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Support Cycle Tracks On The Arborway Feb 2nd

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 29

From the Boston Cyclist Union

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A rendering of a possible Bikeway for Everybody on The Arborway in Jamaica Plain. Rendering created by the Bike Union.

Since 2011, the Bike Union has helped lead local residents and other orgs to reconnect the Emerald Necklace for bicycles. Over the past 4 years, the coalition has successfully promoted an at-grade solution for the reconstruction for the Casey Overpass, and a buffered bike lane on Morton Street that now reaches halfway to Mattapan. One of the last remaining problems to solve is the connection between the Casey Arborway project and Jamaica Pond. Next week we have an opportunity to bridge one of the last gaps!The Arborway cycletrack discussions were sparked last year shortly after the #WinterBiker campaign created by the many neighborhood groups in the Bike Union’s Organizing Group took place. The momentum started by that campaign birthed the new Urban Paths & Parkways Committee at the Department for Conservation and Recreation, and then, due to an internal communication breakdown, the DCR’s maintenance crew painted inadequate bike infrastructure on the Arborway. This sparked a Bike Union letter campaign that asked the agency to remove the dangerous new bike facility to make space for a more thorough discussion of how this portion of the Arborway (from Eliot Street to South Street) could be made comfortable for cyclists. Now, the DCR is moving forward with that discussion!

There will be two public meetings for this project within one week. At the first (Feb. 2) the DCR will seek community input on what kind of bike facilities would work along the Arborway. This includes Kelly and Murray traffic circles. At the second (Feb. 5), the DCR will present alternatives and gather more input.

It is extremely important that the DCR hears from people like you who would prefer cycletracks on Mon., Feb. 2, and also that you or your friends or family also show up on Thurs., Feb. 5 to support the cycletrack alternative moving forward.

Show up, speak up for Bikeways for Everybody!

Arborway Bicycle Facilities Public Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2 6:30 to 8:30pm
and
Thurs., Feb. 5, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center/Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Boston


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Public Meetings On Mass. Transportation Planning And Investment

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 27

From the email:

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MassDOT is hosting a series of public meetings in Boston, Worcester, Amherst, Pittsfield, Dartmouth and Lynn, beginning on Wednesday, January 29, to get feedback on weMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance (WMM) and the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP).  Together, WMM and the CIP are responding to Transportation Reform and our customers’ need to create a safer and more effective transportation system. MassDOT welcomes your ideas and comments on the reports.

The meeting locations and dates are as follows:

Boston – Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Transportation Building, 2nd floor
10 Park Plaza

The Transportation Building can be reached by public transportation via the MBTA Green Line (Arlington and Boylston), MBTA Orange Line (Chinatown and Tufts Medical Center), Silver Line 4 and 5, and Bus Routes 9, 11, 43, and 55.

Worcester – Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Union Station, CMRPC Meeting Room (2nd floor)
2 Washington Square

Union Station can be reached by public transportation via MBTA Commuter Rail and WRTA Bus Routes 15, 16, 33, and 42.

Amherst – Monday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Bangs Community Center, Activity Room
70 Boltwood Walk

The Bangs Community Center is served by public transportation via PVTA Bus Routes Gold 30, Pink 31, G32, Blue 43, G45, and G46.

Pittsfield – Monday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Avenue

Dartmouth – Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
UMass Dartmouth, Law Building, Moot Court Room
333 Faunce Corner Road

Lynn – Monday, February 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Lynn City Hall, Council Chambers
3 City Hall Square

Lynn City Hall can be reached by MBTA Bus Routes 426, 429, 431, 435, 436, 441, 442, 455, 456, 459, and MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport Line).

weMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance (WMM) is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The report summarizes MassDOT’s new approach to multimodal capital planning and the use of scenario planning. The Planning for Performance tool can be used to calculate the performance outcomes resulting from different funding levels available to MassDOT. The WMM tool also begins to incorporate MassDOT’s important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, into the capital planning process.  In the future, MassDOT will use the tool to update and refine investment priorities. The performance tool also allows our customers and stakeholders to understand the impacts of investment or disinvestment in our transportation system

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/22/Docs/WWM_Planning_for_Performance.pdf

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP): The $12.4 billion CIP program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The plan makes investments across the entire state, is flexible and spends wisely while creating thousands of jobs over the next several years.

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/infoCenter/docs_materials/cip_FY14_FY18.pdf

MassDOT welcomes your comments on the two documents.  You can send comments to Scott Hamwey at MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Room 4150, Boston, MA, 02116; or[email protected].


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Public Meeting On Cambridge Street Overpass In Allston

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 15

If you have ever ridden over this beast you know it could be better, see below for details on how you can make your voice heard!

from the email, thanks Paola for the tip!

