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Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 16

From the email:

 

Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm.

Hi all,

All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up of the Council is critical to making rapid progress toward safe biking infrastructure for all ages and abilities. The last day to register to vote in Cambridge municipal elections is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Spend two minutes to make sure you’re registered and send to five friends.

We know that our streets are still not safe for bikers and pedestrians, which is why CBS has laid out a bold Cambridge Bicycle Safety Platform requiring a clear timeline for fast-tracked implementation of the 20 miles of protected lanes called for in the city’s Bike Plan.To get the platform implemented and not take out the lanes we already have, we need councillors good on bikes, and that means we all need to vote!

Here are some of the Council policy orders that kick-started the last year’s pop-up protected lanes. We need many more.

Here is what we need to do before Wednesday:

1.  Check if you are registered to vote, and if not: Register yourself (unless you have a Mass drivers license, you have to print and mail or deliver in person)Send or deliver the signed form to: Cambridge Election Commission, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139.

2.  Sign up to be reminded on election day to get out and vote. You can also join our facebook registration event to be reminded and share with your friends. If you know you will be out of town, you have to register in advance for an absentee ballot.

3. Forward this to 5 Cambridge friends.

(If you are a student, first-time voter, or registered in another state for national elections, this FAQ by MIT is super helpful.)

CBS has published statements of candidate signers to our platform, and will be publishing good actions and statements by candidates on our website and facebook page.


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Oh God Yes! BU Makes Awesome Puppet Safety Video

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 15

We need so many more things like this. LOVE IT! More info here.


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Globe Talk: Safe Or Savage? The State Of Bicycle Safety In Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 29

Got this in the email, looks like it could be informative:

Globe Talks: 

Safe or savage? The state of bicycle safety in Boston

Join a few of Boston’s leading cyclists and policy makers to discuss bike safety around Boston and the efforts to make biking in the city easier and more accessible.

The event will be moderated by The Boston Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers.

Panelists:

  • Nicole Freedman, City of Boston’s Boston Bikes director
  • Vineet Gupta, Boston Transportation Department’s Director of Policy and Planning
  • Richard Fries, former professional European racer, world-class race announcer and race organizer, and local commuting advocate
  • Josh Zisson, bike lawyer and BikeSafeBoston.com blogger
  • Jackie Douglas, director of the Boston-area transit advocacy group Livable Streets

 

DATE: Tuesday, July 30

TIME: 6pm – 7:30pm

LOCATION: The Boston Globe | 135 Morrissey Blvd. | Boston, MA

www.bostonbikesafety.eventbrite.com


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Invitation To A Boston City Council Briefing On Bicycling Safety

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 30

Got this in the email, if anyone has some free time might be worth checking out.

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City Council Briefing on Harvard School of Public Health Student Recommendations for Bicycling Safety Improvements
Wednesday, May 1st
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Boston City Hall, 5th floor, Curley Room

Each Spring, the Harvard School of Public Health has a “Spring Challenge” where students are tasked with developing policy proposals for an issue facing the City. This semester, the students chose bicycling safety. Students have spent the last few weeks meeting with Boston Bikes, the Cyclists Union, and public safety officials in order to develop timely and usable policy proposals to improve bicycling safety in Boston.

We are honored to have the winning students from the Spring Challenge present their ideas to the Boston City Council on how we can accelerate our bicycling infrastructure and safety programs. If you have any questions please contact James Sutherland at 617-635-4217.

Please join us, our colleagues on the Boston City Council, as well as representatives from the administration. I hope to see you next Wednesday.

All the best,

Ayanna

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Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilor At-Large


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Bike Safety Media Roudup

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

Didn’t want these to fall through the cracks, even though they were put up a bit ago:

A little more about the BHPC’s helmet campaign, including news about the new bike helmet vending machines:

Whizzing down Commonwealth Avenue through Kenmore Square, Berklee College of Music student Jon Cox could not have looked more hip. He was riding an aqua and chrome vintage bike. The tattoo on his arm showed symbols from an early Led Zeppelin record. He was yawning.

And since he was unencumbered by a bike helmet, he was listening to Mumford & Sons through oversize headphones — oblivious to the large sign he pedaled past featuring a graphic image of a cyclist with a gashed and bloodied face. “Still think it’s the helmet that’s unattractive?” the message read. “There are no good excuses.”

Maybe not, but there are excuses for going helmetless: “I’m pretty broke,” Cox said when stopped for an interview. Then he added, “I’ll be really careful.”

With a growing number of bike lanes in the city — it’s up to 60.3 miles — and its rent-a-bike Hubway program taking off, Boston is aggressively targeting cyclists like Cox in two new ways: with a $40,000 “Wear a Helmet” campaign, replete with scary pictures, and with the city’s first-ever helmet vending machine about to be installed.

News about the cities upcoming “master plan” of bike safety:

 

As Boston strives to become a world-class biking city, where the car is no longer king of the road, officials are coming together to talk about how its cycling infrastructure can improve even more than it has.

In a matter of years, the Hub has introduced bike-sharing programs, expanded bike lanes through the streets and even handed out free helmets to get riders thinking more about safety when traveling to their desired destinations.

But as more people ride on the road, the risk of fatalities and bike-related accidents become more prevalent.

On Thursday, City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo filed a motion for a hearing to explore ways to improve bike infrastructure in Boston and make it a more “liveable city.”

“We have had ambitious efforts to increase access to bikes. We are on our way to becoming— if not already—a world class bike city,” said Pressley.

And finally this video from the UK about bike safety, some nice tips:


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike February 8, 2018
      TweetFrom the email: Hello Quincyclists, I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us! Register here: http://www.massbike.org/ts101quincy This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling … Continue reading →
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    • Last all To Submit Comments For Allston I-90 DEIR February 7, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Are you willing to wait 22 years for your train to show up? Now is the time to let state leaders know that we can’t afford to wait. The Allston I-90 Interchange project can transform access and mobility for … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Winter Update February 2, 2018
      TweetFrom Hubway:   Hubway had a winning January! This past month, Hubway riders took over 40,000 trips, more than double the January record. Want to try out winter riding? You don’t need to be tough — you just need to be … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For Zoning Reform In MA! February 1, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Did you know that the last time Massachusetts updated its zoning laws was in 1975? We need your help today to ensure that our future includes responsible planning for great neighborhoods! Contact Massachusetts legislators and let them know that we … Continue reading →
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    • My e-mail in support of West Station January 31, 2018
      TweetAlexander Strysky is the reviewer for the Massashusetts Environmental Protection Agency reviewer for the I-90 Interchange project in Allston. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has backed off from plans for prompt construction of  anew West Station on the Framingham-Worcester commuter-rail … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe about the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe aobut the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • Take Action! Support Safe Streets Legislation January 31, 2018
      TweetFrom livable streets: Next Wednesday, February 7th is the deadline for legislative committees to act on bills, and An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities remains in front of the Joint Committee on Transportation. Will you help us make Massachusetts streets safer for all? The … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update January 31, 2018
      Tweet Save the Date for our Bike-A-Thon! It’s official, our 31st Annual Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday, June 10th, 2018! There are 4 routes to choose from again this year: 10, 30, 50, and 100 miles. Keep checking our website for updates about … Continue reading →
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    • BCU Looking For Board Members January 30, 2018
      TweetFrom Their Website: Boston Cyclists Union: Board Member Job Description Purpose: Provide governance to the Boston Cyclists Union organization, stewarding and protecting its mission, while representing the organization to the community and accepting ultimate legal authority for it. Mission:  We’re helping Bostonians … Continue reading →
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