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Oh The Irony

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 15

I was almost run over by a casket supply truck this morning…nice big box truck with “Mathews casket international” on the side.  I know this because I got a close look at it when it screamed by me with only inches to spare.  If you see one of these trucks driving around, watch out, one of them is piloted by an asshole.

ASSHOLES!

I pulled up to him at the next red light (because lets be honest you never make it more than a block during the morning rush hour with hitting a red light, unless you’re on a bike) and knocked on his window. He declined to roll it down, so I screamed “ARE YOU TRYING TO DRUM UP BUSINESS!  YOU PASSED ME WAY TO CLOSE!” He stared at me with dead, dull eyes, I knew it was a lost cause and drove off.

It amazes me the kind of casual violence people will display towards each other when they are in cars/trucks.  This asshole nearly killed me so he could move forward 100 yards and then stop at a red light.  I see this kind of behavior all the time.  Its like the hours and hours of mind numbing stop and go traffic has decreased their mental acuity to the point that they no longer have any empathy for their fellow human beings.  Its not just cyclists, motorists seem to display the same lack of caring towards pedestrians and other folks in cars.

Makes me more and more convinced we need to do everything in our power to make cars and trucks a thing of the past. Be careful out there folks.


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Hubway Opening Day Party

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 31

from the email, looks like a good time!

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583 Boylston Street, Boston
Noon-2pm

This is no April Fool’s joke! System-wide Hubway begins anew as Boston, Brookline, and Somerville rejoin Cambridge operations. Join us to celebrate at the official reopening day party at the New Balance Experience Store* in Boston on Wednesday.

    Add a description Free burritos from Boloco.

    Add a description Free ice cream provided by Ben & Jerry’s Boston.

    Add a description Giveaways & discounts from New Balance, Hubway, Hub on Wheels, and more.

    Add a description Wally the Green Monster! Newbie the New Balance mascot!

    Add a description Dignitaries from Hubway member municipalities will speak.

    Add a description Get your picture taken in the Hubway photo booth!

    Add a description Free Hubway 24-Hour passes.

    Add a description Music & merriment!

RSVP to let us know you’ll be there for the fun!

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*PLEASE NOTE: While the Hubway station outside the New Balance Experience Store will be operational at the event, it will be removed temporarily prior to the Boston Marathon. The station will be deployed permanently for the season after April 21st.

MORE BIKE ADVOCACY EVENTS = MORE FUN!

 

Monday, March 31, 5:45pm, 6th Ann Boston Bike Update
RSVP HERE to join Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman in the “Great Room” at Faneuil Hall to learn how biking has doubled in Boston over the last 6 years, who helped to make it happen, and more about the future of biking in Boston!

Thursday, April 3, 10am, WalkBoston & MassBike present
the 3rd Annual Bike/Walk Summit This year’s event at the State House will feature Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett of the Department of Public Health, and it is free and open to the public.
Click here for details and a link to register.


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Hubway Opens April 2nd!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 25

You have probably been seeing the stations being put back out, thats because its almost time for Hubway to open for the season!

More from Hubway Below.

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BOSTON, BROOKLINE, SOMERVILLE REJOIN CAMBRIDGE
as Hubway reopens system-wide on Wednesday, April 2nd.

“Spring must be on its way if Hubway is setting up shop!”

“I get so excited when I see Hubway stations back again #springishere”

“Yaaaaasss can’t wait for Hubway season #suchatease.”

 

Snow may be on the way this week, but we have something for you to look forward to! Consider yourself the first to know: After a successful year-round pilot program in Cambridge, Hubway’s system-wide operations begin anew with an official reopening onWednesday, April 2nd.

 

The Hubway team has been hard at work deploying stations, and nearly 100 stations (out of 140) are expected to be operational by April 2nd, with most remaining stations to be rolled out in early April. 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, we recommend using theSpotcycle smartphone app, or Hubway Tracker from a desktop computer.
Excited for the return of system-wide Hubway? Let us know why you plan to ride #HubwayEveryday. Take a peek at the video below and spread the word!

Get ready to ride.

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WHY WILL YOU RIDE #HUBWAYEVERYDAY IN 2014?
Post a short video telling us why, and you could be eligible to win stuff!

Upload your videos and post them to us via Twitter @Hubway

Need some ideas to inspire you?

Check out this video to hear why Molly and Claire ride…

 

SAVE THE DATES!

 

Monday, March 31, 5:45pm, 6th Ann Boston Bike Update
RSVP HERE to join Boston Mayor Walsh & Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman in the “Great Room” at Faneuil Hall to learn how biking has doubled in Boston over the last 6 years, who helped to make it happen, and more about the future of biking in Boston!

Wednesday, April 2, Noon-2pm
Hubway’s Official System-Wide Reopening Day Party

Free food! Giveaways! Special Guests! Details announced 3/31.

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR HUBWAY MEMBERS

Good things happen to people who share bicycles.

See below for offers available uniquely to you, our Hubway members and friends.

