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Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow?

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 13

From Cambridge Bike Safety:

The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar or worse than it is today: it will continue to have a dangerous 5 1/2-foot painted bike lane between fast-moving cars and trucks on one side, and the storm grates and detritus that builds up next to the crash barrier on the other side. The outbound lane will be slightly better, with a small 2-foot buffer separating bikes from one lane of car traffic with no protection.

According to Boston’s bike counts, one-third of AM rush hour commuters are on bicycles. Those families, commuters and visitors deserve a safe space to ride! We have been working to convince state officials to install pilot protected bike lanes by restriping both lanes, inbound and outbound, with buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

To make this vision a reality we need to keep the pressure on state officials. Please take these two actions today to ensure help us transform the Longfellow Bridge from a highway to a safe, mulit-modal connector for everyone, including those walking and bicycling!

  1. Call or email your state representative’s and senator’s offices (look yours up here or find the list of Cambridge reps below) as soon as possible and tell them how important it is to you as a constituent that MassDOT update the design to include safe, protected bike lanes on the bridge in both directions. Please copy us or email us afterward ([email protected] and [email protected]) so we can keep a count. Talking points are below.

  2. Sign this petition asking state officials to stripe a safe bike lane with a buffer on the inbound side of the Longfellow. If you’ve already signed, share the link with your friends by email or Facebook.

Background:

A group of advocates led by the Boston Cyclists Union, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, and others has been working to convince state officials to change their plans for the inbound side of the bridge, and use painted buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

Specifically, we are asking MassDOT to keep the bridge to one travel lane inbound for cars, in order to install an inbound protected bike lane that would allow cyclists to cross the bridge safely.

  • With only one general travel lane, the protected bike lane can be designed to be quite wide, which will have two ancillary benefits: (1) emergency vehicles like ambulances will be able to safely use the bike lane/buffer when needed (with bicyclists pulling over to the side), (2) bicyclists will be able to safely ride side by side and pass each other on the steep climb up the bridge.

  • We know that one lane is all that’s needed, given that there’s only been one car lane over the past 5+ years of construction, and the traffic implosion that had been predicted never materialized. Also, designating only one travel lane for motor vehicles will reduce speeding.

  • Due to these benefits, the Cambridge City Council officially endorsed this proposed design, and two of our state representatives, Mike Connolly and Jay Livingstone, have publicly written to MassDOT asking them to improve safety by adopting this design. (It’s still important to call Mike and Jay to thank them, so they know this is something people really care about.)

  • Also important to note: the change we are asking for can easily be made, even at this late stage. It primarily involves simply painting different lane markings on the bridge, and does not need to delay the project.

For more information, see the Boston Cyclists Union’s post on the history of the Longfellow bridge project. MassDOT’s currently planned design is using data on mode shares from 9 years ago. In that time, Cambridge bike counts have doubled, and the Longfellow bridge has operated with one vehicular inbound travel lane for 5 years without incident. The bridge must be updated to reflect current trends and emphasize safe, healthy mobility with protected bike lanes in both directions.

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

Sincerely,
The CBS Core Team

Write or call your statehouse legislators using the email addresses and phone numbers below. If you don’t know who they are, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, copy us ([email protected] and [email protected]), and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

House

Rep. Dave Rogers (24th Middlesex)
617-722-2370        [email protected]

Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
617-722-2692        [email protected]

Rep. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex)
617-722-2060        [email protected]

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (29th Middlesex)
617-722-2140        [email protected]

Rep. Jay Livingstone (8th Suffolk)
617-722-2013        [email protected]

Rep. Denise Provost (27th Middlesex, Somerville)
617-722-2263        [email protected]

Senate

Sen. Patricia Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
617-722-1578        [email protected]

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk)
617-722-1650        [email protected]

Sen. Joseph Boncore (1st Suffolk and Middlesex)
617-722-1634        [email protected]


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Hubway’s New Equity Program

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 23

This is pretty cool, I always thought cycling could be a low cost and healthy way to improve access to work for a lot of folks that have a hard time paying for cars or even public transit.

