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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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Traffic Congestion: How To Fix It

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Here is a great email I got from Liviable Streets

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The statistics show that each of us is driving less.  So why do our roads feel more jammed up?  Why does it take longer to get anywhere?  And what can we do about it?  Some politicians have begun blaming Traffic Calming and bicycle lanes for the backups; saying that Complete Streets and pedestrian bulb-outs are making roads less safe because less accessible for emergency vehicles.  Is there any truth to this?  More fundamentally, is car congestion a problem to be solved or a solution to a problem?

A 2013 report from US PIRG showed that the average number of miles driven by the average American has been falling for about a decade, through economic booms and busts, and was down to mid-1990s levels.  Millennials, our nation’s largest-ever generational cohort, are using transit and bikes more and taking fewer and shorter car trips, resulting in a 23% drop in the average number of miles driven.  The percentage of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell 12%.  Walkable city life is increasingly attractive to both young people and retiring baby boomers.  The rise of on-line shopping, social media, and telecommuting has meant fewer quick car trips.

Despite these trends, as every driver knows, our roads are increasingly congested – not everywhere or all the time but for increasing periods at a growing number of key intersections and road segments.  Congestion radically reduces the volume of traffic passing through a road section, the through-put, thereby creating a negative feedback loop that creates more backups.   It’s estimated that USA drivers spend about 14.5 million hours every day stuck in traffic.  Congestion not only costs us time – in 2011 Boston drivers collectively lost about 137 million hours, or about 53 hours per commuter per year – but also fuel and therefore pollution, health, and money.  Not to mention frustration and occasionally murderous road rage.  Although we Bostonians believe we’ve got it worst, car congestion seems to be clogging roads like kudzu in nearly  every city in the country – and, by some reports, across the globe .

It’s true that a new report has said that the first four months of 2015 has set a new record in total vehicle miles in the US – up nearly 32 billion since the previous high in 2007, pushing gas consumption as well as prices upward. Lower gasoline prices and a recovering economy (consumer spending in May, 2015 had the highest month jump in six years) are two reasons for the jump, probably augmented by the continuing lack of viable alternatives to car driving for many people.  But a four-month blip is not enough to explain years of delays.

We do know some things that are contributing to the larger problem – land use patterns and population growth are the most important.  The low-rise dense designs that make older urban areas walkable and transit-efficient is illegal to build in many places today due to parking requirements, anti-mixed use and other zoning requirements, etc.

We know some things that may appear to be causative but actually aren’t – making roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, prioritizing bus and trolley traffic, even reducing the average speed of cars.

We know some things that (counterintuitively) do not help reduce congestion – most notably building more roads or adding lanes, all of which eventually fill up as our additional drivers decide to move into the new space.

And we know some things that do improve the situation, but usually only when they are applied as a group rather than singularly – improving road use efficiency using technology (signal timing, access controls, central monitoring) and other methods (car pools, HOV lanes, car sharing, perhaps driverless cars), increasing alternative options (transit both regional and downtown, bicycling), changing land-use patterns (Smart-Growth style transit-orientated development), requiring corporate and municipal  Transportation Demand Management programs (incentives to not drive alone or to not drive at all), and (most effective of all) congestion pricing of various kinds.

What is needed is the cultural and political willingness to accept this knowledge and act upon it – while also coming to grips with the reality that the continuing imbalance of potential drivers to current or any plausible future amounts of road space means that congestion is a permanent part of a car-based reality.

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Cambridge Installs Bike Counters!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

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Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took this).  Not bad!

 

From the Cambridge bike count website:

 

Counting into the future

In 2015, Cambridge installed a permanent bicycle count station in Kendall Square, on Broadway.

The “Eco Totem” counter (made by the Montreal-based company Eco-Counter) counts cyclists via in-ground loop detectors and displays on the monitor how many cyclists pass by. The counter displays daily and cumulative totals and also captures weather data to use for analytical purposes. The data can be used in many ways:

  • To publicly show how many people are bicycling and make a statement that “bicyclists count”
  • The 24/7 data can be used to analyze daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal patterns. This can be used to help extrapolate data from other counts
  • The data assist with determining crash rate analyses

Live tracking of the counter will be available in July 2015.

