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New Markings At Mass. Ave. Bridge Intersection

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 02

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(pardon the poor pictures it was dark)
Took these late last night, lane markings are back, but still no flexible bollards up.  In the five or so minutes I sat there about ten cars went by, oh which about 3 were going way too fast and driving in the newly created bike lane. I am hoping once they put up some bollards this will stop, but its a clear indicator that lane markings alone are not going to solve this problem.  Might not hurt to have a week or two of targeted enforcement at this intersection Cambridge PD style.


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Mass. Ave. Intersection Repaved, No Lane Markings

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 30

The Mass. Ave. intersection at the base of the Mass. Ave. Bridge has been repaved, and all the street markings are gone. This, as you may recall, is the scene of the recent hit and run that killed Anita Kurmann. The driver of that truck has of yet not been charged with anything.

Two thoughts immediately came to mind. Is this going to affect any investigation into her death? And two, is this in direct response to the crash?

As of now there are no lane markings, making what was already a very dangerous intersection, more so. Be careful out there.


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Put Your Street On A Road Diet

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.

 

more info here.


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Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

From The City:

Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have focused on options that are close enough to the existing network to ensure the stations will be successful.

Boston Bikes is committed to providing Hubway access in all densely populated neighborhoods and commercial centers of Boston, and we will continue to expand until we reach that goal. For now, we have the capacity to add 15 stations, 10 of which we ask you to help us locate (the other 5 are determined by station sponsors).

Please participate in our brief surveys! We ask that you provide your feedback only for the neighborhoods where you live, work, play, or ride – we’re looking for your local expertise to help shape our plan. Deadline for responses is 8/28/15.

The following map shows all options grouped by geographic area. To see maps of specific neighborhoods and to complete any of the surveys please scroll down or use the following links:

 

Vote Here


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Minute Man Maintenance

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

Just a heads up, they are working on the path.

All this week from 9:30am-2:30pm between Swan Place (Arlington Center) and Lake Street in Arlington.


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Hubway Turns 4, Has Logged Over 4.6 Miles In Trips

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

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If you take the 4 millionth trip you could win a prize!  From Hubway:

Hubway’s launched with 60 stations and 600 bikes throughout Boston, and the first trip was taken on July 28th, 2011. In the last four years we’ve seen expansion to Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, along with an additional 79 stations (139 total) and 700 bikes (1,300 total), with further additions expected later this year along with Hubway’s 4 millionth trip. Check out the fun data graphic — we hope you’ll celebrate with us by taking a ride — and see below for plenty of suggestions for places to pedal. If you#TakeHubway‘s 4 millionth trip, you could win a $250 gift card from New Balance!


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Somerville Approves Neighborways Improvements

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

An interesting proposal for improving the streets of Somerville.   From the email.

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Dear Somerville Cyclists,

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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.


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Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this email, looks like a great idea:

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We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot hubs, conveniently located cycling distance from greater Boston’s employment centers. Would-be car commuters can park their cars for free, and pedal their bikes the rest of the way to work. The average round trip commute in the US is 24 miles, and many commuters are unable or unwilling to cycle that whole distance. Park&Pedal provides a manageable step toward bike commuting, and in addition to saving gas and avoiding
last-mile traffic congestion, the program is also a great way to incorporate exercise into a daily routine.

We would love for you to include this Event listing for our Park & Pedal Launch Event next Friday 7/31 on your website to invite Boston commuters and cyclists to this landmark event. We are hoping, that you could support us and post this event on your event calendar as well as on Social Media. This will be a historic event with lots of press and many exciting activities.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for supporting this great program and we hope to see you there!

Have a great day,
Conny Haas
617.491.7200
Montague Bikes, one of the sponsor’s of Park&Pedal

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PARK & PEDAL
launch event
Friday July 31st 7:30-9:30am
at our flagship Park&Pedal lot location
DCR’s Christian-Herter Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Rd.

Join Park&Pedal.org at the launch event next Friday morning July 31st at the
Artesani/Herter Park on Soldiers’ Field Road in Allston-Brighton between
7:30-9:30am.

Key Massachusetts officials such as Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Commissioner Carol Sanchez will be speaking in support of this new green
transportation initiative.

Event attendees, cycling enthusiasts and commuters who stop in can:

•       Eat breakfast treats from Cafe Crema, Iggy’s Breads and Union Square
Donuts,
•       Get Bike tune-ups from Belmont Wheelworks,
•       Follow Urban Adventours on a ride to downtown Boston
•       Learn about other Cycling organizations such as Boston Bikes, MassBike
and Green Streets Initiatives
•       Hear Music and win Prizes from the MIX 104.1 FM Street Team
•       Get a chance to win one of five(5) bikes giveaways from Montague Bikes
— full-size folding bicycles that are ideal for commuters.

RSVP to join us on our Facebook event page.

For more details about the Park&Pedal event and program visit:
ParkandPedal.org


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • What A Moron September 2, 2015
      Tweet In what can only be described as click bait written by a person who seems to have suffered a head injury (perhaps a helmet would help?) Jeff Jacoby continues the Globes tradition of publishing foolish OpEd’s about cycling (see … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Having Fun With The Cambridge Bike Counter Data September 2, 2015
      TweetI have been enjoying seeing large numbers on the Cambridge Bike Counter on my way to work every day.  But I have been thinking, what sort of fun things can we do with the data from that counter. Here is … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • New Markings At Mass. Ave. Bridge Intersection September 2, 2015
      Tweet (pardon the poor pictures it was dark) Took these late last night, lane markings are back, but still no flexible bollards up.  In the five or so minutes I sat there about ten cars went by, oh which about … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Response to Mr. Jacoby’s Opinion September 2, 2015
      TweetThis morning an email came from a colleague with a link to this opinion piece by Mr. Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.  I wrote up this reply (and cleaned it up later) before I got on my bike to … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Response to Mr. Jacoby’s Opinion September 2, 2015
      TweetThis morning an email came from a colleague with a link to this opinion piece by Mr. Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.  I wrote up this reply before I got on my bike to get to work because I … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Response to Mr. Jacoby’s Opinion September 2, 2015
      TweetThis morning an email came from a colleague with a link to this opinion piece by Mr. Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.  I wrote up this reply (and cleaned it up later) before I got on my bike to … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Oregon 1, Massachusetts 0 September 1, 2015
      TweetLast week I came across this article with a video on unsafe passing of a vehicle around a cyclist. Notably: Portland police announced today that, on Thursday, they cited the Kia driver for his recklessness in the video. That’s more … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Oregon 1, Massachusetts 0 September 1, 2015
      TweetLast week I came across this article with a video on unsafe passing of a vehicle around a cyclist. Notably: Portland police announced today that, on Thursday, they cited the Kia driver for his recklessness in the video. That’s more … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Oregon 1, Massachusetts 0 September 1, 2015
      TweetLast week I came across this article with a video on unsafe passing of a vehicle around a cyclist. Notably: Portland police announced today that, on Thursday, they cited the Kia driver for his recklessness in the video. That’s more … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Oregon 1, Massachusetts 0 September 1, 2015
      TweetLast week I came across this article with a video on unsafe passing of a vehicle around a cyclist. Notably: Portland police announced today that, on Thursday, they cited the Kia driver for his recklessness in the video. That’s more … Continue reading →
      yourstruly