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This is basically the same sort of set up we have here, constrained city area (we are on a peninsula instead of surrounded by walls, but same thing), lots of students, poor city to drive in…just look at that place! Something to dream about, and work towards.
So many of these ideas could be picked up and placed down with little to no modification to fit our system. WE COULD AND SHOULD DO THIS!
Thanks Ron for the tip.
Tags: lets do this, no seriously lets do this, video
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Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:
We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.
We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.
New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?
These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:
- VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
- VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
- Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
- Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
- Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
- Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
- Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
- Cross Street / N Washington Street
11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.
Donate to Roll It Forward
“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.
We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/
BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.
With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Boston Bikes, City of Boston, helmet hub, hubway
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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Just received the following notice from the Town. This is to fix some of the bumps in the path.
“Bike Path Closures Nov 20 through Nov 22
Weather permitting sections of the Minuteman Bike Path will be closed between 7:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. on November 20th through the 22nd for paving repairs. The general locations for repairs are from Linwood St. to Lake St., and Lake St. to Thorndike Field. Please observe “do not enter” signs and seek alternative routes around these work areas during these times.
All modes of travel (pedestrian, bicycles) will not be allowed in work areas.”
The bumps are annoying, please and thank you for removing them Arlington.
Tags: Arlington, bump removal, minuteman bikeway, yippy
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I ride through here…every single day, and every single day it sucks. I can’t wait for this to get better. Don’t even care if there is crazy construction for a year. Highways don’t belong in neighborhoods.
Tags: about time, McGrath, take it down!
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Its sadly that time again, the Hubways are starting to shut down for the winter. This year they were extended well into the colder months, perhaps if this trend continues in a few years we will see year round Hubway action!
If you have been outside at all you have seen that the Hubway system has exploded in popularity this year. With exponential growth, and awesome discounted memberships for low income people, this system is rapidly becoming the most reliable public transportation system in the city. Lets hope it continues to grow into the neighborhoods that need it most, and that we can push the closing date later and later each year till its open all year round!
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURES BEGIN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
Stay tuned to thehubway.com/news for specific station schedules.
Hello from Hubway.
It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 18, 2013, and the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th.
“When will my station close for the year?”
We’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page and twitter profile. We will not send email alerts for each station, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite Hubway station. We are going to keep the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 27th, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for 1.5 million rides… and counting!
The Team at Hubway
Tags: closing time, hubway
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Imagine a giant figure 8 loop around the downtown core of the city of dedicated car free cycle tracks for cyclists.
I really like this idea, I think it has potential as not only a way to see all the historic sights in Boston, but also as a downtown Bike Freeway system. Providing a way to get around the core of the city (and beyond) on a high capacity dedicated bike way.
Most importantly it can be used as an foundation to build future infrastructure from. Check out this meeting and attend to support this great idea!
got this in the email
Spread the word! Nov 21st 6pm
Crucial meeting: Support a cycletrack on Causeway St!
The Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail is a proposal for “a family-friendly bicycle loop around downtown Boston.” To make Causeway Street family-friendly will require a physically separate bike lane (a.k.a. cycletrack) for bikes, and new improvements for pedestrians. The Boston Cyclists Union, LivableStreets Alliance, MassBike and WalkBoston invite you to show up and speak up at a meeting presenting a new plan for Causeway Street — a crucial link the proposed Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail downtown.
SAVE THE DATE:
Public Meeting on Causeway redesign
Thurs., Nov. 21
110 Canal St.
Find more information on the Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail here.
Tags: awesome, cycle track, down town, Historic
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Whoooo Hooooo! No longer will you have to deal with the amazingly poor conditions on the Cambridge side in the bike lane! This was WAY overdue.
More from Livable Streets Below:
Massachusetts Ave (Harvard) Bridge is about to be much safer!
Over the weekend, MassDOT repaved the Mass Ave Bridge because YOU said you wanted a better bridge! This week it will be painted.
Just as every new bike lane is a product of relentless advocacy, maintaining the lanes, smooth pavement and public support requires constant dedicated resources.
We heard your complaints about the bridge for years, and documented the worsening conditions on the bridge… bumps in the pavement, gravel piling up, and disappearing bike lanes.
We worked with government and created handouts for the public. We organized Street Ambassador volunteers to go out on the bridge to collect your stories and signatures to give to transportation leaders to demand change.
Together, we won a better Mass Ave Bridge! What happened on Mass Ave bridge is happening across countless neighborhoods: a single poor road condition creates unsafe streets.
LivableStreets is working for you – providing resources, experience, and a network – fighting for better conditions.
With your support, we can develop innovative resources for local advocacy and continue to provide direct support to dozens of projects in neighborhoods across the region. Please donate today.
Tags: awesome, livable streets, Mass Ave Bridge, Repaved
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