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New Bike Lanes Popping Up All Over The Place

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 30

Not only have the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston been out in force re-painting old bike lanes, but I have seen some new ones go in as well. School street in Somerville  got a new one, Mass Ave in Central saw a slight modification to some old one (see below), and there have been other small and large changes around town.

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These are the new Central Square treatments. I like how they have tried to make sure the parked cars get right up against the curb, leaving just that much more space for non-door zone bike lane.

Have you noticed any new bike infrastructure? Tiss’ the season to be laying down thermo-plastic it seems.


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More Shared Priority Lanes Installed On Brighton Ave!

Written by greg on May 15

stay a kid thumbGreg Hum (Contributor) plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and is easily distracted by shiny things and fried potatoes. He shares stories and more on his personal bike blog, The Humble Cyclist.
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Just a little while ago, Jasmine Laietmark snagged these shots of city workers laying down the thermoplastic for more priority use lanes on Brighton Ave. in Allston!

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Priority lanes are as Globe Reporter Martine Powers called “Sharrows on Steroids.” Kind of like shared lane use markings you’ve seen around town but with dotted lines to indicate to bicyclists and drivers where bicycles safely belong (in the middle of the car lane)

Looks like these go from Packard’s Corner to Harvard Ave. And if these look familiar, it’s be because you may have noticed these same priority lane markers farther down Brighton Ave. on the between Harvard Ave. and Cambridge St. since they were installed a few months ago).

On my first ride down the priority bike lanes, I immediately noticed more cars changing lanes to pass me rather than queuing up behind me and riding up close to my tail. It felt less stressful and a lot safer to bike on Brighton Ave. which was both strange and a huge relief.

According to Boston Bikes plan for priority lanes on Brighton Ave., we’re still
in Phase 2 of this plan. During Phase 3 of this plan this coming Fall, these dotted priority bike lanes will get painted green.

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This is pretty exciting since this type of shared priority lane is an idea born from local Northeastern Civil Engineering Professor Peter Furth and Boston is still one of the first cities to put it into practice.

And I’m not just excited for Boston being one step closer to a complete network of bicycle infrastructure that one day I’ll get to ride on – I’m also excited for the thousands of college students who will inevitably return to Allston in the fall will have a much safer bike commute up and down Brighton Ave. than I once did.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 21

Lots of good stuff below from the City Of Boston:

HelmetHub Launch

 

We are proud to announce that the first helmet vending machine in the country can be found at Boylston St and Mass Ave. This machine will help HelmetHub gather information and we hope to start the next Hubway season with more stations around the city. Make sure you visit the machine while you still can.

 

We are sad to announce that Hubway will be shutting down for the season. Station closures began on November 18th, and the 2013 season will end on November 27th. Please visit http://www.thehubway.com/news for information about specific station closures.

New Bike Lanes Installed
We’re on track to reach our goal of 20 miles of new bike lane in 2013! Have you seen or ridden on the latest additions to Boston’s bike infrastructure?

These lanes have recently been installed or are in progress:

  • VFW Parkway – From: Centre Street, To: Brookline Town line
  • VFW Parkway – From: Spring St, To: Brookline Town line
  • Mount Vernon St – From: Old Colony Ave, To: University Drive North
  • Freeport St – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Conley Street
  • Stuart / Huntington – From: Harcourt Ave, To: Dartmouth St
  • Adams St – From: Neponset, To: Hancock
  • Ashmont – From: Dorchester Ave, To: Neponset Ave
  • Cross Street / N Washington Street
Upcoming Public Meetings  
These meetings are part of the Connect Historic Boston project.
Atlantic Ave / Commercial St
11/20 – 6:00pm - Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St
The City of Boston will present a Concept Plan for Atlantic Avenue / Commercial Street (from Christopher Columbus Park to Hull Street) in the North End as part of the Connect Historic Boston initiative. The goal is to transform this corridor into a street with sufficient space for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles to share the road comfortably.

Causeway St

11/21 – 6:00 pm - CBT Architects, 110 Canal St, 02114
This will be a public meeting to discuss the redesign of Causeway St.

Donate to Roll It Forward

 

“Though a bike may be thought of as a toy, it can also be a machine of empowerment that can change someone’s outlook on life.” -Canton Citizen
Recently, our work was highlighted in The Canton Citizen. The Canton Girl Scouts will be hosting a bike drive on November 24th from 12 – 3 pm at the Canton Public Library.

We are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike to donate please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/programs/roll-it-forward/donate. If you would like to host a bike drive please contact our Community Programs Manager, Jenny Duquette, atjenny.duquette@cityofboston.gov

BU’s new Bike Safety website is a valuable resource for cyclists of all abilities. It provides safe cycling tips, Boston cycling laws, and Charles River Campus and Medical Campus bike rack maps, and more.

With the new BU Bike Accident Toolkit, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the ability to leverage the technology in their mobile device to create a digital record of their accident. Available free of charge to iPhone and Android users, this new app automatically records the date, time, and GPS coordinates, and prompts the user to ask the important questions and document the accident with photos, video, and recorded witness statements.

 

           


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New Bike Lanes On Cross Street (Maybe)

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

An eagle eyed reader spotted what look like baby bike lanes (soon to be painted) on cross street.

 

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These were taken looking north at Stillman Place and Cross Street and also just before the intersection of Cross and Valenti Way

 

We can only hope that is what they are, although they look like bike lanes.  Thanks John for the awesome shots, and keen eye.


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Support Bike Infrastructure Down Town

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

From the email

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Support safer streets: Causeway St public meeting 
LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike and WalkBoston invite you to attend and speak up at a meeting presenting a new plan for Causeway Street – a crucial link in the proposed Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail downtown.