More People Bicycling

The percentage of Cantabrigians who commute by bicycle has also been rising steadily over the past two decades. The 1990 US Census reported that 3% of residents commuted by bicycle; by 2000 that number rose to 4%; the American Community Survey for the three year period 2009-2011 shows 7% of residents commuting by bike.

Additional local surveys of Cambridge residents suggest that from 7% to 9% of Cambridge residents commute to work by bike. Local surveys also found a lot of bikes in Cambridge: for every 100 households, there are approximately 150 bicycles.

Traffic counts conducted by the city found that between 2002 and 2012, rush hour bicycle trips in Cambridge tripled in number. In 2014, the total numbers actually took a dip down, although detailed analysis seems to identify construction impacts as a primary cause. Click here for more information.

For more information on trends in bicycling in Cambridge, look to our Bicycle Counts Report.


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Hal9000 Teaches You About Unsafe Intersections

Written by Boston Biker on May 27

I love/am creeped out by, this guy doing his best Hal9000 impersonation. These intersections are horrible, and he does an amazing job of illustrating exactly why. Come on city of Boston, throw a little love (and money!) to the pedestrians and cyclists at these intersections! Hopefully their answer will not be “I am sorry Bikers, I can’t do that Bikers.”


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Hubways Are Coming Back!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

From Hubway:

“First sign of spring? The return of @Hubway”

“Great news!!”

“WOO!”

 

You’ve been patient. You’ve waited. You’ve stared longingly at the empty stations. Well, your wait is almost over! Consider yourself the first to know: After another successful program of year-round operations in Cambridge, Hubway’s system-wide operations opens for its 5th full season on Friday, April 17th. Click here to read the official press release.

 

The Hubway team has been busy deploying stations, and nearly 130 stations (out of 140) are expected to be operational by April 17th, with most remaining stations to be rolled out later in the month. Please note: stations along Boylston Street in Brookline and Boston will not be deployed until after the Boston Marathon.

 

For up-to-the-minute station, bike, and dock availability, use the Spotcycle app, orHubway Tracker if you’re on your desktop computer.

 

Less than 10 days until the full system is open. Where will you #TakeHubway this season? We’ve included some suggestions below.

Spread the word!

The Team at Hubway

WANT TO WORK FOR HUBWAY?

Hubway is hiring!

Click the link below for more details.

For information on all available positions,
please visit Hubway’s jobs page.

 REGISTER NOW (free!) FOR THE BOSTON BIKE WEEK FESTIVAL, MAY 15th

 

 

Join one of 10 convoys with experienced ride leaders biking in from neighborhoods throughout metro-Boston to Boston City Hall, or simply meet us at City Hall for free food, music, and fun! Plus, local shops will be providing on-site bike exams and tuneups. Registration here for free — it helps to know you’re coming!
The Southwest Corridor Park’s Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) wants your input on strategies to enhance bike-pedestrian culture and promote safety along the pathway. If you use the path, whether occasionally or often; on foot, by bike, or other means; for commuting, recreation, walking, park maintenance, etc., your feedback will help PMAC work toward both long-term and short-term approaches to making sure the Park can support growth and create a positive culture among all the people who use it.
The survey deadline is the end of April.

DON’T JUST RIDE BIKES… READ THEM!

 

 

Out of the Box, a blog from Boston-based The Horn Book publishers, recently compiled a list of children’s and young adult books about bicycles, like the one pictured here by Mark Pett, about a girl hoping to earn enough to buy her own bike… Ah, but there’s a twist!
Even though you have to be at least 16 years old to ride Hubway, we’re betting you have young bike-lovers in your life? What other reason do you need to check these out?
Complete 5 activities/purchases in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) and be entered into a raffle to win GREAT prizes from over 50 Brookline-based businesses (including Hubway)! Complete the entire board and you’ll also be entered to win a special raffle prize!
The game ends April 13th, so get your game board here today & start playing! Enter electronically orsubmit a paper game board, but make sure to read all the rules first!
Sponsored by: The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Coolidge Corner Merchant’s Association, Washington Square Association, Brookline Local First, & Wellness in the Village.

WHERE TO RIDE? Click for station map. 

