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Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Vote today for the People’s Choice

The entries are in! And now the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and the Town of Brookline are asking you to select the winner of the 2017 Hubway Data Challange presented by Microsoft People’s Choice Award. That winner will receive a prize package valued at over $1,400! Some entries are beautiful, some are clever, and at least one is very funny. Review each entry and link before making your choice, and complete your ballot by Tuesday, April 18th, 11:59 PM. One voter will win a free Hubway annual membership!

Hubway Valet Service: More docks at select locations

From mid-April to mid-September, Hubway offers Valet Service for expanded dock availability at high volume stations during peak usage times. These stations will be staffed by a friendly Hubway Ambassador to help you with any Hubway-related question, and allowing the station to operate at increased dock capacity. That means more room for your your bike! Details here.

Greenovate Boston Award Party w/Mayor Walsh, Wed 4/19

Join Mayor Walsh and Greenovate Boston as we celebrate Earth Day and Boston’s climate action leaders with the announcement of the 2017 Mayor’s Greenovate Award winners. Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to connect with neighbors and colleagues who make Boston a greener city.

Nearest Hubway Station:
Prudential Center – Belvidere St

Holy Spokes Book Launch Party, Fri 4/21

Celebrate the fabulous cycling community in Boston, spiritual seekers, the actual publication of a first book!, a vision of transit justice, and a love of the complicated, formative and holy experience of cities. Join us for the launch party for author and friend of Hubway Laura Everett’s Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels from 6-9pm at Dorchester Brewing Company.

Nearest Hubway Station:
E. Cottage St at Columbia Rd

Where To Ride

Mon, 4/17, 3-6pm    Post-game “Zero Waste” Sort Event at Fenway Park
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston


Thur 4/20, 6:30-8:30pm    Cambridge Science Festival: Tipping the Scales on Climate Change. The Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge


Sat 4/22, 9am-1pm    Cambridge Science Festival: Sustainable Cambridge
Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway (outside Main Library), Cambridge


Mon 4/24, 8-10pm    2017 El Pelon Chile Pepper Eating Contest
El Pelon Taqueria, 92 Peterborough St, Boston


Wed 4/26, Noon-1pm    Climate Ready Boston Webinar
Online anywhere! Ride to your favorite wifi spot (psst: the public library has free Internet)


Wed 4/26, 6-7pm    Free Bicycle Workshop: Urban Cycling & Hubway Basics
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway


Fri 4/28, 7:15-10:30am    Walk Ride Day Corporate Challenge Kick-off
Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway (outside Main Library), Cambridge


Sat 4/29, 7:15-10:30am    Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St, Dudley Square, Boston


Tue 5/16, 6-9pm    MassBike’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
John Hancock Financial, 601 Congress St, Boston

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Zoning Session – PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue May 2nd!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

 

Tuesday May 2nd

195 OLD COLONY AVE
Iron Workers Local 7 Building
South Boston, MA 02127

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue zoning process will translate community values and guidelines outlined in the December 2016 BPDA Board approved Plan into updated zoning for the corridor along Dorchester Avenue between Andrew Square and Broadway stations. The approved planning document was developed through a 17 month long public engagement process that incorporated the input of the community members, City departments and state agencies and established a framework for implementation of community’s vision. The zoning session on May 2, 2017 is an opportunity to learn about the Plan and to have a discussion about zoning process as it relates to PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, May 2.
5:30 PM-6:00 PM Open House/Networking
6:00 PM-7:30 PM Presentation and Dialogue
To learn more, please visit: bit.ly/plandotave
mail to: VIKTORIJA ABOLINA

Boston Planning & Development Agency
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02201
phone: 617.918.4312
email: [email protected]


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Help Bring Protected Bike Lanes To Cambridge St!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

got this in the email:

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Do you want to see protected bike lanes on Cambridge St? We need your in-person support to make sure it happens!

On April 25, the City is holding its first public meeting for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane project. We need as many people as possible to show up and express support!

When: Tuesday April 25th from 6PM-8PM
Where: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – Media Café, 459 Broadway (use main school entrance)

  1. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
  2. Canvass with us at least once this week along Cambridge Street! Click here to sign up. The focus of the canvass is to inform neighbors about the project, building support for protected bike infrastructure at the local level. Talking points and materials will be provided.

This project is in no small part because of our community’s collective effort last fall and will be a model for future protected bike lanes and lay the groundwork for a much broader protected network. It’s essential that we work with the city to get this one right.

