The Latest From BostonBiker.org

News, Events, Updates


Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Lynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are going well for the effort:


Hi folks,
A few take aways from yesterday’s hearing at City Hall:
– City Council was unanimously in support of Baker’s 20 mph proposal. The Council will officially vote on the proposal next week. Assuming it passes in City Council, it would then need to be approved by the Mayor, and next would go to the statehouse.  It’s filed as a Home Rule Petition, meaning while the state would need to approve it, it provides allowance for the City of Boston only.
-While the City Council has put forth similar proposals before, they have failed to pass at the state level. The question of who/why/how the measure was previously blocked was brought up at the hearing, but no one had any definitive answer.
– BTD’s Chris Osgood, Gina Fiandaca and Vineet Gupta all highlighted that the lowering of the speed limit intersects with the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan and the work currently underway (Neighborhood slow zone pilot:Talbot-Norfolk Triangle, Priority Corridor for re-design: Mass Ave)
– The City recently installed “speed boards” and “rapid flash beacons” on cut-through streets and others noted for speeding/high crash areas. BPD noted that the speed boards capture data in real time, allowing them to know when and where they need to provide better enforcement.
– BTD said that after the intial Neighborhood Slow Zone Pilots, the plan is to create an open application process for neighborhood groups to request specific traffic calming measures in a focused area.
Read Globe coverage of the hearing here.

submit Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in advocacy, news | No Comments »

Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

This guy is making things happen in Dorchester, seems like an awesome guy!  I used to live in the very very (very) southern point of Dorchester, and while its gotten better for cycling down there, its not nearly as good as it needs to be.

 

More great info on Noah and his message here.  He is really talking about the real issues behind cycling, as a transit option, and as a life changing technology for low income folks. I hope the city will pivot to focusing on the neighborhoods that most need these kinds of infrastructure improvements and where they will do the most good economically.

Bravo sir!


submit Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester! to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in advocacy, infrastructure, news, video | 1 Comment »

Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension Finally Starts

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

Hurray!  Looks pretty awesome too:

151209673

 

The recent removal of rusty rail tracks behind his home on Beacon Street, as they were dragged out whole by heavy equipment after the wooden ties were removed, was “like watching two large snakes going by all the houses,” according to Barry Clayman.

The activity marked the beginning of the long-awaited Cape Cod Rail Trail extension through Dennis and Yarmouth.

More here

This will be a great money maker for nearby business as well, as tourists on bike will be hungry and thirsty.


submit Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension Finally Starts to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in infrastructure, news | No Comments »

Boston Ties For Highest Bike/Pedestrian City

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

We managed to get really good safety ratings as well!

—————–

For the second time in a row, Boston and Washington D.C., have topped a biannual report for the share of commuters who bike or walk to work in the 50 most populous U.S. cities — but this year, D.C. has narrowed the gap between them to a dead tie.

According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2016 Benchmarking Report — a breakdown of non-vehicular mode share in the U.S. released this week — 16.7 percent of both cities’ commuters bike or walk to work. That’s a 2 percent increase in D.C. since the 2014 report, with Boston’s rates unchanged in the same time period.

 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-03_at_12.28.29_PM

 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-03_at_11.00.20_AM

 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-03_at_12.11.49_PM

 

More info here.

 


submit Boston Ties For Highest Bike/Pedestrian City to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in news | No Comments »

Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

from BNB:

——-

Bike-A-Thon Registration is OPEN and Half-Price!

Register today for our 29th annual Bike-A-Thon! During March, registration fees are half-price, only $15 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under). The Bike-A-Thon will take place on Sunday, June 5th, (raindate of Sunday, June 19th). With 10, 30. 50, and 80-mile route options, there’s something for every rider. Invite your friends to ride with you on a team! Check out 2015 Bike-A-Thon photos and the amazing results and email [email protected] with any questions.

Riders at the 2015 Bike-A-Thon! Photo by Diana Parad
Shifting Power Bike Mechanics Training Videos!

We’re excited to release Shifting Power, a bike mechanics training video series! Shifting Power will serve as a comprehensive training manual for anyone worldwide interested in learning and/or teaching about bicycle mechanics. The 14 video series features a diverse group of instructors, unlike many of the video resources currently available. The collaborative project, created by staff at the BNB Bike Shop, International, and Youth Programs, is now available in both English and Spanish on the Bikes Not Bombs website.

