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In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 03

Got this great update from Lynn:

 

Hi all,
I was able to attend the Greenway Council Meeting in Mattapan last night and there are lots of project updates for the Trail/Greenway area as well as notes on the TTOR (The Trustees of Reservations) / BNAN merger and leadership transitions.
1) Neponset Spring Ride is ON! Saturday, April 4, 2015: Spring along the Neponset River
Meet at the parking lot at Pauls’s Bridge off Brush Hill Rd. in Milton at 10:00 am for a ride down the Neponset River and along Boston Harbor to Castle Island and back on existing and future trails. Email Jessica Mink j[email protected] for additional info.
2) Bike racks will be installed at Pope John Paul II Park as soon as the snow has thawed.
3) The bridge at Central Ave. (current Southern terminus of Neponset Trail) is currently under repair. A detour is in place and repairs are expected to be completed within 2 weeks.
5) BNAN’s Program Director Candice Cook will no longer be facilitating the Greenway meetings as she is taking a new job in Somerville. Conrad Crawford (formerly with the DCR, now Regional Director for TTOR) was in attendance at the meeting. He said he would attend meetings as often as possible, but could not confirm that TTOR would be providing a direct replacement for Candice (her job is being split into 3 separate positions within TTOR). He lives in East Cambridge and is an avid cyclist. (Conrad’s Email: [email protected]).
6) UPDATES ON GREENWAY PROJECT from Stella Lensing (DCR):
Segment I (Martini to Neponset Valley Pkwy)
- Neponset Trail from Granite Ave. to Shawmut Junction will be paved with bituminous asphalt this Spring. The contractor will be starting as soon as all of the snow has thawed. Detour will be until project is completed by the end of May.
- There was discussion about additional traffic enforcement at the Granite Ave. pedestrian stoplight.  DCR is looking into adding additional signage near 93 off-ramp to warn vehicles of crosswalk.
Segment 2 (Central Ave to Mattapan Sq)
**PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY 4/13** 7-8:30PM. Foley Senior Residences Dining Room 249 River St. Mattapan
DCR will present plans for construction. The public meeting presentation and other related materials will be viewable after the meeting on the DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings
- Construction to begin this month (Ryan Playground – Mattapan), S & R Corp. has trailers on site. Project completion 18-24 mos.
- Lee Toma of Milton Bikes reported that the design is now complete for a new Mattapan Sq. Crossing on Rt. 28/ Blue Hill Ave. (Detailed plans can be found on the DPW Town of Milton Engineering page)
- Port Norfolk Park construction to begin after site visits this month
Segment 3 (Victory Rd. to Morrissey Blvd. – Nat’l Grid/ rainbow gas tank)
- Construction access agreement has been reached. DCR is going to survey the site with design complete by 6/30.
Segment 4 (Tenean Beach to Victory Rd)
- Land is not DCR property, belongs to MassDOT. Due to MassDOT employee transitions DCR has yet to find the proper contact and will need to “reopen discussions”.
- Currently there are no funds for the design on this part of the trail.
7) April 25th is Mass. Parks Serve Day – there are beach clean ups happening in Savin Hill and Quincy River Walk. More info at Neponset.org or DCR website.
8) The Trustees of Reservation are currently seeking seasonal (Youth Crew Leaders) and year-round employees. See ttor.org for more info.
Happy Spring!
Lynn

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Bicycling in Brookline Where Are We? Where Should We Go?

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 16

If you live/bike in Brookline you should be going to this!

From the email:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
Meeting Room, Coolidge Corner Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline

Brookline has made many bicycle safety and infrastructure improvements in recent years, but there is still much to be done to make bicycling safe for all. There are also conflicts among users of the public roads and sidewalks that can be addressed through respectful discussion.

Join Town officials as they review recent town activities affecting bicycling, summarize Brookline’s Green Routes Bicycle Network Plan, describe education and enforcement to improve public safety and balance the needs of users of all modes of transportation. Open facilitated discussion will follow.

Add your voice and ideas on what should happen next for Bicycling in Brookline.

Presentations and Discussion with

Scott Cassel, Moderator

Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
Cynthia Snow, Chair

Brookline Transportation Board
Joshua Safer, Chair

Brookline Transportation Department
Todd Kirrane, Transportation Administrator

Brookline Police Department
Lt. Philip Harrington


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Mt. Vernon Street Design Community Meeting Tonight!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

From the email, if you cycle down this stretch, or even if you just care about cycling being represented in the design process show up!  Democracy only works if you participate.
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Please join us for the next community meeting–Wednesday, November 5th–to review and discuss the
proposed preliminary design for Mt. Vernon Street on Columbia Point.
The proposed design incorporates many of the ideas and concerns that we heard from you in community meetings back in March and May.
Please come view the design and let us know what you think!

Details below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Tad Read and Corey Zehngebot, BRA

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John (Tad) Read, Senior Planner III, AICP 

Columbia Point Master Plan | Mt. Vernon Street Redesign

Urban Ring | South Station Master Plan

Urban Agriculture Rezoning | Allston Interchange Task Force

North Allston Community Wide Plan (Transportation) |

Accelerated Bridge Repair Program (Charles River)

Boston Redevelopment Authority

One City Hall Square, 9th Floor

Boston, Massachusetts  02201-1007

T 617.918.4264

F 617.367.6087

e-mail:  [email protected]

bostonredevelopmentauthority.org


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March 28 Meeting – Economic Development, Bike Paths And Livable Complete Streets

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 18

Got this in the email, looks like it could be interesting:

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Hi all

We have a good meeting coming up on March 28 at the Needham Library
There will be several rail trails from local towns, Joe Hattrup from Iron Horse, and a guest speaker from Somerville will talk about the good things happening there (please see the attached meeting agenda)
Hope you and the other selectmen and economic development folks can join, should be a good meeting. Please pass this along to your respective groups.
We have a guest essay in today (Sunday’s) Boston Globe — Metrowest edition for Newton Needham Dover and Medfield
Looks like a good topic to query the prospective candidates for office in the upcoming elections  ;-)
Hope to see you the 28th !
Thanks

2013.03.28 Needham Somerville Iron Horse


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Needham Rail Trail Monthly Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 19

From the email:
What:    Needham Rail Trail Greenway Monthly Meeting
When:   Thursday February 21  2013 from 7:30 to 9 PM 
Where:  Community Room in the Needham Library, 1139 Highland Avenue Needham MA 02494
Topics:
  • Monthly meeting with special guest Steven E. Miller of the Livable Streets Alliance and Harvard School of Public Health. Steve will discuss the proposed “Green Routes” in metro Boston, to plan and fund a network of low stress bike paths to provide a safe alternative to connect homes, work, shopping and recreation destinations.
  • Also, we will discuss Rail Trail, Bicycle and Pedestrian planning in Needham, Newton and Dover and provide an update on meetings we have had with the Needham Heights Neighborhood Association, Planning Board and Council on Aging.
  • Open meeting, everyone is welcome !
WHAT IS A GREEN LANE?  from http://greenlaneproject.org

  • A green lane is more than just paint on the pavement.
  • A green lane is a statement about how we experience our communities.
  • Green lanes are next-generation bikeways being built on streets across the country, from San Francisco to New York City, from Minneapolis to Miami and from Long Beach to Pittsburgh. Green lanes are dedicated, inviting spaces for people on bikes in the roadway. They are protected from motor vehicles by curbs, planters, posts, or parked cars. They are separated from sidewalks. Some are painted green. The lanes are carefully engineered with rigorous attention to safety, efficiency, and ease of travel for all street users.
  • A green lane is a name for a growing family of modern bikeways—inspired by decades of experience in European cities and adapted to meet the unique needs of American streets.
  • Green lanes go by many different names. Sometimes they’re called cycle tracks. Other terms used are protected bike lanes, traffic-separated bike lanes, and buffered bike lanes. There are many variations in design and function, but these facilities share a common purpose—offer convenient, comfortable, and safe places for people from ages 8 to 80 to travel by bike.
  • A green lane is a visible reminder of a city’s commitment to make its streets safer and more accessible for everyone.
  • A green lane is a leap forward in bicycle transportation, designed to meet the evolving needs of American cities. Green lanes benefit everyone who uses the streets: people in cars and on foot know where to expect bicycles. More people on bikes eases congestion. When people ride bikes, they are healthier, and they save money.
  • A green lane network, interconnected with traditional bike lanes and paths, low-speed streets, and other improvements such as bike boxes, bicycle-specific traffic signals, and bike-sharing systems, is integral to a truly multi-modal city where people enjoy a variety of ways to get around. These cities attract the talented residents, innovative businesses, and enthusiastic visitors that support a vibrant economy.
  • Green lanes are not just color on the street. They are paths to better cities.
Website:              http://www.needhamrailtrail.org

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Casey Overpass Meeting Location Change

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

From the email.

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Don’t miss this important meeting!

Monday, November 21

5:30-6:00pm Open House | 6:00-8:30pm
Public Information Meeting

William Hinton Laboratory-Auditorium,

305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 map>>

This will be the next-to-last public meeting and will present to the public at large the two alternatives from which a final solution must be chosen to go forward into the 25% design phase. As such, it is the most critical meeting in the process so far as it provides the forum for the general public to voice opinion on the two alternatives to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Here is a chance to redefine Forest Hills as not just a place that traffic passes through or a terminus for the MBTA but also as a vital community within Jamaica Plain.

We encourage you to show your support for the at-grade solution and attend the meeting if possible. We also ask that you spread the word about the meeting and let others know how important an issue this is for parks of the Emerald Necklace.

If you cannot attend the meeting, we urge you to send a comment letter in support of reconnecting the Emerald Necklace to:

John Romano at MassDOT ([email protected]) and copy [email protected] and your State Representative.


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DCR Public Meeting About Neponset River Trail

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 17

from the email, if you live/ride in this area go and tell them you want these trails connected!

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Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Commonwealth of Massachusetts

PUBLIC MEETING on the NEPONSET RIVER TRAIL

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Foley Senior Residences Dining Room
249 River Street, Mattapan

At the meeting, DCR will discuss, and solicit public input on, DCR’s recommended alternative to link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade, from Central Avenue in Milton to Blue Hill Avenue in Boston.

If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email [email protected]


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Casey Overpass Meeting Tonight

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

From JP Bikes

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At this meeting (note the new location), the team and the working group will present four “ideas” for what could replace the overpass, one of which includes a redesigned overpass, while the other three are at-grade surface options with no overpass. It is important to note that these are “ideas” in that they haven’t been fleshed out with respect to deep analysis of traffic or transit impacts nor may they address all of the concerns of the many interested parties in this process. They also currently are not shown with bike or pedestrian accommodations so clearly they are not finished designs. They are simply sketches of alternate road configurations to generate comments and deeper thinking. That said, it is exciting to visualize potentially workable configurations and the possibilities for the neighborhood that may follow. If you just want a quick look at the ideas, you can just come for the open house from 6-6:30, but the presentation itself will be more informative. Presentations are always posted on the website at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass/.

Meeting details:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:00-6:30 PM – Open House
6:30-8:30 PM – Public Information Meeting
English High School Auditorium
144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


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