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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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Big New Plans For Comm. Ave.!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 27

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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…


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Don’t Miss Your Chance To Give Public Comments On The New Comm. Ave. Design!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 23

The big Comm. Ave. public meeting is tomorrow, make sure you show up to give your input!

From Livable Streets.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to weigh-in on the city’s updated design for Comm Ave!

Join us at the City of Boston’s public meeting tomorrow to learn more about the city’s plan for a safer Comm Ave and voice your praise and concerns.

An example of a more complete street design with protected bike lanes.
Immediately after the meeting, join us and our partners at Cornwall’s, 654 Beacon St in Kenmore to socialize and celebrate.
See you there!
LivableStreets
P.S. If you can’t make it to the meeting, we’ll be live-tweeting with #SaferCommAve@StreetsBoston, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

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EVERYONE IS BACK!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

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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?


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London Approves City Wide Bike Super Highway

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

This is exactly what Boston needs. From the web

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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.

More here.

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.


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This…This Is Awesome, 40 ft Snow Tunnel Built By Cyclists

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 25

From Youtube:

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!

more awesome back story here.

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.


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Cycling Adds Redundancy To A Transportation Network

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 18

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.

 


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The Word On The Street

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    • State Trooper Doesn’t Care About You Locals With The Helmets April 16, 2015
      TweetI got sent this shocking video today…honestly someone should be given a new assignment.  The longfellow has recently been reconfigured and its pretty horrible the way cyclists are funneled up onto the sidewalk, but with cops like this doing…something (this … Continue reading →
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    • Bike Party! (4/29/15) April 16, 2015
      TweetFrom the email- ————— Come talk SUMMER with us at a special Bike Party on 4/29 to introduce the first-ever Cycle Massachusetts bicycle tour event. This NEW weeklong tour (with shorter options) is from the same awesome people who brought … Continue reading →
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    • Casey Overpass Fight Not Over Yet April 11, 2015
      TweetEven though it was voted by a wide margin to be removed, the city council is once again trying to keep the Casey overpass up.  The meeting mentioned below has already happened, but you can still contact your councilor and … Continue reading →
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    • Hubways Are Coming Back! April 10, 2015
      TweetFrom Hubway: BOSTON, BROOKLINE, SOMERVILLE STATIONS REJOIN CAMBRIDGE in time for Marathon weekend! “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 … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Tweed Ride April 7, 2015
      TweetSave the date!  Sunday, April 26, 2015 Dust off your tweed, polish your steed, and don your cap. The Spring Boston Tweed Ride is here!   Watch our event page as we update our route over the coming weeks. https://www.facebook.com/events/652083184936295/ … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Tweed Ride April 7, 2015
      TweetSave the date!  Sunday, April 26, 2015 Dust off your tweed, polish your steed, and don your cap. The Spring Boston Tweed Ride is here!   Watch our event page as we update our route over the coming weeks.  https://www.facebook.com/events/652083184936295/ … Continue reading →
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    • Longfellow Bridge…What The Hell? April 6, 2015
      TweetI 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 … Continue reading →
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    • Women and Gender Queer Bike Polo Clinic April 6, 2015
      Tweet Come on by on Saturday, May 9th for our Women and Gender Queer Bike Polo Clinic! Bring a bike, a helmet, the ability to laugh at yourself and we’ll bring everything else! The post Women and Gender Queer Bike … Continue reading →
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    • In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting April 3, 2015
      TweetGot this great update from Lynn:   Hi all, I was able to attend the Greenway Council Meeting in Mattapan last night and there are lots of project updates for the Trail/Greenway area as well as notes on the TTOR (The Trustees … Continue reading →
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