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Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

This guy is making things happen in Dorchester, seems like an awesome guy!  I used to live in the very very (very) southern point of Dorchester, and while its gotten better for cycling down there, its not nearly as good as it needs to be.

 

More great info on Noah and his message here.  He is really talking about the real issues behind cycling, as a transit option, and as a life changing technology for low income folks. I hope the city will pivot to focusing on the neighborhoods that most need these kinds of infrastructure improvements and where they will do the most good economically.

Bravo sir!


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Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on May 20

My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy.

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A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester.

Two cars crashed at the intersection of Talbot and New England Streets. A young man on a bike was struck during the collision. One badly damaged BMW remained at the scene while the second car fled.

Police say they found the second car on Wednesday morning. The suspect and driver of that car, 27-year-old Gregory McCoy of Dorchester, was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but and charges were expected to be filed later on Wednesday in Dorchester District Court.

The charges include two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and one count of motor vehicle homicide. The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.

One witness, Cheline Garcia, says she heard the crash around 10 p.m. and rushed out to help. She performed CPR on the victim, who she said had a pulse but later died.
“The scene was just horrible. You can’t even explain how bad it was,” Garcia told FOX25. “He was breathing he didn’t know what was going on I told him the paramedics were on the way.”

Police continue to investigate. (via) (more video here)

More info when I get it.
EDIT:

They have released the victems name:

Prosecutors did not identify the teen, but family and friends identified him as Fritz Philogene, 18, a sophomore at West Roxbury High School. (via)

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Dorchester Bike Fest Date Change

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 26

DATE CHANGE
DUE TO AN 80% CHANCE OF RAIN FOR SATURDAY, THE DORCHESTER BIKE FEST WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY 4/27.  Please spread the word.
See below for things you could win in the free raffle.
Hope to see you there.
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Dorchester Bike Fest!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 22

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Only a couple days away!  Be there!  April 26th!


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Dorchester Bike Festival!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 27

Dorchester is having themselves a bike festival to celebrate the new bike cages at the Ashmot T station!

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Dorchester Bike Festival
Saturday April 26, 2014
9am-Noon
Location: Pedal & Park Bike Parking Facility on Dorchester Avenue by the Ashmont T Station

Breakfast provided!

9am-11am: Come enjoy some free breakfast and familiarize yourself with the Ashmont Pedal & Park facility, which enables commuters to park their bikes before catching buses and trains at the Ashmont T Station. We will have free bike tune-ups and family friendly activities to raise awareness about safe bicycling practices. You can also enter to win prizes.

11am-Noon: Family friendly group bicycle ride around Dorchester.

Sponsored by St. Mark’s Area Main Street, Ashmont Cycles, BikeMilton, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Bikes, Boston Cyclists Union, Boston Police Department, Green DOT, LivableStreets Alliance, MassBike, MBTA, MBTA Transit Police, Quincycles

More details here.


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New Bike Facilities Coming To Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 15

The City is circulating this flyer about bike lanes coming to Freeport and shared lanes on Ashmont and Adams.

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NOTIFICATION

Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes

Bike Lane Installation on Multiple Streets

Fall 2013 or Spring 2014

THE CITY OF BOSTON WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT IT PLANS TO INSTALL BIKE PAVEMENT MARKINGS ON ADAMS STREET, ASHMONT STREET AND FREEPORT STREET.

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The City of Boston will be installing the following types of bike facilities:

 

Shared lane markings – Shared lane markings are pavement markings that designate the road for shared

use between cyclists and drivers. Adams Street and Ashmont Street only employ shared lane markings.

 

Bike lanes – Bike lanes are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists.  Freeport Street is a combination of shared lane markings and bike lanes.  On Freeport Street, green paint is occasionally used to highlight the bike lane through complex intersections.

 

Why install bike facilities? These bike facilities are designed to support bicycle traffic within Dorchester and along major commuting corridors.  All facilities are part of the Bike Network Plan.

 

What about safety?  Bike facilities make the roads safer for all users in the following ways:

  • Designate a safe riding zone for cyclists;

  • Encourage cars to drive at slower, safer speeds;

  • Encourage cyclists to bicycle more respectfully and predictably; and,

  • Make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists.

 

What are the project limits and scope?

  • Adams Street: Bowdoin Street to Neponset Avenue

  • Ashmont Street: Dorchester Avenue to Neponset Avenue

  • Freeport Street: Dorchester Avenue to Tenean Street and Tenean Street from Freeport Street to Conely Street

 

When does installation happen?  Work typically takes place during the day or night over 1-3 days.

 

Will parking be impacted?  No parking will be removed along any of the roadways.

 

Will traffic be impacted?  No travel lanes will be removed and traffic will not be impacted.

 

Contact Nicole Freedman, Bike Programs Director, 617-918-4456, [email protected]

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all.

 


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Upcoming Rides In And Around Dorchester

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 11

From DotBike:

 

There are a bunch of fun rides coming up with this Saturday August 10th being particularly eventful in and around the neighborhood.   Also a Mayoral forum on Parks and Open Spaces is happening on Thursday next Week.   And check out the route of the Fairmount Greenway the following Saturday August 17th.  See below for details.

