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East Boston Will Get Hubway This Year

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 22

From The City:

 

The Boston Transportation Department announced plans to bring the popular New Balance Hubway bike share program to 10 locations in East Boston this year.  These stations are in addition to 10 new stations opening this summer in Roxbury and northern Dorchester.

 

“By expanding Hubway across the harbor to East Boston, we are giving more of our residents access to bike-sharing, which is good for our economy, our environment and our health,” said Mayor Walsh. “We will continue to work to provide residents with a diverse range of transportation options.”

 

The New Balance Hubway system is regional public transportation by bike, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.  With more than 13,000 annual members and over 100,000 short-term passes sold each year, the Hubway system will celebrate its 5th birthday this July and 5 million trips this fall.

 

“Bringing Hubway to East Boston is a major milestone for the program,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Fiandaca.  “With these new stations, East Boston residents and visitors will have an active, fun way to get around the neighborhood.”

 

The Boston Transportation Department will work alongside the public to help plan the new stations.  Everyone is welcome to attend a community workshop on June 30 at the East Boston Public Library to talk about what makes a good location for a Hubway station and work together to identify general locations for new stations.  People will be able to prioritize specific locations via a survey conducted by street teams from the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and the East Boston Social Center, via an online version of the survey, and by dropping by an open house on July 28.

 

Get ready to #takehubway in East Boston!

Key dates:

Community Workshop – June 30 6:30-8:00 p.m., East Boston Public Library

Community Open House – July 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., East Boston Public Library


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Reminder: Speak Out For Safety On Mass. Ave. Wed. June 15th!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 14

From Livable Streets:


 

Now is the time to speak up for a safer Massachusetts Ave!

This Wednesday, June 15th the City of Boston is holding a community meeting to share proposed design improvements for Massachusetts Avenue from Beacon Street to Harrison Avenue. This is a critical meeting. Will you be there? 

Vision Zero Priority Corridor Mass Ave Public Meeting
June 15, 2016, 6pm – 7:30pm
@ Saint Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St, Boston

Through participating in this meeting you are demonstrating your support not just for a safer Mass Ave, but for strong Vision Zero implementation throughout Boston.

You can do a few things to help out:

  1. Share this with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join you on Wednesday.
  2. Wear yellow to the meeting. Yellow is an international color of solidarity for those killed in crashes.
  3. Spread the word via social media before and during the meeting using #visionzero, #ProtectMassAve and#crashnotaccident 
  4. Speak up at the meeting. Tell the city about your personal experiences and the improvements you’d like to see on Mass Ave

Here are a few suggested talking points:

  • Thank you for your commitment to Vision Zero and making Mass Ave safer for everyone!
  • Please add protected bike lanes on both sides of Mass Ave, the whole way.
  • Re-pave Mass Ave by the Christian Science Center Plaza as soon as possible!
  • In areas where protected bike lanes can’t be added this year, please make a commitment to implement them as part of your long-term plan for the street.
  • Please make signals shorter to reduce the wait time for pedestrians crossing the street;
  • And give pedestrians at least a 6 second head start when they are crossing
  • Please make every intersection ‘no right on red’ — and enforce it!

This project is an important step in bringing the number of fatalities on our streets to zero and has the potential to be a model street for other safety improvements throughout Boston.

We know that improving Mass Ave will save lives. We hope to see you on June 15th!


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Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon Moved To June 19th

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 09

from BnB.


The Bike-A-Thon is now June 19th!
Bike-A-Thon, now on June 19th!

With the rainy weather on June 5th, our 29th Annual Bike-A-Thon is now on Sunday June 19th! We’re planning on making the best of the next week and a half so please join us!

If you are now able to make the ride, you’re in luck!We’re offering half-priced registration untilmidnight tonight!

Already registered? Take these extra days to raise your fundraising goal, recruit a few more people to join your team or go out on a practice ride.

Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors, volunteers and donors who have stood behind us as we hold out for a sunnier day, we will see you on June 19th!

