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Police in Brookline are racking up arrests of bicycle thieves using a “Bait Bike” equipped with a GPS tracker and a system that notifies police when the two-wheeler is moved.
“If you looked at the bike, it’s a regular bike–you’d never know,” said Brookline Police Lt. Derek Hayes.
Hayes, who used to head the Brookline Police Department’s bicycle unit, said the bait bike was first used by the department last year and is being used more intensely this summer.
Police said the bike has led to the arrest of eight would-be-thieves, including the arrest of two men on Aug. 4 after they cut the bike from a pole on Beacon Street.
The town has between 60 to 80 bicycle thefts reported each year, Hayes said, and many more probably go unreported.
Hayes said he was trying to find a way to combat the bike thefts when he read about a university in the mid-west that was using GPS trackers to catch bicycle thieves and he wanted to give the idea a try in Brookline.
This is such a simple, and easy way to catch bike thieves, they should actually be installing these in new bicycles as an option for people who live in cities. Perhaps in the bike computers as they already have gps in most of them. Thanks DJ for sending me this link.
Tags: bait bike, Brookline, simple theft deterant
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The Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee has prepared a master plan to promote bicycle transportation in the Town of Brookline. This plan includes a network of bicycle routes that connect all neighborhoods in Brookline, with special emphasis on schools, parks and commercial areas.
This plan was generated with input from the public, town staff and local organizations. We expect that it will be modified over time to meet evolving conditions.
Tags: bicycle, Brookline, master plan
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Got this in the email, looks like a nice summer internship
Town of Brookline Massachusetts
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING INTERN – HUBWAY
Department of Planning & Community Development
The Town of Brookline, an urban/suburban community of 60,000 located abutting the City of Boston, is seeking candidates for an internship to work on launching the Town’s portion of the regional bicycle sharing system. The position will be approximately 10 hours a week, from April until August 2012.
Specific responsibilities may include:
• Working with local businesses to develop a system for Hubway users to easily access bicycle helmets
• Working with stakeholders to plan for launch events for the system
• Solicit contributions from local businesses to fund launch events and ongoing operations of Hubway in Brookline
• Working with the vendor to finalize station sites and coordinating installation of up to four Hubway stations in Brookline
• Refining financial model for the Hubway system in Brookline and assist in grant reporting and other fiscal responsibilities
• Attend Hubway regional meetings when appropriate
• Other responsibilities as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills and be able to read plans and interpret basic local, state and federal regulations; should be good with the public and able to clearly articulate complex concepts in accessible terms; and will have strong report writing skills. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field, with some Master’s level course work completed. Compensation depends on qualifications.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Jeff Levine, AICP
Director Department of Planning & Community Development
Town of Brookline
333 Washington Street, Third Floor
Brookline, MA 02445
The Town of Brookline is an equal opportunity employer.
Department of Planning and Community Development
Town Hall, 3rdFloor
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445-6899
(617) 730-2130 Fax (617) 730-2442
Jeffrey R . L evine, AI CP Director
Tags: bike jobs, Brookline, hubway
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Thanks Ron for the tip
Brookline selectmen have voted to join the Hubway regional bicycle sharing network, but local cyclists may have to wait until this summer before the rubber will hit the road.
Selectmen voted to join the regional partnership Tuesday, but the town still has to hammer out a few more details on the contract with Oregon-based Alta Bicycle Share to manage the program, said Jeff Levine, Brookline’s director of planning and community development.
Levine said he’s hoping to have the contract finalized within the next couple of weeks, but once the town orders its bicycle docking stations, it could be up to 16 weeks before the stations will be received.
The docking stations will be located in Brookline Village, at Town Hall and in Coolidge Corner and Levine said he’s hoping it won’t take the full 16 weeks before the stations can be installed. (via)
Tags: all shall bow before the growing might of the hubway, Brookline, hubway
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Seems the Hubway sharing program was so successful, that Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville are getting stations next year.
Woo! And this after everyone thought the streets would run red with the blood of a thousand dead hubway cyclists…seems that Boston city streets are not too rough and tumble for cyclists after all. We have a long way to go…but we are heading in the right direction.
After recording 140,000 trips in four months, Boston’s European-style bicycle-sharing system is expanding across the Charles River, with stations planned for Cambridge and Somerville after a winter hiatus.
The 60-station, 600-bike Hubway system will shut down Wednesday night and reopen in March, weather permitting, when it will quickly expand – adding 30 stations and roughly 300 bicycles beyond Boston’s borders.
Cambridge officials said they hope to concentrate 20 stations in the most densely populated swaths of their city, and Somerville expects to usher in eight stations.
Back on the Boston side of the Charles, Brookline is working on two stations it hopes to open soon after the Cambridge and Somerville expansion.
“The number one question I get in my office overall is, ‘When is Hubway coming to Brookline?’ ’’ said Jeff Levine, director of planning and community development in Brookline, which intends to introduce stations at Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village.(via)
Tags: Brookline, cambridge, expand, hubway, somerville
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Got this in the email today.
The ghost bike installed on Longwood Avenue, Brookline for Tracy Milillo was removed by the police on December 30th,2010 because of complaints by some residents of the Town. It is currently being held by the Brookline police. May Tracy rest in peace. My condolences to her friends & family.
Can anyone confirm?
Tags: Brookline, ghost bike, tracy milillo
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You get wet thats what. That is some serious determination.
Thanks Mike for sending in this awesome picture!
Tags: Brookline, from the sky, water
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I love when people email me events, I especially love when they are very clear with what the event is and isn’t, for instance.
I for one welcome this new anarchy free celebration of bikes! Check it out.
Ladies and Gents:
The second annual Brookline Bikes Beacon parade is this Sunday, May 31, at 12:30 pm.
WHAT IT ISN’T: it isn’t a race, a charity ride, a protest, nor an opportunity for anarchy.
WHAT IT IS: a slow paced 5 mile ride from Amory Park (near Audobon
Circle) outbound on Beacon Street to Cleveland Circle, then back, with police escorts. It’s a celebration of bikes, a way to show folks that citizens of all stripes ride bicycles for all sorts of reasons.
I hope you’ll join us for a slow ride bike parade, followed by ice cream sandwiches and a Beatles cover band.
– Tommy Vitolo
Member, Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
Tags: anarchy, Beacon, Bike Parade, Brookline
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