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Vote NO on Question 1

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 10

I will gladly pay taxes if it means I get benefits.  Indexing the gas tax makes perfect sense.  Roads and bridges are mostly demolished by cars, cars run on gas.  Removing this tax will allow cars to destroy our roads and bridges and remove an important means of funding them.  Vote NO on question 1.

I would go so far as to say we need to figure out other funding methods, the rise in electric cars will see a dramatic reduction in gas tax revenue, but no reduction in the amount of wear and tear on our streets.  Perhaps a yearly “car ownership” tax for anyone who own a car, indexed to the cost/weight of the vehicle.

In the mean time don’t take away a vital way we repair our public roads and bridges, vote NO on question 1.

 

From MassBike:

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You’ve probably heard a lot about the Question 1 ballot measure in the upcoming election. We want to tell you about what Question 1 would do,  what that would mean for you, and why we are supporting a NO vote on Question 1.

Question 1 would eliminate the gas tax indexing law and put at least $1 billion in transportation investments in jeopardy over the next decade. Indexing the gas tax helps this dedicated transportation revenue source maintain its value and was a vital part of the 2013 law that reversed years of under-investment in transportation.

Question 1 is bad news for cyclists and pedestrians. Safe biking and walking requires good planning and investments, and Massachusetts has a long way to go to design and build streets, bikeways, trails, and walkways that are safe for everyone.

After years of neglect, roads and bridges in Massachusetts are now a major public safety crisis. This is something we can no longer ignore. Passage of Question 1 would mean our roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate, threatening the safety of Massachusetts cyclists and all residents.

For all of these reasons, MassBike supports a NO on Question 1 vote on November 4.

Say NO to sacrificing new infrastructure.

  • Question 1 threatens to cut $1 billion in transportation investments over the next decade.
  • Question 1 would reduce or eliminate new walking and biking paths.
  • Question 1 would reduce or eliminate road / bridge projects with new bike facilities.

Say NO to unsafe bridges.

  • Today there are 28 bridges in Massachusetts that have been closed because they are unsafe and another 447 that can only carry reduced traffic loads.
  • The ten busiest structurally deficient bridges in the state carry more than 1 million cars every day.

Say NO to traffic fatalities.

  • Massachusetts roads are unsafe for too many cyclists.
  • Roadways conditions are a significant factor in one-third of all traffic fatalities in Massachusetts.
  • Motor vehicle crashes cost Massachusetts $6.3 billion a year in medical and other costs.

Say NO to cutting public transit improvements.

  • Indexing the gas tax helps to improve our public transit system.
  • Question 1 risks investments in aging subways, rail, and buses.
  • Question 1 risks improvements in the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities.

Say NO to risking environmental benefits.

  • Question 1 will hurt our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Question 1 will limit our ability to invest in low- and non-polluting transportation projects such as biking, walking, and public transit.

Say NO to Question 1.

If you are eager to help stop Question 1, please spread the word and follow the campaign on Twitter or like it on Facebook.

Click here to read the full ballot question.


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Bike Program Director Job

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 08

Looks interesting:

From the email

Join the dynamic team at the Merrimack Valley YMCA

Currently Seeking
Bike Program Coordinator
Part-time position

The Merrimack Valley YMCA is seeking a part-time Bike Program Coordinator for the Lawrence

BiciCocina, a community bicycle and skateboard shop providing affordable used bike sales,
repairs, classes and events. The focus is on strengthening community through youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Bike Program Coordinator’s responsibilities will range from customer service, fixing bikes,
teaching, supervising, fundraising and training, all the while maintaining a warm and welcoming
shop atmosphere. The position requires the skills of an entrepreneur as the project is a startup,
yet has the support of our leadership team and local Merrimack Valley YMCA resources.
Candidates must have very strong organizational and people skills.
Qualifications

 Must be at least 18 years of age
 Minimum of 6 months working directly with youth
 Minimum of 6 months of customer service experience
 Basic computer skills required
 Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
 Experience with bicycle maintenance or repair preferred

Deadline to apply: Until Filled
Salary: $13.00 – $16.00 per hour
To apply, please send your resume with cover letter to:
[email protected] or via Fax 978-681-1126
The Merrimack Valley YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.
The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility


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Site Updated

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 08

Should be nothing but more and better, but let me know if anything seems strange.

