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Question: Downtown To East Boston By Bike?

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

I know there is no easy way to bike to East Boston from downtown, however I am interested if there has ever been a historical discussion about ways to do so. Was there ever talk about using space in one of the tunnels? Perhaps a floating pontoon bridge that was proposed? Is anyone aware of any plans from the past that have ever been looked at to get pedestrians and cyclists from Downtown to East Boston (without going the long way around).

Not only would this open up all of East Boston to bicycle commuters, I think it is the final connection that is lacking to fully connect the entire town by bike.

(and yes I am aware of the extended bike hours on the blue line, I am hunting for something that only involves cycling, not multi-modal)


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

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Happy Birthday to you

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June was a big month for LivableStreets! We kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a Birthday Bash at Aeronaut (see photos from the party here!) and launched a new membership program.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new program, learn more by visiting our brand new website and become a member today!

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We have a membership level for everyone. Whether you are able to contribute $5 a month (yep, just 5 bucks!) or $1000 a year, by becoming a member you aren’t simply donating to a cause, you are demonstrating your support for creating a world-class transportation system in metro Boston.

And don’t worry if you missed the Birthday Bash, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary throughout the remainder of 2015, so stay tuned for other opportunities to get involved!


Get to Watertown on September 12

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Registration is live for Tour de Streets (formerly Bike4Life), our annual family-friendly ride and BBQ! Whether you are a lifelong biker, or you haven’t touched a bike in decades, Tour de Streets has a route for you.

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The start and end location of the ride will take place at a beautiful green space on The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. The routes will be scenic and comfortable for both new and experienced riders. And if you prefer not to ride, you are welcome to join the BBQ and post-ride activities. To learn moreclick here.

We hope you’ll save the date for September 12th and join us this year as a rider or supporter of this important fundraiser for LivableStreets!


It’s time to rethink buses

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After a tough winter, more and more people are recognizing how vital public transit is to moving people efficiently and effectively in and around the region.

A new report, Better Rapid Transit for Greater Boston, recognizes buses as a key piece of our transit system and highlights Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as an option that should be considered for Greater Boston’s transportation future.

The report identifies five corridors ripe for BRT. As CityLabhighlighted, Gold Standard BRT in these corridors has the potential to dramatically cut commute times and connect communities. To read the full report click here!

LivableStreets has been exploring BRT for more than two years as a member of the Greater Boston BRT Study Group–a group made up of transportation experts, planners, and community leaders. This report is a result of the study group’s work and part of LivableStreets broader effort to prioritize transit on our streets.

To learn more and get involved in making our transit system better for everyone in metro Boston, visit our Transit Priority Page.


Carshare in Cambridge, bike lanes in Brookline and rethinking the I-90 interchange

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A vision of Allston from the NBBJ team

In June LivableStreets advocates stepped up in a big way to help make Brookline, Allston and Cambridge more livable and enjoyable for everyone.

In Brookline Mark Tedrow and Rebecca Albrecht spoke up for creating a safer and better design solution for Babcock street and secured a bike lane on Newton Street.

In Cambridge several LivableStreets members showed their support for increased carshare capacity and Steve Miller and Chris Taylor helped dispel misconceptions about carshare in a letter to the editor.

In Allston dozens of community members shared their thoughts on a major project to renovate the Allston entrance and exit of the Mass Pike. LivableStreets members asked for a design that could result in 60 new acres of developable land, a new commuter rail station, a new neighborhood, and an unparalleled opportunity to improve connectivity for everyone walking, biking, driving and taking public transportation throughout the region. To learn more about this effort visit our I-90 project page.

These are just 3 of the more than 80 street project our Advocacy Committee is involved with. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in the committee and make a street, intersection or neighborhood you care about more livable contact Jeff Dietrich at jeff.dietrich@livablestreets.info


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Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking

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Pedestrian bridge over the Charles River

Friday, July 10, 1pm
@ Union Street in Blackstone Block, Boston

The City of Boston will be breaking ground on construction for Connect Historic Boston this Friday—come celebrate! You may remember hearing from us about this project a couple of years ago. LivableStreets was a member of the advisory committee that helped shape this initiative and we are excited to see it finally being built!

The goal of Connect Historic Boston is to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston easy and fun.

 To learn more visit Connect Historic Boston’s page.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this important step in connecting historic Boston on Friday!


Opportunities

Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival

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Saturday, July 18
@ Daisy Field, Willow Pond Road and Jamaicaway, JP, Boston

Join New England’s largest cycling event for women! This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with fabulous food provided by some of the top women in Boston’s food businesses, like Jody Adams and Joanne Chang. To register and learn more click here.


Job opportunities in Cambridge and Boston

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Are you looking for a job that will contribute to making our streets and community more livable? The cities of Cambridge and Boston are hiring!

Cambridge is hiring for anAssistant Director for Street Management. This new position supervises the Engineering, Operations, Street Occupancy and Planning units within Traffic, Parking, and Transportation.

And the City of Boston is hiring for two positions, Director of Communications and Community Engagement and aGreenovate Boston Program Manager.

