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From the email:
This Saturday we will have a bike ride on the Fairmount Greenway route, along the Neponset Greenway, and learn more about how the City is working to connect Franklin Park to the harbor through the Green Links initiative. We will leave from the Let’s Get Moving event (like a play street event), so if get there early feel free to check it out.
- Saturday, Oct 3rd from 3 PM to 5 PM
- Leave from the corner of Southern and Darlington near Codman Square
- The route is about 5 miles
- RSVP to Michelle de Lima at [email protected]. That way if it does actually rain and we need to cancel we can let you know.
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Got this in the email:
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 13th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal. The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18thcentury. Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown. In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.
The ride will start at the Canal marker on the front of theSullivan Square MBTA station just to the right of the main entrance at 9:00. From there we will ride about 28 miles to the Historic Mill Village and Canal Museum on the Millpond in North Billerica. We should get to North Billerica in time for anyone who wants to catch the 3:07train back to Boston. The ride will then follow the northern section of the Canal another 10 miles from North Billerica to Lowell and catch the 5:00 train back from there. Halfway to Billerica, we will make a lunch stop in Woburn, so we recommend that you bring a lunch.
The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists. Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.
The ride will be led by Dick Bauer of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission, and Bill Kuttner of the the Middlesex Canal Commission. Helmets required. Steady rain cancels. For more information, contact Dick at [email protected](857-540-6293), or Bill at [email protected] (617-241-9383)
For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to: http://www.middlesexcanal.org
For more information about the Middlesex Canal Association and Museum go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org/museum/index.html
For more information about the Middlesex Canal Commission go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org/commission/
Tags: Middlesex Canal, tour
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Here is my first go, share any fun data tricks you figure out in the comments:
July saw a whopping 48,851 cyclists ride past both sides of the bike counter, if we assume most of those people are riding to and from work (divide by two) we get about 24,426 “people trips” that is people who rode their bikes that month. Wow! June numbers were basically the same. (do note that this could be the same 1000 or so people riding every day)
Offsetting A Large Amount Of Car Traffic:
What if all 24,426 of those trips had been taken alone in a car instead? The average car is about 13.5 feet long, that is a line of cars roughly 62.5 miles long! That is an additional 2 miles worth of cars on the street every day. Just think about that the next time you are stuck in traffic and you think that cyclists are “slowing you down.”
Clocking Impressive Miles:
The average bicycle trip is about an hour (source), which I think is about right for the total time of riding to and from work. I would say the average cyclists travels about 10-12 miles per hour while in the city, meaning that people are doing around 10 miles a day, for a total of about 244,260 miles of total cycling a month! That’s more than the distance from here to the moon! (238,900 miles)
Saving A Shit Load Of Gas:
The average fuel efficiency for the US car fleet is 24.6 miles per gallon (source) if you drove said average car 244,260 miles you would be using about 9929 gallons of gas every month.
That’s A Lot Of Money:
At the time of this writing gas was about 2.30 a gallon (source) at that price 9929 gallons of gas will cost you about $22,837 saved every month. That money most likely got plowed back into the local economy (cyclists got to eat) instead of making it way off to big oil companies far away.
Preventing A Lot Of CO2 Emissions:
Burning one gallon of gas produces about 20 lbs of CO2 (source), if cyclists are preventing 9929 gallons of gas from being burned every month that means they are preventing 198,580 lbs of CO2 from being emitted every month. (if you take into account that cyclists themselves breath out about .8 lbs of CO2 per hour of cycling, using the assumptions above, you are still left with a very impressive 179,039.2 lbs of CO2 reduction (5,955,600- 19,540.8) )
And of course these are just cyclists going down this one (admittedly cyclists heavy) street. There are many hundreds if not thousands of other cyclists not being captured by this counter. I can’t wait to see more data collection like this, as it will give us a real picture of all the benefits cycling is bringing to our city.
What sort of trends can you tease out of this data? Found any trouble with my math (I don’t math all that well)? Leave it in the comments.
Tags: cambridge bike counter, math is fun
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An interesting proposal for improving the streets of Somerville. From the email.
Dear Somerville Cyclists,
Somerville has approved a Neighborways program. Neighborways use paint and planters to create a hybrid playground/bike/ walk street. While City approved, funding and implementation is completely up to we-the-people. We hope to execute a substantial pilot in the next three weeks (before Labor Day). Our first big event is an amazing street painting this Saturday. We could really use some help this weekend and beyond:
Painters! If you’ve done any house painting and know how wield a brush we could use you. If you have experience painting murals, we will worship the ground you walk on (maybe can drum up a stipend for a muralist if you know one). Our first mural will hopefully be painted this Saturday (weather permitting).
Neighborhorways porch-presenters. Our model is to get everyone on our blocks involved. Lots of beers on porches. I need someone to hang with neighbors for an hour or so and talk up the benefits of Neighborways.
Midnight painting crew– have you ever seen people painting the bike lanes in the middle of the night? We’ll be doing that! If you don’t mind being up late, please join us for some serious tactical urbanism.
As I mentioned this coming Saturday we’ll hopefully be painting a mural. There’s a myriad of small things that would help out if your free– organizing music, buying food (we’ll provide cash for that), helping keep small kids out of the paint and setting up tables for workers, taking photographs and video footage of the event.
If you’re interested in helping, please let me know what interests you the most.
