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Help Bring Protected Bike Lanes To Cambridge St!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

got this in the email:

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Do you want to see protected bike lanes on Cambridge St? We need your in-person support to make sure it happens!

On April 25, the City is holding its first public meeting for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane project. We need as many people as possible to show up and express support!

When: Tuesday April 25th from 6PM-8PM
Where: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – Media Café, 459 Broadway (use main school entrance)

  1. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
  2. Canvass with us at least once this week along Cambridge Street! Click here to sign up. The focus of the canvass is to inform neighbors about the project, building support for protected bike infrastructure at the local level. Talking points and materials will be provided.

This project is in no small part because of our community’s collective effort last fall and will be a model for future protected bike lanes and lay the groundwork for a much broader protected network. It’s essential that we work with the city to get this one right.

More details about the project below.

Sincerely,
The CBS core team
What is happening, and where?

Protected bicycle lanes are going to be installed on Cambridge St from Inman Square to Quincy St (near Harvard). The lanes will have a similar design to those on Mass Ave near the Harvard Law School and Lafayette Square, except that they will be longer and on both sides of the street. Here is an example cross-section, and here is a photo of one of the similar lanes on Mass Ave.***

Detailed comments

Three design elements that Cambridge Bicycle Safety views as critical for safety for Cambridge Street and all protected bike lane pilots:

  1. The protected bicycle lanes need to be physically separated from parked and moving cars along the entire length of the protected lane. This can be accomplished using a range of options from flex posts to pre-cast curbing and planters.
  2. Vehicles such as buses, taxis/Uber/Lyft, and delivery vehicles should not need to, or be able to, block or stop in the bike lane. Floating bus stops–where the bus stops in the travel lane and picks up riders from a raised platform–and appropriate signage and physical barriers to prevent disruptive stopping in the bicycle lane should be included. Here is an example from the MassDOT separated bike lane design guide.
  3. Designated loading zones need to be provided elsewhere to make sure that deliveries and passenger pickup/dropoff can take place. Loading zones are crucial for small businesses who depend on deliveries, and they are also important because they provide an alternative to stopping in the bicycle lane.

We’ve recently sent the city two memos outlining our suggestions for the spring projects. Read them here.

*** Although they aren’t the focus of this public meeting, two other short segments of protected bike lanes are also being added this spring, one on Brattle St from Harvard Square to Mason St, and one on Mass Ave from Trowbridge St to Bow St. Additionally, protected bike lanes are part of all the Inman Square redesign options. We’ll be writing more about these projects soon.


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Hubway Introduces Unicorn Madness

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

Vote today for your favorite in Round 1!
This month, Hubway is introducing a tournament of its own by celebrating its 8 uniquely wrapped bikes, also knows as “unicorns.” Get to know the unicorns, join the fun, win prizes by riding, and help your favorite win by taking part in Hubway Unicorn Madness!
VIEW THE BRACKET

How It Works

ROUND 1 → Voting is open now through noon on March 22nd. Please vote only once per round. The 4 unicorn bikes with more votes in each matchup will move on to Round 2. Every trip you take on one of the unicorns will also count as entry to win a prize. Follow the bikes here.
Round 2 → Join us at our Harvard Sq – Brattle/Eliot station on Thursday, March 23, at 8:45 AM when we reveal the final 4 unicorns. Attendees and Hubway members get a free small coffee from 8 – 9:30 AM at Crema Cafe. Each ride in round 2 through March 29thwill be added to online votes to determine the final 2 unicorns.
Round 3 → The final 2 unicorns are revealed on Thursday, March 30, at 8:45 AM on Boston City Hall Plaza. Free coffee will be provided from 8 – 9:30 AM at George Howell Coffee in Boston Public Market for attendees and Hubway members. One more round of votes will be added to the total trip distance for each of the final unicorns, and a winner will be crowned!
Prizes provided by Hubway, TD Hub On Wheels, Boston Red Sox,
Dorchester Brewing Company, and The Ice Creamsmith

The Hubway Data Challenge — April 10th deadline

Calling all designers, programmers, artists, students, and data geeks! Over $7,500 worth of prizes will be awarded in the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft. Enter your work by the April 10th deadline to get in front of our expert judges and be eligible for the People’s Choice voting. The free Data Visualization Crash Course at General Assembly is sold out for tonight (3/16), but get on the waitlist in case any last minute space becomes available.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.

Thu 3/16, 6:30-8:30pm    GA + Hubway Present: Free Data Viz Crash Course
General Assembly, 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor, Boston


Tue 3/21, 5:30-7:30pm    Cycle Massachusetts 2017 Kickoff Party
The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Mass Ave, Cambridge


Thu 3/23, 8:45am    Hubway Unicorn Madness Round 2 Launch
Harvard Square Hubway station at Brattle St / Eliot St, Cambridge.
Free coffee for Hubway members 8-9:30am at Crema Cafe


Sat 3/25, 10am-4pm    HI HACKS Nursing Hackathon
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge


Sat 3/25, Noon-5pm    Minority Business Expo
Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury


Sat 3/29, 7:30-9:30pm    GA + Harpoon present: Code in the Brewery
Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall, 306 Northern Ave, Boston


Thu 3/30, 8:45am    Hubway Unicorn Madness Round 3 Launch
Boston City Hall Plaza. Free coffee for Hubway members 8-9:30am at George Howell Coffee in Boston Public Market


Sat 3/30, 7-9pm    Boston Comics Roundtable
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Community Room


Fri 3/31, All Day    Walk / Ride Day Check-In
Check in your commute, no matter where and how you traveled, for the chance at great bike-friendly rewards and prizes.

