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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.
Less than 10 days until the full system is open. Where will you #TakeHubway this season? We’ve included some suggestions below.
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Tags: hubway, returns
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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.
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.
Tags: horrible design, longfellow bridge, wtf
Posted in Commuting, infrastructure | 2 Comments »
The city wanted a shitty plan, a plan based on old ideas, on the idea that the car would always be the main form of transportation in the city, and the entire bike community stood up and said “Hell no!” and you know what? It worked!
The new design has smaller travel lanes, which will keep speeding down, BUFFERED cycle tracks! I can not wait to give this a try when its done! Congratulations everyone who worked hard on this. It’s not over yet, and we are going to need to keep a close on the plans right up till the cement is poured, but
From livable streets (read more here):
The stretch of Comm. Ave. from the BU bridge to Packard’s Corner is about to get an $18 million dollar upgrade, with the project going to bid in fall 2015. The original plan, since 2009 and as of fall 2014, called for wider car lanes that would encourage speeding, narrower sidewalks, and no protected bicycle lanes. The city has since updated its plan to include crucial improvements…
Tags: Comm. Ave, Commonwealth Ave, cycle tracks, improvements
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The big Comm. Ave. public meeting is tomorrow, make sure you show up to give your input!
From Livable Streets.
Don’t miss your opportunity to weigh-in on the city’s updated design for Comm Ave!
|An example of a more complete street design with protected bike lanes.|
Tags: Comm. Ave, public meeting
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Oh man what a difference a couple degrees makes. Its like a someone pushed a button and all of a sudden all the cyclists are back on the road! Welcome back everyone, we missed you, and are super happy you are back. Just an FYI, while you were gone the roads were destroyed by several snow-blastings. There are now pot holes, piles of sand/salt/rocks, still a lot of ice, and in general they are slightly more narrow.
All that being said, its been GLORIOUS riding these last couple days. I actually got to wear actual bike shoes, instead of winter boots, and I feel like a million bucks. HURRAH SPRING!
Have you started riding again? Do you remember what green plants look like? Have you figured out what that glowing thing in the sky is?
Tags: back, cyclists, spring
Posted in bostonbiker, Commuting, fun | 1 Comment »
This is exactly what Boston needs. From the web
Catering to some of the 170,000 cyclists that ride across London every day, this segregated bicycle lane will stretch from west to east, pass through the heart of the city and span 18 miles when completed, the longest of its kind on the continent. Backed by mayor Boris Johnson, a second route will also eventually span perpendicular to this first one, reaching south to north and crossing the first path in the middle of the city.
The thing is, these sort of projects cost money, but they cost DRAMATICALLY less money than say a subway, or highway. These are the sorts of infrastructure projects that make sense on multiple levels, financially, climate wise, health wise, sound wise, beauty wise. These are the sorts of infrastructure projects that benefit a city long term. We should be doing this exact same thing here.
Tags: bike super highway, london, why can't we have this?
Posted in advocacy, Commuting, infrastructure | 1 Comment »
The MBTA blocked access to a bike path with a giant snowbank when they plowed the parking lot at Wellington Station. We decided to do something about it!
This is a great way to get things done, but honestly, what the hell MBTA just because your systems break down in the snow doesn’t mean you have to plow the rest of us in. Cycling and Pedestrian infrastructure shouldn’t be a secondary priority during snow storms.
Tags: awesome, snow tunnel, video
Posted in advocacy, Commuting, infrastructure, video | 1 Comment »
I sometimes have odd thoughts on my ride into work. Today’s were mostly around how nice the sun was, and how great it was to be riding, but as I locked up my bike (after an effortless commute), I realized something. Bicycles add a lot of redundancy to a transportation network.
These thoughts were peculating in my mind because nearly every person at my job has complained about their commutes lately. Be it by bus, by T, by car, or walking (the only people not complaining are the ones riding bikes…hmmm.) Seems that if you dump enough snow on a city that has a lack of redundant transportation options and everything comes crashing down.
If the T is delayed, and the bus can’t run, and your car is stuck in a snow bank, you basically have the option of walking, or taking your bike. While walking is a fine and useful form of transport, if you want to get some place really fast you will take the bike. Plus no one shovels the sidewalks.
The amount of infrastructure it takes to keep bikes “running” is relatively small, you don’t need to even plow the entire street, just a slim strip down the middle. In a perfect world without on-street parking, you could have the roads clear enough for bikes in a relatively short period of time. (as one commentator said “I still don’t understand why my tax dollars go to subsidize a nice paved parking spot in front of every car driver’s house. If people don’t have enough space on their own property to store all of their possessions, maybe they should just get rid of some of them?”)
Currently Boston has very low bicycle ridership, below 10% on even the best days. But if we could get 15-30% of our population riding regularly (and making sure we put forth the minimum amount of effort needed to keep the infrastructure clear for them in the winter), we could dramatically reduce the burden on our public transportation infrastructure. This would free up space for more people to take the bus, or the train, or even for folks that absolutely needed to drive (especially folks like fire/ambulance service). These numbers are not as crazy as they might seem, as many places around the world have experienced this level of ridership (even in snowy places).
Increased redundancy means we are better able to handle extreme weather events (like say 6 feet of snow in a month), would have decreased levels of air pollution, less use of fossil fuels, and a whole host of other economic and health benefits.
The amount of money it would take to build and maintain a vibrant bicycle infrastructure would be peanuts compared to what we currently spend to just pay the interest on the dept the MBTA has. This problem is well within our grasp, using technology that has already been demonstrated successful by other cities.
Or we can just keep doing the same thing, and having the same problems. The choice is ours.
Tags: and good for everyone else, its good for you, MBTA, redundancy, ride a bike
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