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Two Actions This Week! Brattle St./Mass. Ave. (Mon), Cambridge St. (Wed)

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

From the email:

Protected bicycle infrastructure is moving ahead in parts of Cambridge, and there will be two opportunities this week to show strong community support for safer streets through the Brattle Street/Mass Ave (Mon) and Cambridge Street (Wed) projects. We have been very encouraged working with city staff, residents, and local businesses so far to make these successful, but we need to push for safe designs that create a network, particularly with two-way flows. Finally, we include an op-ed that details three important areas for improvement with the city’s proposed Inman Square redesign.

 

Monday May 15, 5-8PM: Brattle St/Mass Ave Protected Bicycle Lanes Open House
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Lobby, RSVP on Facebook

 

Initial plans for protected bike lanes to be installed this spring on Brattle Street from Eliot to Mason Street and Mass Ave from Trowbridge to Quincy Street will be on display at the City Hall annex, giving us all an opportunity to weigh in with city staff. Both of these projects can provide safe connections in and out of Harvard Square as long as they are designed to be two-way (including contra-flow directions). Creating a viable bicycle network in Cambridge will require many such two-way designs, which we need to advocate for early and often.

 

Wed May 17, 6-8PM: Cambridge St Protected Bicycle Lane Final Public Meeting
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Main Cafeteria, 459 Broadway, RSVP on Facebook

 

The city will hold its second and final public meeting for the Cambridge St protected bicycle lane project, running from Inman Square to Quincy Street and making key connections to CRLS, Cambridge Hospital and local businesses. This meeting is really important, even for those of us who attended the previous public meeting, for two reasons. First, it’s important for the city to continue to hear that this project has strong support from the community. Second, detailed plans will be presented at this meeting and we need to make sure they have as safe a design as possible, without unnecessary flaws that could make them less useful – especially since this project will serve as a template for future protected thoroughfares.

 

Cambridge Chronicle Op-Ed: Three changes to make a safe, people-centered Inman Square

 

At the last public meeting, the city stated that it will be moving forward with a signalized “bend” option for Inman Square, not the roundabout. The design includes essential safety features, such as protected bike lanes and floating bus stops – which is a huge win for bike safety – but it unfortunately also includes features more suitable for a highway than a people-centered square.

 

Some of us wrote a response to the city’s proposed design in the Cambridge Chronicle, detailing the challenge of creating a safe, neighborhood-focused square with the signalized “bend” option and proposed three changes to try to match the levels of safety of the roundabout in the city’s preferred design. You can read more about the most recent Inman Square redesign meeting in the Cambridge Day.

 

P.S. Check out this post on Nine Low-Cost Ideas for Making Cambridge Bicycling Safer by Tom Meek.

 

Sincerely,

Cambridge Bicycle Safety


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Bike Jobs: REI Bike Shop Hiring

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

Bike Shop Mechanic – FT and PT roles  REI Reading, MA

http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Shop-Mechanic/7718

 

Bike Shop Technician – PT roles  REI, Hingham, MA

http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Tech-Specialist-I-Bike-Shop-Hingham/7633

 


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Driver Found Who Murdered Rick Archer, Ghost Bike Ceremony And Protest Tonight!

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

Rick Archer

From the globe:

The man allegedly responsible for a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a bicyclist in Back Bay last month is due to appear in Boston Municipal Court Wednesday to face at least one criminal charge.

Bicyclist Rick Archer, 29, was riding his bicycle near Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street at 3:19 a.m. on April 30 when he was hit by a car whose driver then sped away. Archer died two days later in an area hospital.

From the BPD:

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Fatal Hit-and-Run Incident in the Back Bay: Eight days after a cyclist was struck and killed riding his bike in the area of Commonwealth Ave and Clarendon Street, BPD Homicide Detectives have arrested the individual responsible for the accident. After an extensive and comprehensive investigation, officers arrested Malone Kidanemariam, 25, Boston and charged him with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Court on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my investigators for all of their hard work and long hours in making this arrest. I also want to thank all the community members who provided help and made calls to our anonymous tip line. When a motorist strikes a pedestrian or cyclist in the City of Boston, the individual behind the wheel is expected to stop, check on the welfare of the person struck and call 9-1-1 for help. For whatever reason, the suspect in this case chose not to do that, and, given the charges he’s now facing, I would imagine he most certainly wishes he had.”

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 3:19 AM, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a cyclist struck in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street. On arrival, officers located a male victim, approximately 30-years-old, suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

There is a ghost bike going to be installed for Rick tonight.

A Ghost Bike Memorial ceremony will be held for Rick Archer, the cyclist who was killed in a hit and run crash this past weekend. Rick was an activist, both for bike advocacy and humanitarian relief efforts. While he was a talented cyclist, he along with so many other riders have expressed the need for a safer riding environment in the city of Boston.

This event is not only to honor the memory of Rick Archer, but to ride in his name and make a statement. We want to raise awareness and make the drivers of the city as well as city officials know, that cyclists are human beings, and their lives MATTER.

Reverend Laura Everett will be leading a beautiful ghost bike ceremony for Rick, where some of his closest friends will speak about the wonderful individual that he was.

Following the ceremony, we are calling on all cyclists to come out and Ride for Ricky. We will ride from his ghost bike ceremony site to City Hall, and actively disrupt a budget meeting being held by the Transportation Commissioner.

What we want – MORE FUNDING! During the disruption of this meeting we will ask for more funding for projects like vision zero, slower streets, and bike infrastructure:

http://www.visionzeroboston.org/
http://bostoncyclistsunion.org/advocacy-campaigns/bikebudget/

Did you know the city of Boston only spends $5 per person for cyclist safety while cities like San Francisco spend $75 per person! Yea I think it’s time we balanced the scales.

Tragedies like this can be avoided, and if you are a cyclist and are able, please come out and show your support. This will be televised and we will get the city to listen.

If you cannot be there and you feel inclined to help, you can donate to:
https://www.gofundme.com/rick-archers-memorial-services-fund

We hope to see you there. Thanks!

 

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Cyclist Murdered In Hit And Run, Police Still Looking For The Murderer

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

Rick Archer was hit around 3:30 a.m on April 30th in the Backbay, he has since died from his injuries.  The driver fled the scene.

They think they might have found the car, but are still looking for the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (617)343-4470.  Or go here for more contact details.

 


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Come Out May 2 To Create A New Inman Square Safe For Everyone!

Written by Boston Biker on May 01

From the email:

Together, we’re making streets in Cambridge safer for all ages and abilities. As a result of our voices, we have seen some initial wins with pop-up lanes and great community support in favor of the city’s plans for Cambridge Street protected bike lanes. We need to continue this momentum this Tuesday, May 2 at the important Inman Square redesign meeting where the city will unveil the results of its months-long internal deliberations.

Cambridge St Update: 150 people showed up for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane meeting, and the tone was overwhelmingly positive, especially for making the street safe for the hundreds of CRLS students that bike or walk to school. Many bicyclists also emphasized the need to support local businesses and how this project can benefit them. The city has promised to begin construction in June, with one more public meeting between then and now, and we’ll keep you posted on how we can all make sure this project is a success.

Inman Sq Public Meeting: The other major project happening this Spring is the redesign of Inman Square, which will connect directly to the east end of the Cambridge Street protected bike lane. There is an important public meeting this Tuesday, May 2where city staff will present their preferred design and solicit feedback. All four of the designs presented at the last meeting, particularly the bend options, need significant changes to be as safe for all users as they can be. Thus, it’s crucial for as many of us as possible to come out on May 2 in support of safe, protected bicycle infrastructure and traffic calming! We deserve safe streets for all ages and abilities and the final design must reflect this.

 

When: Tuesday, May 2, 6-8pm (6-7: presentation, 7-8: discussion)

Where: Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)

Please RSVP so that your friends find out about it too!

 

Members of Cambridge Bike Safety have spent the last several months talking with local residents, businesses, neighborhood associations, and transportation professionals to understand how best to meet the needs of the community. CBS has put forward criteria for the project reflecting these conversations, based on safety, convenience, and environmental sustainability, and ranked the four proposed designs by the city. Read our full recommendation.

All plans meet the basic goal of providing safer bicycle facilities, in particular through the use of protected bicycle lanes. The Roundabout scores best on our metrics of safety, convenience, and environmental sustainability, with Bend Cambridge scoring second best.

Regardless of the design chosen, we expect that further changes will be needed, and Tuesday is a critical juncture to make these views known to the city.

Read our blog post for our full recommendation and considerations for all designs.

We hope to see you on May 2!

Sincerely,

All of us at Cambridge Bike Safety


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