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Paris To Exclude Cars For One Day

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

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For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.

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Timed to coincide with a United Nations climate conference and European Mobility Week, the move is partially a display of possibilities for car-free cities as well as a statement about the environment. The 1st through 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements (city sections) will all participate; monuments and gathering spaces such as the Champs Élysées, the Bastille, and the Eiffel Tower are included as well. (via)

 

Oh how I wish we could do this, even for one day, even once a year, pretty please with cycling on top can we exclude all cars from the city for one day?!?!?


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Boston Is Improving Dangerous Mass. Ave. Intersection

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

As I noted before, the intersection is definitely under construction.

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A protected bike lane, signs calling for turning motorists to yield to pedestrians and cyclists, and optimized traffic signals are some of the improvements coming to the Boston intersection where a bicyclist was killed this month.

The intersection at Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street has been repaved, new striping will be applied, and flexible posts protecting the bike lane on Massachusetts Avenue will be installed starting this week, said Vineet Gupta, director of planning for the city’s Transportation Department.

“Our goal is to make it safe for everyone at that intersection,” Gupta said.(via)

I would have liked to see more improvements, but this is a start.  Keeping Mass. Ave. to two lanes as it exits the bridge heading into Boston and making the right most lane a protected cycle track with a large curb bump to slow right turning vehicles (the curb bump out could have a cut through for cyclists) would have been more optimal in my opinion.  The curb bump out would also make it easier for pedestrians to cross.

Even though they have known it was the most dangerous intersection in the town since at least 2013(pdf), it apparently took a fatal crash to get them to fix it up. While I am very glad they are addressing this concern, will it take a dead cyclist at every dangerous intersection to get these well known problems fixed?  The truck drivers name/company still has not been released, and they have still not filed any charges.

It looks to me like he was clearly making a right hand turn from the left most lane.  And if the city has these images, they probably have many more.  This person needs to be charged with something.

A ban on crazy huge vehicles without escorts should also be put in place.


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Mass. Ave. Intersection Repaved, No Lane Markings

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 30

The Mass. Ave. intersection at the base of the Mass. Ave. Bridge has been repaved, and all the street markings are gone. This, as you may recall, is the scene of the recent hit and run that killed Anita Kurmann. The driver of that truck has of yet not been charged with anything.

Two thoughts immediately came to mind. Is this going to affect any investigation into her death? And two, is this in direct response to the crash?

As of now there are no lane markings, making what was already a very dangerous intersection, more so. Be careful out there.


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Put Your Street On A Road Diet

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.

 

more info here.


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Cars…Not So Good

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 26

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NPR reported today that Boston ranks 6th!  Sixth!   Sadly it isn’t “Awesome Cities”, it was Cities with the highest level of time wasted in traffic.  We didn’t get here by accident.  It was years of decisions, choices we have made about how we built roads, and what sort of traffic we promote.

On top of the 64 hours wasted by the average car driver every year, traffic also causes lots of other problems:

The report finds that traffic congestion caused U.S. drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel last year, and exacted a nationwide price tag of $160 billion, when fuel and car costs and lost productivity are added up.

The “congestion cost” per car commuter in the Boston area — a region that includes parts of New Hampshire and Rhode Island — was nearly $1,400 last year, per the report. That’s ninth-highest among U.S. metros.

I have said before, roads are a public utility designed to move people and goods around, the best way to do that is not necessarily by car.  If you are wasting $1400(!!) dollars a year being stuck in traffic its time to re-evaluate your method of transport.

It’s also worth noting, that we used to be a country where cities were full of more and more varied public transportation options, until large car companies got them removed.  Your commute is miserable in large part because a big company wants to make money off your suffering.

Buy a bike, get a t-pass, walk, ride a bus, anything but drive your car.

 

If only there was


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Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

From The City:

Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have focused on options that are close enough to the existing network to ensure the stations will be successful.

Boston Bikes is committed to providing Hubway access in all densely populated neighborhoods and commercial centers of Boston, and we will continue to expand until we reach that goal. For now, we have the capacity to add 15 stations, 10 of which we ask you to help us locate (the other 5 are determined by station sponsors).

Please participate in our brief surveys! We ask that you provide your feedback only for the neighborhoods where you live, work, play, or ride – we’re looking for your local expertise to help shape our plan. Deadline for responses is 8/28/15.

The following map shows all options grouped by geographic area. To see maps of specific neighborhoods and to complete any of the surveys please scroll down or use the following links:

 

Vote Here


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Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 19

A ghost bike will be placed where Anita Kurmann was killed by a driver in a truck last week.  The memorial will be Thursday Aug 20th at 6:30pm at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Beacon st.


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Minute Man Maintenance

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

Just a heads up, they are working on the path.

All this week from 9:30am-2:30pm between Swan Place (Arlington Center) and Lake Street in Arlington.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • The Responsibilities of Businesses with Drivers August 30, 2015
      TweetSharing a couple of encounters from the past week, one with a Hubway van and another with a Uber driver. Hubway: Please educate your drivers. It’s their job to regularly pull over to park and balance the stations, they really really need … Continue reading →
      yourstruly
    • Mass. Ave. Intersection Repaved, No Lane Markings August 30, 2015
      TweetThe Mass. Ave. intersection at the base of the Mass. Ave. Bridge has been repaved, and all the street markings are gone. This, as you may recall, is the scene of the recent hit and run that killed Anita Kurmann. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.   more info here.
      Boston Biker
    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.  
      Boston Biker
    • Cars…Not So Good August 26, 2015
      Tweet NPR reported today that Boston ranks 6th!  Sixth!   Sadly it isn’t “Awesome Cities”, it was Cities with the highest level of time wasted in traffic.  We didn’t get here by accident.  It was years of decisions, choices we … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • test August 26, 2015
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      Boston Biker
    • Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next August 24, 2015
      TweetFrom The City: Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Where should Hubway go next? August 24, 2015
      TweetBoston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston.  Fill out the ssurvey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston.  Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Where should Hubway go next? August 24, 2015
      TweetBoston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston.  Fill out the survey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston.  Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Nearly Doored; Passenger Good Enough to Apologize August 20, 2015
      TweetUsually I scan driver’s seat or the rear driver side seat to check for doors that might opening ahead of me. In this instance, a passenger in the rear reached over the seats to open the rear, driver-side door. I … Continue reading →
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