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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
Tags: closing, DCR, Paul White Path
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From the city:
|Happy New Year from Boston Bikes!
2015 was a year full of changes for us, and you were all there to help. Thank you to everyone who makes Boston a better city for people who bike. Whether you attended a Bike Friday, participated in our Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, donated or received a bike through Roll it Forward, gave comments at a public meeting, or simply connected with us over e-mail, we’re thankful for all of your support. We wish you a happy holiday season, and we look forward to working with you in the new year!
|Mayor Walsh Announces Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan
Last week, Mayor Walsh announced the release of Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan, our citywide plan to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes by 2030. This announcement marks a major milestone on our path to safer streets.
|Submit Your Boston Bikes Advisory Group Application Today
There’s still time to apply for the Boston Bikes Advisory Group (BBAG). As a member of the BBAG, you will have the opportunity to advise the Active Transportation Director on priorities related to cycling in Boston including the implementation of the network plan, safety and education campaigns, and community events.
Read the BBAG Overview and view the application on our website. Applications are dueTuesday December 22, 2015. Applicants will be notified in the middle of January 2016, and the first meeting will take place in February. Memberships last two calendar years.
|Hubway Station Closures Update
Many of Boston’s Hubway stations are scheduled to stay open until 12/31, after which they’ll be brought in for the winter. You can view the complete closure schedule on Hubway’s website. Want to be notified before your station is removed? Sign up for system alerts. You can also check the Hubway map or the Spotcycle app for real time updates.
|New Community Spaces for Bike Repair
Three community workspaces are (or soon will be) helping meet the growing need for bike-repair education. Be sure to visit one of these locations, or your local bike shop to get your bike is ready to roll through winter.
Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen
BCU Community Workspace
From Bikes Not Bombs:
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This is fantastic news, and it totally where we need to be going, these are not accidents, they are crashes, and its time we fix the problems leading to needless death and suffering.
From the cities new Vision Zero website:
I am proud to be the Mayor of America’s Walking City.
I am proud to be the Mayor of America’s Walking City. I know that with that title comes the responsibility to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of Bostonians and visitors who use our streets every day have a safe and enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, an average of two pedestrians are hit by cars every day – people like you and me who are simply trying to get across the street. Almost as many people riding bikes are treated by our EMS and every year thousands of drivers are injured, put in danger, or delayed by collisions with other vehicles.
While only a handful of these crashes are fatal, every tragedy leaves a trail of grieving family and friends, and the despair of unfulfilled potential. As Mayor, I see the real people behind these statistics; I share the grief, pain, and sense of loss that every crash report represents.
I grew up in Dorchester. We could walk to the store, to church, to a friend’s house, or to a park. We could ride our bikes to school or to Boston Harbor. We could get on a subway train or a bus and go to work almost anywhere in Greater Boston. That freedom of movement is what made it a strong community – tightly knit and human scaled, but also fully connected to the wider world of jobs, amenities, and culture.
Children growing up today deserve that same level of freedom and mobility. Our seniors should be able to safely get around the communities they helped build and have access to the world around them. Driving, walking, or riding a bike on Boston’s streets should not be a test of courage.
We know how to build safer streets. We know how to protect our most vulnerable road users, who are suffering disproportionately because of speeding traffic and distracted drivers.
With this Action Plan, I am saying it’s time to act. It’s time to commit to eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes from our daily experience.
IT’S TIME FOR VISION ZERO.
Martin J. Walsh
You can find more info here at the Massachusetts Vision Zero Plan
Tags: crash not accident, no deaths, vision zero
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Tags: hubway, winter stations
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Could the bicycle help rebuild Detroit, you bet your ass it can!
Cars are a poison on the local economy, especially in Detroit, the bicycle however builds and supports a strong local economy. This is awesome.
Tags: awesome, bikes, detroit, video
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Here is an update from Boston Bikes, with all sorts of goodies and info:
City of Boston
|#BeBrilliant Light Campaign Recap
Thanks to a donation of lights from Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC, Boston Bikes held the #BeBrilliant Light Campaign for a second year. During the week after the time change, volunteers distributed lights to more than 200 cyclists who were riding without them. Thank you, Bicyclecentro, Bikes Not Bombs, Bowdoin Bike School, CommonWheels, Dot Bike, JP Bikes, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Rozzie Bikes, and Southie Bikes for distributing lights in your communities.
Remember to use lights when riding at night or in the early morning: lights are required by law in the time between half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise. We’re all looking forward to December 23, when the days will start to grow longer. View more photos from the campaign on Facebook.
|Apply to Join the Boston Bikes Advisory Group
We are seeking applications for the Boston Bikes Advisory Group (BBAG), which consists of individuals who live, work, and/or bike in Boston. Members serve as liaisons to the greater biking community and advise the Active Transportation Director on priorities related to cycling in Boston including: the implementation of the network plan, safety and education campaigns, and community events. Members attend monthly meetings at Boston City Hall and are asked to support the work of Boston Bikes and the bike community in general.
Read the BBAG Overview and view the application. Applications are due December 22, 2015. Applicants will be notified in the middle of January 2016, and the first meeting will take place in February. Memberships last two calendar years.
|Hubway Station Closures
Hubway stations are heading in for the winter. The first round of station closures are taking place from November 16th to November 25th. Depending on the weather, most of Boston’s stations will be available in December.
You can view this week’s removal schedule on Hubway’s website. Want to be notified before your station is removed? Sign up for system alerts. You can also check the Hubway map or the Spotcycle app for real time updates.
|2015 Youth Cycling Program Recap
Our Youth Cycling Program (YCP) was once again a huge success! This year we visited 30 different sites and over 5,800 students had the opportunity to develop their biking skills – from learning to ride for the first time to navigating city streets safely. We owe thanks to the many partners and our Youth Cycling Instructors who helped to make this year a success!
We’ll begin accepting applications for the Spring 2016 session early next year. You canlearn more about host requirements on our website.
|World Day of Remembrance Ride and Vigil
Photo credit: Kyle Ramey – View more photos from the World Day of Remembrance Ride and VigilOn Sunday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition gathered people from the greater Boston to raise awareness about traffic violence in Massachusetts. Following a memorial bike ride, a vigil was held in front of the State House where people shared stories of those lost in traffic crashes and placed yellow flowers on the steps in remembrance. Read more about the event in the Boston Globe.
The City of Boston adopted Vision Zero in March and will release its action plan in the coming weeks.
|Connect with Boston Bikes & Women Bike Boston
Boston City Hall – Suite 932 | Boston, MA 02201
[email protected] | cityofboston.gov/bikes | bostonbikes.org
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— Cambridge Police (@CambridgePolice) November 18, 2015
Woo! Now all we can hope for is that this attempted murder gets treated as such, instead of the more usual case of having the charges thrown out or reduced to a ridiculous degree. Trying to kill someone with your car should be treated in the same way that trying to kill someone with anything else is, seriously.
Tags: asshole in a truck, cambridge, hit and run
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Got this in the email, seems someone has come into possession a bicycle they think is stolen. They think it belongs to someone named Brendan Liszanckie, who rode the Pan Mass challenge (judging from the stickers on the bike I guess), if you are this person, or you know this person, have them drop me an email and I will connect you with the person who has your bike.
Tags: brendan liszanckie, did your bike get stolen
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