Welcome Manizha Baraki!
Welcome Manizha Baraki!

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Manizha Baraki who joins us as our new International Programs Coordinator! Manizha recently received her Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and previously has worked with UN Women in Afghanistan and New York.

At BNB, she will be communicating with international partners on a regular basis, traveling to provide technical assistance to partner organizations, monitoring progress and evaluating impact. Manizha brings a wealth of experience to BNB and is passionate about empowerment of women and youth in underserved communities.

Say hi to Manizha at our next container loading, or email her at [email protected]! .

Check out our new sticker!
New Sticker!

Remember back in February when we hosted a contest to redesign our sticker? The new stickers have arrived! We had a fierce competition between a number of skilled designers, but at the end chose a design that both recollects previous stickers and brings in a fresh twist. Huge thank you to everyone who submitted art, and especially to the winning designer, David Alderman.

You can purchase one of our new, reflective stickers at the Bike Shop, Hub, or at the many events we attend.

An Earn-A-Bike Graduate
Summer Earn-A-Bike

Know a 12-18 year old who has an interest in learning bike mechanics and safe urban riding skills? Encourage them to apply for Earn-A-Bike! We’ve got two sessions this summer, from July 5th – July 22ndand from July 25th to August 12th. Both sessions will meet MondayFriday 2-6pm.

More information and applications on our website, or available at our Hub and Shop.

Come visit our Shop!
Happenings at the Bike Shop

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/6 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Mon 6/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 6/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 6/20 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Tues 6/21 8-9pm Flat Fixing

Please be on time for the clinics. RSVP by 5pm theSunday ahead of time for Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night.

Thank you David Read!
Volunteer of the Month – David Read

This month we want to extend our thanks to David Read. We first met David at a Lunch Brake last May and knew right away he was going to be a super volunteer. He organized a table for our 2015 Building Momentum Breakfast even though he could not attend and has been a regular at Container Loadings ever since. Last month he organized a Bike Drive that brought in over a hundred bikes! When he’s not volunteering at BNB, he is helping to organize the Longwood Medical Area Bike Network, an effort to improve cycling experiences and keep cyclists safe in that area. David’s commitment and enthusiasm for our work, and for cyclists in Boston generally, makes him our volunteer of the month!

News Outside of BNB

Femmechanics The femme/trans*/women (FTW) group Femmechanics, who we partner with monthly, has a number of upcoming events this summer from camping to alley cats to social events! Learn more at their website.

Lives at Stake Join the Jamaica Plain Progressives for A Community Conversation On Mass Incarceration. National leaders acknowledge the mistake of “tough on crime” legislation, why is Massachusetts slow to respond? At the First Baptist Church in JP on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Inter-Neighborhood Ride Series: DorchesterJoin DotBike to explore Dorchester! Meet at Ashmont Cycles at 11am on Saturday July 9th. More details on Facebook!


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Submit Your Bike Ideas To Make Boston Greener

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

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You may have heard about the City’s Go Boston 2030 initiative. Last fall, Bostonians shared thousands of ideas about transportation and mobility and those ideas have been compiled into a set of four possible transportation futures. Now Go Boston is asking you to vote on which ones should be incorporated into the City’s 2030 transportation Action Plan. You can fill out the ballot online until June 17th.

Go Boston 2030 is committed to creating a climate-responsive transportation future for our city, and its goals include preparing for sea level rise along Boston’s coastline, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 25 percent, and adopting an emissions-free municipal vehicle fleet — all of which make it important for the Greenovate community to weigh in!

This is a great opportunity to help choose the direction of Boston’s transportation planning – but the deadline is June 17th!
So click below to make your voice heard:

Go Boston 2030 will incorporate the results into an Action Plan this September. Just like Greenovate relied on you to help shape the City’s updated Climate Action Plan, Go Boston 2030 needs your input to help shape the direction of transportation in our city.

