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Written by Boston Biker on Jun 05

5th Annual Boston Bike Update recap

with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston

See all event photoshere

For the second year in a row, Boston Public Library’s Rabb Hall was filled with over 300 people who care about better biking in Boston. Director of Boston Bikes, Nicole Freedman, presented on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, crash report, youth programs, festivals and more. Some facts from the update:

  • Boston is the 5th most bikeable city in the country
  • Biking is up 82% since 2005
  • New data on cyclist injuries in Boston: mostly male, peak age 21, peak hour 5 p.m.
  • 1884 bikes donated to date by Roll It Forward
  • The nation’s first bike helmet vending machine is coming to Boston this summer

Thank you to everyone who attended and asked questions, and thank you for your advocacy and passion for better biking in Boston. LivableStreets is happy to have hosted this event for its fifth year. Were you unable to attend? Eager to find out more? We have you coveredBoston Bikes Annual ReportBike Update films and photos.

 

Remove McGrath Campaign on NECN
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Charlie Denison, LivableStreets Advocacy Committee Chair, was on NECN talking about our Remove McGrath Neighborhoods Not Highways Campaign.

 

“The state now agrees this can be made much friendlier to walkers, bikers and residents.”

This show was taped after the May 15 meeting, which was the final public meeting of the “Grounding McGrath” study process. We applaud MassDOT for a long term vision of removal through this study, but now want to see a timeline for removal as well as consideration of future street configurations.
LivableStreets is advocating for a four to five lane city street instead of the current plan, which is a six to eight lane “boulevard.” At the meeting, LivableStreets expressedconcern that if the narrower “city street” option isn’t included in the options submitted for environmental and federal review, it will be impossible to implement it during the future design process. We will continue to update you and let you know when to take action. In the meantime, public comments should be submitted to the MassDOT Project Manager, Ethan Britland, [email protected]state.ma.us.
Tell us what you think about the NECN segment on Twitter @StreetsBoston and on our Facebook page. 

What’s happening  

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Street Ambassador Training   

Tuesday, June 11, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm  

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

[email protected] to RSVP

  

There’s more than one way to think about our streets, use our streets, and to enjoy our streets. As a LivableStreets Street Ambassador, you’ll be helping people shift their perceptions about what our communities could be.

 

Represent LivableStreets in neighborhoods, at festivals and at other public events. Learn the ins and outs of our campaigns and projects. Livable streets are achievable, but only when you get involved.

 

Last year, our 25 Street Ambassadors made national news and helped win short-term improvements in our Remove McGrath Campaign. Help make change this summer. Find out more here and RSVP for a training today!

StreetTalk: Confessions of a Traffic Engineer  

Monday, June 24, 7-9pm

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge

Free and open to the public. $5-$15 suggested donation.

 

What is the difference between congestion and “failure” in transportation? How does measuring vehicles instead of people at intersections affect the way our streets are designed? Are safety, economic development and livability taken into account in federal standard highway design manuals?

 

The transportation engineering community is advancing road design concepts that encourage active transportation, but new approaches and standards have not yet been widely adopted. Come hear Peter Koonce, from City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, speak to the challenges and identify design approaches that would allow the development of a balanced transportation system that better embodies local community policy and needs. Portland, Oregon will be used as a case study to show how the City was able to prioritize its own design policy over national “Level of Service” thresholds.

Volunteer Spotlight with Cleo Stoughton

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Manhattan, Kansas–“The Little Apple”–home of Kansas State University. It’s a small city, almost out in the middle of nowhere, with a lot of college town pride.

 

What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

As a JP (Jamaica Plain) resident, I’m probably required by law to say Centre Street. I love the community, the local businesses, and the great restaurants. The 39 bus runs along it, providing an easy, pleasant alternative to driving through JP. Bikes are very welcome here, so you really do see all modes of transportation sharing the road.

 

What kinds of projects are you involved with at LivableStreets?

I often help with outreach for events, like the Boston Bike Update a couple weeks ago. Last year, I enjoyed helping to get public transit users to write postcards to Governor Patrick asking for long term funding for public transit.

What is your favorite LivableStreets advocacy project? The Circle the City events are so much fun. When else do you get to walk or bike carefree down your favorite city streets? I’m particularly excited about the Avenue of the Arts event this summer, given that I use Huntington Avenue every day.

What would your bumper sticker say?

I’d rather be taking the T!

 

>Read Cleo’s full Spotlight here.

>If you are interested in volunteering with LivableStreets, come to our

Volunteer Fridays from 12-2pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge. Next one happening tomorrow!

Member Zone  

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Member starts bike to work competitionBy Ken Carlson

 

I came up with the idea of a bicycle commuter challenge as a way to do what I could to help motivate others to take up bike commuting. As an avid bike commuter, a member of LivableStreets, Secretary of the Somerville Bicycle Committee and an employee of Ironwood, it seemed that my workplace was as good a place to start as any.
The idea of the bike challenge was quickly embraced at Ironwood, which also sponsoredStreetTalk: How Cambridge made mode-shift a reality, last November. We formed an active committee comprised of employees of the four companies and representatives of Bio-Med Realty and Transaction Associates. The goal of the challenge was to encourage more employees to take up bike commuting during the week and hopefully for the many weeks beyond Bike Week.  The committee put in place an education campaign with Urban Cycling workshops, free bike checks provided by Urban Adventours and a Google map of bike commuting routes commonly used by existing bike commuters.

So how did the challenge go? Bike commuting increased considerably during the challenge week. Ironwood nearly doubled the number of bike commuters, and a number of Ironwood employees biked to work for the first time. It was a thrill to see new bike commuters inspired by this event, two of my close colleagues, one who lives in Newton and one who lives in Lexington commuted every day during the week and are now hooked on bike commuting. That was the biggest thrill to me! We look forward to holding this challenge again next year and to encouraging other companies to participate in similar challenges.

 

Are you a member and have a success story you would like to submit to be highlighted in StreetLife? Email [email protected] with your story. 

 

Win two Cape Flyer train tickets  

 

Do you love this StreetLife publication? How about our events? What about the change we create on the ground, such as making the McGrath Corridor better for people walking, biking and taking transit? Did you enjoy being kept in the know about state wide transportation funding this winter? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, its time to become a member! Join for only $50 for the year to show that you support our work to create safer streets, and better transportation options, for you.

 

To top it off, if you become a member (or renew) in the next week, you will be entered to win two free round trip Cape Flyer tickets! Cape Flyer is the new weekend train from South Station to Hyannis, and the best part is that you can take your bike at no extra cost. Its a great new, stress-free option to get to the Cape, and we want our members to go for free.

 

Join/renew by Wednesday, June 12 to be entered to win 2 Cape Flyer tickets.

 

Other events and meetings

 

Connect Historic Boston Exhibit at the BSA

June 4-June 17

@ BSA Space, 290 Congress St, Boston

LivableStreets is proud to be on the advisory committee for Connect Historic Boston.

See exhibit details here>>

 

Bike4Life Social

Wednesday, July 10, 6-8pm

@ Landsdowne Pub, 9 Landsdowne St, Boston

Learn about logistics of riding or volunteering in Bike4Life, while meeting new people who are participating in the ride.

See event details here>>

 

Bike4Life – a ride for livable streets

Sunday, September 15, 9am-2pm

@ Auburndale Park, Newton

20 & 40 mile rides Save the date more details coming soon

www.bike4lifeboston.org

 

Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts

Sunday, July 14th, 11am-4pm

@ Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open Streets on Blue Hill Avenue

Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm

@ Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Presented by Circle the City

Event details here>>


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LivableStreets Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

From LivableStreets:

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Rush Hour Race: And the winner is…

 

On Tuesday morning, we hosted the second annual Rush Hour Race sponsored by Plymouth Rock Assurance, with the Somerville Bicycle Committee. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone sent the racers off in Davis Square on their routes to the finish line at Dewey Square across from South Station.

“Rush Hour Race is an event to raise awareness about all the ways we get
around our city. More and more people want transportation options and investing in them is critical. By investing in many different ways to get around, such as biking, walking and public transit, everyone’s commute can improve,” said Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets. 

The MBTA proved to be the fastest way to get to work Tuesday at 8 AM. The MBTA rider took 25 minutes; roller blader 28 minutes; cyclist 30 minutes; runner 39 minutes; and the driver 50 minutes.

“At Plymouth Rock we care very deeply for the city of Boston. That’s why it’s so

important to us that our city has the safest, easiest and most efficient transportation options. Alternate forms of transportation are a great way to reduce traffic congestion, automobile miles driven and automobile crashes, which is why Plymouth Rock offers great rates for people who drive less than their peers. We’re proud to work with LivableStreets to promote the growth of all transportation options in Boston through events like the Rush Hour Race,” said Chris Olie, President of Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Longfellow Bridge: Imagine if…    

Too good to not share. This photo was captured by one of our members Tuesday morning, coming off of the Longfellow Bridge entering Charles Circle in Boston. Years ago, LivableStreets advocated for you and won a bike lane there (at least sort of), instead of just vehicle lanes.Now, imagine if there was a wider separated bike lane on the bridge. Imagine if this separated bike lane continued to Cambridge and Charles Street. Don’t worry, we are working on it! Become a member today, and support our Better Bridges campaign.

Excellence in Advocacy for Better Bridges Campaign  

 

We are excited to share that LivableStreets is one of four 2013 Excellence in Advocacy finalist. We were nominated and chosen because of our Better Bridges Campaign. Massachusetts Nonprofit Network received a record number of nominations, representing 177 organizations and individuals across the state. Award winners will be announced at the Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 10.

LivableStreets on WGBH “Right of Way” TV series  

LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas was on Emily Rooney’s “Right of Way” show on WGBH Monday, May 6. Also on the show was filmmaker Kris Carter and Harvard University professor Noah Feldman,

to discuss bicycling in Boston.
Tell us what you think about the show on Twitter @StreetsBoston #RightofWay and on our Facebook page.

RSVP for 5th Annual Boston Bike Update event 

with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall & conference room, 700 Boylston St Boston
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
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance

Free & open to the public.RSVP please.

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 of the City’s goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals and more.

 

Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and get your questions answered.  

> Invite friends on Facebook

> Volunteer at the event – email [email protected] for more details.

Bike4Life ride September 15  

Fundraiser for LivableStreets   

 

Last year, you helped us raised $40,000 through our Bike4Life fundraising bike ride. Thank you! This year, the ride will take place on Sunday, September 15th. The ride will have 20 and 40 mile routes from Newton, as well as a kid’s route. Save the date and more details coming soon!

Street Ambassador Training   

Tuesday, June 11, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm  

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

[email protected] to RSVP
  

There’s more than one way to think about our streets, use our streets, and to enjoy our streets. As a LivableStreets Street Ambassador, you’ll be helping people shift their perceptions about what our communities could be.

 

Represent LivableStreets in neighborhoods, at festivals and at other public events. Share how our campaigns and programs are helping to improve the quality of life for people in and around metro Boston. Livable streets are achievable, but only when you get involved.

 

Last year, our 25 Street Ambassadors made national news and helped win short-term improvements in our Remove McGrath Campaign! Help make change this summer. Find out more information here and RSVP for a training today!

Matter of Facts: Parking   

 

Parking plays a big role in the way streets are designed and how our public space is used. Here are some facts on parking. Weigh in, what do you think about parking? Share your comments on Twitter, Facebook or send to [email protected]   

 

Did you know? 

  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. car trips begin and end in a free parking space.*
  • The average automobile is parked 95 percent of the time.*
  • Although many businesses today believe they benefit from free parking, curbside parking meters were actually introduced in 1935 by an Oklahoma City department store owner. He wanted to increase parking turnover so that there would always be spaces available for his customers.*
  • Boston does not charge for residential parking permits, and issues about 350,000 permits every two years.**

*StreetsBlog.com

**Parking consultant, Mark Chase.

Volunteer Spotlight with Paul Sohn

Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago, IL. I grew up in Hyde Park, a neighborhood on the south side of the city near the University of Chicago, and my family later moved to Wilmette, a suburb on the north side. So I got both the city and suburban experience growing up.

 

  What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

I love Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, especially near Central Square, where I live. It’s a good example of how reducing travel lanes on a major street can make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.

 

What do you like about volunteering for LivableStreets Alliance?

Because LivableStreets is so volunteer-driven, there’s tons of opportunity to help out should you choose to pursue it. On the advocacy committee, if you have a good idea, more experienced volunteers (who have an incredible wealth of knowledge about transportation issues) will help you take it as far as you can.

What would your bumper sticker say?

“Yeah, my bike is in the shop”

 

> Watch the Remove McGrath video Paul created and read the full Spotlight here.

> If you are interested in volunteering with LivableStreets, come to our Volunteer Fridays from 12-2pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge! Next one happening tomorrow!

Public Meetings and Events

 

Bike Week

Saturday, May 11-Saturday May 19

@ all over Massachusetts!

See all the events here>> 

 

Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8pm

@ Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington St, Somerville  

Meeting details here>>

Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts

Sunday, July 14th, 11am-4pm

@ Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open Streets on Blue Hill Avenue

Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm

@ Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Presented by Circle the City

Event details here>>


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Have 3 Minutes? Help Change Transportation In MA For Decades

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 29

from livablestreets

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Transportation funding opponents have been making their voices heard loud and clear, but legislators haven’t been hearing enough from supporters like you. If you haven’t called or written your legislators yet, NOW IS THE TIME!

More funding to transit, biking, and walking means more livable communities. It means safer, more convenient and affordable ways to get around our region. Safe streets that are enjoyable to use better support neighborhoods and business districts and make Boston a place that people want to live, work and play.

The House is crafting it’s transportation bill this week! It is vital that the amount of new revenue dedicated to transportation is sufficient and is part of a long-term plan, not just a short-term fix. Estimates of our state’s yearly transportation investment for the next generation range from $800 million to $1 billion.

Make your voice heard in the next week:

  1. Participate in #MATranspoTalk Twitter Town Hall on April 1, 12-1pm, this is your chance to ask questions and chat with transportation experts.
  2. Come to Transportation Day on the Hill on Tuesday, April 2 starting at 10 a.m. on the State House Steps.
  3. E-mail your legislators using our newly updated, easy-to-use template.
  4. Call your legislators to ask them for their support for a sufficient, long-term transportation funding plan, and if they are supportive, ask them to make their views known to the Speaker or Senate President.
We can’t afford not to do it. $1 billion may sounds like a lot of money, but without proper investment the estimated cost for failing to fix just the state’s highways alone, could total $26 billion by 2030.

 

Let your legislators know you support long-term transportation investments on the phone, by email and in person over the next week!
 
Sincerely,


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Livable Streets RFP For December Street Talk

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

LivableStreets Alliance Request for Proposal: Submission period open

Are you involved in transportation advocacy in your neighborhood, and have a story to tell? Have you spent time conducting transportation research that you’d like to present? Did you observe innovative transportation on a trip and have photographs and/or a film you would like to share? Are you innovating and starting the next transportation start-up? If you have a transportation story, we want to hear from you.

Tell your story to fellow community members, advocates, LivableStreets members, and transportation leaders at the LivableStreets December StreetTalk. StreetTalks are the LivableStreets Alliance’s monthly discussion series. They are a chance to learn about important issues and meet others in the community. Submit your proposal to be one of up to 10 presentations chosen.

Presentation details: Maximum 7 minute presentations using PowerPoint, film and/or speaking format.

Request for proposal: Submit a one-page summary of your story and include questions you will be raising and/or answering. If applicable, please include a selection of photographs, link to film, and how many times and to what audience your presentation has been given. Submit your proposal by midnight on November 14 to [email protected] Accepted proposals for December StreetTalk will be notified by November 23.

Event: Tuesday, December 13, 6-9 pm @ 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge
Not available to present on Dec 13? Please submit your ideas anyway, there will be more opportunities to present in 2012.

More Information:
[email protected]/ 617.621.1746/ www.livablestreets.info Good luck!


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LivableStreets Networking Night

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 20

good chance to meet other people in the bike advocacy/industry/whatever world.

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LivableStreets Networking Night
co-sponsored by local planning, public health, social change, and transportation groups
Wednesday, November 9, 5:30-7:30pm

@Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant, 903 Bolyston St, Boston
Free and open to the public.

Interested in Boston’s urban planning and design scene? Love thinking about how cities are shaped? Applying to graduate schools or looking to get involved in advocacy, government, engineering or consulting firms? Come meet people in the field and learn what’s happening in your backyard and how to get involved.

A unique networking opportunity. Schmooze with people from five different groups and fellow community members. Take advantage of this event to expand your social network. Become part of a growing community of people who want to make the Boston region a better place to live, work and play.

Convened by LivableStreets Alliance with Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), Planners Network Boston (PN), The Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH) & New England Insititute of Transportation Engineers (NEITE).

LivableStreets is your voice 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.

Invite friends on Facebook here
For more information email [email protected]


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

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    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt should be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
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    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 1 April 2, 2018
      TweetI didn’t think I was going to go for a bike ride on Easter Sunday.  As tends to be my habit, I ride less and less in the winter time and then find it hard to get back into the … Continue reading →
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    • Police Seek Driver Who Struck Cyclist In Hit And Run March 23, 2018
      Tweet Cambridge police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who allegedly struck a 14-year-old boy on the morning of March 15 and fled the scene. A silver Toyota Prius struck the boy around 7:22 a.m. that … Continue reading →
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    • Pewter Cast “Gem” Earrings March 9, 2018
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