  • Saturday Aug 10 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Discover Roxbury Endurance Ride Bike Tour
  • Saturday Aug 10 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mattapan on Wheels Bike fest
  • Saturday Aug 10 midnight – dawn Boston By Bike at Night
  • Thursday Aug 15 7 p.m.  – 9 p.m. Parks and Open Spaces Mayoral Forum
  • Saturday Aug 17 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fairmount Greenway Bike Tour

Saturday Aug 10 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Discover Roxbury Endurance Ride Bike Tour
Meets at Roxbury Crossing MBTA Station
Tickets Adults $10, Children $5

OK. The endurance ride through Roxbury’s hills isn’t as tough as a ride in Nepal! Yet, it is still a bit of a challenge. Don’t think of this as a tour, it’s more of an adventure. On this ride we’ll bike to the top Roxbury’s highest peaks, along some of its major roads, and past historic monuments. Stops will be limited to give us more riding time to cover as much of the neighborhood as possible. At the end of the ride, celebrate with a pub meal in Brigham Circle.  Difficulty: Challenging.
Tickets and Info: https://discoverroxbury.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a0Fd0000003UvOgEAK

Saturday Aug 10 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mattapan on Wheels Bike fest
Mildred Ave. Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan
This 3rd annual family-friendly biking program is put together by the Vigorous Youth of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. The route will take the group by various spots of interest in Mattapan as well as make the connection to the Neponset River Greenway. Bikes and helmets will be provided at no cost to those who need them. For more info and to Register for free, visit http://mattapanonwheels3.eventbrite.com. Rain date August 17.

Saturday Aug 10 midnight – dawn Boston By Bike at Night
Twenty-fifth Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at 11:15 PM in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square.
Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended.
Commemorative T shirts available. Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park

Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires. Sponsored by Back Bay Midnight Pedalers.

In the past this has been 30-ish miles over 7-8 hours, meaning that there are a lot of interesting stops, where I usually learn something new about parts of our city. A few times in the past, the ride has gotten permission to go places that you can otherwise NEVER ride. ’nuff said.
http://bostonbiker.org/2013/08/02/boston-bike-bike-at-night-midnight-ride-2013/

Thursday Aug 15 7 p.m.  – 9 p.m. Parks and Open Spaces Mayoral Forum

You are invited to the Parks and Open Space Mayoral Forum
Come meet the future mayor of our city! This is an exciting time for Boston and we want all the candidates to know that parks count!
Reception begins at 6:30pm forum from 7 – 9 pm
FRANKLIN PARK GOLF CLUBHOUSE 1 Circuit Drive Roxbury, MA 02121
MODERATED BY:
Ted Landsmark, Boston Architectural College President and Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe Columnist
 

Saturday Aug 17 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fairmount Greenway Bike Tour
On August 17th, 2013 the Fairmount Greenway Task Force (FGTF) will host Fairmount Greenway on the Move,  a bike ride aimed highlighting the current projects along the Fairmount Greenway.  A guided group will take participants on tours along the proposed Fairmount Greenway route.  The tour will run from South Bay to Mattapan before returning to Upham’s Corner, which will be at a leisurely pace for the 9 miles ride.

No bike? No problem.  The FGTF will have some bikes available that participants can use, which will be picked up and returned to South Bay. To request a bike e-mail Michelle Moon at [email protected].

Bike Ride Schedule  – August 17th

10:30  Meet at South Bay parking lot with a bike  (Mass Ave side of the parking lot near the Hubway Station)
10:50  Arrive at Upham’s Corner
12:00 Arrive in Mattapan Square – bathroom and water break
12:15  Turn around to bike back to Upham’s Corner (for those who want to complete the loop)
1:00 Arrive back at Upham’s Corner for the Street Fair

Please bring plenty of drinking water and a snack.  Helmets are strongly encouraged to bring and use while on the tour.

Fairmount Greenway on the Move is an excellent way to see the Fairmount Greenway, meet cool people and get outside to have some fun!


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Two Fun Events In Dorchester This Week

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 16

From Dotbike:

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Hi Dot Bikers,

Two fun events coming up this week.

Thursday July 18th from 8 – 11 p.m. Tour de France Stage 18 viewing night at Tavolo
Join us this coming Thursday to watch the 18th stage of the Tour de France where they climb Alpe d’Huez not once but twice! Tavolo will have some Tour inspired dishes on the menu and there will be a trivia contest with prizes. All are welcome to this free event.

Friday July 19th – Boston Bike Friday – join the Dorchester Convoy to ride to City Hall Plaza and enjoy free breakfast courtesy of Boloco and Boston Bikes. Meet in Peabody square in front of Ashmont Cycles for a 7:00 a.m. departure. Or join us as we make our way up Dorchester Ave.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
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    • Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing April 25, 2016
      TweetLynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are … Continue reading →
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    • Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th April 25, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun. Are you good with kids? Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain? If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or … Continue reading →
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    • April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th! April 25, 2016
      TweetUnbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe. From the email: You heard it here first! — … Continue reading →
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    • America’s Absurd Fascination With Cars April 14, 2016
      TweetI was having a discussion with someone this morning and we realized that at every stage in the development of automobile infrastructure in America, other, consistently better, choices for infrastructure were available, but we continued to choose the car every … Continue reading →
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    • Boston City Council Hearing On Lower Speed Limits In Boston April 8, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email.  Very interesting proposal!  If we really could make speeding enforcement and lowering speeds a priority we would be much better off.   ————————– On April 20th there will be a hearing on Councilor Frank Baker’s … Continue reading →
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    • Shop Soap! April 5, 2016
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
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    • Making Some Crow Feather Earrings April 2, 2016
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