You can also join the Go Boston 2030 Opinion Leader Conversation on June 6th at the Boston Society of Architects. Hear from Mike Lydon, Rep. Russell Holmes, Kate Fichter, and Jascha Franklin-Hodge as they discuss the four futures: Go Local, Go Crosstown, Go Regional, and Go Tech.

As always, we’ll keep you up-to-date and share additional opportunities to get involved. Greenovate is all about community engagement – and this is a great way to dive right in!

Jessica Feldish
Greenovate Boston Program Manager

P.S.:  You can also fill out a physical ballot and mail or deliver it to Go Boston 2030, 1 City Hall Plaza, Room 721, Boston MA 02201. Call 617-635-4680 to request a paper ballot in the mail.

Greenovate Boston
http://www.greenovateboston.org/


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Save The Date: Dorchester’s First Bike and Brew Fest Sept. 15

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 15th will be the Inaugural Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest! (Scheduled as a lead in to the citywide Hub on Wheels Festival weekend)
 
This family friendly festival is being designed to showcase the growing cycling community in Dorchester, while also offering the opportunity to sample beers from several local brewers. We are excited to look forward to hosting several food trucks, live music, cycling repair and safety workshops, raffles, games, and more.  Stay tuned for more info, and if you want to help, please join us for the planning meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-7:30pm, in the Greater Ashmont Main Street offices, 1914 Dot Ave in the Carruth Building (across from Ashmont T).
 
Visit www.greaterashmont.org to sign up for Greater Ashmont Main Street emails.

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Action Alert: Let Your Voice Be Heard For Zoning Reform

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

From Livable Streets:

The Senate is taking up a bill updating our zoning law for the first time in 40 years—and we need your voice to support it!

The Zoning Reform bill is the most important planning, housing, and land-use bill in years. This is a critical moment to ask for your Senator’s support! It takes just a moment.

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Transportation and housing policies are intimately connected—good policies create more livable streets and communities for everyone.

Will you click here to tell your Senator to support this important bill? It takes just a minute.

To learn more about this bill and why it’s important, read on below or click here.

The Senate will vote this Thursday, June 9th, so now is the time to act.

Thank you for speaking up!

LivableStreets Alliance
http://www.livablestreets.info/


Did you know?

Restrictive zoning is crippling our economy, health and environment. Economists estimate that restrictive zoning drives up housing prices in Greater Boston by nearly 20% and leads to a 20% decline in employment. Outdated zoning has cost our region at least 156,000 jobs.

We are building fewer than half of the homes our state needs annually to meet our current state-wide needs and prevent job loss to other states. Meanwhile, combined housing and transportation costs now eat up an average of 50% of family budgets.

At least 52% of Americans want to live in places where they do not have to use a car very often. People who live in walkable neighborhoods are twice as likely to get the exercise they need, reducing the risk of obesity and making our communities more livable.

Every day, thirteen acres of forests and farmland are lost to low-density sprawl caused by inefficient and outdated zoning, generating more traffic in addition to infrastructure costs that drain municipal budgets.

Here’s what this landmark bill does:

  • The bill will stimulate home & business development
  • Communities will increase “multi-family” zoning to build more of the homes we need.
  • Allowing homeowners to create “accessory dwelling units” on their property will enable them to create new housing for relatives or to generate rental income to help them stay in their home.
  • Special permits, which are a common approval process, would no longer require a supermajority vote.
  • Variance reforms will make it easier for property owners to make improvements.
  • Developers will have longer, more reasonable time periods to use their permits.
  • Reforming the appeals process will reduce frivolous lawsuits and lengthy court battles over development, saving time and money for local government, taxpayers, and developers.

Provides our cities and towns with the modern planning tools they need

  • Other states use a rational and predictable process to assess impact fees from development to offset the cost of infrastructure—our cities & towns should be able to do that too.
  • Local master plans will become easier and less costly to create.
  • Once a community has started to change its zoning, development rights should become protected only when an owner has more than an imprecise preliminary plan for the property.
  • Cities and towns can implement affordability requirements through inclusionary zoning.
  • Local planning and zoning board members will be able to access more training opportunities.

