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Cars…Not So Good

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 26

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NPR reported today that Boston ranks 6th!  Sixth!   Sadly it isn’t “Awesome Cities”, it was Cities with the highest level of time wasted in traffic.  We didn’t get here by accident.  It was years of decisions, choices we have made about how we built roads, and what sort of traffic we promote.

On top of the 64 hours wasted by the average car driver every year, traffic also causes lots of other problems:

The report finds that traffic congestion caused U.S. drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel last year, and exacted a nationwide price tag of $160 billion, when fuel and car costs and lost productivity are added up.

The “congestion cost” per car commuter in the Boston area — a region that includes parts of New Hampshire and Rhode Island — was nearly $1,400 last year, per the report. That’s ninth-highest among U.S. metros.

I have said before, roads are a public utility designed to move people and goods around, the best way to do that is not necessarily by car.  If you are wasting $1400(!!) dollars a year being stuck in traffic its time to re-evaluate your method of transport.

It’s also worth noting, that we used to be a country where cities were full of more and more varied public transportation options, until large car companies got them removed.  Your commute is miserable in large part because a big company wants to make money off your suffering.

Buy a bike, get a t-pass, walk, ride a bus, anything but drive your car.

 

If only there was


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Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

From The City:

Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have focused on options that are close enough to the existing network to ensure the stations will be successful.

Boston Bikes is committed to providing Hubway access in all densely populated neighborhoods and commercial centers of Boston, and we will continue to expand until we reach that goal. For now, we have the capacity to add 15 stations, 10 of which we ask you to help us locate (the other 5 are determined by station sponsors).

Please participate in our brief surveys! We ask that you provide your feedback only for the neighborhoods where you live, work, play, or ride – we’re looking for your local expertise to help shape our plan. Deadline for responses is 8/28/15.

The following map shows all options grouped by geographic area. To see maps of specific neighborhoods and to complete any of the surveys please scroll down or use the following links:

 

Vote Here


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Minute Man Maintenance

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

Just a heads up, they are working on the path.

All this week from 9:30am-2:30pm between Swan Place (Arlington Center) and Lake Street in Arlington.


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Hubway Turns 4, Has Logged Over 4.6 Miles In Trips

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

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If you take the 4 millionth trip you could win a prize!  From Hubway:

Hubway’s launched with 60 stations and 600 bikes throughout Boston, and the first trip was taken on July 28th, 2011. In the last four years we’ve seen expansion to Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, along with an additional 79 stations (139 total) and 700 bikes (1,300 total), with further additions expected later this year along with Hubway’s 4 millionth trip. Check out the fun data graphic — we hope you’ll celebrate with us by taking a ride — and see below for plenty of suggestions for places to pedal. If you#TakeHubway‘s 4 millionth trip, you could win a $250 gift card from New Balance!


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More Bikes Than Cars!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 03

For the last 7 or so work days I have noticed that on my morning commute, there are significantly more cyclists than their are motorists.  The insane part of it is, the cars still take up vastly more room.

You will pull up to a red light and see 10 cyclists crammed into the tiniest little area, and next to them 3 people in cars taking up the entire road.  The light changes green and all the cyclists cram into a narrow bike lane (happily I might add), while the 3 or 4 cars struggle to find room on roads clogged with on street parking and construction.

There are two lessons I have learned form this.

1.  WE ARE WINNING!  Cycling is clearing a preferable form of transportation, this is due to many peoples hard work promoting cycling infrastructure and education.

2. Driving a car is about the dumbest way to get to work.  If you don’t have a really good reason, leave the 4 wheel vehicle at work, dust off that bicycle, and join the crowd!

Have you seen an uptick in the number of cyclists on your commute?  Have you noticed that you are outnumbering cars?  Let me know in the comments.


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Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Attend this meeting and let your voice be heard!

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Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there?

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is launching a process to create a new vision and plan for the Dorchester Ave. corridor area in South Boston that includes this and much more. Residents, property owners, business owners, community and civic groups are invited to this open house event to learn more about the study, the area, and how to get involved.

Show up, speak up!

Meeting Details:

Open House: South Boston – Dorchester Avenue Corridor Study

Thurs., July 30, 5pm – 8pm

Iron Workers Local 7 Building

195 Old Colony Ave.

South Boston

 


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Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists!

Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below

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Please plan on attending this ride this Wednesday 7/29 from downtown (5:15pm from the Federal Reserve,5:50 at Edward Everett Square) to Franklin Park.  This event has been put together by BTD and Livable Streets.  People with local knowledge are needed to point out the shortcomings in the current roadway designs and to push for better walking, biking and transit in this corridor.  More info below.  Refer also to attached map and flyer.
Thank you,
Ben
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Friends and neighbors along Columbia Road:
Please join us for a community bike ride on Columbia Road next Wednesday, July 29, starting at 5:15 downtown (if you are ambitious!) or at 5:50 at Edward Everett Square. We will be making stops along the way, including the wonderful place-making benches that the Four Corners Stop along the Fairmount Line. There are Hubway Stations at both ends of the route if you start at Edward Everett Square.
The ride is part of a series of rides convened by the Landlines Network and is co-hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and the city’s Boston Green Links initiative. I am happy to explain more about Green Links and all of these initiatives, but the basic idea is to connect people to greenways along fun and low-stress walking and biking routes.
Attached is a very nice description of the ride by Amber Christoffersen of LivableStreets Alliance.
Please let me know if you think you can make it.
All my best,
Charlotte

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Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this email, looks like a great idea:

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We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot hubs, conveniently located cycling distance from greater Boston’s employment centers. Would-be car commuters can park their cars for free, and pedal their bikes the rest of the way to work. The average round trip commute in the US is 24 miles, and many commuters are unable or unwilling to cycle that whole distance. Park&Pedal provides a manageable step toward bike commuting, and in addition to saving gas and avoiding
last-mile traffic congestion, the program is also a great way to incorporate exercise into a daily routine.

We would love for you to include this Event listing for our Park & Pedal Launch Event next Friday 7/31 on your website to invite Boston commuters and cyclists to this landmark event. We are hoping, that you could support us and post this event on your event calendar as well as on Social Media. This will be a historic event with lots of press and many exciting activities.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for supporting this great program and we hope to see you there!

Have a great day,
Conny Haas
617.491.7200
Montague Bikes, one of the sponsor’s of Park&Pedal

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PARK & PEDAL
launch event
Friday July 31st 7:30-9:30am
at our flagship Park&Pedal lot location
DCR’s Christian-Herter Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Rd.

Join Park&Pedal.org at the launch event next Friday morning July 31st at the
Artesani/Herter Park on Soldiers’ Field Road in Allston-Brighton between
7:30-9:30am.

Key Massachusetts officials such as Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Commissioner Carol Sanchez will be speaking in support of this new green
transportation initiative.

Event attendees, cycling enthusiasts and commuters who stop in can:

•       Eat breakfast treats from Cafe Crema, Iggy’s Breads and Union Square
Donuts,
•       Get Bike tune-ups from Belmont Wheelworks,
•       Follow Urban Adventours on a ride to downtown Boston
•       Learn about other Cycling organizations such as Boston Bikes, MassBike
and Green Streets Initiatives
•       Hear Music and win Prizes from the MIX 104.1 FM Street Team
•       Get a chance to win one of five(5) bikes giveaways from Montague Bikes
— full-size folding bicycles that are ideal for commuters.

RSVP to join us on our Facebook event page.

For more details about the Park&Pedal event and program visit:
ParkandPedal.org


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The Word On The Street

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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.   more info here.
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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.  
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    • Cars…Not So Good August 26, 2015
      Tweet NPR reported today that Boston ranks 6th!  Sixth!   Sadly it isn’t “Awesome Cities”, it was Cities with the highest level of time wasted in traffic.  We didn’t get here by accident.  It was years of decisions, choices we … Continue reading →
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    • test August 26, 2015
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    • Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next August 24, 2015
      TweetFrom The City: Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have … Continue reading →
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    • Where should Hubway go next? August 24, 2015
      TweetBoston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston.  Fill out the survey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston.  Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even … Continue reading →
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    • Where should Hubway go next? August 24, 2015
      TweetBoston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston.  Fill out the ssurvey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston.  Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even … Continue reading →
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    • Nearly Doored; Passenger Good Enough to Apologize August 20, 2015
      TweetUsually I scan driver’s seat or the rear driver side seat to check for doors that might opening ahead of me. In this instance, a passenger in the rear reached over the seats to open the rear, driver-side door. I … Continue reading →
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    • Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann August 19, 2015
      TweetA ghost bike will be placed where Anita Kurmann was killed by a driver in a truck last week.  The memorial will be Thursday Aug 20th at 6:30pm at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Beacon st.
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    • Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann August 19, 2015
      TweetA ghost bike will be placed where Anita Kurmann was killed by a driver in a truck last week.  The memorial will be Thursday Aug 20th at 6:30pm at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Beacon st.
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