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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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Help Re-Design City Infrastructure

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

From livable streets:

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Have you ever found yourself at a Boston area bus stop and thought, “this could be better”? If you could do it over, what would you change? Would you add more seating? Some public art and shelter from the elements?

Now’s your chance to put your ideas to the test! Submit a proposal to the BRT Station Design Competition.

BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile.

Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the BostonBRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines. We can’t wait to see what you think up!


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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Calling all designers, programmers, civic minds, artists, students & data geeks!
Join this year’s challenge to bring more than 5 million Hubway trips to life — plus the chance to win great prizes! Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville invite you to get your creative juices flowing for the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft.

Where and when do Hubway users ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? Which days yield the most rides? How do rider patterns differ between members & casual riders? How does weather affect usage? Simply download the Hubway trips data and get as creative as you like. Enter your project by April 10th for your chance to win one of six prize packages (including cash) valued at over $1,200 each!

FIND OUT MORE

Save the Date — April 28th

Our expert judges will award winners in 5 categories, plus a public vote for the People’s Choice award, at the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft Awards Ceremony & Seasonal Celebration at the Microsoft New England Research & Design (NERD) Center in Cambridge. More details to follow.

Free Data Visualization Crash Course — March 16th

Want to learn the basics of data visualization and get the skills you need to participate in the Challenge? You’re invited to a free Data Visualization Crash Course offered by our friends at General Assembly Boston. Space is limited to the first 100 people who sign up, so register early.

Do You Enjoy Good (and Free) Food?

Thanks to Data Challenge event sponsor B.GOOD, attendees of the General Assembly course and our NERD Center Awards Ceremony will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious wholesome food that people feel good about eating. As part of the Data Challenge prize package, winners will also receive 7 days of free B.GOOD via the B.GOOD Family App.
Additional prizes provided by Hubway and

Boston stations coming out of hibernation beginning next week

More good news out of Hubway HQ! Weather permitting, stations based in Boston will begin deployment for the season next week. The full schedule is still to be determined, so check the Hubway blog for specific station updates to see when your favorite stations are returning. View the station map or your Hubway app to see real-time station, dock, and bike availability.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?

Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.



Mon 2/27, 11-11:30am    Public Sing Along
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Mon 2/27, 1-2pm    Nonfiction Book Group
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Tue 2/28, 6-8pm    Kendall Square Mobility Task Force Meeting
One Main Street, 1st Floor, East Arcade Conference Room, Cambridge


Tue 2/28, 7-8pm    Boudreau Knitting Group
Boudreau Branch Library, 245 Concord Ave, Cambridge


Tue 3/7, 7-9pm    Central Square Social Club
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge


Sun 3/12, 9:30-11:30am    Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts State Finals
Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington street, Boston

Thu 3/16, 6:30-8:30pm    GA + Hubway Present: Free Data Visualization Crash Course
General Assembly, 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor, 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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How Hard Is This To Understand?

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26


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Imagining A More Connected Franklin Park

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 15

From Livable Streets:
Do you live, work or play near Franklin Park? Do you have ideas about improving access to the park?

If the answer is YES, please join Imagine Boston 2030, Boston Parks & Recreation and the Franklin Park Coalition to (re)imagine Franklin Park and answer key questions about connectivity, access, and park facilities.

Event Details:
Imagining Franklin Park
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Franklin Park Golf Course Function Room
@ 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester
The Emerald Network, a LivableStreets Alliance initiative, envisions a seamless network of greenways that will connect every neighborhood to open space, transit, and jobs. Connectivity to and through Franklin Park is very important to the success of our work, and the larger Network. We hope you will attend the event and voice your support!

This session is a part of the City of Boston’s Imagine Boston 2030initiative. This initiative will define a vision for Boston leading up to its 400th birthday and beyond, and create a road map to realize that vision. To learn more about the initiative and track its progress, read the city’s strategic plan ‘Expanding Opportunityand share your opinions in the survey here. 

We hope to see you there!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety! May 19, 2017
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