Please share these jobs with your networks and consider applying today! 

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

 


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Watch The Tour In JP

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

Ferris Wheels is hosting a Tour watching party!

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Tour de France in Jamaica Plain!
Ferris Wheels and Jeanie Johnston Pub host Tour de France party nights 2015

Upcoming Dates:
19 July 2015, 8:00pm
24 July 2015, 8:00pm

Tour stages are not alike! Come watch exciting mountain stages at our special Tour de France Party Nights featuring:

+ SOUND with Tour de France video (party nights only)
+ Trivia contests for seasoned Tour fans
+ Tour de France 101, how to watch the Tour, the teams, the strategy
+ Raffles, Jeanie Johnston food and beverage, and FUN!

Questions? Call Ferris Wheels Bike Shop: 617-524-2453

Watch the Tour de France 2015 nightly at Jeanie Johnston Pub (144 South St., JP) through July 26, 8-11 pm. (Video only; ask the bartender if it’s not on.)


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Eat Pizza With Bikes Not Bombs!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

Bikes Not Bombs
July 2015
Let's eat pizza!
Flatbread Somerville Fundraiser!

Join Bikes Not Bombs at Flatbread in Somerville forpizza and bowling! On Tuesday July 7th, from 4-10pm, a portion of any pizza purchased will go towards supporting Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth and International programs. We’ll be there all night to answer any questions about BNB and have an awesome raffle with tons of cool prizes!

Bike Collections: Stephen and Eric
Bike Collections Transition

Our longtime Bike Donations Coordinator Stephen Bosco is stepping down from his staff role after 16 years. Stephen has built up BNB’s Bike Collections Program from 1,100 bikes in 2000, to our current level of 6,000 bikes per year. Stephen has been an outstanding volunteer staff member, donating an amazing amount of his time, energy and skills to BNB!

Bike-A-Thon team member Eric Mearns is taking over Bike Donations and is quickly becoming a familiar face at Thursday Volunteer Nights and Bike Drives. Eric has been working with BNB for three years in a number of positions and we’re excited to bring him on full-time! Thank you Stephen and Eric!

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Help BNB Load Bikes to our new partner in Kenya!

Bikes Not Bombs will be loading our first container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on July 19th! Come help pack the container and learn about this exciting new partnership. We will be loading from9am to 6pm – stop by for an hour or stay all day! Food and refreshments provided.

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Free Clinics and Bikes for Sale at the Bike Shop

Wed 7/8 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Tues 7/14 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Mon 8/3 7pm Tool Time
RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm August 2nd, please be on time for the Flat Fixing Clinic.

The Shop has an awesome GREEN refurbished Trek tandem in stock, as well as a variety of new accessories! Take a peek online or at the shop.

Volunteer of the month, Chef Brian Sway! Photo by Jasmine Laietmark
Volunteer of the Month – Brian Sway

Brian Sway has been preparing gourmet salads, soups, and entrees for the Bike-A-Thon for the past 23 years and it is his commitment each year that makes the event a success! Brian spends over 30 hours in the kitchen with volunteers the week before the event. He uses his iron chef skills and donated veggies from Vangaurden Farms to make the most delicious food ever. His specialties include arugula pesto, pickled beets, and marinated bok choy. Thank you so much Brian!

Ride Along in the JP Porchfest!
JP Porchfest

On July 11th Bikes Not Bombs youth from Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action (BOCA) will be leading a Porchfest bike tour highlighting some of the premier porches and stages around JP! Come and join us as we check out some great music around Jamaica Plain!

Volunteer of the month, NAME!
Steve’s Great Divide Ride

Steve Reynolds, a BNB volunteer, will be riding 2750 miles this summer from Canada to Mexico while raising funds for BNB, and he’s looking for other cyclists to join him! The route was planned by Adventure Cycling and travels substantial distance off-road. Feel free to tag along for one night or the whole 3 month trip.

Reach out to Steve directly with any questions atstevesgreatdivideride@gmail.com

News Outside of BNB

Babes Bike BostonJuly 11th come ride a femme/trans/women (FTW) alley-cat! This will be a fun, inclusive, scavenger-hunt style ride where participants will ride across the city, completing different check-points. Part Ride, Part Race, Totally Awesome!

Boston Women’s Bike-Ride & Festival – On July 18th, Boston Bikes will host New England’s largest biking event for women. This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with 10, 30 and 50 mile rides followed by workshops. Sign up to ride or volunteer!

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday July 24th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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Cycle Massachusetts Registration Closes July 15!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

I used to work for MassBike, they are a great group of folks, check out their awesome bike ride below.

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Have you heard about Cycle Massachusetts?

 

For years you may have known it as the Mass BikePike Tour – but after so much time explaining “no, we don’t ride on the Mass Pike!” the tour is getting a new name this summer!