Preserves open space and discourages sprawl

  • Developers who want to cluster their development to conserve land will be able to do so.
  • Communities will be able to improve the design of unregulated roadside sprawl by establishing a minor subdivision ordinance.
  • Cities and towns will be able to “opt in” to additional tools and benefits if they meet state standards for compact housing and economic development while protecting open space and water quality.
  • Natural Resource Protection Zoning is a new tool to preserve large and important resource areas.

Promotes public health

  • Development project notices are required to be sent to local health boards.
  • Accessory dwelling units are a critical need for families who need to take care of older relatives or those with disabilities.
  • Easier master planning, required multi-family districts in smart growth locations, cluster by-right subdivision, and the opt-in program will all encourage communities to become more compact and walkable.
  • Reforming “Approval Not Required” subdivisions will help reduce the number of driveways that front on busy streets and improve public safety.

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Action Alert: Speak Up For A Safer Mass. Ave. June 15th

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

From Livable Streets:

Now is the time to speak up for a safer Massachusetts Ave!

Next Wednesday, June 15 the City of Boston is holding a community meeting to share proposed design improvements for Massachusetts Avenue from Beacon Street to Harrison Avenue.

This is a critical meeting. We’ve been waiting for this since the City first announced Mass Ave as a Vision Zero priority corridor last December.

The City’s goal is to use the feedback from this meeting to make safety improvements to Mass Ave this year.

Vision Zero Priority Corridor Mass Ave Public Meeting
June 15, 2016, 6pm – 7:30pm
@ Saint Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St, Boston

We know that improving Mass Ave will save lives. Will you join us on June 15th?

This project is an important step in bringing the number of fatalities on our streets to zero and has the potential to be a model street for other safety improvements throughout Boston.

We’ll follow up with more details about the meeting early next week. In the meantime you can:

  1. Mark your calendar for June 15 and plan on attending the meeting.
  2. Share this email with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join you.

Thank you for making our streets safer and more livable for everyone!


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Bay State Bike Week Begins!

Written by Boston Biker on May 16

Got this great email from Hubway with a whole host of great bike week stuff that is coming up, get out there and ride!

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week, and Bay State Bike Week promises to deliver! During the week May 14-22, there will be dozens of events — including workshops, festivals, clinics, commuter rides, and more. With new Hubway stations recently installed and more on the horizon, we hope you’ll join in the Bike Week and Bike Month fun, and pedal with us all summer long!

The Challenge begins Saturday!

The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge promotes cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly transportation choice. Joining the Challenge is fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts! Log all of the miles you ride May 14-22 and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. The Challenge culminates in a Bike Bash on June 1 at Flat Top Johnny’s in Cambridge. Register today →

ONE OF THE BEST CYCLING WEEKENDS OF THE YEAR

Fri, May 20th: Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival

Boston Bikes is making it easy to participate in Bike to Work Day with guided morning commuter convoys, leaving from dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Rides will end at City Hall, where there will be free breakfast, coffee, and t-shirts! Select a convoy route and register here →

Sat, May 21st: The Cambridge Bicycle Committee presents “The Reel Ride”

This guided 2-hour ride will celebrate movies in Cambridge, including the theaters where they’re shown, the locations they’ve featured over the past half century — Love Story, Good Will Hunting, & more — and the people who film them. Preview the sites and get more info here →

Sat, May 21st: Somerville PorchFest

After the Cambridge Reel Ride, pedal over to Somerville to celebrate with more than 400 bands & musicians, playing from porches throughout the city! There will be something for everyone – Bollywood funk, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock, and more. Enjoy as many bands as possible by riding Hubway around Somerville! More details →

Sun, May 22nd: Brookline Bike Parade

New England’s largest bike parade begins & ends in Amory Park, and gives you a car-free ride up and down historic Beacon Street. Free ice cream at the finish line! Save time and register online today →

Hubway Expansion News

New Balance Hubway expanding in Roxbury & Northern Dorchester.
Thanks to the generous support of the Barr Foundation, Boston will add ten new stations in Roxbury and northern Dorchester this summer. The goal is to build a highly-connected bikeshare network in these neighborhoods, so that all residents live within a 5- to 10-minute walk of Hubway. So where will the stations go? Join Boston Bikes on Saturday, May 14th, 10-11:30am, at Dudley Square Library, to talk about what makes a good site and work together to prioritize general locations for new stations.


