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Imagining A More Connected Franklin Park

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 15

From Livable Streets:
Do you live, work or play near Franklin Park? Do you have ideas about improving access to the park?

If the answer is YES, please join Imagine Boston 2030, Boston Parks & Recreation and the Franklin Park Coalition to (re)imagine Franklin Park and answer key questions about connectivity, access, and park facilities.

Event Details:
Imagining Franklin Park
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Franklin Park Golf Course Function Room
@ 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester
The Emerald Network, a LivableStreets Alliance initiative, envisions a seamless network of greenways that will connect every neighborhood to open space, transit, and jobs. Connectivity to and through Franklin Park is very important to the success of our work, and the larger Network. We hope you will attend the event and voice your support!

This session is a part of the City of Boston’s Imagine Boston 2030initiative. This initiative will define a vision for Boston leading up to its 400th birthday and beyond, and create a road map to realize that vision. To learn more about the initiative and track its progress, read the city’s strategic plan ‘Expanding Opportunityand share your opinions in the survey here. 

We hope to see you there!


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Bicycles Now Allowed In Franklin Park

Written by Boston Biker on May 26

Got the below email from Dot Bike, awesome news!

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Good news!!

The Franklin Park Coalition presented a proposal at the Boston Parks Commission on Monday to make bicycling legal in Franklin Park. While there were several questions, both the Parks Department and the Commissioners expressed their support and appreciated the efforts and enthusiasm of Dot Bike and other volunteer bike groups involved.

Although the ban on bicycling in the park (other than on the road) was not enforced, having bicycling authorized in the park removes possible barriers to continuing to have bike events in the park, or to improvements related to bicycling such as bike racks or path stewardship that addresses biking concerns.

Measuring path widths was a fun group effort with volunteers from Dot Bike, Rozzie Bike, and JP Bikes along with children from a nearby school. Dot Bike was a key partner with the FPC in developing the proposal.

The cooperation of the Parks Dept. on this is very much appreciated, and I can’t thank the Franklin Park Coalition enough for their incredible efforts on behalf of bicyclists and everyone who enjoys and appreciates the park.


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Roxbury Main Streets Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 13

Got this in the email, looks like fun

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Tune up your bikes and come for one more ride around Roxbury. On today’s ride we’ll visit Roxbury’s four Main Streets programs, hear their directors explain why each is unique, and receive recommendations on places to eat and shop. Our tour will begin in Grove Hall and travel through the foliage of Franklin Park to emerge at Egleston Square. From there we’ll bike along the Southwest Corridor Park to Mission Hill and then finish our ride in Dudley Square. The 4-mile ride is open to bikers of all skill levels, but HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.

Co-presented with the Franklin Park Coalition.

Saturday, October 17, 10am-12pm. Limit 20 people. Weather permitting.
Free with RSVP to [email protected]
The tour meets at the park next to the Flames restaurant in Grove Hall, 469 Blue Hill Ave.


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Help DotBike Get Bikes Back Into Franklin Park

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

Got this from Dotbike, they are awesome, go help them out. Go help them measure paths so that they can get bikes back into Franklin Park.

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Hi Dot Bike,

Did you know that riding a bike is not allowed in Franklin Park? What!? you ask. Although the rule is unlikely to be regularly enforced, there’s no way to tell how the bicycling tides may turn. Multi-use paths in Boston parks can be designated by width, so if we get together and measure the many lovely paths in Franklin Park we can submit a request to the Parks Dept. to officially permit cycling throughout the park.

Help measure paths and mix and mingle with fellow bike riders on Wednesday Sept. 9th from 5:30 until we run out of light, and Sunday Sept. 13th from noon-2 pm ish. Meet at the golf clubhouse. We’ll head out to measure, then meet back and the club house to socialize and snack.

It’s great timing to take care of this lowest of low hanging fruit for expanding bicycling infrastructure since Circuit Drive is due to have a bike lane painted as part of an upcoming repaving project. Franklin Park could soon be *officially* one of the most bike-friendly parts of Boston!

Please come to the park on the 9th, the 13th or both to help out and meet others who enjoy riding bicycles in the park. It will be a great opportunity for all of us who love the park and love biking to meet and discuss how to continue to work together to support bicycling in the park.

Hope to see you there,

Debbie

P.S. Logistical support is needed and welcome – If you have any electronic measurers, can print a large format map from GIS, are an avid Google mapper, or can bring a clipboard, that would be super.


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Franklin Park Transportation And Access Study

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 07

Please join engineers from Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc. on Thursday, October 16 at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a presentation on the Franklin Park Transportation and Access Study Draft Recommendations.

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They look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions and answering your questions. Please help us spread the word (via dotbike)


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