 

2015 LivableStreets Spring Open House, Thursday, 4/9, 5pm, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge. Online registration has closed, but walk-ins & friends are welcome! Join us for food, drink, and conversation at our annual spring open house. Festivities kick off at 5pm & we’ll have a short program at 6:30pm to hear from new staff & board members, get updates on recent work, and get a sneak peek at our 10th Anniversary celebrations and new membership program! Click here for details & more info about Livable Streets.

TransportationCamp New England 2015, Saturday, 4/11, 9am, MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge. Open conversation & collaboration in near-future changes to mobility and transportation, with keynote speaker, former MA Secretary of Transportation, Richard Davey. More info & registration details here.

Wally & Hubway Summer 2013

Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, 4/17, 7:10pm, Fenway Park, Boston. Hubway arrives in Boston just in time for the Red Sox’ first home series of the year! Though a few stations won’t be out until after the Marathon, some nearby stations will be there! Check Spotcycle or the Hubway station map to see up-to-the-minute station, bike, & dock status.
Visit RedSox.com for ticket availability.

Tuesday, 4/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting, Somerville City Hall, basement Employee Lounge, 93 Highland Avenue.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Meetings are open to the public, and membership is open to all residents with an interest in helping make Somerville a world-class city for bicycling.
Learn more about the Committee here.

Bike Friday, Friday, April 24th, 6:45-9am. Free, safe guided commuter convoys finishing at Boston City Hall Plaza.
Join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Music, free bike tuneups, a chance to learn more about Boston area bicycle social action, and because you rode your bike you’ll get a free breakfast and coffee courtesy of Boloco. Find your convoy route and get more information here.

Walk/Ride Day Challenge, Friday, August 24th, presented by the Green Streets Initiative. Get your workplace to join the Walk/Ride Day Challenge, and go car-free the last Friday of each month. Check-in your commute online to earn benefits for your company, get rewarded with discounts from dozens of retail partners in your area, and win cool prizes for yourself! Celebrate green transportation & enjoy the festival atmosphere by riding in to work, school, & appointments. More about Green Streets Initiative and check-in for your rewards here.

Have an event we should be mentioning in our newsletter?

Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #wheretoride.


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Longfellow Bridge…What The Hell?

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 06

I have been noticing all sorts of strange markings and changes, on the Longfellow outbound towards Cambridge side.  And today like a chrysalis, the Longfellow bike infrastructure has emerged into a giant ugly moth.

Honestly its the worst.  I have no idea what anyone was thinking.

This design is rotten. Impossible angles, ramps, intense pedestrian conflict, poor marking, a reversal of the usual order of traffic (Both pedestrian and cyclists traffic on the left? Is this the UK?) it has everything you don’t want in a bike path.  And those railings are totally invisible in the dark, its only a matter of time before someone plows into them, or into the many raised concrete partitions, or into a pedestrian not wearing bright clothing, this design becomes ten times more ludicrous in the dark.

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Moments before I took these pictures 5 cyclists almost ran over like 10 pedestrians. The smartest cyclist of the bunch simply crossed over and rode down the wrong side of the bridge for a 100 yards, and then popped back over…a dangerous option, but one that puts the cyclists in less conflict with the many (many) pedestrians.

I sorta get what they were going for, and I would love to believe that this set up was thought up to protect cyclists from cars? But at the expense of putting pedestrians in danger? To be clear it would be one thing to set up a system by which cyclists were to dismount and walk for 100 feet and then get back on, but this system is set up to encourage them to remain riding, and in the process get in all sorts of conflicts with all sorts of pedestrians.

In my opinion there is ample room to move the concrete divers over a couple feet to the right and put those plastic bollards on the left hand side of the striped area to keep cars away from the cyclists, thus leaving plenty of room for everyone, without putting pedestrians and cyclists into dangerous conflict.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Cranking Tunes While Cranking Gears July 30, 2015
      TweetRecently I was biking along Massachusetts Avenue. Another bicyclist passed me and I heard the throbbing bass of a dance tune. I assumed the music came from a passing car, but as I caught up to this bicycle at a … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th July 27, 2015
      TweetAttend this meeting and let your voice be heard! ————– 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM July 27, 2015
      TweetGot 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 ———– Please plan on attending this ride … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Traffic Congestion: How To Fix It July 27, 2015
      TweetHere is a great email I got from Liviable Streets ———- The statistics show that each of us is driving less.  So why do our roads feel more jammed up?  Why does it take longer to get anywhere?  And what … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker