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Bike Safety Forum Tomorrow! (Also Dot Ave Re-Design Meeting!)

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 22

From MassBike:

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MA Bike Safety Forum

 

Tomorrow, thanks to Senator Brownsberger and various advocacy groups, there is a public forum focused around interaction between cyclists and large vehicles. MassBike will be there, hosting one of many breakout discussion groups, with a focus on cyclist education. Join us at 6:00pm at 120 Tremont Street.

For more info and to submit your ideas and comments in advance, click here.


For our Southie members, tomorrow night is also a key meeting for the redesign of Dorchester Avenue! We encourage you to attend and share your comments in support of improved safety and bicycle infrastructure in this crucial corridor.

For additional information on this meeting, please click here.


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MassBike Moves It’s Offices

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

Massbike is getting some snazzy new digs!

From the email.

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We’re Moving!

Don’t worry – we’re not going far! On March 1 MassBike is heading down the block to 50 Milk Street and moving in to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), a co-working space with locations in Kendall Square and Downtown Boston. We are thrilled to be a part of an exciting and innovative environment and have invited other members of the advocacy community to join us. We want to forge stronger relationships between transportation advocacy groups in order to accomplish more. Our new office has tons of event space, so expect to see new discussion panels and events in 2016!

To go with a new office… Keep a lookout for other exciting news from MassBike! A new website is coming, Project 351, and more exciting events, partnerships, and initiatives throughout the year.

here is the press release they put out.

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Invites Local Transportation Advocates to Come Together in Shared Office

BOSTON, M.A..- (January 25, 2016) – On March 1 the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition will take an anchor position in a shared work environment with potentially other transportation advocacy leaders at the Cambridge Innovation Center at 50 Milk Street in downtown Boston. The CIC houses co-working space in Kendall Square and Boston. The long term goal of the co-working space is to create a hub of active and sustainable transportation advocacy.

With proximity to the State House, Boston City Hall, and the Department of Transportation the Cambridge Innovation Center is the ideal location to act as home-base for the crucial work that is done with government partners. The shared space will further develop the collaborative efforts within the community, increase MassBike’s ability to effectively pursue change and strengthen a unified voice.

MassBike will be an active and engaged member of the diverse CIC community, hosting various events and educational programming throughout the year. The multi-floor facility specializes in creating affordable shared space environments with event space, conference facilities and professional communication design.

“We want to put our team in an exhilarating environment alongside some of the best and brightest thought leaders. The long term goal is to make the collective bicycle lobby in Massachusetts the strongest in America. In short, we want to go to the zone defense,” said MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries.


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Key Bill Hearing TOMORROW!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 05

From MassBike:

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State House Hearings on Key Bike Bills – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the hearings before the Joint Committee on Transportation afford citizens the opportunity to speak for or against proposed legislation. So far, we’ve received excellent feedback from the hill at the overwhelming number of letters and e-mails that have been sent in support of these bills. For that, we thank you for your efforts!

For those of you who have yet to write your lawmakers – there is still time to make an impact! The deadline for written comment is the end of the day Wednesday, January 6th.

For a summary of the bills MassBike is advocating for, more info on how to get involved, and how to find your representatives read our blog here.

To read a full listing of the bills and hearings, click here: Mass. Joint Committee on Transportation

Those interested in testifying in support of these bills in person are urged to contact MassBike at [email protected].


Safer Streets in Brookline!

This Thursday January 7th Transportation Division staff will present the proposed bicycle improvement plan for the Beacon Street westbound (Marion to Westbourne Terrace) portion of the corridor. Following the presentation members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Transportation Board will take public comment on the proposed plans under consideration. No action will be taken by either Board on January 7th. Copies of the report and two alternative plans are available here.

Thursday, January 7, 7pm9pm

Brookline Town Hall

333 Washington Street, Selectmen’s Hearing Room, 6th Floor


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MassBike Weighs In On I-90 Intersection In Allston

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

From MassBike:

The deadline for comment on the Interstate 90 Interchange project in Allston was this past week. Below is the letter filed by MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries.

To Whom it May Concern,

I deeply appreciate the effort made to present a number of options and schemes to re-build the Interstate 90 interchange in Allston. The public hearings have likewise been informative and illuminating, for all parties involved.

While I applaud the addition of some bicycle and pedestrian accommodation I came away rather crestfallen. After discussion with several other advocates I had to check if indeed my reaction was on target.

The collective disappointment resonated with all concerned advocates.

The narrow corridor of the project affords several different options. I respect the constraints and the efforts to integrate a variety of modes there. I’ll defer to my colleagues at the Boston Cyclists Union, Boston Bikes, Livable Streets Alliance, WalkBoston and other neighborhood groups for their expertise there.

But the plans shown for the 100-plus acre wedge of land is what left me disappointed. This 20th Century paradigm of design is revelatory. The plan seems focused on throughput for automobiles first with bikes, pedestrians and transit wrapped around that as a distant second.

We have a chance here to go to the vanguard of 21st Century thought and put the active transportation plan into place first.

Of note is that less than 29 percent of 18-year-olds even have drivers’ licenses. We know that 17 percent of college students – those all-important job creators – in Massachusetts use bikes as their first choice of transportation and transit second. Within MetroBoston the number approaches 30 percent.

So here we are in Suffolk County, which alone has 26 colleges and universities, with a parcel of land between Harvard, Northeastern, Boston College and Boston University. All of these schools discourage students from bringing automobiles to campus.

And what do we do? We design something for Mr. Drysdale and his Cadillac in classic 1960s design.

At issue here is NOT whether we can get a share of the road; we have a blank canvas. At issue here is whether we can get a share of the engineer’s mind. A generation grew up watching Fred Flintstone stuck in traffic in the past and George Jetson stuck in traffic in the future. Can we not shatter this failed paradigm?

I reflect on this while we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future. Just 30 years ago we thought the future would be about moving through places faster.

But we missed it.

The future, with technology, social networking and mobile phones, turned out to be about slowing down and improving where we are at with each other.  Instead of rocketing AWAY from each other, we worked on improving the urban space we share WITH each other.

So let’s not make that mistake with this design. Change the paradigm.

What will our verse be when they revisit this design in 50 years?

Thank you,

Richard Fries


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Attend The MassBike Annual Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

From MassBike:

 

When: Thursday, December 3rd, 7pm

Where: Forge Baking Company, 626 Somerville Ave, Somerville

You are invited to the MassBike Annual Meeting to meet the staff, the board and hear Executive Director Richard Fries discuss the 2015 accomplishments and the 2016 ambitions.


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Support MassBike As It Fights For Vision Zero, Act Now!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

It’s a Crash, not an accident.

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MassBike is a part of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, a group that advocates for the implementation of Vision Zero across Massachusetts, working together with community organizations, non-profits, businesses, and individuals.

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, health, equitable mobility for all.

 


 

What is MassBike doing to support the Vision Zero effort?

There are 3 crucial bills that we have filed to protect bicyclists and pedestrians and there is still time to voice your support.The vulnerable users bill, the bike lane bill, and the crosswalk bill are imperative to improving safety on the road. To read more about these 3 bills and what they mean, click here. There is also a sample letter you can send!


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Run The Marathon To Support Cycling

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 21

MassBike got its hands on some Boston Marathon entries, which means you can run the marathon to support MassBike!

From MassBike:

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The John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program has generously awarded MassBike with non-qualified runner entries for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Each April, thousands of accomplished runners descend upon Boston to participate in the legendary Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious and renowned road racing events across the globe. As these runners take on the daunting physical challenge of the historic 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon, they will also each raise a minimum of $5,000 each to support MassBike’s work.

Starting today, MassBike will be accepting applications for 2 available team slots for the 2016 Boston Marathon for runners to join our team, Running to Ride.

The fundraising by this team will fuel efforts to improve conditions for bicycling in the Bay State. Working with lawmakers, schools, police, business leaders, and municipalities, MassBike is the voice for bicyclists throughout the state. With 4,000 members and growing, MassBike helped elevate Massachusetts in national bike friendly rankings to the number four position. Our runners will help Massachusetts climb to the top spot, making us a healthier and more prosperous place to live.

Want to help support MassBike while running the 2016 Boston Marathon? Submit an application no later than November 11th to be considered.

 

APPLY HERE


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Cycle Massachusetts Registration Closes July 15!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

I used to work for MassBike, they are a great group of folks, check out their awesome bike ride below.

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Have you heard about Cycle Massachusetts?

 

For years you may have known it as the Mass BikePike Tour – but after so much time explaining “no, we don’t ride on the Mass Pike!” the tour is getting a new name this summer!

The ride is during the 1st week of August, and you can ride anywhere from 2 to 7 days – it’s up to you. We explore a different part of Massachusetts each year – this year we start and finish in beautiful Northampton, MA. We’re very excited to be in such a fun town with fantastic riding to boot!  CycleMA is the Friendliest Ride in the East and we welcome everyone from super-mellow cyclists to hardcore cyclists. We do notice, however, that most of our riders feel like a day of riding isn’t complete without an ice cream stop or a post-ride beer.

The more time we spend perfecting this year’s routes, the more we realize just how

wonderful they are. Lots of beautiful rural scenery on

quiet roads, an occasional town, roadside ice cream stands, and farm stands that promise perfect peaches. There will be lots of fun activities ready for you, both on the road and in camp. NorthamptonGreenfield and Shelburne Falls are all planning their own special welcomes.

All our proceeds from the ride go to Massbike  – check out at www.cyclema.com!  Don’t delay – you only have until July 15th to register and join in the fun!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Dot Bike May Events! May 2, 2016
      TweetFrom Dot Bike: ————- Bikes are in bloom! With the celebration of Bay State Bike Week, Boston Bike to Work Festival and thereturn of the Hubway fleets May can feel like a burst of new energy for bicycling in Boston. Maybe you can … Continue reading →
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    • The 5th Annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride May 2, 2016
      TweetOne of the saddest parts of running this website is reporting about cyclist deaths, way back in 2012 we reported about that Christina Clarke Genco was struck and killed while making the world a better place.   But that tragic … Continue reading →
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    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
      TweetThe city council Unanimously approved the 20 mph speed limit, it now goes to the mayor, and then (strangely) to the state…stay tuned.
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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
      I have been making my own soap for a couple of years now, mostly as gifts for friends and family.  We have made all sorts of nice smelling, very good soaps, but something was missing.  I wanted a soap that was strong enough to blast off the various shop related gunk from my hands, but […]
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
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