Causeway Street redesign public meeting 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 PM
@ CBT Architects, 110 Canal Street, Boston

LivableStreets, Boston Cyclist Union, MassBike and WalkBoston collectively support the following ideas as foundational themes for Causeway Street:
1) A grand plaza in front of the TD North Garden.
2) When events let out, pedestrians get full priority.
3) Improved sidewalk and crosswalks.
4) Physically separated bike lanes (cycletracks) for people biking.
5) Safe connections to existing and future bikeways.
6) Wayfinding signage and pavement indications to help pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers find their destinations.

Click here for more information on these six key points.


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UMASS Area Getting More Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 29

There is good news for those who commute to the university by bicycle. The city of Boston is still making an effort to improve the experience, as noted by Director Nicole Freedman of the Boston Biker’s Program. Additional bike lanes will be available in the upcoming weeks on Freeport Street, from Dorchester Avenue to Teanean Street, and on Tenean Street from Freeport Street to Conley Street.

read more here.


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Bikes Infrastructure Makes Traffic Run Smoother

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 22

In Manhattan they did anyway, with the help of more pedestrians and higher transit rates, as well as the new bike share program.

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After several blocks in the heart of Times Square were pedestrianized and protected bike lanes were added to five avenues in the middle of Manhattan, motor vehicle traffic is actually moving more smoothly than before, according to the latest release of NYC DOT’s annual Sustainable Streets Index [PDF].

The report, which gathers data from the MTA, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and DOT’s own counts, also shows that the volume of traffic entering Manhattan has basically stayed flat since 2009. At the same time, transit ridership has started to rebound from the recession and service cuts.

Even with population and employment levels increasing after the recession, car traffic into the Manhattan CBD declined 1.7 percent in 2011. Since 2003, traffic volumes are down 6.5 percent, while transit trips to the area have increased 11.3 percent.

The annual report incorporates numbers on bike-share usage. Between the Memorial Day launch and August 26, Citi Bike riders made more than 2.5 million trips covering more than 5.5 million miles. There have been eight crashes involving Citi Bikes, none causing injuries classified as serious. Of stations sampled during the final two weeks of July, the busiest included those near hubs like Grand Central Terminal and Union Square.

 

Read the rest of this fascinating article here. It seems obvious that if you take a bunch of people out of cars and instead they take public transit/ride a bike/ or walk that traffic would move better, but its always nice to see some real world data to prove it.

What I think is the real take home from this study is that peoples lives are improving.  They are being more healthy (even public transit is healthier than driving).  They are saving money, they are reducing their impact on the planet, and even the people who are still trapped in their cars are happier because traffic is moving smoothly.  I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they were happier as well.  Its a win win win win.

People defend cars, and get very upset when you try to make it harder to use them, but they really have so very few benefits and so very many drawbacks.  I think what we are seeing is that this fact is finally sinking in.

Thanks Ben for the heads up on this.


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New Bike Facilities Coming To Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 15

The City is circulating this flyer about bike lanes coming to Freeport and shared lanes on Ashmont and Adams.

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NOTIFICATION

Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes

Bike Lane Installation on Multiple Streets

Fall 2013 or Spring 2014

THE CITY OF BOSTON WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT IT PLANS TO INSTALL BIKE PAVEMENT MARKINGS ON ADAMS STREET, ASHMONT STREET AND FREEPORT STREET.

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The City of Boston will be installing the following types of bike facilities:

 

Shared lane markings – Shared lane markings are pavement markings that designate the road for shared

use between cyclists and drivers. Adams Street and Ashmont Street only employ shared lane markings.

 

Bike lanes – Bike lanes are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists.  Freeport Street is a combination of shared lane markings and bike lanes.  On Freeport Street, green paint is occasionally used to highlight the bike lane through complex intersections.

 

Why install bike facilities? These bike facilities are designed to support bicycle traffic within Dorchester and along major commuting corridors.  All facilities are part of the Bike Network Plan.

 

What about safety?  Bike facilities make the roads safer for all users in the following ways:

  • Designate a safe riding zone for cyclists;

  • Encourage cars to drive at slower, safer speeds;

  • Encourage cyclists to bicycle more respectfully and predictably; and,

  • Make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists.

 

What are the project limits and scope?

  • Adams Street: Bowdoin Street to Neponset Avenue

  • Ashmont Street: Dorchester Avenue to Neponset Avenue

  • Freeport Street: Dorchester Avenue to Tenean Street and Tenean Street from Freeport Street to Conely Street

 

When does installation happen?  Work typically takes place during the day or night over 1-3 days.

 

Will parking be impacted?  No parking will be removed along any of the roadways.

 

Will traffic be impacted?  No travel lanes will be removed and traffic will not be impacted.

 

Contact Nicole Freedman, Bike Programs Director, 617-918-4456, [email protected]

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all.

 


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The Word On The Street

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    • Window dressing July 30, 2014
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    • Project Selection Criteria: Public Hearing Testimony July 29, 2014
      The following was submitted to the state Project Selection Advisory Council at their 7/29/14 public hearing in Boston. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this incredibly important topic. And thank you for all the work that you have already done on this incredibly complicated issue. My name is Steven E. Miller; I’m a […] Continue reading →
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    • Boston By Bike…At Night Ride 2014 July 29, 2014
      TweetThis years Boston By Bike At Night Ride has been announced! This is a good time, and I hear they are looking for HAM radio operators, so if you are one, get in touch at the info below. ——— Boston … Continue reading →
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    • Back From The Corn! July 28, 2014
      TweetI spent last week riding my bike across the fair state we call Iowa, or as the natives of Iowa call it, Iowa.   I had a really good time, and am in the process of catching up on things, … Continue reading →
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    • What happened to low hanging fruit? July 24, 2014
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