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Tonight: Public Hearing For Game-Changing Cycle Track Loop In Downtown Boston

Written by greg on Feb 26

stay a kid thumbGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and smiles too much. He shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum
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Imagine being able to bike around the heart of downtown Boston on completely safe and separated from car-traffic bike paths, or cycle-tracks. This is the goal of the Tiger Grant-funded Connect History Boston Trail

Tonight is the public hearing to present plans for a protected bike path loop around downtown Boston to the public. Here’s the info about the hearing from the Boston Bikes event calendar, so definitely show up to voice support, comments, or concerns:

A Public Hearing will be held by the City of Boston Public Works Department to discuss the proposed Connect Historic Boston project that is being funded through a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant.

WHERE: City Hall, Boston
One City Hall Square, Room 801
Boston, MA 02201

WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Open House 6:00 PM
Meeting 6:30PM

The City of Boston Public Works Department will be holding a public hearing to present the City’s Connect Historic Boston Project at the location and time shown above. The public notice which provides additional information relative to the hearing and project can be found here.

The plans for this path sound almost too good to be true:

The Connect History Boston Trail will be a family-friendly bicycle loop around downtown Boston, providing access to major transit hubs, regional trails, and National Park Service visitor centers and National Park service Partner sites.

A loop that provites two-way travel will simplify navigating Boston’s complex one-way street system. The trail will make it easier to connect from North Station to offices in the Downtown or Seaport District, or between the two stations themslves. For people just getting to know Boston, the out and back nature of the trail will make it easy to go from site to site and return along the same route.

The trail will be separated from traffic, such as a cycle track or path, in order to appeal to the broadest range of people and abilities. Trail users will be able to ride comfortably in small groups.

The trail will be buffered from sidewalk path by street furniture, special paving, or a curb where appropriate.

Wayfinding will direct bicyclists from the Connect History Boston trail to NPS sites and the regional shared-use path system.

Bikeshare, bike rental, and bike parking will be conveniently located to the trail.

If these plans go forward, we can expect to see a very different landscape for bicycling in Boston once completed.


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Help Improve Cycling In Boston: Take The Cities Bike Survey

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 14

Just a quick survey that will help the city improve its cycling infrastructure and bike programs!

From the email:

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Help Boston Bikes improve cycling in the city. If you biked in Boston in 2013, please take our survey found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BB2013EOYSurvey. Don’t forget to tell your friends to take the survey too!

Final responses are needed by Monday January 27, 2014. Total estimated timerequired is 10-15 minutes.

Thanks so much for all your help. We look forward to working with you in 2014.

Keep smiling,

Nicole Freedman

Director of Bicycle Programs


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State Releases New Transportation Plan

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 11

From the email:

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MassDOT has released weMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance (WMM), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The report summarizes MassDOT’s new approach to multimodal capital planning and the use of scenario planning. The Planning for Performance tool can be used to calculate the performance outcomes resulting from different funding levels available to MassDOT. The WMM tool also begins to incorporate MassDOT’s important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, into the capital planning process.  In the future MassDOT will use the tool to update and refine investment priorities. The performance tool also allows our customers and stakeholders to understand the impacts of investment or disinvestment in our transportation system.

Beginning on January 29, MassDOT will convene a series of six public meetings to present both the weMove Massachusetts report and the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan.  The meetings locations and dates are as follows:

Wednesday     1/29    Boston (10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor)

Wednesday     1/29    Worcester (Union Station)

Monday            2/3       Amherst (Bangs Community Center)

Monday            2/3       Pittsfield (Berkshire Athenaeum)

Wednesday     2/5      Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth, Moot Court Room – UMass Law Building)

Monday            2/10    Lynn (Lynn City Hall – Council Chambers)

All meetings will take place from 6 to 8 pm

WMM is built on extensive customer outreach that MassDOT started in the youMove Massachusetts (YMM) project. MassDOT conducted wider outreach to Environmental Justice and Title VI communities through the WMM process, and this outreach complemented the conversations MassDOT conducted at the same time as part of the Patrick Administration’s transportation revenue proposals.  The outreach confirmed the essential connection between transportation and growth.  The Stakeholder Summary Report is available on the documents page.

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/22/Docs/WWM_Planning_for_Performance.pdf
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/infoCenter/docs_materials/cip_FY14_FY18.pdf
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/22/Docs/WemoveStakeholderSummary.pdf

 

Thanks Jessica for the tip.


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This Could Be Boston, This Should Be Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 02

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

 

This is basically the same sort of set up we have here, constrained city area (we are on a peninsula instead of surrounded by walls, but same thing), lots of students, poor city to drive in…just look at that place!  Something to dream about, and work towards.

So many of these ideas could be picked up and placed down with little to no modification to fit our system.  WE COULD AND SHOULD DO THIS!

Thanks Ron for the tip.

 


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 21

Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:

HelmetHub Launch

 

We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.

 

We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.com/news for information about specific station closures.

New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?

These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:

  • VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
  • VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
  • Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
  • Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
  • Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
  • Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
  • Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
  • Cross Street / N Washington Street
Upcoming Public Meetings  
These meetings are part of the Connect Historic Boston project.
Atlantic Ave / Commercial St
11/20 – 6:00pm - Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St
The City of Boston will present a Concept Plan for Atlantic Avenue / Commercial Street (from Christopher Columbus Park to Hull Street) in the North End as part of the Connect Historic Boston initiative. The goal is to transform this corridor into a street with sufficient space for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles to share the road comfortably.

Causeway St

11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.

Donate to Roll It Forward

 

“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.

We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/programs/roll-it-forward/donate. If you would like to host a bike drive please contact our Community Programs Manager, Jenny Duquette, atjenny.duquette@cityofboston.gov

BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.

With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.

 

           


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Wake Up Hubway! Cambridge Stations To Run YEAR ROUND!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 20

I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature.  Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!

See below for all the details!

 

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HUBWAY TO PILOT YEAR-ROUND OPERATIONS IN CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge-based stations will remain available through the winter
Hello from Hubway!

 

We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.

 

With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.

 

The Team at Hubway

WINTER RIDING TIPS

 

To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

 

WEAR LAYERS
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.

FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS

Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.

 

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

Have your route set ahead of time.

 

PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION

Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.

 

MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD

Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.

 

STAY VISIBLE

Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.

 

USE EXTRA CAUTION

Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.


SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE

As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.


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New Bike Lanes On Cross Street (Maybe)

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

An eagle eyed reader spotted what look like baby bike lanes (soon to be painted) on cross street.

 

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These were taken looking north at Stillman Place and Cross Street and also just before the intersection of Cross and Valenti Way

 

We can only hope that is what they are, although they look like bike lanes.  Thanks John for the awesome shots, and keen eye.


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Support Bike Infrastructure Down Town

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

From the email

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Support safer streets: Causeway St public meeting 
LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike and WalkBoston invite you to attend and speak up at a meeting presenting a new plan for Causeway Street – a crucial link in the proposed Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail downtown.

Causeway Street redesign public meeting 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 PM
@ CBT Architects, 110 Canal Street, Boston

LivableStreets, Boston Cyclist Union, MassBike and WalkBoston collectively support the following ideas as foundational themes for Causeway Street:
1) A grand plaza in front of the TD North Garden.
2) When events let out, pedestrians get full priority.
3) Improved sidewalk and crosswalks.
4) Physically separated bike lanes (cycletracks) for people biking.
5) Safe connections to existing and future bikeways.
6) Wayfinding signage and pavement indications to help pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers find their destinations.

Click here for more information on these six key points.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hamphire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a gorup of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hamphire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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