 

From Hubway:

SNAP Card to Ride Program Launch

Hubway’s new equity program, SNAP Card to Ride, formally launched last week! The Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, the Town of Brookline, and the Department of Transitional Assistance came together to provide a significant discount to low-income families and individuals. The program provides memberships for $5/month or $50/year to individuals over the age of 16 with their household EBT card. The membership includes unlimited 60-minute trips (instead of 30-minutes).

This program is part of Hubway’s ongoing commitment to improving bike share access to low-income populations. Access to this program is expected to expand in the near future to residents who participate in other public assistance programs, as well.


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Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

From the email:

page2image2536.jpegNow is the time to speak up for a safer Beacon Street!

On Monday, October 2nd, the City of Boston is holding a “drop-in” meeting to share an update on the Beacon Street redesign project, a Vision Zero corridor project.

The City has incorporated feedback from the public meeting in June into an updated design, and will have team members on hand to answer questions.

Vision Zero Beacon Street Redesign Public Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
@ the Boston Public Library, lower lobby in front of Rabb Hall
700 Boylston Street, Boston

You can do a few things to help out:

  1. Share this email with your community and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to join you on Monday.
  2. Spread the word via social media before and during the meeting using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident. 
  3. Speak up at the meeting. Tell the city about your personal experiences and the improvements you’d like to see on Beacon Street.

Here are a few suggested talking points:

  • Thank you for your commitment to Vision Zero and making Beacon Street safer for everyone!
  • Please keep the bike lane separated uninterrupted to the intersection at Mass Ave, rather than having a mixing zone.
  • Thank you for doing a road diet in order to create a safer street with shorter crossings for pedestrians and dedicated space for bicycling.
  • Thank you for improving pedestrian signal timing by making more crossings concurrent with a Leading Pedestrian Interval. Please do so with ALL pedestrian crossings in the project area, ensuring that the WALK signal lasts the full length of the concurrent green, along with making all pedestrian signals automatic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Thank you for adding ‘No Turn on Red’ signs. Please add them at ALL intersections.
  • Please extend the bike lane further eastbound to the Fiedler Footbridge and to Arlington St as part of this project rather than in the future.

Beacon Street has been the site of several serious crashes in the past few years, and this project is an important step in bringing the number of fatalities on our streets to zero.

We know that improving Beacon Street will save lives. We hope to see you on October 2nd!

LivableStreets Alliance
http://www.livablestreets.info/


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Free Hubway Ride Today!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

Renew Today

Today is Free Ride Day!
courtesy of High Brew Coffee

It’s National Coffee Day! Jump start your morning with a bike ride and an energizing can of cold brew coffee. Come see us at Hubway’s Aquarium Station or Congress Street Station from 7:30am to 9:30am where we’ll be dishing out free samples of High Brew Coffee to celebrate!
Get a Free 24-Hour Pass

This free day pass will be available only in the Hubway app on 9/29/17.


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Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 13

Hubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this Saturday, BTD is hosting more than 28 workshops in neighborhoods all across Boston. You know your community best, so they need your input!

These workshops will be an opportunity for you to connect with your neighbors and discuss the best potential locations for bike share stations together.

Join the team and your neighbors at these September workshops:

Jamaica Plain – September 13, 6 PM – BCYF Hennigan, 200 Heath St
Dorchester – September 14, 6 PM – Grove Hall Library, 41 Geneva Ave
South End – September 16, 10 AM –  BCYF Blackstone, 50 W Brookline St
Mattapan – September 19, 6 PM – BCYF Mattahunt, 100 Hebron St
Roslindale – September 20, 6 PM – BCYF Menino, 125 Brookway Rd
Jamaica Plain – September 23, 10 AM – Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St
Back Bay – September 27, 6 PM – Central Library, 700 Boylston St
Charlestown – September 28, 6 PM – Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St

Visit boston.gov/bike-share-expansion for a full list of workshops and to learn more about how you can get involved in the planning process.

Can’t make it to a workshop in your neighborhood? No worries! Although each workshop will focus on the neighborhood where the meeting is held, BTD will have materials available to discuss all neighborhoods that are under consideration for the expansion. You are welcome to join any workshop.

BTD is looking forward to your feedback on this big expansion!


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