Tags: neighborways, somerville
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Femmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists in the Boston area. They organize open shop nights (Grrrease Time), rides, and events to promote an encouraging, supportive atmosphere for people to teach and learn from one another. They’re awesome!
Tags: femmechanics, rides, somerville bike kitchen
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Got 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. So the average speed it not very high (you do the math…)
Boston by Bike… at night
Midnight ’til dawn Saturday, August 8, 2015
Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square. Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended. Commemorative T-shirts available. Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park. Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires. Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers.
here is another email about this ride, which also has useful info in it.
This year’s ride will be 8/8 – 8/9 2015
Boston By Bike…At Night
Midnight ’til dawn
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at *11:15pm* in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended.
Commemorative T-shirts available.
Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
–> Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
For information call 617-522-0259
Ride Support provided by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, Jamaica Plain
Tags: 2015, Back Bay Midnight Pedalers, boston by bike at night
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Got a good glimpse of some amazing and awesome naked riders last night. Way to go everyone! Bikes + anything = awesome. Especially if that anything is naked people having innocent fun on a warm summer night.
Tags: 2015, boston, cambridge, world naked bike ride
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from Livable Streets:
Happy Birthday to you
June was a big month for LivableStreets! We kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a Birthday Bash at Aeronaut (see photos from the party here!) and launched a new membership program.
We have a membership level for everyone. Whether you are able to contribute $5 a month (yep, just 5 bucks!) or $1000 a year, by becoming a member you aren’t simply donating to a cause, you are demonstrating your support for creating a world-class transportation system in metro Boston.
And don’t worry if you missed the Birthday Bash, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary throughout the remainder of 2015, so stay tuned for other opportunities to get involved!
Get to Watertown on September 12
Registration is live for Tour de Streets (formerly Bike4Life), our annual family-friendly ride and BBQ! Whether you are a lifelong biker, or you haven’t touched a bike in decades, Tour de Streets has a route for you.
The start and end location of the ride will take place at a beautiful green space on The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. The routes will be scenic and comfortable for both new and experienced riders. And if you prefer not to ride, you are welcome to join the BBQ and post-ride activities. To learn moreclick here.
We hope you’ll save the date for September 12th and join us this year as a rider or supporter of this important fundraiser for LivableStreets!
It’s time to rethink buses
After a tough winter, more and more people are recognizing how vital public transit is to moving people efficiently and effectively in and around the region.
A new report, Better Rapid Transit for Greater Boston, recognizes buses as a key piece of our transit system and highlights Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as an option that should be considered for Greater Boston’s transportation future.
The report identifies five corridors ripe for BRT. As CityLabhighlighted, Gold Standard BRT in these corridors has the potential to dramatically cut commute times and connect communities. To read the full report click here!
LivableStreets has been exploring BRT for more than two years as a member of the Greater Boston BRT Study Group–a group made up of transportation experts, planners, and community leaders. This report is a result of the study group’s work and part of LivableStreets broader effort to prioritize transit on our streets.
To learn more and get involved in making our transit system better for everyone in metro Boston, visit our Transit Priority Page.
Carshare in Cambridge, bike lanes in Brookline and rethinking the I-90 interchange
In June LivableStreets advocates stepped up in a big way to help make Brookline, Allston and Cambridge more livable and enjoyable for everyone.
In Brookline Mark Tedrow and Rebecca Albrecht spoke up for creating a safer and better design solution for Babcock street and secured a bike lane on Newton Street.
In Cambridge several LivableStreets members showed their support for increased carshare capacity and Steve Miller and Chris Taylor helped dispel misconceptions about carshare in a letter to the editor.
In Allston dozens of community members shared their thoughts on a major project to renovate the Allston entrance and exit of the Mass Pike. LivableStreets members asked for a design that could result in 60 new acres of developable land, a new commuter rail station, a new neighborhood, and an unparalleled opportunity to improve connectivity for everyone walking, biking, driving and taking public transportation throughout the region. To learn more about this effort visit our I-90 project page.
These are just 3 of the more than 80 street project our Advocacy Committee is involved with. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in the committee and make a street, intersection or neighborhood you care about more livable contact Jeff Dietrich at jeff.dietrich@livablestreets.
Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking
Friday, July 10, 1pm
The City of Boston will be breaking ground on construction for Connect Historic Boston this Friday—come celebrate! You may remember hearing from us about this project a couple of years ago. LivableStreets was a member of the advisory committee that helped shape this initiative and we are excited to see it finally being built!
The goal of Connect Historic Boston is to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston easy and fun.
To learn more visit Connect Historic Boston’s page.
We hope you will join us in celebrating this important step in connecting historic Boston on Friday!
Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival
Saturday, July 18
Join New England’s largest cycling event for women! This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with fabulous food provided by some of the top women in Boston’s food businesses, like Jody Adams and Joanne Chang. To register and learn more click here.
Job opportunities in Cambridge and Boston
Are you looking for a job that will contribute to making our streets and community more livable? The cities of Cambridge and Boston are hiring!
Cambridge is hiring for anAssistant Director for Street Management. This new position supervises the Engineering, Operations, Street Occupancy and Planning units within Traffic, Parking, and Transportation.
And the City of Boston is hiring for two positions, Director of Communications and Community Engagement and aGreenovate Boston Program Manager.
Please share these jobs with your networks and consider applying today!
Tags: livable streets, update
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