Sat 4/1, 10am-2pm    Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Historic Middlesex Canal Bike Tour – Saturday April 1st

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:

Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

 

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association will present its spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18th century.  Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown.  In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.

 

The ride will depart from the Lowell Train Station shortly before 11AM. You can take your bicycle on the 10 AM train from North Station which arrives in Lowell at 10:43. (Riders can also board at West Medford at10:11 or just meet at Lowell Station). There sill also be an early group that will take the 8:00AM train from North Station to allow more time in Lowell and breakfast at the historic Owl Diner, aka the Four Sisters.  Route visits the Pawtucket and other Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.

Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica.  Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$10.00 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.

The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists.  Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts  (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.

The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383, [email protected]) and Dick Bauer (857-540-6293, [email protected]) of  the Middlesex Canal Commission . Helmets required.  Steady rain cancels.
For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org


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Call And Email The Mayor, Let Him Know You Want A Better Bicycling Budget!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 15

From The BCU:

Email Script

Below is a template for emails to Mayor Walsh. Please personalize it and add your own information. The more personal details, the more effective the letter will be. Don’t forget to forward it to your your local district city councilor and the four at-large (city-wide) councilors with a brief note asking them to support the Boston Bike Budget. Thanks!

To:

[email protected]

CC:

[email protected]joyce.[email protected]budget@boston.gova&[email protected]ch[email protected]gina.[email protected]btd@boston.govinfo@bostoncyclistsunion.org

Dear Mayor Walsh,

As a resident of [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD] who bikes [OR who would bike in Boston if it were safer], I’m writing to ask you to include the Boston Cyclists Union’s Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget.

The City of Boston has made real progress toward changing its official policies to make riding a bike in the city easier and safer, but changes to our physical infrastructure have been slower. For many people who bike in Boston today — or would if it were safer — there has been little visible progress on the ground. The City’s Transportation Department is doing what it can, but insufficient staffing and resources are holding us back.

[WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RIDING A BIKE IN BOSTON]

This year, Boston allocated just $3.1 million for its Vision Zero Action Plan. That’s less than $5 per capita per year towards ending traffic deaths in our city. Meanwhile, New York City has dedicated approximately $13 per capita and San Francisco about $75. Boston is trailing behind cities that have been aggressive about building safe, protected bike infrastructure. In New York City, Mayor De Blasio recently proposed an additional $66 million per year for Vision Zero street projects, bringing NYC’s funding to over $20 per capita.

If Boston is going to end traffic fatalities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make our city more livable, we need a drastic increase in the city’s funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

Please include the Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget:

  • Increase the capital budget for Vision Zero from $3.1 million in FY17 to $12 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for the Strategic Bicycle Network Project from $900,000 in FY17 to $4 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for Transportation Planning from $200,000 in FY17 to $800,000 in FY18.
  • Increase the operating budget for Transportation Department Policy and Planning from $1,074,431 in FY17 to $2 million in FY18.

With our proposed Boston Bike Budget, we could build more than a dozen miles of protected bike lanes each year. Today, 2% of Bostonians regularly bike to work, and with just 2% of the City’s $898 million streets budget, we could make major strides towards allowing people of all ages and abilities to bike safely in every neighborhood of Boston.

[WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT BIKING IMPROVEMENTS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE]

In both the GoBoston 2030 Vision Framework and the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, Boston set forth several positive goals to achieve by 2030, including increasing bicycling mode share fourfold, ensuring that all households are within a 5-minute walk of a protected bicycle facility or shared use path, and eliminating traffic deaths. If we are to reach those goals, we need increased funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

I hope you will include the Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget and help make Boston safe and friendly for people riding bikes.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]


Call Script

Below is a script for calls to Mayor Walsh and City Councilors. Mayor’s office: 617-635-4500.

Hi,

I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD] and I’m calling to ask Mayor Walsh to include the Boston Cyclists Union’s Boston Bike Budget in his budget.

[SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RIDING A BIKE IN BOSTON]

If Boston is going to end traffic fatalities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make our city more livable, we need a drastic increase in the city’s funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

With our proposed Boston Bike Budget, we could build more than a dozen miles of protected bike lanes each year. Today, 2% of Bostonians regularly bike to work, and with just 2% of the City’s $898 million streets budget, we could make major strides towards allowing people of all ages and abilities to bike safely in every neighborhood of Boston.

I hope the Mayor will include the Boston Bike Budget in his FY18 budget and help make Boston safe and friendly for people riding bikes.

Thank you.

(If asked for details on which budget line items you are calling about:

  • Increase the capital budget for Vision Zero from $3.1 million in FY17 to $12 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for the Strategic Bicycle Network Project from $900,000 in FY17 to $4 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for Transportation Planning from $200,000 in FY17 to $800,000 in FY18.
  • Increase the operating budget for Transportation Department Policy and Planning from $1,074,431 in FY17 to $2 million in FY18.)

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Hubway Will Be Closed For The Crazy Weather

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

Duh, but you know still a heads up.

Hello Hubway rider,

Due to the inclement weather, Hubway will temporarily close at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 14th, for the safety of our riders and staff. Once the closure has begun, no bikes can be rented at the stations, though any bikes in use at that time can be returned to any Hubway station with an available dock.

Following the storm, Hubway field staff will be working to clear stations, after which all currently deployed stations in Boston and Cambridge will reopen, and seasonal redeployment of additional stations will continue.

Of course forecasts vary and may change, so we will make sure to get updates to you. Closure and re-opening information will be posted to the Hubway website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will also send another email when the system is ready to reopen. For real-time station, bike, and dock availability, visit our station map, or call to speak with a Member Service Representative at 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

Thank you for your cooperation,

​The Hubway Team


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