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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)
Tags: by bike, downtown, east boston, historical plans
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from Livable Streets:
Happy Birthday to you
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking
Friday, July 10, 1pm
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!
Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival
Saturday, July 18
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
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!
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Ferris Wheels is hosting a Tour watching party!
Tour de France in Jamaica Plain!
Ferris Wheels and Jeanie Johnston Pub host Tour de France party nights 2015
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.)
Tags: Ferris Wheels, jeanie johnston, JP, tour de france
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I used to work for MassBike, they are a great group of folks, check out their awesome bike ride below.
Have you heard about Cycle Massachusetts?
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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.
Tags: massbike, summer social
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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!!!
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!
Tags: bike move, boston biker, cargo trailer, so much fun!
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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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