Volunteer on March 20th
Help Load the First Container of 2016!

Our first Container Loading of 2016 is on March 20th and will be going to Ability Bikes in Ghana! RSVP to volunteer! We will be loading starting at 9am and ending around 5pm, stop by for an hour or stay all day!

BNB Shop Updates
Spring Shop Hours, Clinics and Staff!

The Shop is now on Summer hours, which meansclinics are back, Adult Earn-A-Bike is restarting and we’re open 7 days a week! Stop by Mon. 11-7pm, Tues. – Thurs. 8-8pm, Fri. 11-7pm, Sat. 10-6pm or Sun. 12-5pm. We’re also thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the 2016 Bike Shop team! Chelsea DeSantis and Gabriel Ytterberg are joining us as full-time mechanics and Chayanne Almieda is our newest Apprentice! Upcoming Clinics:  Mon 3/147-9pm FemmechanicsWed 3/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance Please be on time for the clinics. Tool Time will be on April 4th, RSVP byApril 3rd at 5pm.

The current BNB Sticker in Nairobi, Kenya
Submit Your Idea for Our New Sticker!

After 32 years, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp our sticker design, and we could use YOUR help! Do you have an idea of the perfect sticker you want to put on your bike, helmet or give to your favorite person?Submit it today! Designs are due before March 30th,guidelines and resources available.

Can you help with Bike Drives?
It’s Almost Bike Drive Season!

Our Spring Bike Drives will resume in April! Are you able to help us collect 5000+ bikes each year by organizing a drive in your community? Can you volunteer to flatten bikes at a bike drive? Email[email protected] for more information. Have a bike to donate? Check out our upcoming Bike Drives throughout New England.

John 'Rosy' Rosenwinkel
Volunteer of the Month – John Rosenwinkel

This month we would like to extend a huge thank you to John Rosenwinkel as volunteer of the month. John has served as an adult instructor, helped with final safety checks before Earn-A-Bike graduations and most recently improved the operations of the Hub mechanics space. As a member of a youth programs committee John helped build a wall to mount bicycle forks and crank sets, teaching senior youth staff about basic power tools during the construction. John’s consistent dedication is invaluable to the impact of our programs.

IMAGE NAME
International Programs Field Reports

Our International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, has been traveling for most of 2016! In January, Charlotte visited Cycloville in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 weeks, and in February, Charlotte went to Koforidua, Ghana to work with Ability Bikes. Read our Field Reports to see what Charlotte learned!

News Outside of BNB

BBMA Spring Sprints Support the Boston Bicycle Messenger Association at a tournament-style roller race on Sunday March 27th!!

World Bike Forum Sign up to attend the 5th World Bike Forum in Santiago, Chile from March 31st – April 5th.

Broadway Bicycle School is looking for someone to join their staff April-October as an entry level bicycle mechanic!


submit Bikes Not Bombs Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in news | No Comments »

Hubway Station Are Re-Opening!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

From Hubway:  (also its pretty crazy they are getting close to 4 MILLION rides!)

———–

25+ Boston Stations Reopen, more this week!

We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather last week to get stations back out to Boston locations! In case you missed it, there was even one brand new station location.

Has your favorite station deployed yet? Keep an eye on Hubway’s blog for the latest updates & announcements. There are also a number of free apps (like Spotcycle) you can use to view all active stations & bike/dock availability on your phone. Ride safe: pull over before peeking at the map.

This week: an important event hosted by the City of Cambridge to help determine station siting; how two competitive Hubway-riding friends inspired a free burrito giveaway; and a reminder that Hubway’s 4 millionth rider (could be you!) receives a $250 gift certificate from New Balance. Plus, a special offer to follow the yellow brick road. It’s all in this edition of Hubway news, and you can #TakeHubway to all of it.

