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Hubway Expanding To 70 More Locations

Written by Boston Biker on May 26

Via U-Hub:

Hubway will add more than 70 bike-rental stations over the next two years to the 127 it already operates in Boston, under a new contract with the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh’s office said today.

Currently unserved areas in Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan will get new Hubway stations under the terms of a new contract negotiated by Boston with Motivate International, the system’s parent company. Hubway will also add additional stations in existing service areas to better handle demand – and add new stations in Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

Work to come up with specific new locations will begin with public meetings this summer, the mayor’s office said.


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Come Out May 2 To Create A New Inman Square Safe For Everyone!

Written by Boston Biker on May 01

From the email:

Together, we’re making streets in Cambridge safer for all ages and abilities. As a result of our voices, we have seen some initial wins with pop-up lanes and great community support in favor of the city’s plans for Cambridge Street protected bike lanes. We need to continue this momentum this Tuesday, May 2 at the important Inman Square redesign meeting where the city will unveil the results of its months-long internal deliberations.

Cambridge St Update: 150 people showed up for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane meeting, and the tone was overwhelmingly positive, especially for making the street safe for the hundreds of CRLS students that bike or walk to school. Many bicyclists also emphasized the need to support local businesses and how this project can benefit them. The city has promised to begin construction in June, with one more public meeting between then and now, and we’ll keep you posted on how we can all make sure this project is a success.

Inman Sq Public Meeting: The other major project happening this Spring is the redesign of Inman Square, which will connect directly to the east end of the Cambridge Street protected bike lane. There is an important public meeting this Tuesday, May 2where city staff will present their preferred design and solicit feedback. All four of the designs presented at the last meeting, particularly the bend options, need significant changes to be as safe for all users as they can be. Thus, it’s crucial for as many of us as possible to come out on May 2 in support of safe, protected bicycle infrastructure and traffic calming! We deserve safe streets for all ages and abilities and the final design must reflect this.

 

When: Tuesday, May 2, 6-8pm (6-7: presentation, 7-8: discussion)

Where: Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)

Please RSVP so that your friends find out about it too!

 

Members of Cambridge Bike Safety have spent the last several months talking with local residents, businesses, neighborhood associations, and transportation professionals to understand how best to meet the needs of the community. CBS has put forward criteria for the project reflecting these conversations, based on safety, convenience, and environmental sustainability, and ranked the four proposed designs by the city. Read our full recommendation.

All plans meet the basic goal of providing safer bicycle facilities, in particular through the use of protected bicycle lanes. The Roundabout scores best on our metrics of safety, convenience, and environmental sustainability, with Bend Cambridge scoring second best.

Regardless of the design chosen, we expect that further changes will be needed, and Tuesday is a critical juncture to make these views known to the city.

Read our blog post for our full recommendation and considerations for all designs.

We hope to see you on May 2!

Sincerely,

All of us at Cambridge Bike Safety


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Hubway Update

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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The Word On The Street

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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday! September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Now 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. … Continue reading →
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    • Action: Ask Council Candidates To Sign Onto The Bike Safety Platform September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Contact City Council candidates and ask them to sign onto the Cambridge Bicycle Safety platform (text below) urging a more aggressive implementation of the 20 miles of protected lanes called for in the City’s Bike Plan, along … Continue reading →
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    • 15th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal – This Sunday October 1st September 29, 2017
      TweetHistoric Bicycle Tour of Middlesex Canal On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 15th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  Because the MBTA is not running trains on the Lowell Line … Continue reading →
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    • Free Hubway Ride Today! September 29, 2017
      Tweet 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 … Continue reading →
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    • Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates September 14, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: CITY OF BOSTON Vision Zero Update NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations September 13, 2017
      TweetHubway 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 … Continue reading →
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    • Squirrel Head Badge Installed August 30, 2017
      One of my customers sent this awesome picture of my squirrel head badge installed on a bicycle. I think it looks awesome! Continue reading →
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    • Your Hard Work Paid Off! August 23, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: ————–   We emailed, we called, we showed up – and we won! Due to the tremendous support for protected bicycle lanes over the past 3 weeks–in emails, calls, and in-person testimonies–on Monday, August 7, the City Council … Continue reading →
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