 

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Heartbeat of Home at the Citi Wang Theatre! Created by the Producers and Director of RiverdanceHeartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular featuring components of traditional Irish, Latin, & Afro-Cuban music & dance, and Hubway members can be the first to see it. Click the image & use code HUBHOHto receive 20% off select tickets to the 3/26, 3/27, 3/30 6:30pmonly, 4/2, 4/3, & 4/4 performances. Offer valid through 3/27.

 


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Two New Studies Show Moving Away From Cars Improves Business

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 28

And not just business but a lot of other things, safety,health, quality of life.  But no one really cares about any of that unless it makes you more money…so the headline reads “improves business” not “makes you feel less horrible.”  But hey if it takes an increase in earnings to get people to abandon cars (and car parking), so be it.  Any port in a storm right.

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From Livable Streets:

Myth: Businesses need parking spaces in front of their store to thrive

Debunked: Complete streets are increasing economic vitality across the country.

Improved accessibility and a more welcoming street environment are now proven to generate higher sales. In particular, studies find that protected bike lanes and increased bike parking promote economic growth.

Check out the Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business report by PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets study by New York City Department of Transportation for more stats and facts on this topic.

 

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Are You Part Of The .05%?

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 19

From the BCU:

Bostonians making polite requests for a clear path on one of the city’s key bike routes were met with disdain from the state agency responsible for maintaining the paths.

Social media campaigns by Boston cyclists seized on some unfortunate remakrs by state officials to dramatize the plight of the city's winter cyclists. Image: Boston Cyclists Union

With a rapid-response social media campaign, Boston residents put a face on the purported “.05%” of cyclists who bike through the winter. Photo: Boston Cyclists Union

Here’s how one unnamed official from the Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation responded in an internal email thread to a message from a Boston resident asking for better snow removal on the Southwest Corridor, an important off-street bike path. The leaked email was published on the Boston site Universal Hub (emphasis ours):

Frankly, I am tired of our dedicated team wasting valuable time addressing the less than .05% of all cyclists who choose to bike after a snow/ice event… We should not spend time debating cyclists with poor judgement [sic] and unrealistic expectations, and stick with [the staffer]‘s recommendation that they find other transportation. If someone is completely depending on a bike for year-round transportation, they are living in the wrong city.

read more here.

Oh man, someone either doesn’t know how to do math, or hasn’t been outside lately.  I see literally dozens of cyclists riding EVERY DAY, through all sorts of weather. If I am seeing that many while riding around that means there are likely hundreds of people cycling to work every day even on the most shitty of winter days, and on cold but dry days many hundreds.

Even more would do so if the DCR cleared snow out of bike lanes/paths.  It’s not so much that I get pissed when the paths are not plowed to perfection (although I was on the SWC today and it was in a horrible state), but the attitude of this person is just atrocious, do they really think so little of cyclists?  Would they say the same thing to people driving cars if the roads were not cleaned well enough?  Perhaps people driving a car in Boston are living in a city that just can’t accommodate clearing the roads…maybe this person needs to find a new line of work?

I have started to think that people are not skilled enough to drive cars in the snow and that doing so puts them and others at risk for injury.  I would think the DCR would welcome more cyclists, as it means less cars, and less road damage, and less work for them….not to mention all the lives that would be saved by getting people with only a basic set of car driving skills off the road in the winter.

hit up the BCU website if you want to help fight this kind of silly behavior.

 

Update:

 

Read more here from BCU and here from MassBike


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Do You Bike To Work?

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 19

Some students want to talk to you!

 

From the email:

“We are a group of students taking a class called UOCD at Olin College, or “user oriented collaborative design” where we work with a people group to conceptually design some sort of product or service specifically for the user group. We are not conducting a research study or making a finished product, we just want to learn more about our user group so that we can design something for our class.

My group is interested in people who bike to work. If you are a person who bikes to work, it would be great if we could have a phone interview or even better if we can talk to you in person (we can come to boston). We assure you that everything we talk about will be confidential and used just for the class. For privacy, we will absolutely keep you anonymous in our notes.

If you are interested, please email me at [email protected] or contact me at 510-542-7037. We would greatly appreciate your input.”


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Still Better Than The Bus: Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 13

Good lord the roads are proper shit today.  Layers of ice and slush and lots and  lots of rump braille snow.  I went slow, and steady, and rode straight upright and didn’t have any problems with slipping, but damn it was a bit nerve wracking on the hills.  It was grade A gross.  But you know what, even crawling at half speed, even though my toes were a little wet, and even though it was super putrid out, it WAS STILL BETTER THAN TAKING THE BUS!

It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that nasty, and I got home only 10 minutes slower than normal.

I saw other cyclists, and I saw evidence of their trails, so I know I wasn’t the only yahoo out there today,  share your adventures below.


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BikeyFace On WGBH!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 06

An excellent piece on winter riding.  I see Bekka about every three days on my way to work.  Its a nice part of my day to see the same cyclists on a daily/semi-daily basis.

She shows just how easy it is to get to work, even in the winter!


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