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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

What’s happening

Become_a_Street_Ambassador.jpgBecome a Street Ambassador

We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Areacampaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us collect feedback from the public. This is a great experience for anyone interested in grassroots organizing. RSVP with us for one of the following trainings:
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Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session I
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7pm
@LivableStreets Alliance

Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session II
Wednesday, April 5th, 12-1pm
@Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Take our Longwood Area survey

Take_our_Longwood_Area_multimodal_survey.JPGWe recently launched a new initiative in the Longwood Area in partnership with the Longwood Area Cyclists. Throughout 2017, we’ll be collecting feedback from the public while working with area institutions and partners to identify key problems and implement solutions. Please help us by taking the survey and spreading the word!


Wins

Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan

Go_Boston_2030_release.jpgAfter two years of outreach and dozens of workshops, the City of Boston has released its Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. LivableStreets has been involved in this process since the beginning, and this ambitious plan encapsulates our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people. From Better Buses to the Emerald Network and Vision Zero, the proposed projects and policies directly impact our programs. Check out our overview of the plan here.

Now the hard work begins. Sign up as a Street Ambassador or join our Advocacy Committee to help us make this plan a reality. 


LivableStreets in the news

images.jpgOver the past month, our Better Buses and Go Boston 2030 advocacy has been featured in national and local media. Read CityLab’s pieceabout Everett’s pop-up bus lane and Boston’s efforts to roll-out similar bus priority measures. Also, be sure to check out what our executive director had to say about the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan in this WGBH News piece. Review all of our recent press coverage here.


Opportunities

Join us at Focus40’s “Ideas of March” event 

Ideas_of_March.PNGMassDOT’s Focus40 Team has received more than 3,000 ideas from the public about where they want to see our transit system go by 2040. Join us for the “Ideas of March” to explore these crowd-sourced concepts and learn how they’ll influence the T’s planning and future.

Event Details:
Focus40 “Ideas of March” Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-7pm
@MIT Media Lab


Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Join us at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration

WalkBoston.jpgWe hope to see you at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration to thank the organization’s for its over 27 years of incredible advocacy! Golden Shoe Awards will be given to City Council President Michelle Wu, Mission Hill/Roxbury activist Alison Pultinas, and Sarah Bankert, Caitlin Marquis & Dillon Sussman for their rural walking advocacy in Western Massachusetts. You won’t want to miss it! Register for the celebration here.

Event Details:
WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration
Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm
@Microsoft NERD Center


Submit your BRT station design proposals

brt_station_competition1.jpgHave you always wanted to redesign your local bus stop? Now’s your chance. 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 Boston BRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines.


Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

GreenStreetsFlyer_top-no_year-lt.jpgThe annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. Encourage your employer to register for the 2017 Walk/Ride Day Challenge to participate (and win prizes!) by checking in online on the last Friday of each month from April through October when you walk, bike, take mass transit, or carpool to work!


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Eat Pizza With Bikes Not Bombs!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

Bikes Not Bombs
July 2015
Let's eat pizza!
Flatbread Somerville Fundraiser!

Join Bikes Not Bombs at Flatbread in Somerville forpizza and bowling! On Tuesday July 7th, from 4-10pm, a portion of any pizza purchased will go towards supporting Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth and International programs. We’ll be there all night to answer any questions about BNB and have an awesome raffle with tons of cool prizes!

Bike Collections: Stephen and Eric
Bike Collections Transition

Our longtime Bike Donations Coordinator Stephen Bosco is stepping down from his staff role after 16 years. Stephen has built up BNB’s Bike Collections Program from 1,100 bikes in 2000, to our current level of 6,000 bikes per year. Stephen has been an outstanding volunteer staff member, donating an amazing amount of his time, energy and skills to BNB!

Bike-A-Thon team member Eric Mearns is taking over Bike Donations and is quickly becoming a familiar face at Thursday Volunteer Nights and Bike Drives. Eric has been working with BNB for three years in a number of positions and we’re excited to bring him on full-time! Thank you Stephen and Eric!

Container Loading, photo by Will Daniels
Help BNB Load Bikes to our new partner in Kenya!

Bikes Not Bombs will be loading our first container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on July 19th! Come help pack the container and learn about this exciting new partnership. We will be loading from9am to 6pm – stop by for an hour or stay all day! Food and refreshments provided.

Refurbished Bikes - Photo by Dan Behar
Free Clinics and Bikes for Sale at the Bike Shop

Wed 7/8 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Tues 7/14 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Mon 8/3 7pm Tool Time
RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm August 2nd, please be on time for the Flat Fixing Clinic.

The Shop has an awesome GREEN refurbished Trek tandem in stock, as well as a variety of new accessories! Take a peek online or at the shop.

Volunteer of the month, Chef Brian Sway! Photo by Jasmine Laietmark
Volunteer of the Month – Brian Sway

Brian Sway has been preparing gourmet salads, soups, and entrees for the Bike-A-Thon for the past 23 years and it is his commitment each year that makes the event a success! Brian spends over 30 hours in the kitchen with volunteers the week before the event. He uses his iron chef skills and donated veggies from Vangaurden Farms to make the most delicious food ever. His specialties include arugula pesto, pickled beets, and marinated bok choy. Thank you so much Brian!

Ride Along in the JP Porchfest!
JP Porchfest

On July 11th Bikes Not Bombs youth from Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action (BOCA) will be leading a Porchfest bike tour highlighting some of the premier porches and stages around JP! Come and join us as we check out some great music around Jamaica Plain!

Volunteer of the month, NAME!
Steve’s Great Divide Ride

Steve Reynolds, a BNB volunteer, will be riding 2750 miles this summer from Canada to Mexico while raising funds for BNB, and he’s looking for other cyclists to join him! The route was planned by Adventure Cycling and travels substantial distance off-road. Feel free to tag along for one night or the whole 3 month trip.

Reach out to Steve directly with any questions at[email protected]com

News Outside of BNB

Babes Bike BostonJuly 11th come ride a femme/trans/women (FTW) alley-cat! This will be a fun, inclusive, scavenger-hunt style ride where participants will ride across the city, completing different check-points. Part Ride, Part Race, Totally Awesome!

Boston Women’s Bike-Ride & Festival – On July 18th, Boston Bikes will host New England’s largest biking event for women. This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with 10, 30 and 50 mile rides followed by workshops. Sign up to ride or volunteer!

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday July 24th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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I Feel Like I Need One Of These, Fake Bamboo Cars For Bikes

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Just because you can slide past me with an inch or two to spare, while you race forward to get to that next red light, doesn’t mean you should. Maybe if we all drove around with these car’s would afford us more space? Or maybe they will see just how silly it is to take up all that space for just one person.

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A Perfect Example Of How Cars Don’t Work For Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 03

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Yesterday our fair city got a good dose of snow, a sizable storm in its own right, but combined with the big ass blizzard we had last week, the entire city was struggling to keep up.  Today the city woke up to an public transportation system crippled by yesterdays snow, the head of the MBTA actually told people to drive to work

Anyone unlucky enough to drive into the city today (or drove in any of the cities around Boston) knows that without the MBTA to carry most of the folks to work, driving simply is not an option.  Snow or no snow, there are just too many cars, and not enough road.  There was bumper to bumper grid lock for both the morning and evening commutes today.

This truck was stuck like this, cars were backed up for a long way in both directions, I just got off my bike and walked around.

This truck was stuck like this, cars were backed up for a long way in both directions, I just got off my bike and walked around.

I have been riding through this weather, and a lot of my coworkers have been telling me just how crazy I am.  But the only thing moving on wheels today was people riding bikes.

Not only did the cars fail to get people around, but they made removing the snow a lot harder as well. They also slid around crashing into things, getting stuck in snow banks, and potentially killing or harming people or property.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  If even 20-30 percent of people rode bicycles (levels many snowy northern European cities accomplish), the roads would be relatively unclogged, allowing the folks that absolutely needed to drive the road space needed to do so.  It is also a lot easier to clear space for cyclists on the road, as they need much less of the road clear in order to cycle safely.  The lack of cars parked on the road would also allow for more area to place the snow.

Sure it sounds like pie in the sky thinking, but as today’s epic traffic jams illustrate, the current system isn’t working for anyone.


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Baby It’s Cold Outside! (Book Give Away Mini Contest)

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 06

 

Brrrrrrrrrr!  Damn its cold out!  But that didn’t stop the dozens and dozens of cyclists I saw this morning from getting out there and riding.  Sure they probably are not going for leisure rides, but they are out there and they looked happy!

In the interest in getting rid of a bunch of cycling books I have, and in giving you all something to read while you wait for it to warm up I am going to have a mini-contest.

MINI CONTEST RULES!

The first 6 people to either send me a picture of themselves dressed in their full winter riding garb ([email protected]), or link to a picture of themselves in full winter riding garb in the comments gets a free random cycling book.  The books range from fitness books, to novels, to coffee table books, the names will be put in a hat and hat science used to determine who gets what book.

I will be posting the pictures here, so everyone can see what total awesome bad asses you are 🙂


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike February 8, 2018
      TweetFrom the email: Hello Quincyclists, I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us! Register here: http://www.massbike.org/ts101quincy This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling … Continue reading →
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    • Last all To Submit Comments For Allston I-90 DEIR February 7, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Are you willing to wait 22 years for your train to show up? Now is the time to let state leaders know that we can’t afford to wait. The Allston I-90 Interchange project can transform access and mobility for … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Winter Update February 2, 2018
      TweetFrom Hubway:   Hubway had a winning January! This past month, Hubway riders took over 40,000 trips, more than double the January record. Want to try out winter riding? You don’t need to be tough — you just need to be … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For Zoning Reform In MA! February 1, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Did you know that the last time Massachusetts updated its zoning laws was in 1975? We need your help today to ensure that our future includes responsible planning for great neighborhoods! Contact Massachusetts legislators and let them know that we … Continue reading →
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    • My e-mail in support of West Station January 31, 2018
      TweetAlexander Strysky is the reviewer for the Massashusetts Environmental Protection Agency reviewer for the I-90 Interchange project in Allston. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has backed off from plans for prompt construction of  anew West Station on the Framingham-Worcester commuter-rail … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe about the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe aobut the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • Take Action! Support Safe Streets Legislation January 31, 2018
      TweetFrom livable streets: Next Wednesday, February 7th is the deadline for legislative committees to act on bills, and An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities remains in front of the Joint Committee on Transportation. Will you help us make Massachusetts streets safer for all? The … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update January 31, 2018
      Tweet Save the Date for our Bike-A-Thon! It’s official, our 31st Annual Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday, June 10th, 2018! There are 4 routes to choose from again this year: 10, 30, 50, and 100 miles. Keep checking our website for updates about … Continue reading →
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    • BCU Looking For Board Members January 30, 2018
      TweetFrom Their Website: Boston Cyclists Union: Board Member Job Description Purpose: Provide governance to the Boston Cyclists Union organization, stewarding and protecting its mission, while representing the organization to the community and accepting ultimate legal authority for it. Mission:  We’re helping Bostonians … Continue reading →
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