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Cambridge Releases Crash Report For The Year

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

Summary, lots of new riders, so more crashes, but crash rate down.  Overall good news, as the number of riders has skyrocketed the crash per-capita has gone down, meaning that more riders have lead to safer riding.

Still a lot of work to go, but its moving in the right direction (at least in Cambridge it is)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Crime Analysis Unit at the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) has conducted analysis of the traffic crashes occurring within the CPD jurisdiction over the past 15 years. The available data includes crash calls for service (any call requesting police assistance related to a traffic collision), crash reports (any collision that is severe enough to require a police report), and incidents requiring transport to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The Unit’s primary goal has been to understand trends in crash incidents in the context of population growth and changes in ridership (i.e., increasing numbers of bicyclists). This analysis resulted in the following conclusions:

x The total number of crashes occurring in the city has declined since the early 2000s, even as population and number of road users have increased. x While total crashes have declined, crashes involving cyclists increased by 28% from 2000 to 2015, corresponding with an increase in bike ridership. Normalizing for increases in bike ridership, the bike crash rate has declined since 2010, with more variability prior to 2010.

x A small portion of crashes required an EMS transport to the hospital – about 20% of crashes since 2010. Approximately half of crashes requiring EMS transport involved non-motorists.

x Crashes are distributed broadly across the city, with notable hotspots along Massachusetts Avenue from MIT to Central Square, the Harvard Square area, Massachusetts Avenue near Porter Square, and the Inman Square area.

x Two locations have had a particularly high incidence of crashes requiring EMS transport to the Hospital: Hampshire Street from Inman Square to Tremont Street, and Massachusetts Avenue from Vassar Street to Bigelow Street. These two locations accounted for 22% of all crashes requiring EMS transport in 2015 and 2016. These areas are heavily trafficked by cyclists and pedestrians, the road users most vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash. Other notable locations include the Kendall Square area near Broadway and Hampshire Street, along John F. Kennedy Street and Massachusetts Avenue near Harvard Square, and on Cambridge Street near 5th and 6th Streets

Read the full thing here (pdf)


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5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

From LivableStreets:

 

The 5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge is less than a week away! This friendly competition dares to answer the age-old question: what’s the most reliable form of transportation for getting around Boston?

This year, there will be two parts to the challenge. Participants traveling by car, bike, T, and foot will journey from Dudley Square to Faneuil Hall during the morning rush hour, and then from Faneuil Hall to Davis Square in the evening.

Please help us spread the word and share the event with your network!

Here are three ways you can participate in the Challenge on June 5th


RHC_(1).png1. Kick off your morning by cheering on the contestants at the morning finish line!

Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace (plaza between Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market)
When: Contestants will start arriving anytime after 8:00 am
Cost: Free (complimentary coffee will be available)


Rush-Hour-Challenge_2016.jpg2. Try a new mode for your morning commute — and bring a friend! Create your own personal challenge (and tell us about it using #RHC2017).

Where: Your commute, ending at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
When: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Cost: Free (besides the cost of your transportation)


RedBones_party.PNG3. Cheer on the contestants as they reach the evening finish line and celebrate with a party!

Where: Redbones Bike Party, 55 Chester St, Davis Square, Somerville
When: 5:00 – 9:00 pm (contestants will be arriving between 5:30 and 6:30 pm)
Cost: $15 includes food, drink, a raffle ticket, and valet parking (proceeds go to MassBike and the New England Mountain Bike Association)


Rush Hour Challenge is meant to highlight Metro Boston’s rapidly growing need for better and more diverse transportation options. Each of the participants will face the hectic and often dangerous traffic conditions, confusing intersections, and disconnected networks Bostonians experience every day. We’re excited to be partnering again with the Somerville Bike Committee, Boston Cyclists Union and MassBike for the Challenge.

We have an awesome line up of Challenge participants, and we’ll be announcing who they are via social media over the next few days, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you on June 5th

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


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6/12 Discussion On The Beacon St Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

From the email:

You’re invited!
Join us, the Boston Transportation Department, for a public meeting about Beacon St
Monday, June 12 | 6:00 pm
Main Branch of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St | Commonwealth SalonWe have developed a concept design based on the feedback that we received from you and other community members last year. We collected input via a public meeting that was held in June, and a community survey that was conducted after that meeting.