The ride is during the 1st week of August, and you can ride anywhere from 2 to 7 days – it’s up to you. We explore a different part of Massachusetts each year – this year we start and finish in beautiful Northampton, MA. We’re very excited to be in such a fun town with fantastic riding to boot!  CycleMA is the Friendliest Ride in the East and we welcome everyone from super-mellow cyclists to hardcore cyclists. We do notice, however, that most of our riders feel like a day of riding isn’t complete without an ice cream stop or a post-ride beer.

The more time we spend perfecting this year’s routes, the more we realize just how

wonderful they are. Lots of beautiful rural scenery on

quiet roads, an occasional town, roadside ice cream stands, and farm stands that promise perfect peaches. There will be lots of fun activities ready for you, both on the road and in camp. NorthamptonGreenfield and Shelburne Falls are all planning their own special welcomes.

All our proceeds from the ride go to Massbike  – check out at www.cyclema.com!  Don’t delay – you only have until July 15th to register and join in the fun!


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MassBike Summer Social

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

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Tonight from 5pm – 8pm, join MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries for cocktails and conversation to benefit MassBike. Our gracious host, Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square, has whipped up a signature, summer cocktail, proceeds of which will go towards better bicycling in Massachusetts. Stop by and say hello on your way home, and relax with the MassBike staff on this lovely Monday.

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Move By Bike!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

Last October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville.  And let me tell you, it was SO MUCH FUN!!!

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As you can see I moved EVERYTHING.  Books, plants, random stuff, furniture, my bed, everything.  The trailer was rock solid, even with several hundred pounds of books in boxes in the back.  There were hills, there were pot holes, there were tight turns, not a single thing fell out.  From a purely mechanical aspect everything was top notch.  When I built the trailer I was worried that it’s weak point would be the hitch connection, and it did get a little stress, but it held up well.  I am going to get a steel plate and bolt it through the first couple rows of cross bars, just to put my mind to rest for future moves.

The whole business took about 4 days, I made about 4 trips a day (sometimes a bit more), the pace was relaxed and I never got too wore out, or too sore from doing everything at once.  I took about a week, but if I had to I could have done it all in a weekend.

This is my second cargo bike move, but the first one I ever did by myself.  People smiled at me from the side of the road, and even from cars. I had a great time and would totally do it again!

 


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Cambridge Installs Bike Counters!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

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Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took this).  Not bad!

 

From the Cambridge bike count website:

 

Counting into the future

In 2015, Cambridge installed a permanent bicycle count station in Kendall Square, on Broadway.

The “Eco Totem” counter (made by the Montreal-based company Eco-Counter) counts cyclists via in-ground loop detectors and displays on the monitor how many cyclists pass by. The counter displays daily and cumulative totals and also captures weather data to use for analytical purposes. The data can be used in many ways:

  • To publicly show how many people are bicycling and make a statement that “bicyclists count”
  • The 24/7 data can be used to analyze daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal patterns. This can be used to help extrapolate data from other counts
  • The data assist with determining crash rate analyses

Live tracking of the counter will be available in July 2015.

More People Bicycling

The percentage of Cantabrigians who commute by bicycle has also been rising steadily over the past two decades. The 1990 US Census reported that 3% of residents commuted by bicycle; by 2000 that number rose to 4%; the American Community Survey for the three year period 2009-2011 shows 7% of residents commuting by bike.

Additional local surveys of Cambridge residents suggest that from 7% to 9% of Cambridge residents commute to work by bike. Local surveys also found a lot of bikes in Cambridge: for every 100 households, there are approximately 150 bicycles.

Traffic counts conducted by the city found that between 2002 and 2012, rush hour bicycle trips in Cambridge tripled in number. In 2014, the total numbers actually took a dip down, although detailed analysis seems to identify construction impacts as a primary cause. Click here for more information.

For more information on trends in bicycling in Cambridge, look to our Bicycle Counts Report.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Cranking Tunes While Cranking Gears July 30, 2015
      TweetRecently I was biking along Massachusetts Avenue. Another bicyclist passed me and I heard the throbbing bass of a dance tune. I assumed the music came from a passing car, but as I caught up to this bicycle at a … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Commuter Report, June 2015 July 29, 2015
      TweetI’m a slow biker. I’m a slow blogger too.  So, it’s almost the end of July and here is my bike report for June. I rode 22 days out of 30.  Highlights of the month include the Bikes Not Bombs … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015: ————- Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again… This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th July 27, 2015
      TweetAttend this meeting and let your voice be heard! ————– Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there? The Boston Redevelopment Authority is … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Green Links Ride Along Columbia July 29, 5:15 PM July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this in the email, if you live in the area go for a ride and help improve the road for cyclists! Here is the link to the PDF with the map mentioned below ———– Please plan on attending this ride … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Park And Pedal Grand Opening 7/31 July 27, 2015
      TweetGot this email, looks like a great idea: —————- We’re working with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to launch an innovative new cycling program for Boston-area commuters called Park&Pedal.™  This first-of-it’s kind program provides a free network of parking lot … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Traffic Congestion: How To Fix It July 27, 2015
      TweetHere is a great email I got from Liviable Streets ———- The statistics show that each of us is driving less.  So why do our roads feel more jammed up?  Why does it take longer to get anywhere?  And what … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker