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DCR Public Meeting On 6/27 RE: Morrissey Blvd Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

From DotBike:
On the evening of Tuesday 6/27 there is an important public meeting to learn about DCR’s preliminary plans for the redesign of Morrissey Boulevard and to provide feedback.
See below for details.
PUBLIC MEETING #3 Morrissey Boulevard Redesign for Reconstruction
Tuesday, June 27, 20176:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Leahy Holloran Community Center 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 
At this public meeting, DCR will present, and obtain feedback on, 25% design plans for reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard. These plans will address the full length of the project. 
The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at The public will be invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of of Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Comments may be submitted online at or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. 
If you have questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email [email protected] or call 617-626-4973

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Share Your #VisionZero Vision With State Senators! (Online And In Person This Tuesday 1/31, )

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

From DotBike:

Hi Dot Bikers,

If you’re free this Tuesday night, I encourage you to go to this event at 6pm at Suffolk to share your #VisionZero vision with State Senators.  Commonwealth Conversations provide as chance for state senators to hear directly from residents, and what they hear helps shape the Senate’s policy agenda for this term, which runs through the end of 2018.


Not sure what to say? Here are some ideas:
-Tell them where you live and that you want the legislature to prioritize steps to achieve Vision Zero (zero street related deaths)
-Low-stress bicycling options are sorely lacking in your area
-If we want to help more people get out of cars (ie mode shift), have healthier communities (ie cleaner air, less obesity, heart disease, diabetes), and provide flexible, cost effective, climate-friendly ways for people to get around, then passing “An Act to reduce traffic fatalities” is the way to go!
Don’t forget to use #MAConvos and #BosConvos if you’re on social media.
SPREAD THE WORD! There are other Commonwealth Conversations taking place over the next several weeks in other parts of the state. Let’s make sure Vision Zero is a theme across the state, because safer streets aren’t just needed in Greater Boston, but all across the state.
also from Livable Streets:

We need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all.

To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly.

This omnibus bill would ensure basic, but necessary traffic regulations to guarantee that everyone on our streets can expect to get from point A to point B safely. The bill includes, among other provisions:

  • Lowering default speed limit on state highways and parkways in thickly settled areas from 30mph to 25mph
  • Allowing municipalities to install limited traffic safety cameras exclusively for speeding and red light & right turn violations
  • A statewide biking & pedestrian safety curriculum for elementary school students
  • Equipping state contracted trucks with safety side-guards to reduce pedestrian & bicyclist fatalities
  • Common sense safety regulations for biking with on-street traffic
  • And much more!

Please fill out the form and help us spread the word! Together we can make Massachusetts streets safer.

LivableStreets Alliance

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DotBike Event This Wednesday!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 23

“The biking path to opportunity: A Community Chat with Entrepreneur Brandale Randolph”

Come meet local business owner Brandale Randolph and hear about how his new bicycle manufacturing company, The 1854 Cycling Company, is making a difference. With a focus on opportunity, building job skills, and producing pride, Brandale is leading a mission-driven business that strives to open doors for its employees. Learn more by reading this recent interview from Ebony:

There will be time for mingling and then we’ll hear from our special guest Brandale. Then there will be a dialogue and we’ll wrap up with more time for mingling.

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. There is a suggested contribution of $10, but this is a free event.

1448 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
Wednesday 1/25 from 6-8pm

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Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From DotBike:

Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard!

And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. is where you can check who yours are.

Department of Conservation and Recreation reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard:
Comments from the public will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and may be submitted online or in writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114…..Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St., Dorchester

more info about this from Boston Bicycle Union:

Two big projects will bring safer, slower streets and new protected bike lanes to Dorchester. Show your support at the meetings!
6-lane Morrissey Blvd, prone to high speeds, is in major need of a road diet
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is holding a public meeting to present plans for a redesigned Morrissey Blvd.
Currently a 6-lane, high speed road, DCR will be showing plans that include a road diet and protected bike lanes.
A site of two fatal crashes in the past 4 years and many other serious crashes due to speeding, these changes would be a huge improvement, adding a safe bicycle connection from Dorchester to South Boston, and slowing and making the streets safer for all road users.  Bike facilities on Morrissey Blvd have long been a top priority for Dorchester and South Boston cyclists.  Connecting to the Neponset River Greenway, these new protected bike lanes would serve a significant number of people commuting by bike.  DCR needs to hear that neighbors, residents and the general public support these changes!
Show up and speak up!
Morrissey Blvd Redesign Meeting
The Leahy Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
If you cannot make it, you are invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of close of business on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
The area encompassed in the Neighborhood Slow Streets program is highlighted in orange.
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is holding a community meeting to discuss and get your feedback on the upcoming transportation improvements to the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood (pictured to the right), that will be implemented as part of Mayor Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
With goals of bringing down vehicle car speeds, reducing the number and severity of crashes on residential streets and reducing cut-through traffic, this plan represents a major victory for safer streets and better biking in Boston!
From BTD: “Proposed designs include visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 MPH-making each street feel safer and more comfortable for people who live, walk, bike, or play in the neighborhood.
Our plans include:
  • Signs to alert people that they are entering a Neighborhood Slow Streets area with a speed limit of 20 mph and ahead of any traffic calming devices.
  • Pavement markings to help organize the streets and indicate traffic calming devices.
  • Speed humps to self-enforce driver speeds on each route through the neighborhood. Speed humps are typically 4″ at their highest point and 12 to 14 feet long. People in cars and on bikes can comfortably travel over them at safe speeds, and they do not impact parking or drainage.
  • Daylighting and curb extensions to enforce no-parking restrictions and improve visibility of crosswalks and other drivers at intersections.
  • Raised crosswalks to help emphasize pedestrians crossing the street.
More details will be provided at the meeting and online after the meeting.”
The Transportation Department needs to hear from residents that they support this plan in this neighborhood of Dorchester, and want to see similar efforts in additional neighborhoods across Boston!
Show up and speak up!
Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood Slow Streets Meeting
Prayer Tower Apostolic Church
151 Norfolk St, Dorchester
If you cannot make it to the meeting, the presentation will be posted online afterwards and you can email your comments to [email protected]

