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From Livable Streets. Nicole Freedman is back! Should be a good presentation. Check it out.
5th Annual Boston Bike Update
with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5:30 PM Doors Open – bike valet provided
6:00 – 8:30PM Presentations followed by Q & A
8:30-10:00 PM LivableStreets Member Social @ Solas Irish Pub
@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall and conference room, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
Free and open to the public. Please RSVP.
For the fifth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event with the Director of the Boston Bikes Program, Nicole Freedman. Yes, she left for a little while, but she’s back. Find out how Nicole has jumped back in to keep all goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festival and more.
Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston. Get your questions answered.
LivableStreets is your advocate for a balance of biking, walking, and transit with automobiles—creating safe streets and livable communities—making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.
> Tweet #BostonBikeUpdate @StreetsBoston with your questions for the Director of Boston Bikes.
> Invite friends on Facebook here>>
> Check out the 2012 video here>>
> For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jackie Douglas at [email protected]
> For more information: www.livablestreets.info / 617.621.1746 / [email protected]
> Can’t attend but still want to support this annual event series? Donate here>>
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From Livable Streets:
Rutherford Ave to become more livable!
You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)
This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:
- Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
- 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
- Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
- The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
- The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
- The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
- The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.
Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to
develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>
|Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012|
Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.
Tags: livable streets, rutherford ave, upgrade
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Way to go everyone!
From Livable Streets:
You voiced your opinion and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) listened.
Thanks to your support over the past three years, we could see much needed improvements to the McGrath corridor from Somerville Ave to Washington Street around the McCarthy Overpass by next summer.
Now, as part of the State’s repair project, MassDOT is planning to make additional surface improvements for people to make it safer and easier to walk, bike, take the bus, and drive, when originally the only plan was to repair the structure.
LivableStreets urged the State to reconsider how they are investing money in this project. Taking our feedback, the State hired consultants to analyze the possibilities. Last week, data and conceptual drawings were presented to LivableStreets and other stakeholders. The drawings showed new and improved intersections, buffered bicycle lanes, designated areas for buses, improved traffic signals, and the closing of ramps and tunnels.
The new ideas presented are because you wrote letters, volunteered, signed postcards, and attended meetings and spoke up. Now we are closer to seeing these much needed improvements.
Thank you Massachusetts Department of Transportation and City of Somerville!
|Today (top); A vision (bottom)|
We are also now one step closer to realizing the ultimate vision of taking down the outdated overpass to make our communities more connected and livable, and pave the way for more businesses and jobs.
The work is not complete though… We must continue to weigh in on the plans and there will be public meetings this spring.
Jackie Douglas, Executive Director
Tags: awesome, livable streets, McGrath
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From Livable Streets:
Thursday, December 6
5:30-6:15pm Pre-meeting open house with Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition
@ Stove Factory Gallery & Studios, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown
6:30-8:30pm Public meeting
@ Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford Street, Charlestown
This public meeting is the most important meeting since the Rutherford Ave/ Austin Street planning process began in 2008. Your presence and willingness to express support for Surface Option at the Austin Street Intersection is very important. The surface option will provide a safer, and more livable street and neighborhood for Charlestown residents. Attend this meeting and let Boston Transportation Department know what you think.
Attend the Pre-meeting open house, hosted by the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition, for the opportunity to review drawings, ask questions, and meet other supporters of the Surface Option.
>If you cannot attend the meeting next week, please take the time to address a letter, send an email, and call the contacts listed here>>
Tags: livable streets, public meeting
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From the email, this looks interesting.
Tuesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00pm. Networking & socializing to follow presentations.
@ 70 Pacific St, Cambridge (around the corner from our office)
Open to the public. $5-$15 suggested donation. Beverages provided by Harpoon.
- Huntington Ave exclusive transit lane plan
- The Hubway Data Visualization Challenge
- A Coleman Street Playway in Boston
- and much more!
Come hear 10, seven minute, innovative transportation research and advocacy stories given by students, advocates, consultants, city planners and engineers from around the Boston area. Want to present? You still have two days to submit your idea.
>RSVP and invite friends on Facebook
Tags: livable streets, Street Talk
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From Livable Streets:
StreetTalk: 10 in 1 Request for Proposal submission period open
Ever wanted to present at a LivableStreets StreetTalk? Do you have a transportation advocacy story you want to tell? Are you doing transportation or land use research you want to share? Are you a part of the next hot transportation start-up? Then we want to hear from you!
The 2nd Annual StreetTalk: 10 in 1 is Tuesday, December 11thand the RFP submission period is open now until November 23rd at midnight. Be one of 10 people presenting to fellow community members, advocates, LivableStreets members, and transportation leaders at our last StreetTalk of 2012.