For blog owners you should notice some new fun features when making blog posts!


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Shut Up Legs! Jens Voigt Breaks World Hour Record

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 02

Amazing, over 31 miles in an hour. Sure he used a new bike, but Jens is one of the few really amazing cyclists out there who has not been in a shit load of trouble for drugs so its good to see him retire on top.


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Interview Request For Bicyclist Safety Article

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 01

Got this in the email:

Looking for Cyclists to Share Crash Stories
I am a journalism student at Northeastern University. I am writing an article about bicycle safety in Boston – focusing on the fatalities in the past two years as well as the new policies and infrastructure the city has introduced to improve cyclist safety. I’m looking to speak with cyclists from the Boston area who have been involved in crashes with other motorists and would be willing to share their story and possibly discuss what changes/actions they’d like to see from the city. Interviews should only take 10-15 minutes. If you are interested, I can be reached at [email protected] Thank you in advance for your help in covering this important topic.


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Dear Boston Developers, Build These Awesome Bike Friendly Buildings

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 30

Seriously check these amazing bike friendly buildings out!

from the WSJ:

A bike valet will offer tuneups and tire changes to spandex-clad commuters and residents at Hassalo on Eighth, a multiuse residential and office complex in Portland, Ore., expected to be completed next year. At the new Vélo North Loop, a high-end rental building in Minneapolis, tenants can use the “bike kitchen”—a bicycle repair area with tire pumps and spare chain links, as well as a bike wash. A shop with trail maps and energy bars is in the works. The Cliffs, a series of golf-resort communities in North and South Carolina, has enlisted a 17-time Tour de France rider to offer group rides for homeowners and potential buyers through the surrounding countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The rising popularity of cycling is driving a new type of housing: the luxury, bike-friendly development.

As cities, suburbs and rural communities race to add bike-share programs and lanes and trails for cyclists, developers and home builders are rolling out amenities designed to woo more bike riders and stand out from the competition. And by bulking up on bike-friendly amenities, developers can go after both ends of the demographic spectrum—20- and 30-somethings who want to live closer to work as well as older baby boomers looking for a more walkable, bike-able lifestyle.

Seattle’s Velo building in Fremont is built right off the Burke-Gilman bike and recreation trail. Opening this weekend, the 171-unit building, like Vélo North Loop, takes its name from the French word for bicycle (the two buildings are unrelated). It offers a bike-maintenance area as well as a bike wash and storage, both in the garage and on the main level. Apartments will also have bike-storage niches.

Read the rest here.

I don’t even care if its a “luxury” apartment, in fact I would prefer if it was an affordable one, as I am not rich. But its so easy and cheap to include bike friendly aspects to your housing design and I wish it was the standard practice for all new housing being built around here.

Things like bike rooms, bike storage areas, secured outdoor parking out of the elements, and more are easy and cheap to include in large apartment complexes, or condo builds. There is no reason that they shouldn’t be as standard as parking spaces.


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Silver Maple Forest Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 30

This looks pretty awesome, especially around this time of year.

From the email:

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Friends of the Alewife Reservation (main contact)
www.friendsofalewifereservation.org
617-415-1884
info@friendsofalewifereservation.org

October 18th, 11 am
Meet at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond.

Join the Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, and Silver Maple
Forest Alliance
for a 3.4 mile family friendly bike ride on
Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 am.


This short ride will last about an hour, and showcase the regional natural
resource that is the Alewife Reservation. The Silver Maple forest in
particular, which is under threat of being clear cut, will be the center of
the ride. Meet us at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond!


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Somerville Bike Lanes Get The Green Paint Treatment

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 29

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A whole bunch of bike lanes in Somerville are getting painted green.  I am not totally sure how I feel about this, but they do seem to be more visible.


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