear from Hubway and New Balance.

Prizes from Our Partners

Trade, Boston

Upscale neighborhood bar and restaurant focused on serving an innovative Mediterranean menu designed around locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The restaurant raises the bar on creating a consistently exceptional experience. One Hubway rider will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate. 540 Atlantic Ave, Boston. Hubway station: Purchase St at Pearl St.

The Regal Beagle, Brookline

Though it’s named after the much-loved local pub from Three’s Company, the Regal Beagle certainly doesn’t feel like a throw-back to the 70s or 80s. The dapper little restaurant is a true neighborhood bistro with chic décor, an affordable yet upscale modern menu of seasonal, creative comfort food and a cheeky list of inspired cocktails. One Hubway rider will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate. 308 Harvard Street, Brookline. Hubway station: Coolidge Corner – Beacon St @ Centre St.

Miracle of Science, Cambridge

Miracle of Science stands strong as the leader in geek-chic. Its menu is hand written onto the wall and it was one of the first restaurants to employ the open floor concept. Always packed with artists, musicians, geophysicists, and computer gurus who know they don’t have to go anywhere else looking for a good time.One Hubway rider will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate. 321 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Hubway station: University Park on Sidney St.

Casa B, Somerville

A modern interpretation of the traditional Spanish tasca, embracing the romance, warmth, and spice of Latin America. It has strong culinary roots in the Spanish Caribbean cuisines of the Island of Puerto Rico and Colombia’s Atlantic Coast, drawing further inspiration from many other Latin American countries.One Hubway rider will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate. 253 Washington Street, Union Square, Somerville. Hubway station: Union Square – Somerville.

New Balance for Rider #5,000,000!

The rider that takes the lucky 5 millionth ride will receive a free pair of brand new kicks from New Balance, along with a Hubway annual membership (for yourself or a friend) and t-shirt to rock while pedaling around town. The first rider of our next 5 million rides (#5,000,001) will also receive this great prize!


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Mass Ave Detour

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 16

They are tearing up Mass Ave for the next couple weeks…sigh, here is how to deal with it, from the city:


The city will begin construction on Massachusetts Ave from Boylston St to Westland Ave. During the construction, the roadway will be milled then paved with a temporary surface and re-striped with limited* and temporary markings.

For the next month, the area will be more uncomfortable for anyone who is biking or driving in the construction zone. If you are biking in the area, please consider taking this alternative route. If you are driving in the area, please be aware that there is an active construction site and you may need to shift lanes.

Map of suggested alternative route for Mass Ave
Please bear with us during construction. Once construction is complete, the roadway will be re-paved and striped with the final markings.

*The temporary markings will be limited to the double yellow centerline and dashed white lines to designate travel lanes.

This is a special alert about the Vision Zero project on Mass Ave. Vision Zero Boston is the City of Boston’s commitment to focus the city’s resources on proven strategies to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030.

To learn more about Vision Zero Boston, visit visionzeroboston.org. Join the mailing list(s) to receive general and project-specific updates.


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Longfellow Bridge Continues To Accumulate Horrible Sinage

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 07

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What the hell…so now they have put down some kind of jogging sharrows?  It looks to me an awful lot like the juggalo logo

 

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…yea then there are these.

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Literally three signs cut up and duct taped back together, with sharpie clarification…what the actual hell.

There is about seven of these all facing the Boston side.  I guess the idea is that all the pedestrians are supposed to walk on one side of the tiny sidewalk that is currently being shared by cyclists and pedestrians.

Only about a million problems with this.  There is no signs facing the Cambridge side, so people walking from that direction have no idea what is going on.  Then there is the problem that…people walk on the right, its been put into their heads forever.

These are clearly not standard signs, they had to jury rig them together from parts.  As far as I can see over the last couple days not a single pedestrian has noticed the signs (or they have seen them and not understood what they are supposed to do).  No one is moving to the left, and no one gives a single shit about those signs.

This is like part four or five in the saga of “you can’t fix shitty design with signs.”

The solution remains simple, and has been the same since the construction started.  CLOSE THE BRIDGE TO CARS, have cyclists ride in the damn road where they belong, and leave the sidewalk to the pedestrians, the road could still be open to emergency travel, and the whole thing would run so much smoother.  The Longfellow has always been used by a majority of non-car users, and the infrastructure should reflect this.

 

 


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • An Alternative to the Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • A Sign Of The Times December 2, 2016
      Made this brass knuckle bookmark for a client and they wanted “Civility” stamped on it.  Thought it fit perfectly into the world of 2016.  No reason we can’t be civil while we fight the power! Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • We Can Still Ride Our Bikes! November 14, 2016
      Tweet 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, … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Insane Truck Commercials November 5, 2016
      Tweet I stumbled upon these two videos for Nissan’s “Titan” truck line.  If you are not familiar with these behemoths the titan gets a shocking 15 mpg…which I guess makes it pretty standard mpg for “male overcompensation” size trucks these … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Action Alert: Call Cambridge City Councilors by Monday for Protected Bike Lanes! November 5, 2016
      TweetThe group of citizens in Cambridge pushing for safer streets is on a roll! (more, here and here) From the email: Thanks to all of your support, we have motivated the Cambridge City Council to pass 8 policy orders requiring … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Newton Wont Install Bike Lanes To Make The Roads Safer Because The Roads Are Too Dangerous In Newton November 5, 2016
      TweetThis 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 … Continue reading →
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