More details about the project below.

Sincerely,
The CBS core team
What is happening, and where?

Protected bicycle lanes are going to be installed on Cambridge St from Inman Square to Quincy St (near Harvard). The lanes will have a similar design to those on Mass Ave near the Harvard Law School and Lafayette Square, except that they will be longer and on both sides of the street. Here is an example cross-section, and here is a photo of one of the similar lanes on Mass Ave.***

Detailed comments

Three design elements that Cambridge Bicycle Safety views as critical for safety for Cambridge Street and all protected bike lane pilots:

  1. The protected bicycle lanes need to be physically separated from parked and moving cars along the entire length of the protected lane. This can be accomplished using a range of options from flex posts to pre-cast curbing and planters.
  2. Vehicles such as buses, taxis/Uber/Lyft, and delivery vehicles should not need to, or be able to, block or stop in the bike lane. Floating bus stops–where the bus stops in the travel lane and picks up riders from a raised platform–and appropriate signage and physical barriers to prevent disruptive stopping in the bicycle lane should be included. Here is an example from the MassDOT separated bike lane design guide.
  3. Designated loading zones need to be provided elsewhere to make sure that deliveries and passenger pickup/dropoff can take place. Loading zones are crucial for small businesses who depend on deliveries, and they are also important because they provide an alternative to stopping in the bicycle lane.

We’ve recently sent the city two memos outlining our suggestions for the spring projects. Read them here.

*** Although they aren’t the focus of this public meeting, two other short segments of protected bike lanes are also being added this spring, one on Brattle St from Harvard Square to Mason St, and one on Mass Ave from Trowbridge St to Bow St. Additionally, protected bike lanes are part of all the Inman Square redesign options. We’ll be writing more about these projects soon.


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Hubway Will Be Closed For The Crazy Weather

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

Duh, but you know still a heads up.

Hello Hubway rider,

Due to the inclement weather, Hubway will temporarily close at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 14th, for the safety of our riders and staff. Once the closure has begun, no bikes can be rented at the stations, though any bikes in use at that time can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.

Following the storm, Hubway field staff will be working to clear stations, after which all currently deployed stations in Boston and Cambridge will reopen, and seasonal redeployment of additional stations will continue.

Of course forecasts vary and may change, so we will make sure to get updates to you. Closure and re-opening information will be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will also send another email when the system is ready to reopen. For real-time station, bike, and dock availability, visit our station map, or call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

Thank you for your cooperation,

​The Hubway Team


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The Future Of Boston Is In Your Hands

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

From Livable Streets:

After two years of outreach, dozens of workshops, and thousands of comments from people like you, the City of Boston has released its GoBoston 2030 Vision & Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future.

We are proud that this ambitious plan is a reflection of our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

Now the future of Boston is in your hands. Will you help us make this plan a reality? 

Volunteer as a Street Ambassador to help us build support for Go Boston 2030 projects and policies. We’re holding two training sessions this spring and will be deploying Street Ambassadors throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Other ways you can support us include joining our Advocacy Committee, becoming a LivableStreets member, or making a donation.

You can review the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan here. Here are some key proposals LivableStreets is especially excited to see included:

Better Buses

  • Overall bus service reliability improvements on 30 busiest routes

  • Rapid bus service along Washington St in Roslindale, Mass Ave, between North Station and the South Boston Waterfront, between Mattapan and the LMA, and more!

  • Transit signal priority along key bus and Green Line routes

  • Implementing a network of neighborhood mobility hubs

Emerald Network

  • All three of our Boston Greenway Partners’ projects are part of the Action Plan, including Roxbury to Fenway, Arboretum to Roslindale, and the American Legion Parkway

  • Improving Columbia Road so that it better serves the surrounding community and completes Olmsted’s vision of the Emerald Necklace

  • Southwest Corridor extension to Back Bay and MGH via Charles St

Vision Zero

  • Expansion of Neighborhood Slow Streets program

  • Complete streets overhauls for Dorchester Ave in South Boston, Washington St/Columbus Ave in JP & Roxbury

  • Implementing better bike corridors by rebuilding streets with protected, low-stress bicycling facilities


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    • Make Way For Bike Lanes Ride! April 17, 2017
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    • Hubway Update April 17, 2017
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    • Zoning Session – PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue May 2nd! April 17, 2017
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