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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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Hubway Turns 4, Has Logged Over 4.6 Miles In Trips

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

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If you take the 4 millionth trip you could win a prize!  From Hubway:

Hubway’s launched with 60 stations and 600 bikes throughout Boston, and the first trip was taken on July 28th, 2011. In the last four years we’ve seen expansion to Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, along with an additional 79 stations (139 total) and 700 bikes (1,300 total), with further additions expected later this year along with Hubway’s 4 millionth trip. Check out the fun data graphic — we hope you’ll celebrate with us by taking a ride — and see below for plenty of suggestions for places to pedal. If you#TakeHubway‘s 4 millionth trip, you could win a $250 gift card from New Balance!


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The Personal Recording Device Revolution, Or How To Catch An Asshole Bus Driver

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 15

With the well documented and tragic results of large vehicles getting too close to cyclists, this video should get someone fired.

 

From one of our own awesome BostonBiker.org bloggers Bicycle Canticles.

These personal recording devices, like GoPro, and cell phones are helping to bring clarity to situations that would otherwise be a “he said, she said” situation.  But this is damning video evidence of dangerous behavior by a clearly unqualified bus driver.  And I can say from personal experience that nearly identical things have happened to me multiple times from bus drivers, I was never able to get this sort of damning video evidence of it though.

 

More examples, here, here, here, and here.


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Police Release Name Of Woman Killed On Mass. Ave.

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 08

My deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.  I can only hope that real change comes from this tragedy.

From the BPD:

At about 7:05 AM on Friday, August 7, 2015, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for a bicyclist struck in the area of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue.   On arrival, officers located a female victim, who has since been identified as Anita Kurmann, 38, of Cambridge, suffering from life threatening injuries. The victim later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Investigators have located the flat-bed tractor trailer truck and the operator involved in this accident.  The Boston Police Department continues to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

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More information has been released about Anita. Such a lovely person, she will be missed I am sure. Again my deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.(via)

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Anita Kurmann came to Boston from Switzerland nearly three years ago as an endocrine surgeon who wanted to put her medical training to use in a research lab.

She did that and much more, her supervisors said, forging a relationship between laboratories at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University as they collaborated on transforming embryonic stem cells into functional thyroid tissue.

But just as she was preparing to return to Switzerland to set up her own research lab later this year, Kurmann, 38, was killed while riding her bicycle Friday morning at a busy Back Bay intersection. Her death stunned colleagues at both labs.

“She was the kind of the person you want to be your surgeon,” Dr. Tony Hollenberg said Saturday night. Hollenberg supervised Kurmann at Beth Israel.

“She was kind. She was compassionate,” he said. “She had it all. It’s a huge loss.”

Kurmann was killed after she was struck around 7:05 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, police said. A long flatbed tractor-trailer truck was making a right turn from Massachusetts Avenue onto Beacon Street when the fatal collision occurred.

Kurmann recently moved to Cambridge and biked often, Hollenberg said. Her fellow researchers spent Friday trying to get answers and get in touch with Kurmann’s relatives in Switzerland, Hollenberg said.

“She was European and that was the mode of transportation,” he said. “She was a great athlete.”

Dr. Darrell Kotton, who worked with Kurmann at BU’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, said he had hoped she would have a long career.

“She brought out the best in me and my team,” Kotton said. “It’s just a devastating loss.”

Hollenberg credited Kurmann with uniting the two labs.

“Because of her perseverance, her personality, her ability to get along . . . she built the bridges between our two labs,” he said.

The project she was working on related to turning embryonic stem cells into thyroid tissue was almost complete, and Kurmann was preparing the research for publication in a journal, Hollenberg said. The research was aimed at helping people who are born without a thyroid or have their thyroid surgically removed, according to Hollenberg.

“Nothing scared her, and that’s what allowed her to be successful in this project. She didn’t know how hard it was. She just thought that all science projects were like this,” he said. “It’s an incredible loss. She was loved by everybody who ever worked with her.”

Hollenberg sent a message to colleagues saying that Kurmann came to Beth Israel to broaden her knowledge of science and she contributed to the hospital in many ways — but that she will be missed for so much more.

”Above and beyond her many professional achievements, Anita was – most importantly – brilliant in life,” he wrote. “She was dynamic and kind-hearted and the consummate friend, professional and achiever. We will miss her deeply.”

Boston Police spokesman Stephen McNulty called the investigation “active and ongoing.”

The truck and the operator have been located, McNulty said. He could not say whether investigators have spoken with the operator, and police have not named the operator.

A man at nearby Quality Market on Saturday said he was there when it happened. A witness ran into the store, he said, and yelled, “Call 911!”

“I ran outside and I [saw] her,” said the man, who only gave his name as Chafik. “When I got there, she was dead. That was it.”

The growing makeshift memorial honoring Kurmann at the site includes flowers, a Boston Bike Party sticker with a black line through it, and a copy of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead.”

Jami King, 26, of Mission Hill, biked to crash site Saturday evening and placed a mixed bouquet of flowers at the memorial.

Wiping away tears, King said she did not know Kurmann, but used to ride by that spot regularly on her way to school.

“This could have been me,” she said.

Richard Inonog, 36, and his wife, Colleen O’Malley, 34, of the South End, visited the site Saturday on their bicycles to pay tribute to Kurmann, though they did not know her.

“We’re always worried because the same thing could happen to us at any time,” O’Malley said as tears fell.

“There’s a lot of aggression toward cyclists,” she said. “You’re not as valued.”

Inonog said the city must implement safeguards, like well-marked bike lanes, to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“It’s really stressful,” he said. “You’re always thinking about being safe.”

A letter to Kurmann had been left earlier in a box.

The writer, who signed the note “Gretta,” said people had comforted Kurmann after she was hit.

“Know your daughter left this world with love [and] concern by her side,” Gretta wrote. “For a short time that I was here, she was strong.”


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The Word On The Street

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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.   more info here.
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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.  
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    • 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 →
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    • 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 →
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    • 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 →
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    • 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 →
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    • 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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    • Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann August 19, 2015
      TweetA 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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    • Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann August 19, 2015
      TweetA 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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