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Two Hubway Stations Moved

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

Happened last week, but if you haven’t noticed yet this might affect your commute.

From Hubway:


Stations to move after rush hour on September 22nd

Effective Thursday morning, at 10am on September 22nd, after the morning commute rush, the two Hubway stations located at North Station, TD Garden – Causeway at Portal Park #1 & #2, will be moved to accommodate ongoing construction in the area.

New docks will be placed in two different nearby locations (map below):

  • 16 docks will be added to the station at Nashua Street at Red Auerbach Way.
  • 35 docks will be installed on the west side of North Station at the new West End Park station, across the street from the Nashua Street at Red Auerbach Way station. Use the crosswalk at the intersection of Lomasney Way and Martha Road to access West End Park.
The original Portal Park stations will be in place for the morning commute rush on Thursday, September 22nd, until 10am. The new locations are expected to be installed immediately after the former stations are removed, but please note there may be some down time between removal and installation during which the docks will not be available. Please allow for additional time if looking for a bike or dock in the area. We recommend planning a backup mode of transportation in case the need should arise.

A Hubway Ambassador will be available for more information at the former station location on Thursday, Friday, and Monday. Hubway’s North Station Valet service will continue at the new West End Park station during its regularly scheduled times, Monday through Friday, 4-7pm. Please allow for additional time, especially during heavy commute times and evening rush hour if traveling to catch a train.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From DotBike:


Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard!

And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are.

Department of Conservation and Recreation reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard:
Comments from the public will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and may be submitted online or in writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114…..Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St., Dorchester

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/

more info about this from Boston Bicycle Union:


Two big projects will bring safer, slower streets and new protected bike lanes to Dorchester. Show your support at the meetings!
6-lane Morrissey Blvd, prone to high speeds, is in major need of a road diet
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a public meeting to present plans for a redesigned Morrissey Blvd.
Currently a 6-lane, high speed road, DCR will be showing plans that include a road diet and protected bike lanes.
A site of two fatal crashes in the past 4 years and many other serious crashes due to speeding, these changes would be a huge improvement, adding a safe bicycle connection from Dorchester to South Boston, and slowing and making the streets safer for all road users.  Bike facilities on Morrissey Blvd have long been a top priority for Dorchester and South Boston cyclists.  Connecting to the Neponset River Greenway, these new protected bike lanes would serve a significant number of people commuting by bike.  DCR needs to hear that neighbors, residents and the general public support these changes!
Show up and speak up!
 
Morrissey Blvd Redesign Meeting
The Leahy Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
If you cannot make it, you are invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of close of business on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
The area encompassed in the Neighborhood Slow Streets program is highlighted in orange.
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is holding a community meeting to discuss and get your feedback on the upcoming transportation improvements to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood (pictured to the right), that will be implemented as part of Mayor Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
With goals of bringing down vehicle car speeds, reducing the number and severity of crashes on residential streets and reducing cut-through traffic, this plan represents a major victory for safer streets and better biking in Boston!
From BTD: “Proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH-making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
Our plans include:
  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices.
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4″ at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.
More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.”
The Transportation Department needs to hear from residents that they support this plan in this neighborhood of Dorchester, and want to see similar efforts in additional neighborhoods across Boston!
Show up and speak up!
 
Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood Slow Streets Meeting
Prayer Tower Apostolic Church
151 Norfolk St, Dorchester

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A Simple Sign Change Could Make A Huge Difference

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

Somerville has already started using this new language, Boston has in some cases, but its time to make this the standard. From Road.cc


Signs treat cyclists ‘less like potential hazards and more like the legal road users that they are’

The US city of Columbus, Ohio is to phase out yellow “Share the Road” signs in favour of white ones reading “Bikes May Use Full Lane.” The city believes that the move will better get across the message that cyclists are entitled to ride in the centre of the lane.

Columbus does not necessarily have a reputation for being a trailblazer when it comes to its residents’ attitudes to cycling. Earlier this year, organisers of a Fourth of July parade were criticised after allowing a vehicle to take part with a bicycle attached to the bonnet, a pair of legs sticking out through the sunroof, and a message on the door that read, “I’ll share the road when you follow the rules.”

However, one local said that particular move had simply been ‘kickback’ because the city has a strong cycling community and was at that time in the process of building a number of new cycle lanes and paths.

Catherine Girves, executive director of local campaign group, Yay Bikes, welcomed the new signs. She said that Share the Road signs mean different things to different people; that some drivers see them as being aimed at cyclists, telling them that they need to “share the road” with drivers by staying as close to the kerb as possible.

Read more here

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Hubway Free Ride Day, Sept. 10th

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

Hubway is giving away a free day of rides this weekend!


Get Your Free Day Pass

We’re teaming up with Blue Apron to celebrate the end of the summer season with free 24-Hour Passes on Saturday, September 10!

Sign up today to get your free pass. We’ll send you an email with a gift code that you can redeem at any Hubway kiosk on the 10th.*

Get My Free Pass
Invite your friends to join you for a free ride by sharing this URL:  thehubway.com/freeride

$30 Off Your First Blue Apron Delivery

In addition to a free ride, Blue Apron is offering Hubway riders $30 off their first Blue Apron delivery!

Start cooking →

Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients and recipes you need, in exactly the right proportions, to make simple, seasonal home-cooked meals. New recipes are created each week by Blue Apron’s culinary team, so you’ll learn to cook with new ingredients, cuisines, and cooking techniques. Discover a better way to cook!
*When you redeem your gift code, the cost of your 24-hour Pass ($6 value) will be waived. You can take as many rides as you want while your pass is active, and the first 30 minutes of each ride is free. If you keep a bike out for longer than 30 minutes at a time, you will incur additional usage fees, which will be billed to the payment card you swiped at the kiosk. To avoid being charged additional fees, keep each ride to 30 minutes or less.

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Awesome Goat Based Brush Removal On The Minute Man

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

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Saw these awesome little fellows going to town on some brush this morning.  Awesome and eco friendly way to clean up the minute man.

Feel free to say hi, but watch that electric fence!


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