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DotBike September Update

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

DotBike has been busy!

From the email:

Dear Dot Bikers,


As we move from sweaty- to sweater-weather biking I hope you’re enjoying your riding! Thanks to many of you who have joined us for #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday group commutes and our new ongoing Bike Repair Saturdays at home.stead cafe.

There were several key legislative wins for biking in MA this session, including the bill which will allow Boston to drop from 30 to 25 mph in thickly settled areas. Read more at MassBike.

Help us build our local bike community via social media–  follow DotBike on Facebook and Twitter (@BikeDorchester)!

7 ways to get involved in your bike community this month:


SEPT (date TBA) – Morrisey Blvd Redesign for Reconstruction

From DCR’s website: “At a public meeting anticipated to be held in September 2016, DCR will present an introduction to, and obtain feedback on, conceptual designs focused on reconfiguration of roadway lanes, intersections, crosswalks, and adjoining sidewalks and paths used by pedestrians and bicycles.  DCR aims to present final design plans in December 2016, and construction is pending the availability of funding.”

SEPT 27 – Vision Zero Boston: Neighborhood Slow Streets TNT Community Meeting

@ Prayer Tower Apostolic Church | 151 Norfolk St, Dorchester, 6:30pm

Join the Boston Transportation Department project team to learn about the proposed transportation safety project for the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle neighborhood and give us your feedback.



SEPT 15 –  Dorchester Bike + Brew Festival

@ Ashmont/Peabody Square, 5-8PM

Join Greater Ashmont Main Street, DotBike, Boston Cyclists’ Union  and MassBike for this family friendly community festival showcasing the growing cycling community in Dorchester and the burgeoning Boston brewery scene, along with food trucks, live music, DIY bike repair presentations, giveaways, etc.

SEPT 17 – Bike Repair Saturdays

@home.stead cafe, 10-12pm

Need help fixing a flat? Can’t figure out where that squeaking noise is coming from? Starting this September, volunteers from DotBike will be available for simple bike repairs in front of home.stead café.

We intend to make this a recurring event every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting (above 50 F, and no rain). Due to our limited tools and tubes we will only be able to perform small repairs. If you are willing to participate, work on your own bike, and share your knowledge with others, even better!

SEPT 20 –  DotBike General Meeting

@ Codman Academy, 6:30-8pm

All are welcome! We meet bi-monthly at Codman Academy Black Box Theater in Codman Square (14 Epping St.) from 6:30-8:00pm. Contact: [email protected].

SEPT 23 – #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday Group Commute

@Ashmont Cycles, 7:15am

Convoy will meet at 7:15am (7:20am departure) in front of Ashmont Cycles and ride down Dorchester Ave picking people up along the way.  We will have a brief stop at home.stead cafe for coffee and pastries.  We will then continue downtown with other Dorchester residents and meet up with other city cyclists at City Hall.  RSVP to Bryan ([email protected]).

SEPT 24 – Inter-neighborhood Ride Series: DORCHESTER

@ home.stead cafe, 11am

Join DotBike for the 3rd installment of the Inter-neighborhood Ride Series!  “Dorchester Heights and Highlights” – a little history, a little hill-climbing, but plenty of good views and good company! Play “Dot Bingo” as you ride and you could win a gift certificate to the delicious home.stead cafe! Ride starts and finishes in Fields Corner @ home.stead café (1448 Dorchester Ave).



  • Seeking volunteers to help with set-up (Thurs. Sept 15th, 3-5pm) at the Bike + Brew Festival: Love beer, bikes, and your community? Many hands will make light work to set up for this fun, local event! Attend this pre-event meeting on Sept. 8th or contact Jenn Cartee at [email protected].

  • Seeking volunteers for Bike Repair Saturdays (10-12pm) @ home.stead cafe: Hang out and chat with neighbors about DotBike or get your hands dirty doing simple bike repairs! Free treats for volunteers! Contact Vivian Girard: [email protected].

Join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy (14 Epping Street).

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