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Snow, Check. Old world city design, check. flat, check. Bikes, check. If they can do it there we can do it here.
Thanks Marcie for the heads up.
Tags: awesome, malmo, sweeden, video
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Way to go everyone!
From Livable Streets:
You voiced your opinion and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) listened.
Thanks to your support over the past three years, we could see much needed improvements to the McGrath corridor from Somerville Ave to Washington Street around the McCarthy Overpass by next summer.
Now, as part of the State’s repair project, MassDOT is planning to make additional surface improvements for people to make it safer and easier to walk, bike, take the bus, and drive, when originally the only plan was to repair the structure.
LivableStreets urged the State to reconsider how they are investing money in this project. Taking our feedback, the State hired consultants to analyze the possibilities. Last week, data and conceptual drawings were presented to LivableStreets and other stakeholders. The drawings showed new and improved intersections, buffered bicycle lanes, designated areas for buses, improved traffic signals, and the closing of ramps and tunnels.
The new ideas presented are because you wrote letters, volunteered, signed postcards, and attended meetings and spoke up. Now we are closer to seeing these much needed improvements.
Thank you Massachusetts Department of Transportation and City of Somerville!
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We are also now one step closer to realizing the ultimate vision of taking down the outdated overpass to make our communities more connected and livable, and pave the way for more businesses and jobs.
The work is not complete though… We must continue to weigh in on the plans and there will be public meetings this spring.
Jackie Douglas, Executive Director
Tags: awesome, livable streets, McGrath
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Got this in the email, check it out!
Hope all is well and you’re ready for that Spring Thaw! I wanted to let you know that CommonWheels is looking to hire a couple of folks part-time for our upcoming season.
The complete descriptions/instructions for applying are attached, but here’s the gist. We are looking to hire an Event Coordinator and Mechanic for our Open Shop program. Open Shop is our flagship program, and basically involves setting up on the side of the road or at a farmers market, and helping people fix up their bikes for free. We provide the repair stands, tools, and guidance on the basics of bike maintenance and repair, in addition to running more structured workshops. The Event Coordinator is in charge of managing the Open Shop from wire to wire. The Mechanic will take the lead on fixing bikes and instructions, and should recognize that this is not like showing up to a shop and wrenching on bikes for a while; the idea is to teach folks to fix their own bikes, as much as possible.
An application = cover letter and resume, emailed to [email protected], by Friday March 22nd.
Tags: awesome, commonwheels, jobs
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The adventures of a bicycle bound weed delivery man High Maintenance is amazing.. I have been watching these all morning, and I have to tell you they are really really good. I would suggest you set aside an hour and watch them all. The main character is sort of like a bicycle bound wizard moving from apartment to apartment spreading good cheer (both deliberate and inadvertent), while helping people gain insight into their lives.
Tags: awesome, bicycle, fun, video, weed
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Apartment buildings are designed for cars. More specifically, these buildings are designed for parking cars: 40 available parking spots means 40 correlating apartments, and so on. But what if parking was removed from the equation entirely? How would that change the landscape and functionality of a building, or a neighborhood, or a city?
Architect Sebastian Mariscal has been working on plans for an 18,000-square-foot apartment building in Allston that doesn’t have on-site parking, either in a lot or underground, flying in the face of city codes requiring a specific ratio of parking spots to tenants. In fact, the building plans to ban cars entirely.
And the real kicker? Mariscal plans to require tenants to sign a special addendum to the lease promising that they don’t own a car, or at least won’t be bringing one to the neighborhood.
Amazing. Requirement to have cars holding back your ability to design the kinds of houses people want to live in? Fuck em! Build an apartment complex for people who want to live car free. Study after study shows that today’s modern city dwellers are increasingly turning away from the car, this looks like a great place for those people to live. It is also a much more efficient use of space, why waste all that money/space building parking spaces for cars people rarely use? Instead pack in some more living space for the actual human residents. I hope this gets built.
Tags: Allston, awesome, bike apartment
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The peoples republic is making some tweaks to their bike laws, in order to facilitate better (bike) parking and take out the guess work.
Since bicycling has doubled in Cambridge in the past decade, the CDD proposes that bicycle parking requirements must be applied to “the construction of new buildings or establishments of a new open-air use on a lot,” according to the Bicycle Parking Zoning Proposal modified January 2013.
The department also suggests that if short-term bicycle parking “cannot be reasonably provided on the lot, a property owner may satisfy the requirements for short-term bicycle parking by providing funds for the installation of bicycle parking on public land.”
The proposal further states that parking should accommodate a variety of bicycle sizes and styles.(via)
Awesome! Getting this sort of thing into the building code make sure that cycling will take deep roots and be a powerful transportation and recreation option. It took northern European countries 30+ years of this sort of baby stepping to get where they are now. And while people seem to complain about every step, we are going in the right direction.
Tags: awesome, bike parking, cambridge
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Josh over at Bike Safe Boston made this awesome fully reflective “safety” bike a while ago. I am late to the party but still think it is awesome.
This coating is different from anything available on the market today. When headlights hit it, the whole bike glows bright white, making it next to impossible for drivers to miss. I’m convinced that this sort of high visibility technology can save lives and make biking safer and more appealing for everyone. That’s why I joined the company that makes it—I want to be a part of the next frontier of bike safety.
Check out more about this cool tech here.
Tags: awesome, bike safe boston, reflective bike
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I have a feeling these ladies would be a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with. Cool project as well.
Tags: art, awesome, paint bike, video
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