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Help MIT Students Test Outdoor Bicycle Training Device

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

From the email, looks like fun!

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We are engineering students at MIT who are building a device (Terrainer) for competitive cyclists to train outdoors.  To further improve our project, we are looking for competitive cyclists to help test and provide feedback on our product.

We would really appreciate it if you can help us with our first round of testing this weekend outside Z-Center on the opposite side of its Vassar entrance, closer to Kresge (120 Vassar, Cambridge, MA 02139) or inside Z-Center if raining:

Friday, 10am-8pm (except 1-2pm)
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10am-8pm
Below is a doodle so you can sign up for a 15-min slot with your availability: http://doodle.com/xzhse2m74ce7yysz. Even if you are running late or can’t commit, please feel free to stop by during any of the times listed above.

We will provide a bike and a prototype, so you will not need to bring anything else.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We appreciate your time!

Best,
MIT Terrainer Development Team


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Cambridge To Follow Boston’s Lead On Side Guards For Trucks

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

I have talked about this a couple of times (here and here and here), and its great to see Cambridge moving forward with this simple and awesome plan.

 Via

On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step towards making transportation safer for bikers as well as pedestrians. The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion put forth by Councilor Dennis Carlone to take the next step in considering outfitting city vehicles with side guards.

The side guards act as a protective measure in the instance of a collision between a cyclist and the truck and keep the cyclist from being pulled beneath the vehicle.

According to Councilor Carlone’s City Council Blog, “City Manager Richard C. Rossi is requested ‘to work with all relevant City Staff, safety experts, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to consider the possibility of deploying truck side guards across all city-owned and city-leased trucks.'”

Councilor Carlone introduced the legislation back in September after a cyclist was struck by a garbage truck. Luckily the injuries were non-life threatening but that was enough to inspire the councilor to act preemptively.

At the end of October, Boston became the first city in the nation to adopt such a measure. The Boston City Council also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance filed by Mayor Marty Walsh, along with At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and the Boston Cyclists Union, to equip all large city-contracted vehicles with safety side guards.


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Cyclist Hits Pedestrian, Cab Driver Punches Cyclist, Then Hits Cyclist With His Car

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 11

A cyclist hit a pedestrian, then asked a cab driver for help, the cab driver then gets into a fist fight with the cyclist and then tries to run the cyclist over…Oh Boston.

From UHUB:

A Brookline cab driver had bail set at $1,000 today on charges he wielded both his fists and his cab as weapons against a bicyclist who had just run into a pedestrian at Tremont and Avery streets Friday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office reports.
According to the DA’s office, the incident with driver Sam Chandler, 45, began when a bicyclist ran a red light and plowed into a pedestrian as she was crossing the street.

He went to her aid, he said, and asked a nearby cab driver – later identified as Chandler – for help. Instead of assisting, however, Chandler allegedly became belligerent, exited his cab, and struck the cyclist with his fists. When witnesses separated the two men and the cyclist blocked his cab to call police, Chandler allegedly drove into him and fled southbound on Tremont Street.
Witnesses corroborated the cyclist’s account. He and the pedestrian he struck were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Both are expected to survive their injuries.

Seriously this entire situation is fucked, from the part where the cyclist ran a red light and hit a pedestrian (and not being charged with anything…come on!), to the part where the cab driver gets into a fist fight with the cyclist when the cyclist asks for help.

Boston, you have a problem. The problem is all of you act like insane people! Collectively we are a bunch of jerks who just don’t give a shit. We will never live in a city that is a joy to travel in, unless we all stop being such shits.

I think this comment from UHub says it best:

I’m not surprised. People who get around by [mode of transportation] are the worst. The other day, in fact, on [street], I saw a [mode of transportation] completely break the law about [something a law is about] and I was [synonym for ‘disgusted’] by how bad these [mode of transportation]ers are in this city. The [state govt agency] should do something about this before [number] people are killed in a [mode of transportation] accident.

The reason why this little mad lib works so well is because no one user group is blameless, everyone is constantly all the time being horrible. This is not the case in every city, in some cities there is a clear “bad guy” the problem is that in Boston, we are all the bad guys. The cyclists, the drivers, the bus operators, the pedestrians, hell even the train drivers get in on the act.

The only way its going to stop is through systematic education, enforcement of the rules, better infrastructure, and most of all, each of us needs to stop being an asshole when we use our roadways.


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Somerville Most Popular City In The Northeast For Cycling

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 11

A contest where cities compete to be the most friendly is one in which we all win.  And Somerville has edged out “traditional” bike friendly Cambridge for the top spot this year.

 

Somerville is the top bike commuting city in the Northeast, according to an annual report from the League of American Bicyclists.

Somerville beat out its neighbor, Cambridge, and New Haven, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to capture the title. The study ranked cities by calculating the percentage of commuters who ride bikes, using 2012 American Community Survey data from the US Census Bureau.
In Somerville, 7.77 percent of commuters regularly ride bikes. Right behind them, in Cambridge about 6.49 percent of commuters travel regularly by bike.

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said he was excited, but not surprised, by the ranking: The city has invested in bike lanes and infrastructure for years. “This is not by accident,” he said.

Hayes Morrison, Somerville’s director of transportation and infrastructure, said there’s even more on the horizon for cyclists in Somerville. Adding to the city’s 14 miles of bike lanes, 6 miles of bike paths, and 25 miles of shared roads marked for bicycle travel, the city will soon break ground on its first cycle track — a protected bike lane.

Cambridge is also gearing up to further improve biking in the city.

“Every time we redo a street, we try to make it better for walking and biking,” said Cara Seiderman, the city’s transportation program manager. (via)

Awesome! I saw that they are putting in more bike lanes on Broadway and narrowing the street with a center divider and curb extensions. All in all a great idea to turn that nasty highway like section of Broadway into a livable walk-able community. Once they get that overpass tore down in union and put in the new green line station Somerville will be THE place to ride your bike.


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We Don’t Need To Build Bicycles For The City, We Need To Build Cities For The Bicycle

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

Lot of good ideas in here, and it mirrors my feelings that we need to be working towards a future in which cycling is boring. Boring in the sense that it is ubiquitous and universal. Not in the sense that it isn’t fun, because it is fun!


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Hubway Station Closure Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

From Hubway:

 

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Hello Hubway riders!

It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 17, 2014, and the final day of this year’s full-system operations will beWednesday, November 26th.

BUT WAIT! The good news is we’re not done riding this year! After last year’s successful winter pilot in Cambridge, Hubway’s winter operations have expanded. We’re pleased to announce that many stations in Boston will remain open through December, and almost all stations in Cambridge will continue operations all winter long. All closed stations are expected to re-open in the spring.

“Will my station close for the year? And when?”

 

This year you can sign up to receive email system alerts on the days that stations are removed, so you can easily get the latest info and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite stations. Plus, we’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page andtwitter profile.

Please note: we will still send full system shutdown warnings in the event of inclement weather, but you must sign up here to receive the seasonal station removal alerts.

We’re keeping the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 26th and beyond, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for more than 1.1 MILLION rides this year… and counting!

 

The Team at Hubway

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 REMEMBERING MAYOR MENINO

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor and a champion of bike sharing in the Boston area. Please click hereto view a letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, distributed to all Hubway staff last week, about the Mayor’s trailblazing support of Hubway and the impact of that support on the City.

 HUBWAY PRO-TIP: ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR DOCKING

Didn’t see a green light when you docked? Lift the bike ever-so-slightly by the seat and give a tug to make ensure that it is fully secure and that your trip has closed. If you ever have that “left-the-oven-on” feeling later in the day that perhaps you didn’t see that green light, log into your Hubway member account here and click the Rentals tab to confirm your trip was successfully closed. Of course, you can always reach the Hubway customer support team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

CAMBRIDGE SEEKING DANA PARK HUBWAY STATION USER FEEDBACK

Do you use the Dana Park Hubway Station? This station is currently located on Lawrence Street, and with almost 10,000 trips taken so far it is well used and has provided tremendous benefits to those in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. At the request of some area residents, the City of Cambridge has doneadditional analysis, including looking at the options for off-street locations to allow year-round use. The City welcomes your input on options and comments about the station’s long-term location.

 

Click here to take the Dana Park Hubway station survey.

WHERE TO RIDE?

 

5Point Film Festival, Today, Thursday, 11/6, Somerville Theatre. These short adventure films are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Details here.

Green Pedal Film Festival, Sunday, 11/9, 6pm, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville. An evening of short films on environmental innovations, plus visits from the Bibliocycle, the Coffee Trike, AlFreshCo, Bootstrap Compost, Metro Pedal Power, and more! More info here.

Boston Bikes Hosts “Half the Road” screening, Wednesday, 11/19, 6:30pm, Fenway Landmark Theatre, Boston. Thisgroundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling,” the filmmakers described. “Then it turned into a film about equality.” TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY 11/11! Get yours now. Boston Bikes will host an informal discussion and Q&A after the film with professional cyclist Sara Bresnick.

Rules of the Road Bicycle Workshop, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm, Cambridge Main Library @ 449 Broadway.
This one-hour presentation will cover bike safety statistics, rules of the road, both bike-specific and car-specific laws & legislation, general safety tips, current legislative efforts, and the realreasons to obey traffic laws. Registration info here.

Boston Bike Party presents A Space Odyssey, Friday, 11/14, 7:30pm, Copley Square. Wonder what it would be like to journey through space (safely on a bike in the streets of Boston)? Boston Bike Party will take you there. Prepare for liftoff in 5-4-3…


Kaiju Big Battel 20th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, 11/22, Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Prepare to be dumbfounded and confused, but thoroughly entertained when this oddball mix of comic book, sci-fi, and professional wrestling returns to Somerville for “Shpadoinka Mania 20, Part 2.” Seriously — you may never see anything like it ever again.

More about Kaiju here, and tickets for the event here.

 

Have an event we should be mentioning in our newsletter?

Tweet it to us @Hubway.


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Drunk Driving Murderer Only Gets 18 Months In Jail

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

Drunk driving murderer Michael Ahern of Dorchester was sentenced to 18 months in jail for killing bicyclist Doan Bui.

It was a miracle that he was even found guilty in the first place, as most of the time when people use their car to murder people they get away with it,  but this sentencing is insultingly short.

From UHUB:

Prosecutors had asked for six to eight years in a state prison, because evidence showed that not only was Ahern going 20 mph above the speed limit, he had spent a good part of the evening before the crash drinking – in part at a bar he co-owned – and had a lengthy record of driving infractions that included 12 license suspensions.

Judge Christopher Muse sentenced Ahern to 2 1/2 years in a county jail, but with 12 months suspended for six years, during which Ahern must undergo an alcoholism screen, take any treatment that is recommended by that, perform 500 hours of community service and not drive.

In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:

Doan Bui did nothing wrong but ride his bike along the same route this defendant used after drinking all night. As a result of this defendant’s choices to drink and drive, the Bui family lost a father, a husband, and a source of emotional and financial support.

I would really like to know why the judge felt it was alright to take the recommended sentencing and reduce it so drastically.  Drunk driving is a crime, cycling is not, murder is a crime, cycling is not.  For justice to be served this person needs to never drive again, and spend a good period of their life deprived of liberty.

But that is just how I feel about it.  Amazingly, and in a sign that perhaps humanity is not doomed, the family of the murder victim, actually urged the judge to be merciful on the murderer.

From The Boston Globe:

Accompanied by a Vietnamese language interpreter, Bui’s wife was silent in the courtroom as her lawyer told the judge that she and her children knew a long prison sentence for Ahern would not bring back her husband and their father.

Thuy Huynh, the victim’s wife, had asked for her lawyer, Andrew Barrett, to speak on her behalf.

“She doesn’t think any more damage should be done to anyone else,” Barrett said. “She has expressed, for the lack of a better word, forgiveness, and doesn’t see any advantage to any lengthy sentencing imposed on the defendant.”

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse also heard statements from the victim’s 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son that were read by the assistant district attorney.

“If I had a wish, I hope my dad would belong with us and drunks do not drive any more in order to not injure anyone else,” wrote Thao Bui, the victim’s daughter.

She and her brother, Diamond Bui, wrote that after their father’s death, they do not want to leave the house. They also described a hardworking father who took care of his family.

His daughter wrote that Bui had often helped his wife study English and practice driving. His son said they would explore the outdoors together during the summer.

“We and my mom miss him very much,” wrote Diamond Bui.

I hope Ahern never drives again, and spends the rest of his life soberly contemplating the carnage he has caused his fellow human beings.


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Hubway Has A New Owner, Not Much Will Change For Riders

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

And they are staying open until December this year, and opening a month early, with plans to add 10-15 more stations, all in all a steady progression towards more and better Hubway service.  If you live in Cambridge you will get to use Hubway all winter!

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From WBUR:

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BOSTON — The operator of bike share Hubway is getting new owners and winter service is expanding in Boston. Here’s what riders need to know about the Hubway news this week:

Bike share acquisition deal

Alta Bicycle Share, which is contracted by Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Cambridge to operate Hubway, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by investment group Bikeshare Holdings LLC. The newly formed investment group includes the CEOs of Equinox Fitness Clubs and real estate firm Related Companies.

In addition to Boston, Alta Bicycle Share currently runs bicycle shares in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Melbourne, Australia.

In announcing the deal Tuesday, the company said the acquisition will bring in more capital and allow them to expand operations and serve more riders. (read more)


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The Word On The Street

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