At the meeting, we will

  • share information about the four design alternatives that we considered
  • review the proposed redesign, and give you the opportunity to see the details

We hope that you will

  • share the meeting information with your neighbors, download a flyer here
  • join us to discuss the plan with your neighbors
  • give us your feedback so that we can incorporate it into the design; if you can’t attend, be on the lookout for information on how to give feedback after the meeting
Connect with Vision Zero Boston
Boston City Hall – Room 721 | Boston, MA 02201
visionzero@boston.gov | visionzeroboston.org

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15th Annual Harbor To The Bay Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 01

Good time, good fun, good cause!


The 15th annual Harbor to the Bay bike ride is coming up September 23, 2017! This annual fundraiser benefits four AIDS-focused organizations in the Massachusetts area: Community Research Initiative (CRI), AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health, and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
Riders can choose to take the 125-mile adventure from Boston to Provincetown, or to start from the Sagamore Bridge for the 68-mile abridged route. Because the planning and management of the event are all conducted by volunteers, 100 percent of proceeds donated to Harbor to the Bay and its riders will go to charity. If you’re not interested in riding but still want to help, we are always looking for crew members to assist in handing out water, giving directions or helping repair bikes along the ride route.
Some groups are offering special incentives to join their fundraising team. For example, if you sign up to ride or crew for CRI before June 15, you will be entered to win a free XX2i Optics and Running and Cycling Enterprises (RACE) gift bag, including a pair of XX2i sunglasses, an XX2i/RACE shirt, an XX2i hat, and a gift certificate for an additional pair of glasses — a total retail value of $225.
Over the past 14 rides, CRI riders, crew members, donors, supporters, and volunteers have raised over $1 million for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and care — and we hope with your help this year, we’ll honor the 15th ride with our largest fundraising effort to date.
If you’d like more information about becoming a rider or crew member, or to make a donation, please visit www.harbortothebay.org. You can also call or email Libby Mullen, CRI’s Development and Communications Manager, at 617-502-1726 or emullen@crine.org. See you in P-Town!


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Hubway Expanding To 70 More Locations

Written by Boston Biker on May 26

Via U-Hub:

Hubway will add more than 70 bike-rental stations over the next two years to the 127 it already operates in Boston, under a new contract with the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh’s office said today.

Currently unserved areas in Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan will get new Hubway stations under the terms of a new contract negotiated by Boston with Motivate International, the system’s parent company. Hubway will also add additional stations in existing service areas to better handle demand – and add new stations in Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

Work to come up with specific new locations will begin with public meetings this summer, the mayor’s office said.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update June 19, 2017
      TweetOn Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century … Continue reading →
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    • DCR Public Meeting On 6/27 RE: Morrissey Blvd Redesign June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom DotBike: On the evening of Tuesday 6/27 there is an important public meeting to learn about DCR’s preliminary plans for the redesign of Morrissey Boulevard and to provide feedback.   See below for details.     PUBLIC MEETING #3 … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets Update June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: ———– What’s happening 3 reasons to sign up for Tour de Streets today Tour de Streets is LivableStreets’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and – more importantly – it’s a ton of fun! Here are three reasons to … Continue reading →
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    • Bicycle Lockers Coming To Framingham Commuter Rail Station June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom The Email: ——————— As part of the development of the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) Intermodal Center http://mwrta.com/ at the Framingham commuter rail station rental bicycle lockers are being installed for commuters to safely store their bicycles and accessories on … Continue reading →
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    • Action: Sign Letter On Crucial Inman Square Redesign Changes June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Want to ensure that the design Cambridge is fast-tracking for Inman Square maximizes our ability to deliver on a vibrant, people-centered neighborhood? Please review and sign our letter calling for changes right now! Read on for more … Continue reading →
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    • Cambridge Releases Crash Report For The Year June 2, 2017
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    • 5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge June 2, 2017
      TweetFrom LivableStreets:   The 5th Annual Rush Hour Challenge is less than a week away! This friendly competition dares to answer the age-old question: what’s the most reliable form of transportation for getting around Boston? This year, there will be two parts to … Continue reading →
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    • 6/12 Discussion On The Beacon St Redesign June 2, 2017
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