400 volunteers – Thank you!
Did you know that LivableStreets has over 400 current volunteers that we call on for any given project on any given day? Our volunteers are students, mothers, planners, architects, biologists, bakers, marathon runners, shop owners, cyclists, swimmers, and designers, all working to make streets safer and our communities more livable for you.
“Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” – LivableStreets volunteer
Our volunteers are out in the neighborhoods, sharing the latest news with residents, giving out information and collecting thousands of postcards to send to our city and state transportation leaders. Daily, they are speaking at public meetings, submitting comments and getting letters to the editor published to advocate for safer streets in the Boston region for you.
”Volunteering with LivableStreets has been a great experience. It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that is really making a difference in the lives of those in the community. I’ve also learned a great deal about outreach, advocacy, and how non-profits such as LivableStreets function – knowledge that will help me in my future work.” – LivableStreets volunteer
We want to say THANK YOU to every volunteer who has ever helped us with a campaign, work in the office, and/or an event. Thanks to you, LivableStreets is where it is today.
US Cities Gather to Rethink Street Design
“It’s like our city streets have been in a suspended state of animation for decades… they are designed for a different era.”
Why did hundreds of elected officials, transportation leaders, and key stakeholders from US cities gather for a three-day Designing Cities conference last month hosted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)? Cities recognize the shortcomings of traditional street design guidelines and are leading an innovative agenda to invest in sustainable transportation projects that re-imagine and reinvent our streets.
LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas moderated a panel “Safer Streets” with leaders from across the US. Though every year over 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed in traffic nationwide (worldwide, 145 people die per hour in all road collisions- that’s more than 2 per minute!), most collisions in US cities are preventable. Design is critical. But design doesn’t have to be long-term and expensive capital projects. Cities are being creative with quick cheaper fixes and using in-house crews to keep costs low and increase impact.
LivableStreets Co-founder Jeff Rosenblum moderated a panel “Traffic signals: integrating space and time,” challenging the conventional wisdom of traditional designs based solely on car throughput at the hour. New transparent design criteria are starting to be used that address mobility of walking, biking, and transit, recognizing that street design is more than just technical number crunching but incorporates policy and social values into the decision making process.
StreetTalk: How Cambridge made mode-shift a reality
Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-9:00pm
@ Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, 301 Binney St, Cambridge
Open to the public, $5-$15 suggested donation
The statistics look like a mistake. In July, the Globe highlighted a successful mode-shift policy in Kendall Square. Kendall Square has managed to add 4.6 million square feet of new spaces (a 40% increase since 2000) while reducing car trips by as much as 14% in the last decade.
What is the City of Cambridge doing that made it possible to bring new development without bringing new drivers? Stephanie Groll, Parking and Transportation Demand Management Officer, and Geoff Hewer-Candee, Graphic Designer for the City of Cambridge, will share insight about two programs that change travel behavior – one aimed at commuters and the other aimed at residents. Highlighting Kendall Square, learn how Cambridge has made it a priority to reduce car use among its workers, and what the city’s innovative CitySmart program has done for residents’ non-work trips to put Cambridge on the social marketing map.
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance with WalkBoston.
Sponsored by Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
Networking Night rescheduled to December 13th
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00pm-9:00pm
@ Lir Irish Pub, 903 Boylston St, Boston
Sponsored by New England Institute of Transportation Engineers
Think that transportation has the power to make our city more connected and more livable? Want to meet local organizations working to make this happen? Please join us at our second annual Networking Night. Come schmooze with us and take advantage of this event to expand your social and professional network. Light appetizers will be provided and drink specials will be available.
Interested in getting involved, co-hosting, or sponsoring this event? Email [email protected] for more information.
We are hiring!
Help us spread the good word. Forward this email.
Join the LivableStreets growing team as a Campaign Coordinator
LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We challenge people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives. We’re working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. We inspire a vision, build partnerships, empower communities, and create change.
As a Campaign Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating LivableStreets’
advocacy campaigns. On any given day, you might:
For more information about the position and how to apply, see full job description here>>
Attend and speak up at one of the “Future of Transportation in MA” public meetings
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a series of statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.
“Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don’t interact with the system.
These statewide discussions are intended to allow you to share your ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come. Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Click here for more info>>
Mattapan: tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, 5:30-7:30pm
@ Mattapan Branch Library, Community Room, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan
Click here for more info>>
Boston: Thursday, November 29, 6:00pm-8:00pm
@ MA Transportation Building, conference rooms 1, 2, 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
Click here for more info>>
Tags: bike jobs, infrastructure, livable streets
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Got this in the email, lots of good stuff in here.