All four Brookline stations are back
The wait was long, but we’re happy to report you can once again snag a Hubway bike at Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and JFK Crossing.


East Somerville’s first station, more to come in Somerville
Broadway at Lombardi Way station in E.Somerville is now open, and four more in Winter Hill & East Somerville are are on their way later this year.


Newbury/Hereford, Kenmore, and Boston Public Library stations return
These three stations have returned in Boston and are fully operational.


Where do you want bikeshare in metro-Boston?
Hubway’s Suggest a Location tool is here, and better than before.

Where To Ride


Tue, 5/17, 7:30-9:30am    Broadway Bikes Bike Week Pancake Breakfast
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge. This annual event features a raffle to win great prizes and benefit the Green Streets Initiative to celebrate and promote the use of sustainable and active transportation.


Tue, 5/17, 5:45-8pm    Innovation in Transportation: a panel discussion
WeWork, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. A special event presented by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on the evolving mobility landscape and the future of transportation in Boston.


Tue, 5/17, 6:30-9:30pm    Boston Cyclists Union’s 5-year anniversary party
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St, Boston. Food & drink from your favorite local establishments, raffle prizes, and dancing into the night to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work going towards making biking better in the Boston region! Tickets include a 1-year membership to the Bike Union!


Tue, 5/17, 7-9pm    FREE Bike Week Screening – Jour De Fete
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge. In Jacques Tati’s 1949 film, a small-town mailman tries to outdo his American counterparts by delivering the mail at a frantic rate on his bicycle. View the trailer here.


Thu, 5/19, 2-3pm or 6-7pm    Healthy Aging in Cambridge – Urban Cycling Basics
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Workshop geared towards riders aged 50+. Each participant receives a free helmet!


Sun, 5/22, 2-5pm    Somerville Historic Bike Ride
Join the Historic Preservation Committee for a ride along Paul Revere’s famous route. Departing from the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street, Somerville.


Fri, 5/27, 8-9am    Bike and Walk Commuter Breakfast
Somerville Bicycle Committee hosts a breakfast at the Whole Foods at 45 Beacon Street, Somerville.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Cambridge Fast Tracks Inman Square Redesign June 30, 2016
      TweetThe city of Cambridge has decided to fast track the redesign of Inman square after the recent death there. Sigh…seems the best way to get shitty infrastructure fixed is to have someone die in it. We saw the same thing … Continue reading →
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    • Jeff Jacoby Is A Dirty Sleaze Bag Who Tries To Get Attention When Cyclists Die June 29, 2016
      TweetIt seems Jeff Jacoby, resident murderous goon at the Globe, likes to make stupid public statements after cyclists are killed to try and squeeze just a little more attention for himself and his horrific view points.  I wrote way back in … Continue reading →
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    • Drunk Driver Gets 12 Years For Killing Cyclist In Dorchester June 29, 2016
      TweetIn a rare turn of events a motorist was actually sentenced to jail time for killing a cyclists. All it took was him being drunk and driving without a license.  Nothing will bring back young Fritz Philogene, but at least justice … Continue reading →
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    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
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    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
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    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
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    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Serious Accident In Inman Square, Cyclist Currently In Surgery June 23, 2016
      TweetYet another potentially deadly interaction between a large truck and a cyclist.  I hope she recovers. More info when I get it. From The Globe: Cambridge police are asking the public to stay clear of a portion of the Inman … Continue reading →
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