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This Police Are Looking For This Guy, Think He Keeps Stealing Bikes From Stony Brook

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 04

Transit Police report they are looking for Carmelo Maldonado, 50, of points unknown, for stealing at least three bikes from the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line.

If you see him (click the link for additional photos), contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.

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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 03

From the email:

Planning to watch New England’s Biennial February Football Game? Cambridge stations are open year-round, and you can take Hubway to your viewing party! Regardless of the game’s outcome, there is plenty of Hubway-related excitement this winter, like the record-setting 1.27 million trips riders took in 2016. There are also some inspiring Black History Month celebrations on our list of where to ride in February. All this means plenty of places to ride all winter long.

Commemorating Black History Month

In 1928, five African American women set off from New York City on a 250-mile adventure to Washington D.C. Their three-day ride was about personal pleasure and challenge, and the story calls into question our ideas of who bicycled in history and why. We found this important story via the series archives of The Bicycle Story: A Tale of People and Bikes, where you can read and hear this and other inspiring features about race, diversityempowerment, and their connections with bikes.

Where do you want Hubway in metro-Boston?

Stations in Boston, Brookline, and Somerville will be back before you know it, but if you’ve got a little riding downtime, now is the perfect time to use Hubway’s Suggest-a-Station tool. Got ideas for future Hubway station locations? Put ’em on the map, and provide feedback on others’ suggestions. We use this info when making Hubway expansion considerations.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.

Sat 2/4, 10am-2pm    Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street


Sat 2/4, 1-2:30pm    9th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Festival
Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Cafe at 27 Brattle Street), Cambridge


Sat 2/4, 3-5pm    Australia Day! Gondwana Chorale with Boston City Singers
First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge


Mon 2/6, 6-7pm    Bi-Monthly Meditation
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Mon 2/6, 6-8pm    Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway


Tue 2/7, 7-9pm    Central Square Social Club
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge


Wed 2/8, 3-4pm    Advanced DIY
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/9, 6:30-8:30pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! An Evening with Joel Gill & John Jenning
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Wed 2/15, 7-9pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis film screening
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/16, 7-9pm    Boston Comics Roundtable
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/17, 7-8:30pm    Meet the Author: Roxane Gay
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/23, 6-8pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Meet the Author: Bernice McFadden
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/24, All Day    Walk / Ride Day Check-In
Check in your commute, no matter where and how you traveled, for the chance at great bike-friendly rewards and prizes.


Sat 2/25, 10am-1pm    Longfellow Birthday Celebration
Stony Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge


Tue 2/28, 7-8pm    Boudreau Knitting Group
Boudreau Branch Library, 245 Concord Ave, Cambridge

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Help Support MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s on your bucket list?

Is it to spend a whole week cycling with friends through gorgeous scenery?

Or do you want to kick it up a notch and try skydiving?

You can do it all at Cycle Massachusetts, the famous statewide charity tour that is also known as the Friendliest Ride in the East. We’re delighted to welcome cyclists for a weekend or a whole week depending on YOUR schedule.  Here’s some highlights for 2017:

  • Cycle Club Discount – we’ve made it super-convenient to join up with friends – just use our special club signup page!
  • Jump from a plane!  That’s right – you’ll have the option to cycle to Jumptown in Orange, MA, and try skydiving!
  • Three states in one ride – not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Vermont and New Hampshire as well.
  • Family riding weekend! Our opening weekend is especially family-friendly complete with shorter rides to kid-approved destinations, a popsicle party, and an all-ages outdoor movie!

We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  With two nights on their lovely campus, and two nights each in Putney, VT, and Orange, MA, you’ll have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends.  We promise something fun to see or do every 10 miles.

Cycle Massachusetts is from August 5th through 11th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.  Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!

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Tweet:  Bring your friends to @ma_cycle , the Friendliest Ride in the East – great scenery, super food, and skydiving! www.cyclema.com

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Facebook post:  Plan a summer getaway to Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East…now with a SKYDIVING option!  Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend.  Ride the lovely Pioneer Valley and into VT and NH too!  Something fun to see or do every 10 miles!  And yes – you can even jump out of a plane on your rest day.  All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2017 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s happening

Ask your legislators to support safe streets

Omnibus_bill_.jpgWe need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all. To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3. Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly. If you’ve already done your part – thanks! Please help us spread the word.


Stand with community members at Allston I-90 meeting

Allston_I90.jpgIn response to MassDOT’s latest proposalfor the Allston I-90 Interchange project, the Task Force is convening a meeting to communicate shared community goals to state and local officials in advance of the draft environmental impact report. We need as many advocates in attendance as possible to send a clear message to MassDOT. Join the community in advocating for a project that reconnects Allston while providing necessary biking, walking, and transit infrastructure.

Event Details:
Allston I-90 Interchange Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8pm
@Jackson-Mann Community Center


Join us at the Longwood Area Cyclists Summit

Longwood_Area_Cyclists_Logo.pngLivableStreets has been working closely with the Longwood Area Cyclists to address transportation and safety issues in the Longwood area. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about biking improvements coming soon. Also, we’ll be kicking off our public engagement that we’ll be leading in Longwood throughout 2017. Attend the Summit to learn more about this exciting project. Speakers include Rick Corsi of DCR, Sarah Hamilton of MASCO, and Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University.

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP soon as space is limited!

Event Details:
Longwood Area Cyclists Summit
Wednesday, February 15th, 12-1pm
@Jimmy Fund Auditorium


Wins

LivableStreets in the news

bostonglobe.pngThis year we’ll be ramping up our Better Buses work, which was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe. Unfortunately, a few days later, the City of Boston witnessed 9 pedestrian crashes in a single day. See our response to this uptick in this WCVB Channel 5 report. Redesigning dangerous streets and intersections is crucial to Vision Zero‘s success. Streetsblog USA covered our call for more Vision Zero funding in Boston in order to improve safety along Beacon St and other corridors seeing high crash rates.


Above & beyond: $33,000 in 33 Days challenge

LivableStreetsvolunteerphoto.jpgWe were blown away by the outpouring of support we received during our $33,000 in 33 Days challenge at the end of 2016. With your help, we surpassed our goal, providing us with funding to expand our programming as we continue to advocate for safer streets throughout the Boston area. If you’re interested in helping us mobilize these efforts, sign up as a volunteer. We’ll be rebooting our Street Ambassador program this spring! 


Opportunities

Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Save the date for the release of Go Boston 2030

goboston.pngAfter considerable input and support from LivableStreets advocates, the City of Boston will release its Go Boston 2030 Action Plan on March 7th. Be the first to learn what bold steps Boston will be taking to improve and expand its transportation system in the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The release will comprise of an announcement, a day-long interactive exhibit, and an evening discussion panel. Learn more on the Go Boston 2030 website.

Event Details: 
Go Boston 2030 Action Plan Release Panel
Tuesday, March 7th, 6-8pm
@Boston Public Library


MA Smart Growth Alliance is hiring

MA_SMART_GROWTH.jpgThe Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance is looking to hire a Director of Local Leadership, a senior-level position charged with leading outreach with local & regional decision-makers. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the job posting and apply here.


Boston City Council Talks Transportation Policy

furthflyer.jpgThe Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation & Transportation, in partnership with Northeastern University Professor Peter Furth, is leading a monthly discussion series on transportation policy. Please be sure to attend the final two panels in the series. The February one will be addressing transit signal priority, and the following will be focused on parking management.

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, February 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, March 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall


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Support The Vision Zero Bill!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 01

From Boston Cyclists Union:

The Bike Union, along with our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition including MassBike, Livable Streets Alliance and WalkBoston, have been working with State Legislators, led by Senator Brownsberger and others, to file a road safety omnibus bill!

The bill, An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities, would take a number of steps to improve safety for people biking, walking and driving.  We’re thrilled that two policies that the Bike Union championed at the local level that have been adopted by the City of Boston – side guards and truck safety measures as well as improved bicycle crash reporting – have been elevated to be adopted state-wide in this legislation. The numerous other pieces of this omnibus bill make this the most impactful step towards bike safety since the last Bike Safety Omnibus Bill was passed in 2008!
 
In order for this bill to move forward it needs co-sponsors! Our friends at MassBike have a list of current co-sponsors that you can see here. You can click here to generate a letter that you can send to your State Legislators! The linked form will also allow you to figure out who your Legislators are by entering your address.
It only takes a few minutes! Help us make our streets safer for everyone! 

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The Word On The Street

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    • Imagining A More Connected Franklin Park February 15, 2017
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    • Thing A Week 6: Carving A Wax Crow Skull February 12, 2017
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    • Drainage Failure on Causeway Street February 11, 2017
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    • Drainage Failure on Causeway Street February 11, 2017
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    • Drainage Failure on Causeway Street February 11, 2017
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