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Newton Wont Install Bike Lanes To Make The Roads Safer Because The Roads Are Too Dangerous In NewtonWritten by Boston Biker on Nov 05
This is sort of what I used to hear about kids walking and biking to school…”We can’t let our kids walk and bike to school there is too much traffic near the school.” Why is there traffic near the school…because all the parents dropping their kids off at school. This is like electing republicans who say that government can’t work, and to prove it they are going to destroy government.
Circular arguments for everyone!
by the way this discussion started 2+ years ago…so this even though the choice they made is probably the wrong one, they did it in record slow time….what I am trying to say here is the whole thing was done in the worst way possible. Wait that might be harsh, what I really mean is that Newton doesn’t understand how to create integrated and safe streets for all residents. If you live and bicycle in Newton you might want to go to a couple of these transportation meetings and let them know how poor of a job they are doing.
Tags: Bike Lanes, newton, stupid
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After the two recent deaths of cyclists at the hands it seems the citizens are taking to the streets to demand safer bike lanes.
I have seen some very lovely volunteers out collecting signatures on the street (I signed), they also have a website. If you would like to support their efforts to demand safer bike lanes in Cambridge go here, and sign the petition. Seems they already have about 1000 signatures, and its growing fast!
Below is their mission statement:
We have come together to call for a Cambridge that is safer for everyone, a city where bicycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.
In light of the tragic deaths of Dr. Bernard “Joe” Lavins, Amanda Phillips, and Marcia Deihl, all killed by trucks in the last two years, we call on the City of Cambridge to make the following safety improvements:
- Immediate action to implement a safe network of protected bikeways on major thoroughfares and key connectors by Spring 2017. The City should focus on installing temporary protected bikeways before the end of 2016 on those streets with the highest crash rates, including Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Street, Hampshire Street, and Broadway.
- Incorporate the Cambridge Bike Plan into all current and future road construction projects. The Bike Plan is a great vision but it needs to be incorporated into all current and future road construction projects if it’s to be realized. Those projects under construction or in design should be updated to include separated bike lanes where called for in the Bike Plan, including Huron, Pearl, and Garden.
- Commit funding to proactively implement the Cambridge Bike Plan. The Bike Plan has the potential to transform the city for everyone if Cambridge moves more aggressively to implement it. At a minimum, certain roadway reconstruction projects should be accelerated, especially Massachusetts Avenue, where protected lanes for bicyclists would have a profound and measurable safety impact.
Tags: Bike Lanes, cambridge, petition
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Currently the world is drowning in snow, but this is huge news!!
From Livable Streets.
Example of a protected bike lane.
|LivableStreets co-founder Jeff Rosenblum presenting a vision for a Comm. Ave. that prioritizes walking, biking, and public transportation.
Photo BU Free Press
Tags: big deal, Bike Lanes, Comm. Ave, livable streets
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Somerville has been doing a lot of work to make the old nasty broadway, into a nice street. They took out a lane, put in a divider, added larger sidewalks, and now have laid down what appear to be double buffer zone bike lanes. Sadly the drivers still have not quite learned what to do with them. But once the bike symbols are down, and they are used more I think they will come around. (sorry for the poor quality pics, it was late at night)
Tags: Bike Lanes, broadway, double buffer, somerville
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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.
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.
Tags: Bike Lanes, new
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