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Newton Wont Install Bike Lanes To Make The Roads Safer Because The Roads Are Too Dangerous In Newton

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

This is sort of what I used to hear about kids walking and biking to school…”We can’t let our kids walk and bike to school there is too much traffic near the school.” Why is there traffic near the school…because all the parents dropping their kids off at school.  This is like electing republicans who say that government can’t work, and to prove it they are going to destroy government.

Circular arguments for everyone!

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so narrow!

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such small tiny lanes

such small tiny lanes

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how will we possibly fit a bike lane here?!

how will we possibly fit a bike lane here?!

Area in question runs from Rt 30 to Otis Street. The "dangerous" section Babcock referred to is from Mill to Elm ie high school

Area in question runs from Rt 30 to Otis Street. The “dangerous” section Babcock referred to is from Mill to Elm ie high school

by the way this discussion started 2+ years ago…so this even though the choice they made is probably the wrong one, they did it in record slow time….what I am trying to say here is the whole thing was done in the worst way possible. Wait that might be harsh, what I really mean is that Newton doesn’t understand how to create integrated and safe streets for all residents. If you live and bicycle in Newton you might want to go to a couple of these transportation meetings and let them know how poor of a job they are doing.


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Newton Bike Tour

Written by Boston Biker on May 09

Looks like fun:

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Sunday June 8, 2 PM — Meet in the parking lot at the Duck Feeding Area on Norumbega Road in Weston, across the river from the Marriott Hotel for a Historic Newton Bike Tour Ride with Larry Finison, author ofBoston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900. Discover where the 1890s cyclists went and what they did in the Charles River Lakes District. Explore how they raced, toured, steam-boated, and picnicked… and then took the train home. Learn about some famous Newton cyclists as well on this leisurely 2 hour ride. Free. Helmet required.


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Help Newton Draw Up Their Bike Master Plan

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 16

Got this in the email, if you can give them a hand please do!

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Next Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm in the cafeteria of Newton City Hall the Newton Bicycle Advisory Committee in conjunction with MassGIS and others will be hosting a mapping workshop to geocode parking data for Newton.  This data will be used for an algorithm under development by a former Northeastern Engineering student that ranks bicycle routes based on a number of factors and compares them to a base line of bicycle comfort levels.  This ranking will be used to evaluate current Bicycle Master Plan routes and identify ways to make them more comfortable and appealing (separation, eliminate parking, lower speeds etc.)

It will also be used by the city and integrated into their GIS data. We would love to have anybody interested in mapping or cycling to attend. Editing will be via OpenStreets Map and training will be provided by MassGIS.  A laptop or tablet with wifi is all that is needed. We will have food for the evening so need RSVP’s if possible using the following link: http://bit.ly/LgCyvE more information can be found here: http://village14.com/netwon-ma/2014/01/newton-mapping-party/

 

Contact John for more info:

John Pelletier
[email protected]


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Newton Bike Update (Tonight)

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 17

from the email, check it out if you are in the Newton area:

The Second Annual Newton Bicycle Update will have all the details:
Monday, June 17, 6-7 pm,
War Memorial Auditorium, City Hall
(Psst–last year the City got an Honorable Mention from the League of
American Bicyclists. Surprise annoucement on Monday!)

Newton Bicycle Coordinator Lois Levin will be joined by Mayor Setti Warren,
members of the Board of Aldermen, city Transportation Director Bill Paille,
Police Chief Howard Mintz, and the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

They will highlight Newton’s new bicycle lanes, describe Newton’s
bicycling safety education programs, review crash statistics and enforcement
activities, and the city’s efforts to encourage more bicycling.

Having adopted a comprehensive Bicycle Network Plan in 2012, the City has
created separated bicycle lanes along Beacon Street, Centre Street, Langley
Road and Walnut Street. This year, the City expects to expand the network by
improving safety on the Carriage Road of Commonwealth Avenue, and add shared
lanes on Lowell Ave and Webster Street. Bicycling is steadily increasing in
Newton because of these efforts.

The Bicycle Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of the Transportation
Advisory Group, formed by Mayor Warren to help advance his vision of a
sustainable Newton. The TAG works to make Newton’s streets safe and healthy
for all residents.


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Newton’s First Annual Walk/Bike Week

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 17

From the email:

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Come celebrate Newton’s first annual Walk Bike Week, Friday, Sept. 28 – Wednesday, Oct. 3, and discover all the ways that Newton can be walked or biked, and see how we can improve our shared spaces, making Newton even more livable.

The week, starting with a rewarding commute to work on Friday for all who walk, bike or ride the T, and ending with International Walk to School Day involves dozens of community groups, many of Newton’s most walkable neighborhoods, and hundreds of volunteer hours.

There are charity events, street openings, scenic walks, and even a bicycle repair workshop. All are free and open to all.

Details below and updated regularly on the city calendar at:
newtonma.gov/gov/executive/walkbikeweek.asp


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The Word On The Street

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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
      TweetIt shoudl 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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      Liam
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 1 April 2, 2018
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