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Somerville has already started using this new language, Boston has in some cases, but its time to make this the standard. From Road.cc
The US city of Columbus, Ohio is to phase out yellow “Share the Road” signs in favour of white ones reading “Bikes May Use Full Lane.” The city believes that the move will better get across the message that cyclists are entitled to ride in the centre of the lane.
Columbus does not necessarily have a reputation for being a trailblazer when it comes to its residents’ attitudes to cycling. Earlier this year, organisers of a Fourth of July parade were criticised after allowing a vehicle to take part with a bicycle attached to the bonnet, a pair of legs sticking out through the sunroof, and a message on the door that read, “I’ll share the road when you follow the rules.”
However, one local said that particular move had simply been ‘kickback’ because the city has a strong cycling community and was at that time in the process of building a number of new cycle lanes and paths.
Catherine Girves, executive director of local campaign group, Yay Bikes, welcomed the new signs. She said that Share the Road signs mean different things to different people; that some drivers see them as being aimed at cyclists, telling them that they need to “share the road” with drivers by staying as close to the kerb as possible.
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DotBike has been busy!
From the email:
Dear Dot Bikers,
As we move from sweaty- to sweater-weather biking I hope you’re enjoying your riding! Thanks to many of you who have joined us for #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday group commutes and our new ongoing Bike Repair Saturdays at home.stead cafe.
There were several key legislative wins for biking in MA this session, including the bill which will allow Boston to drop from 30 to 25 mph in thickly settled areas. Read more at MassBike.
7 ways to get involved in your bike community this month:
From DCR’s website: “At a public meeting anticipated to be held in September 2016, DCR will present an introduction to, and obtain feedback on, conceptual designs focused on reconfiguration of roadway lanes, intersections, crosswalks, and adjoining sidewalks and paths used by pedestrians and bicycles. DCR aims to present final design plans in December 2016, and construction is pending the availability of funding.”
@ Prayer Tower Apostolic Church | 151 Norfolk St, Dorchester, 6:30pm
Join the Boston Transportation Department project team to learn about the proposed transportation safety project for the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle neighborhood and give us your feedback.
@ Ashmont/Peabody Square, 5-8PM
Join Greater Ashmont Main Street, DotBike, Boston Cyclists’ Union and MassBike for this family friendly community festival showcasing the growing cycling community in Dorchester and the burgeoning Boston brewery scene, along with food trucks, live music, DIY bike repair presentations, giveaways, etc.
@home.stead cafe, 10-12pm
Need help fixing a flat? Can’t figure out where that squeaking noise is coming from? Starting this September, volunteers from DotBike will be available for simple bike repairs in front of home.stead café.
We intend to make this a recurring event every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting (above 50 F, and no rain). Due to our limited tools and tubes we will only be able to perform small repairs. If you are willing to participate, work on your own bike, and share your knowledge with others, even better!
SEPT 20 – DotBike General Meeting
@ Codman Academy, 6:30-8pm
All are welcome! We meet bi-monthly at Codman Academy Black Box Theater in Codman Square (14 Epping St.) from 6:30-8:00pm. Contact: [email protected].
@Ashmont Cycles, 7:15am
Convoy will meet at 7:15am (7:20am departure) in front of Ashmont Cycles and ride down Dorchester Ave picking people up along the way. We will have a brief stop at home.stead cafe for coffee and pastries. We will then continue downtown with other Dorchester residents and meet up with other city cyclists at City Hall. RSVP to Bryan ([email protected]).
@ home.stead cafe, 11am
Join DotBike for the 3rd installment of the Inter-neighborhood Ride Series! “Dorchester Heights and Highlights” – a little history, a little hill-climbing, but plenty of good views and good company! Play “Dot Bingo” as you ride and you could win a gift certificate to the delicious home.stead cafe! Ride starts and finishes in Fields Corner @ home.stead café (1448 Dorchester Ave).
Seeking volunteers to help with set-up (Thurs. Sept 15th, 3-5pm) at the Bike + Brew Festival: Love beer, bikes, and your community? Many hands will make light work to set up for this fun, local event! Attend this pre-event meeting on Sept. 8th or contact Jenn Cartee at [email protected].
Seeking volunteers for Bike Repair Saturdays (10-12pm) @ home.stead cafe: Hang out and chat with neighbors about DotBike or get your hands dirty doing simple bike repairs! Free treats for volunteers! Contact Vivian Girard: [email protected].
Join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy (14 Epping Street).
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From the email:
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Hubway is giving away a free day of rides this weekend!
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The main reason we have too much traffic, is because we have too many people driving cars…but it also has a lot to to do with the fact that people are horrible at driving.
Want a simple way to make your life a lot better? Stop driving your car to work!
Also, don’t blame cyclists we are speeding you up, not slowing you down.
Besides all the mental anguish people suffer from driving cars, there is the very real and very serious threat of climate change. It’s long past time when you could just close your eyes and do nothing, make your life better, make everyone’s life better, ride a bike!
Tags: bad drivers, driving, traffic, video
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