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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:


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 !

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
  • 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 !

  • 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.

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Casey Overpass Meeting Location Change

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

From the email.


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!


Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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


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

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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Public Meeting On Bike Lanes In Boston, Tonight!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 14

Sorry been away from the computer for a couple of days, last minute notice but you should still get to this meeting and tell them you want more bike infrastructure!


Meeting to assess interest in bike lanes on Mass Ave from the Harvard Bridge to the Symphony area.

Boston Public Library, Main Branch
(700 Boylston Street, Boston)
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

edit here is more info from JP bikes

Reminder: meeting to gauge public support for bike lanes between symphony and Harvard (Mass Ave) bridge

Please come to this meeting and bring as many people as possible. Even if (or especially if) you can’t get into the room, your presence will be a strong message of support for bike accomodation on this busy stretch of road. This meeting is for anyone concerned, not just cyclists, so overwhelming numbers of cyclists is key. The meeting is at the central branch of the Boston Public Library, near Copley Square, at 7 pm.

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Mass Ave, Arlington Public Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

Another Meeting from Livable Streets Alliance, Mass Ave in Arlington could really use some bicycle lanes, show up and show your support.



Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm

@ Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington

Mass Ave, East Arlington
EALS simulation of improvements

WHAT: MassDOT will be holding the 25% Design Public Hearing for the Mass Ave Arlington Project (from Cambridge City Line to Pond Lane), and it is the last big opportunity for the public to express their views about the project.


LIVABLESTREETS POSITION: strongly supports the proposed design, which includes wider sidewalks, bike lanes, new and improved crosswalks, and clearly defined travel lanes, all while serving the current and projected traffic volumes. These improvements will result in a street that is safer and more appealing for all modes of transportation.


We urge folks who use Mass Ave to attend this meeting and speak in support of the proposed design. Your voice is critical at this time!

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Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

Got this from Livable Streets Alliance.  The Longfellow is a major cycling route, show some support for better cycling infrastructure.


Monday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 pm
@ Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston

WHAT? Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is holding a public meeting regarding the Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project. MassDOT is preparing to submit an updated Environmental Assessment to the Federal Highway Administration this Spring, which will include the recommendations of the Task Force that met in the Summer of 2010.

WHY GO? We have achieved a more open, transparent process, and temporary improvements to the sidewalks entering Charles Circle/MGH, but now is the time to speak up about final designs! LivableStreets encourages the public to attend and support designs that allocate more space to pedestrians and bicyclists than the bridge does currently.

BACKGROUND: The Longfellow Bridge is one of six Charles River bridges undergoing full reconstruction in the coming years as part of the State Accelerated Bridge program. LivableStreets started the Better Bridges Campaign to ensure that in addition to structural repairs, improvements for people on the bridges are part of each project. We are advocating for bicycle lanes, safer crossings, access to parklands, bridge underpasses, and improved transit connections.

For more information about the Better Bridges Campaign, click here

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