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New Bike Racks In Harvard Square

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 13

Saw these awesome guys sprouting up today. Seems like part of the new construction in Harvard Sq. has been the addition of some new awesome bike infrastructure. I also hear they are putting bike lanes over the JFK bridge. Weee!


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MassBike And MBTA Team Up To Create Awesome New Bike Racks

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 22

From MassBike

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MassBike has been working with the MBTA to evaluate bike rack designs for the new Pedal & Park secure bike parking facilities coming soon to stations including Braintree, Ashmont, Davis Square, Oak Grove, and Malden Center. (The South Station Pedal & Park, which already has racks, will also be completed soon.) These great bike parking facilities will encourage more people to take the T instead of driving, by giving them the confidence to leave their bikes at stations that have suffered from insufficient bike parking and bike thefts in the past. Pedal & Parks have already made a big difference at Alewife and Forest Hills.
 

To maximize the number of bikes that can fit in each Pedal & Park, the T plans to use bi-level racks. The existing racks at Alewife, Forest Hills, and South Station are OK, but those racks are either unavailable now, or have not worked that well in actual use. So the T asked for feedback from actual bicyclists on bike rack prototypes from two vendors. We reported back that all the designs had significant drawbacks.

 

A few weeks later, when the T asked us to try out another design, we were pleased to see that most of our concerns had been addressed.

 

 

The T took our feedback seriously, asking the manufacturers to address the problems we identified. The new design works much better, and needs just a few more modifications before going into production for the new Pedal & Parks.

We really appreciate the T asking for our input and taking the time to get this right!


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Practice Bike Rack At Alewife

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 28

If you are like a lot of people you might want to try a practice run at putting your bike on a bus bike rack before you do the real thing.

Lucky for you they good people at the MBTA have a practice rack for you to try out.

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We now have a bus bike rack located at Alewife Station
that can be used for practice purposes. Its located at the west bike
cage on the ground level of the garage.

Also, you should be able to practice at the Ruggles Station busway.
Many buses sit idle for several minutes at a time, waiting for their
scheduled departure. Most operators and/or station officials will gladly
accommodate you as long as it doesn’t interfere with bus operations.

Erik Scheier

So there you go, if you want to go practice putting bikes in bus bike racks you can.

(ht Debbie)


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Orient Heights T Station Redesign Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 24

Got this email today, if you use this T-stop regularly you should go and let them know you want bike facilities (maybe even some cages like at Alewife).

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I bike to the Orient Heights T station regularly. The current bike rack set up is not just inefficient but insufficient as the use of bikes to the T has grown exponentially over the summer. On some of the warmer days, I actually couldn’t get space and had to hook up to the iron gate railings of the station itself. I’m sure the station is going to see more winter riders as well once parking is increased to $5 per day in November.

I’m unable to make this presentation on November 5th. Link to meeting here

Marcie


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More New Bike Racks! This Time On Mass Ave Near Berklee

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 02

A while ago we posted about some new bike racks in the Dot. I had asked for more shots, my friend Greg sent me this fine example of my tax dollars at work.

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Go Boston! Lets keep it going! Have you seen any of the hundreds of new racks the city is putting in? If so drop me a line with a picture (shane at Bostonbiker.org) and I will post them. If you want a plug to your website include that as well.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Sponsor Us for the 2017 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon May 26, 2017
      TweetOn Sunday, June 4,  I will be riding with my kids Kay and Peter in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon!   The Bike-A-Thon is always a fun event and it raise money for a terrific cause. This will be our fifth time participating. Based … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Expanding To 70 More Locations May 26, 2017
      TweetVia U-Hub: Hubway will add more than 70 bike-rental stations over the next two years to the 127 it already operates in Boston, under a new contract with the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh’s office said today. Currently unserved areas … Continue reading →
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    • New U-Lock Holsters May 23, 2017
      TweetSome of you might know that I make stuff.  Here is my newest creation, a U-Lock Holster.  Not an original design, but I wanted something easy, devoid of logos, black (although I could put reflective fabric on in the future), … Continue reading →
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    • Fighting Fire With Funny May 23, 2017
      TweetWhat do you do when you finally manage to get the city to install buffered bike lanes, but people keep parking in them anyway?  Get some awesome cartoons drawn by bikeyface, and use them to good effect! For those still … Continue reading →
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    • Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety! May 19, 2017
      TweetOn Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable – people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor’s declaration of the City’s commitment to Vision Zero, which is based on … Continue reading →
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    • Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings May 15, 2017
      Tweet BOSTON’S NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY FESTIVAL ONFRIDAY, MAY 19TH! A collage of photos from last year’s Bike to Work Day festival. Celebrate Bike Month at Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival! This year’s event will again be … Continue reading →
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    • Passport To Summer Bike Fun! May 15, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Would you like to get to know more of your biking neighbors and their favorite sites and streets this summer?    Join Dot Bike, Roxbury Rides, Mattapan Food & Fitness, Quincycles, and  Rozzie Rides for the 2017 Neighborhood … Continue reading →
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    • Two Actions This Week! Brattle St./Mass. Ave. (Mon), Cambridge St. (Wed) May 15, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Protected bicycle infrastructure is moving ahead in parts of Cambridge, and there will be two opportunities this week to show strong community support for safer streets through the Brattle Street/Mass Ave (Mon) and Cambridge Street (Wed) projects. … Continue reading →
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    • Two Actions This Week! Brattle St./Mass. Ave. (Mon), Cambridge St. (Wed) May 15, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Protected bicycle infrastructure is moving ahead in parts of Cambridge, and there will be two opportunities this week to show strong community support for safer streets through the Brattle Street/Mass Ave (Mon) and Cambridge Street (Wed) projects. … Continue reading →
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      TweetBike Shop Mechanic – FT and PT roles  REI Reading, MA http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Shop-Mechanic/7718   Bike Shop Technician – PT roles  REI, Hingham, MA http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Tech-Specialist-I-Bike-Shop-Hingham/7633  
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