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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.
Tags: lets do this, no seriously lets do this, video
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Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:
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.
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
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/
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.
Tags: Bike Lanes, Boston Bikes, City of Boston, helmet hub, hubway
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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!
|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:
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.
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.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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An eagle eyed reader spotted what look like baby bike lanes (soon to be painted) on cross street.
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.
Tags: baby bike lanes, Bike Lanes, cross street
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From the email
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.
Tags: Bike Lanes, cycle tracks, down town, the hub
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Just received the following notice from the Town. This is to fix some of the bumps in the path.
“Bike Path Closures Nov 20 through Nov 22
Weather permitting sections of the Minuteman Bike Path will be closed between 7:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. on November 20th through the 22nd for paving repairs. The general locations for repairs are from Linwood St. to Lake St., and Lake St. to Thorndike Field. Please observe “do not enter” signs and seek alternative routes around these work areas during these times.
All modes of travel (pedestrian, bicycles) will not be allowed in work areas.”
The bumps are annoying, please and thank you for removing them Arlington.
Tags: Arlington, bump removal, minuteman bikeway, yippy
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I ride through here…every single day, and every single day it sucks. I can’t wait for this to get better. Don’t even care if there is crazy construction for a year. Highways don’t belong in neighborhoods.
Tags: about time, McGrath, take it down!
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Its sadly that time again, the Hubways are starting to shut down for the winter. This year they were extended well into the colder months, perhaps if this trend continues in a few years we will see year round Hubway action!
If you have been outside at all you have seen that the Hubway system has exploded in popularity this year. With exponential growth, and awesome discounted memberships for low income people, this system is rapidly becoming the most reliable public transportation system in the city. Lets hope it continues to grow into the neighborhoods that need it most, and that we can push the closing date later and later each year till its open all year round!
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURES BEGIN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
Stay tuned to thehubway.com/news for specific station schedules.
Hello from Hubway.
It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 18, 2013, and the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th.
“When will my station close for the year?”
We’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page and twitter profile. We will not send email alerts for each station, so make sure to check those sites for the latest info, and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite Hubway station. We are going to keep the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 27th, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for 1.5 million rides… and counting!
The Team at Hubway
Tags: closing time, hubway
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