Then on Thursday, November 29th, 6-9 PM, we are bringing back our popular Networking Night.
Save the dates. More details coming soon.
Is your business, firm, or group interested in getting involved in these events? Become a sponsor. Email [email protected] for more information.
LivableStreets to speak at NACTO Designing Cities Conference in New York City
Streets and sidewalks comprise close to 80 percent of a city’s public space. These streets not only represent essential corridors of commerce and industry, they serve as front yards, playgrounds, and theaters which showcase the expressions of urban life. While the public must decide how it wants to use this wealth of space, city leaders can inspire us to imagine all the possibilities.
Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World Class Streets is an opportunity for elected officials, transportation leaders, and key stakeholders from the public and private sector to forge a common vision for cities to achieve national objectives for healthier, more sustainable, equitable, and efficient cities of tomorrow. NACTO is the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Speakers include US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and NYC Transportation Commissioner & NACTO President Janette Sadik-Khan.
LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas will be moderating a panel on data and community-driven action to create safer streets with leaders from New York City and Seattle. Though walking, biking, and transit access are keys to a sustainable city, every year over 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed in traffic nationwide, and at least 18,000 are severely injured. The panelists will focus on how they are decreasing crashes with the ultimate goal of zero road collisions.
> Follow LivableStreets on Twitter to get live updates from the NACTO Conference.
Remembering Danny O’Brien
Good friend of LivableStreets and “Godfather of rails to trails”
Danny O’Brien, a good friend of LivableStreets, passed away this past summer after a long battle with cancer. Danny was the director of Greenway Planning at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and known to many as the “Godfather of rails to trails” in Massachusetts. We often forget that behind some of the greatest things in our built environment is a passionate and dedicated champion within government. Danny is one of those people. Take a few minutes to celebrate what he has given to us by browsing some photos of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a crowning achievement of his.
The Public Way: Transportation, health and livable communities
Recent postings on Steve Miller’s blog
“Because government is the arena where so many of society’s conflicting interests fight for influence, and because nearly every decision and action can end up in court, the public sector is more rule-bound than most organizations. The biggest political sin for administrators is making a visible mistake. So public agencies typically evolve very incrementally, and if something isn’t noticeably broken there is seldom any political advantage in fixing it – or even in improving its internal operations. Which is what gives extra credence to the cliché that the Chinese character for “crisis” also means “opportunity”. Read full post here: Crisis and Opportunity at MassDOT: Money, Internal Operations, and Political Support for Change.
Other recent posts:
>The Boston Globe Editorial on Bicycle Safety: Moving Past the Training Wheels
>The Traffic Behind the Candidates: Vote for the Appointees, Not The Person
MassDOT holding series of statewide transportation conversations
September 27 – November 29, 5:30pm-8:00pm
@ Major cities & town across MA
MassDOT is holding a series of public meetings to help determine the future of transportation in MA. Attend and make your voice heard to help shape our state’s transportation system. Framingham, Mattapan, Medford and Boston’s meetings will be held in November. Check out full details of meetings here>>
Bowker Overpass/Storrow Drive Viaduct Repair Work Contract Public Meeting
Monday, October 29, 6:00pm
@ Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St
MassDOT Boston South Station public meetings
Monday, November 19, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, November 20, 8:00am-9:15am
@ Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street – Fort Point Room, 2nd floor
MassDOT is leading an effort to improve and expand Boston South Station for the future, and wants to hear your ideas. MassDOT is providing two meeting times for convenience, the same content will be shown at both.
The New Urban Interface event forum
Mondays, October 29 through December 3, starting at 5:00pm or 6:00pm
@ MIT, exact room location varies week to week
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek are hosting weekly events showcasing new directions in urban design and planning. Topics range from NYC’s New Public Space Vision to Public Transportation for Personal Freedom.
For more information and time/location details, click here >>
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From the email
“Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America”
by John Pucher, Co-sponsored by LivableStreets
Mon, Oct 15, 4:30-6:00pm @ Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge
Free and open to the public
Pucher will inspire you with a comprehensive look at changes happening around the country and the world. What makes cycling and walking so safe and convenient for daily travel in Dutch, Danish, and German cities? And what are US cities doing to catch up? Get highlights from his new book City Cycling and hear his advice on how to promote cycling and walking locally. Click here for more info>>
Co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Transportation Seminar, MIT Department of Urban Planning and Design, WalkBoston,
LivableStreets Alliance, MassBike & Boston Cyclist Union
Tags: bcu, livable streets, massbike
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