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Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015:

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Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again…

This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  So the average speed it not very high (you do the math…)

Boston by Bike… at night
Midnight ’til dawn Saturday, August 8, 2015

Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites

Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square.  Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended. Commemorative T-shirts available.  Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park. Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.  Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers.

 

here is another email about this ride, which also has useful info in it.

 

This year’s ride will be 8/8 – 8/9 2015

Boston By Bike…At Night
Midnight ’til dawn
Saturday, August 8, 2015
NEW ROUTE!
Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at *11:15pm* in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended.
Commemorative T-shirts available.
Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
–> Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
For information call 617-522-0259
Ride Support provided by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, Jamaica Plain


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Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Attend this meeting and let your voice be heard!

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Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there?

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is launching a process to create a new vision and plan for the Dorchester Ave. corridor area in South Boston that includes this and much more. Residents, property owners, business owners, community and civic groups are invited to this open house event to learn more about the study, the area, and how to get involved.

Show up, speak up!

Meeting Details:

Open House: South Boston – Dorchester Avenue Corridor Study

Thurs., July 30, 5pm – 8pm

Iron Workers Local 7 Building

195 Old Colony Ave.

South Boston

 


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Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists!

Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below

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Please plan on attending this ride this Wednesday 7/29 from downtown (5:15pm from the Federal Reserve,5:50 at Edward Everett Square) to Franklin Park.  This event has been put together by BTD and Livable Streets.  People with local knowledge are needed to point out the shortcomings in the current roadway designs and to push for better walking, biking and transit in this corridor.  More info below.  Refer also to attached map and flyer.
Thank you,
Ben
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Friends and neighbors along Columbia Road:
Please join us for a community bike ride on Columbia Road next Wednesday, July 29, starting at 5:15 downtown (if you are ambitious!) or at 5:50 at Edward Everett Square. We will be making stops along the way, including the wonderful place-making benches that the Four Corners Stop along the Fairmount Line. There are Hubway Stations at both ends of the route if you start at Edward Everett Square.
The ride is part of a series of rides convened by the Landlines Network and is co-hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and the city’s Boston Green Links initiative. I am happy to explain more about Green Links and all of these initiatives, but the basic idea is to connect people to greenways along fun and low-stress walking and biking routes.
Attached is a very nice description of the ride by Amber Christoffersen of LivableStreets Alliance.
Please let me know if you think you can make it.
All my best,
Charlotte

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Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this email, looks like a great idea:

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We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot hubs, conveniently located cycling distance from greater Boston’s employment centers. Would-be car commuters can park their cars for free, and pedal their bikes the rest of the way to work. The average round trip commute in the US is 24 miles, and many commuters are unable or unwilling to cycle that whole distance. Park&Pedal provides a manageable step toward bike commuting, and in addition to saving gas and avoiding
last-mile traffic congestion, the program is also a great way to incorporate exercise into a daily routine.

We would love for you to include this Event listing for our Park & Pedal Launch Event next Friday 7/31 on your website to invite Boston commuters and cyclists to this landmark event. We are hoping, that you could support us and post this event on your event calendar as well as on Social Media. This will be a historic event with lots of press and many exciting activities.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for supporting this great program and we hope to see you there!

Have a great day,
Conny Haas
617.491.7200
Montague Bikes, one of the sponsor’s of Park&Pedal

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PARK & PEDAL
launch event
Friday July 31st 7:30-9:30am
at our flagship Park&Pedal lot location
DCR’s Christian-Herter Park at 1255 Soldiers Field Rd.

Join Park&Pedal.org at the launch event next Friday morning July 31st at the
Artesani/Herter Park on Soldiers’ Field Road in Allston-Brighton between
7:30-9:30am.

Key Massachusetts officials such as Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Commissioner Carol Sanchez will be speaking in support of this new green
transportation initiative.

Event attendees, cycling enthusiasts and commuters who stop in can:

•       Eat breakfast treats from Cafe Crema, Iggy’s Breads and Union Square
Donuts,
•       Get Bike tune-ups from Belmont Wheelworks,
•       Follow Urban Adventours on a ride to downtown Boston
•       Learn about other Cycling organizations such as Boston Bikes, MassBike
and Green Streets Initiatives
•       Hear Music and win Prizes from the MIX 104.1 FM Street Team
•       Get a chance to win one of five(5) bikes giveaways from Montague Bikes
— full-size folding bicycles that are ideal for commuters.

RSVP to join us on our Facebook event page.