Hubway spring deployment schedule

We expect more than 110 available stations, including the 37 that operate year-round in Cambridge, by the end of March. That’s more than ever at this point in the season. Remaining stations will be rolled out in April, though please note that stations along the Boston Marathon route will not be accessible until after the race. Read More →

Help choose Dana Park’s permanent Hubway location

Dana Park’s Hubway Station will return to its temporary location this month, but the City of Cambridge wants your feedback about the site for its permanent home.#TakeHubway to the Central Square Branch Library for an open house on March 15th, 5-7pm. Can’t make it? That’s OK… Read More →

#TakeHubway & you could win!

Over 3,950,000 trips have been taken on Hubway all-time. Who will be Hubway’s 4 millionth rider? It could be you — what happens then?!? You could win a $250 gift card to New Balance! Read More →


submit Hubway Station Are Re-Opening! to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags:
Posted in news | No Comments »

Livable Streets March Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

Lots of good stuff From Livable Streets:

 

peak up for the Greenline Extension and Community Path

images.jpegSpeak up to remind MassDOT, the MBTA and the Governor that we need a fully functional Green Line Extension and the integrated Community Path project.

MassDOT and the MBTA have scheduled five public meetings to receive public input/suggestions on ways to reduce the cost of construction for these projects.

Construction of the Green Line Extension and Community Path will provide long needed air quality, public health, transportation and economic development improvements for our communities.

 

Attend ones of these meetings and remind MassDOT, the MBTA and the Governor that we need these very important projects:

 

Upcoming Public Meetings on the Green Line Extension
Meeting times:

Open House: 5:30pm – 6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm

  • March 2: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue – Somerville
  • March 23: Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street – Medford
  • April 13: Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street – Somerville
  • April 27: St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge
  • May 5th: St. Clement’s Parish Hall, 579 Boston Avenue – Medford

MBTA late night service cut, but fare increases still in play

mbta_control_board_mtg.jpg

We are disappointed to report that the MBTA Control Board voted 4-0 yesterday to cancel late night service. While this is an unfortunate development, we were inspired by the hundreds of impassioned advocates who packed the meeting room to speak up for better transit.

Next week the MBTA control board will vote on possible fare increases. We hope that they will seriously consider the overwhelming public support for keeping fare increases at or below 5% in their vote next Monday, March 7.

We will be there next week for this important vote and keep you up-to-date over the next few weeks as the Control Board considers cost saving measures for the Greenline extension.

 


New Emerald Network website launched!

EN_homepage.jpg

Since launching the Emerald Network in September 2015, we’ve made strides toward achieving our vision of a 200-mile seamless network of greenways across Metro Boston.

To highlight this important initiative we’ve launched a brand new website:www.emeraldnetwork.info.

On the new Emerald Network website you can:

  • Learn about the progress we’ve made and see some examples of in-progress and future project to complete the network

  • Apply for the Greenway Partners Program, to request capacity-building support to advance a proposed greenway project

  • Sign up to receive email updates specific to the Emerald Network

We hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more by exploring thewebsite!


LivableStreets and Vision Zero featured on PRI’s “The World”

stacy_and_brendan.jpg

LivableStreets’ Stacy Thompson hit the streets of Boston last week with Brendan Kearney of WalkBoston and PRI “The World” reporter Jason Margolis to talk about safety on our streets. At the corner of Mass Ave and Beacon Street the trio discussed the hurdles and hopes for Boston’s commitment to Vision Zero.

“What does Boston have to learn? It already is one of the safest major cities in the US. Still, you’re about three times more likely to be killed on the roads in Boston — walking, cycling or traveling in a car — than in Stockholm.”

Click here to hear how Stacy and Brendan answered this question and learn more about Sweden’s successful campaign to dramatically reduced traffic crashes.


I-90 Interchange project prompts bigger questions about connectivity and livability

10391835_10153512308923111_972039618001533192_n.jpgOn Sunday the Boston Globe highlighted the need to look toward the future and prioritize transit and broader connectivity for the proposed West Station – an important piece of the I-90 interchange project. The following evening Brookline residents packed a Transportation Board meeting to learn about the 1-90 project and how it might impact their community.

LivableStreets Advocacy Committee member Ari Ofsevit presented an alternative design to MassDot’s current proposal that prioritizes people, place-making and better options for walking, biking and transit. Many of the residents highlighted the need for better buses and better connections to Boston and Cambridge.

Given the enormous long-term impact of this project, we can’t agree more with the Globe, “it’s not too soon to decide what the basic purpose of West Station ought to be — a 21st-century multimodal transportation center, or just another commuter rail stop.”


MA Bike Safety Forum re-cap

ma_bike_safety.jpg

The room was packed with people who care about making biking safer at Suffolk University last Tuesday night, as bicyclists gathered with legislators, policy makers, and stakeholders to talk about changing state laws to make cycling safer. Representatives from the trucking industry, Boston, Cambridge, the Carmen’s Union and the MBTA gave brief presentations followed by breakout sessions where ideas for possible legislation were presented.

LivableStreets’ Board members Steve Miller and Megan Ramey each led a break-out session engaging attendees in discussion around lowering speed limits and safe bicycle crossings. At the conclusion of the event attendees were asked to vote on their preferred solution for better bike safety.

Senator William Brownsberger posted the results of the survey on his website in “Bike Safety Forum Take Aways–?” and is requesting additional public input. You can comment on the event’s website mabikesafety.com.


Opportunties

Join LivableStreets’ Advocacy Committee

advocacy_committee.jpg

LivableStreets Advocacy Committee is tracking more than 90 street projects in Metro Boston and we need your help! The group meets once monthly and consists of new and seasoned advocates working together to tackle issues big and small. Joining the Advocacy Committee is a great way to keep up to date on key projects and initiatives, learn from our volunteer advocates who’ve won dozens of campaigns (like bringing down the Casey Overpass, securing the new design for Comm Ave!) and share your ideas for better streets in your neighborhood.

Please contact [email protected] to learn more and get involved.

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

livablestreets.info


submit Livable Streets March Update to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: ,
Posted in advocacy, news | No Comments »

Temporary Closure Of The Paul Dudley White Bike Path

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 21

Got this in the email, if this is part of your commute you might need to change some things up:

 

DCR Recreational Advisory: Temporary Closure of the Paul Dudley White Bike Path in Boston

WHAT:           Beginning on Monday, December 21, 2015 and continuing to Friday, January 22, 2016, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be implementing a temporary closure of Paul Dudley White Bike Path along the Boston side of the Charles River between the Boston University Bridge and the River Street Bridge, to accommodate repairs to the pedestrian bridge.

 

WHERE:         Paul Dudley White Bike Path, Boston, between the Boston University Bridge and the River Street Bridge

 

WHEN:           Monday, December 21, 2015 and continuing to Friday, January 22, 2016


submit Temporary Closure Of The Paul Dudley White Bike Path to reddit.com Add to Reddit.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Commuting, infrastructure, news | 5 Comments »

The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
      TweetThe city council Unanimously approved the 20 mph speed limit, it now goes to the mayor, and then (strangely) to the state…stay tuned.
      Boston Biker
    • Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing April 25, 2016
      TweetLynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th April 25, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun. Are you good with kids? Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain? If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th! April 25, 2016
      TweetUnbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe. From the email: You heard it here first! — … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • America’s Absurd Fascination With Cars April 14, 2016
      TweetI was having a discussion with someone this morning and we realized that at every stage in the development of automobile infrastructure in America, other, consistently better, choices for infrastructure were available, but we continued to choose the car every … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston City Council Hearing On Lower Speed Limits In Boston April 8, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email.  Very interesting proposal!  If we really could make speeding enforcement and lowering speeds a priority we would be much better off.   ————————– On April 20th there will be a hearing on Councilor Frank Baker’s … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Shop Soap! April 5, 2016
      I have been making my own soap for a couple of years now, mostly as gifts for friends and family.  We have made all sorts of nice smelling, very good soaps, but something was missing.  I wanted a soap that was strong enough to blast off the various shop related gunk from my hands, but […]
      Boston Biker
    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
      commonwheels
    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
      commonwheels
    • Making Some Crow Feather Earrings April 2, 2016
      Here are some process shots from the latest group of earrings I made. First I print out the design, and then cut and rubber cement it to the copper plate. the design is cut out using a jewelers saw, then you file and polish the burs off. The feathers ready and prepped for soldering.  Silver […]
      Boston Biker