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Brookline Cops Fishing For Bike Theives

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 19

THIS IS AWESOME!

From Boston.com

 

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.

baitbike.jpgPolice park the bike in spots where bicycle thefts are being reported, and the GPS tracker then turns on using a motion sensor when a thief takes the bait, according to Brookline Police.

“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.


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Brookline Bicycle Master Plan

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 26

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.

Boston is working on one, here is Brookline’s.


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Brookline Hiring Hubway Intern

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

Got this in the email, looks like a nice summer internship

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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
[email protected]
Jeffrey R . L evine, AI CP Director


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Brookline Getting Hubway This Summer

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 01

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)


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Hubway To Expand Next Year

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

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.

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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)


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Ghost Bike Removed?

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 04

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?


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“But What Do You Do When It Rains?”

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

You get wet thats what. That is some serious determination.

Thanks Mike for sending in this awesome picture!


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Brookline Bikes Beacon (Not Anarchy)

Written by Boston Biker on May 26

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.
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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.

www.brooklinebikes.org

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


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The Word On The Street

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    • Vehicle Operators Salmoning By Car September 18, 2014
      TweetThe term “salmoning” has become quite popular for describing the act of bicycling the wrong way down a one-way street. Salmon are known for swimming against the tide. They do this because fresh water is required for them to lay … Continue reading →
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    • Brookline Asking For Feedback About Idaho Stops September 17, 2014
      TweetIn case you didn’t know, the Idaho Stop is when cyclists are allowed to treat stop signs like yields, and red lights like stop signs.  Idaho was the first to try it out, and more or less its been pretty … Continue reading →
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    • Active Versus Inactive Transportation September 15, 2014
      TweetUntil I started a bicycling blog, I had never really heard of the term “active transportation.” The first time I heard this term, I thought it was rather odd. I didn’t know whether it referred to the fact that one … Continue reading →
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    • More Bikes Than Cars September 12, 2014
      TweetTwice in the last two weeks I have been a part of a lovely thing.  While riding to work I look around and see way…way more bikes than cars.   I think it is a product of the lovely riding weather … Continue reading →
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    • FREE! Bike Hangers With Security Cable’s FREE! September 12, 2014
      TweetHowdy folks, I have roughly 10 Mini Mum Vertical Bike Hangers with Security Cable.     Free to whoever wants one or all of them.  They don’t have mounting screws, but you can get those at any hardware store.   … Continue reading →
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    • The Role Of Bicycle Tourism In A Community’s Acceptance Of Bicycling September 11, 2014
      TweetBicycle tourism, although growing in leaps and bounds, is not something we think about when advocating for bicycling or bicycle infrastructure. Bicycling is generally seen as a recreational activity or a mode of transportation. Consequently, arguments for its acceptance are … Continue reading →
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    • More Coverage Of Side Guards September 11, 2014
      TweetFrom Boston Magazine: ———- In late July, a Hubway cyclist traveling down Massachusetts Avenue in the South End was hit by a city-contracted trash truck as it went to make a right hand turn onto Columbus Avenue. The cyclist survived the accident, … Continue reading →
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    • David Watson Steps Down As Executive Director Of MassBike September 11, 2014
      TweetWhile I am very sad to see David go, he did an excellent job at MassBike for many years, its great that he is moving on to other challenges. From MassBike: Today our Executive Director, David Watson, announced that he … Continue reading →
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    • Mayor Walsh Proposes A Truck Safety Bill For Cyclists September 9, 2014
      TweetFrom The Boston Cyclists Union: —————- The City of Boston took a big step forward for the country today as Mayor Marty Walsh presented an ordinance to the City Council that will make truck design far safer for pedestrians and … Continue reading →
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    • Big Elm/ QuadCross Weekend! September 9, 2014
      Tweet Photo by Katie Busick This was good weekend at the races for the Cuppow boys. Mike took the win at Big Elm, while Ian (whose tactical nous helped win the race) managed to hold on for third. The course … Continue reading →
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