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You may have heard that a group of community advocates in Allston have been mobilizing to help improve the Cambridge Street Overpass, which is scheduled for MassDOT work. A public hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm at the Jackson Mann Community Center. Please share this with your subscribers and help us get signatures and encourage submission of separate comments demanding better pedestrian and cycling facilities in our neighborhood.  You can find our letter and more information about the project and how to get involved here: www.tinyurl.com/CambridgeStreet


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Southie Bikes Response To Canceled Bike Lane Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 12

Got this in the email from Southie Bikes:

 

It has always been the position of Southie Bikes to listen to the constructive feedback from the people in the neighborhood. We received plenty of great ideas for how to make bike lanes work well in Southie, and we look forward to incorporating those ideas into the design going forward. There is more work to be done, and given Boston’s rapidly changing political landscape the meeting will be deferred to a future date.

Planet Southie, Southie Bikes, Chamber of Commerce, and City Councilor Bill Linehan have more work to do toward common understanding.

Ride safe everyone! Southie Bikes

Which sounds to me like someone (can’t say who from this limited info), is putting a monkey wrench into this process. I think we can safely assume that its not the bike advocates, so you know, do your own detective work.

Either way as some readers of this website have pointed out, this process is probably better than what happened in Charlestown where the lanes were put in, taken out, and put in again…  This town is full to the brim with cyclists these days, and one way or another its pretty clear that cycling infrastructure is the future.  Lets just hope this whole mess gets sorted out sooner rather than later.

No one should be afraid of public input on projects, hopefully at some point this meeting happens.


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Broadway Bike Lane Public Meeting Canceled

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 12

This is strange, seems the public meeting has been canceled.   Anyone know why they would do something like this?  Me thinks something must be up.

 

Notice from the city below:

 

West Broadway – Canceled
The public meeting about possible bike lanes on West Broadway has been canceled. Neighborhood groups, businesses and elected officials will continue to meet and discuss the possible expansion of bike lanes in South Boston. We thank everyone for their participation and input, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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Go Tell The City You Want Cycle Tracks Around The Public Garden

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 22

Seems like a pretty awesome proposal, and will create a much more bike friendly Down-Town.

 

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From the cities website:

 

Click here to view the full public meeting notice.

Relative to a conceptual plan for a cycle track and intersection improvements around the Public Garden on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

Presentation by the City of Boston
Wednesday September 18, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Firehouse at 127 Mount Vernon Street

The concept plan envisions a two-way cycle track along the streets around the Public Garden including intersection improvements.

What are cycle tracks? Cycle tracks are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists, physically protected from motor vehicle traffic. The cycle tracks will be at street grade, separate from the sidewalk, and marked with paint or thermoplastic.  Parked cars and/or flexible bollards will separate cyclists from the moving vehicles.

Why install cycle tracks? The proposed two-way cycle track is a key component of the City’s Bike Network Plan, which seeks to provide safe, protected routes throughout the City, encouraging all residents to bicycle, from children to senior citizens. The proposed two-way cycle track would provide a path-like facility connecting the Charles River Path to existing and proposed on-street facilities in the network. The existing one-way street pattern requires bicyclists to ride significantly out of their way, against traffic, or on the sidewalk to make important connections.

What about safety?  Cycle tracks in other cities have been shown to:

  • Increase ridership;
  • Decrease sidewalk riding;
  • Decrease crashes; and
  • Reduce speeds.

What are the project limits? The bike facilities being discussed will be on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street around the Public Garden.

Will parking or traffic be impacted?  Parking and traffic modifications will be discussed at this meeting.

Contact: Nicole Freedman, City of Boston, (617) 918-4456 [email protected]


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Speak Up At Rutherford Ave Public Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 30

From Livable Streets:

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Thursday, December 6

5:30-6:15pm Pre-meeting open house with Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition

@ Stove Factory Gallery & Studios, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown

6:30-8:30pm Public meeting

@ Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford Street, Charlestown

 

This public meeting is the most important meeting since the Rutherford Ave/ Austin Street planning process began in 2008. Your presence and willingness to express support for Surface Option at the Austin Street Intersection is very important. The surface option will provide a safer, and more livable street and neighborhood for Charlestown residents. Attend this meeting and let Boston Transportation Department know what you think.

Attend the Pre-meeting open house, hosted by the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition, for the opportunity to review drawings, ask questions, and meet other supporters of the Surface Option.


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Fore River Bridge Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

If you ever do any riding south of the city, you should check this out, from the email. Thanks Sandra.

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We need as many cyclist “voices” as possible to come to the Fore River Bridge Design Hearing on Feb 9

–OR– offer comments.

25% Design Public Hearing for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project. The hearing will be held on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium in Weymouth. The middle
school is located at 89 Middle Street in Weymouth, behind Weymouth Town Hall.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: Michael O’Dowd, Project File No. 604382. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to [email protected]

Thanks!


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