For more details about the Park&Pedal event and program visit:
ParkandPedal.org


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Traffic Congestion: How To Fix It

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Here is a great email I got from Liviable Streets

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The statistics show that each of us is driving less.  So why do our roads feel more jammed up?  Why does it take longer to get anywhere?  And what can we do about it?  Some politicians have begun blaming Traffic Calming and bicycle lanes for the backups; saying that Complete Streets and pedestrian bulb-outs are making roads less safe because less accessible for emergency vehicles.  Is there any truth to this?  More fundamentally, is car congestion a problem to be solved or a solution to a problem?

A 2013 report from US PIRG showed that the average number of miles driven by the average American has been falling for about a decade, through economic booms and busts, and was down to mid-1990s levels.  Millennials, our nation’s largest-ever generational cohort, are using transit and bikes more and taking fewer and shorter car trips, resulting in a 23% drop in the average number of miles driven.  The percentage of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell 12%.  Walkable city life is increasingly attractive to both young people and retiring baby boomers.  The rise of on-line shopping, social media, and telecommuting has meant fewer quick car trips.

Despite these trends, as every driver knows, our roads are increasingly congested – not everywhere or all the time but for increasing periods at a growing number of key intersections and road segments.  Congestion radically reduces the volume of traffic passing through a road section, the through-put, thereby creating a negative feedback loop that creates more backups.   It’s estimated that USA drivers spend about 14.5 million hours every day stuck in traffic.  Congestion not only costs us time – in 2011 Boston drivers collectively lost about 137 million hours, or about 53 hours per commuter per year – but also fuel and therefore pollution, health, and money.  Not to mention frustration and occasionally murderous road rage.  Although we Bostonians believe we’ve got it worst, car congestion seems to be clogging roads like kudzu in nearly  every city in the country – and, by some reports, across the globe .

It’s true that a new report has said that the first four months of 2015 has set a new record in total vehicle miles in the US – up nearly 32 billion since the previous high in 2007, pushing gas consumption as well as prices upward. Lower gasoline prices and a recovering economy (consumer spending in May, 2015 had the highest month jump in six years) are two reasons for the jump, probably augmented by the continuing lack of viable alternatives to car driving for many people.  But a four-month blip is not enough to explain years of delays.

We do know some things that are contributing to the larger problem – land use patterns and population growth are the most important.  The low-rise dense designs that make older urban areas walkable and transit-efficient is illegal to build in many places today due to parking requirements, anti-mixed use and other zoning requirements, etc.

We know some things that may appear to be causative but actually aren’t – making roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, prioritizing bus and trolley traffic, even reducing the average speed of cars.

We know some things that (counterintuitively) do not help reduce congestion – most notably building more roads or adding lanes, all of which eventually fill up as our additional drivers decide to move into the new space.

And we know some things that do improve the situation, but usually only when they are applied as a group rather than singularly – improving road use efficiency using technology (signal timing, access controls, central monitoring) and other methods (car pools, HOV lanes, car sharing, perhaps driverless cars), increasing alternative options (transit both regional and downtown, bicycling), changing land-use patterns (Smart-Growth style transit-orientated development), requiring corporate and municipal  Transportation Demand Management programs (incentives to not drive alone or to not drive at all), and (most effective of all) congestion pricing of various kinds.

What is needed is the cultural and political willingness to accept this knowledge and act upon it – while also coming to grips with the reality that the continuing imbalance of potential drivers to current or any plausible future amounts of road space means that congestion is a permanent part of a car-based reality.

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Back From The Corn

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

I am back from Iowa, 520-ish miles over 6 days, lots of fun. Expect a full review post later.


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World Naked Bike Ride Last Night

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 12

Got a good glimpse of some amazing and awesome naked riders last night. Way to go everyone! Bikes + anything = awesome. Especially if that anything is naked people having innocent fun on a warm summer night.


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Heading To Iowa Again This Year

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 09

Anyone else doing RAGBRAI this year? Want to see if we can make a little Boston meet-up in the corn?

What’s RAGBRAI you say? See here (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011).

Let me know in the comments.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Cranking Tunes While Cranking Gears July 30, 2015
      TweetRecently I was biking along Massachusetts Avenue. Another bicyclist passed me and I heard the throbbing bass of a dance tune. I assumed the music came from a passing car, but as I caught up to this bicycle at a … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th July 27, 2015
      TweetAttend this meeting and let your voice be heard! ————– Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there? The Boston Redevelopment Authority is … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists! Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below ———– Please plan on attending this ride … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Traffic Congestion: How To Fix It July 27, 2015
      TweetHere is a great email I got from Liviable Streets ———- The statistics show that each of us is driving less.  So why do our roads feel more jammed up?  Why does it take longer to get anywhere?  And what … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker