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Register Today For Upcoming Bikeable Communities Training In Somerville

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 27

From MassBike:
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Do you ride in Somerville and want to make our roads safer for biking, but don’t know where to start? Or are you already involved in local projects, but want to become more effective? Sign up today for the two-part Bikeable Communities Training, sponsored by Shape Up Somerville and Mass in Motion.

 

This is a great opportunity for the concerned, engaged citizen who wants to create changes to better bicycling infrastructure and safety in Somerville. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to participate in Part I to participate in Part II.)
Part I: Plugging Into The Process

Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Somerville Police Dept.
220 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

This training will focus on the decision making process in how streets are built and maintained, and explains how to most effectively engage in that process as a local resident. Participants will walk away with a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” when getting involved in local projects.

 

Part II: Policies, Programs, and Project Solutions

Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
12A Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

The Part II training will focus on specific policies, programs and infrastructure projects that support safer, more comfortable bicycling. You are not required to attend the “Part I” training to participate. Participants will walk away with a checklist of infrastructure, programs and policies that support safer bicycling.

 

RSVP for Part I and Part II at [email protected]. For more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact the same email address.


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Cycle Tracks Vs Parking Spaces: False Argument Continues In Somerville

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 23

The Boston Globe got it slightly wrong with its “Cycle Tracks Vs Parking Spaces” Headline, mostly because there is no reason that both can’t coexist. Assuming you reduce lane widths, lower speed limits, and in general design streets for people and not cars. Parking spaces can even be integral parts of cycle tracks. So called parking buffered, or parking separated tracks use parked cars to protect cyclists from traffic.

During peak commuting times, over 300 bicycles travel Somerville’s Beacon Street an hour, making it Greater Boston’s busiest cycling corridor. It’s also considered to be the most dangerous in the state, with 154 bicycle accidents in the Inman Square area between 2002 and 2010, according to a state Department of Transportation report.

The street is riddled with potholes, and in certain areas cyclists are frequently exposed to the danger of being “doored:” struck by an opening door of a parked vehicle. But despite the dangers, it has become increasingly popular as a direct bicycle route from Porter Square to Kendall Square.

Using a combination of federal and state grants, Somerville and state transportation planners have devised a $5.5 million project aimed at addressing safety issues and making the street more bike-oriented. It will reconstruct 1.1 miles of Beacon — from Oxford Street to the Cambridge city line, including creating a cycle track, which separates bicycle traffic with a barrier dividing it from cars — and give cyclists their own traffic signals.

City officials and proponents say the plan will enhance bicycle safety without impacting vehicle traffic. But it has become a divisive issue as some residents and business owners have objected to the sacrifice of parking spaces to make room for the cycle track. As currently drawn up, the plan will eliminate about 100 street parking spaces.

But if you MUST eliminate parking spaces in order to increase the number of cyclists, local business owners should be happy. Increased cycling and pedestrian traffic (a side effect of designing streets for people and not cars) leads to more business.

I know people get upset when there is change, but they should relax. Other cities (in fact many many other cities) have implemented these changes before. In almost every case they found that lessening traffic, reducing parking, and generally making streets more people friendly led to higher property values, less pollution, increased business, and happier residents.

We are not re-inventing the wheel here, we are following the example of decades of European (and to a lesser extent American) city planning research. These designs have been tested in lots of places, they work and Somerville should be commended for installing them.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition Sleigh Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

Got this in the mail, looks like a great way to give back and still go for a ride.  Hope it doesn’t rain!

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This ride will start Tuesday night at 6 pm in front of the Independent in Union Square..   They are asking for a minimum $10 donation.

Short Summary

We are a group of bike lovers in and around Somerville, MA. This holiday season, we’re teaming up to bike for a purpose: to bring holiday cheer to homeless and underprivileged children in Somerville.

The Somerville Sleigh Ride

On the evening of Tuesday, December 18th, we are hosting a holiday-themed charity ride through the streets of Somerville. Suggested donation for the ride is $10-$20 (no one turned away).

We will bike through the streets of Somerville dressed up as elves, reindeer, etc, with a pedicab sleigh, and Santa! We’re going to have a lot of fun. There will be caroling throughout the city.

And with the funds raised here on indiegogo and through participants of the ride, we will purchase gifts for homeless and underprivileged children, our neighbors, right here in Somerville.

We’re hoping to provide for as many as 30 kids this year. (30 x 20 = 600!) Your contributions will make this possible. We simply couldn’t do this without your help.

What We Need & What You Get

We need to raise a minimum of $200 for our first Sleigh Ride to be a success. But we want to hit this one out of the ballpark.

The more money we raise, the more kids we can provide for, and the quality of gifts will increase, too. Every little bit counts.

And any and all extra funds raised will go directly to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

You will get an email update from us after the ride with photos, but more importantly, you’ll get the satisfaction of helping children in need.

The Impact

We are helping to bring smiles, toy trucks, footie pajamas, fuzzy slippers, etc., to kids in need in our neighborhood! What could be better than that?

Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the word about the ride!

If you’re in the Boston area, join us on Tuesday, December 18th, from 6-9pm. (RSVP to the Facebook event, here or follow us on Twitter.)

Many thanks to you, and Happy Holidays!

-The Lead Elves of the Somerville Sleigh Ride


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Do You Support Cycletracks On The Full Length Of Becon St In Somerville?

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

If you want to see cycle tracks on Beacon street in Somerville click here.

I support installing a cycletrack on the full length of Beacon Street in Somerville!

I believe the community can work together to find creative ways to preserve parking for businesses and residents by improving parking regulations and sharing Beacon Street’s many parking lots, and thus be able to install a cycletrack that will help reduce cyclist injuries.

Full petition here.


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Volunteer For Somerville Event, Ride Your Bike, Get In Free!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 11

got this in the email, great way to trade some bike hauling for free entry especially if you like food…which what cyclist doesn’t?!

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Unleash your inner bike messenger!

The East Somerville Main Streets Foodie Crawl is an amazing event – over a dozen restaurants up and down Broadway are opening their doors in a massive “open house” tasting party.  The event is on September 18th from 6 to 8 PM and we are expecting a big crowd.

I am organizing the volunteers – since the restaurant route is about a half-mile, I know the easiest way to get around these short distances is by bike.  So I’m recruiting 4 “runners” who can help move things around.

If you are interested in taking a shift, they are from 4:30-6, 5:30-7, and 7 to 8:30.  You’ll need helmet, front and rear lights, and a messenger bag or pannier.  You’ll get a volunteer t-shirt and free admission to the rest of the event.

Please contact me directly at [email protected] if you are interested. And tell your friends – it’s a great event and a great deal – just $25 and it includes a dessert after-party.
http://www.eastsomervillemainstreets.org/foodiecrawl.htm


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SPOKES 2012: A Somerville Bike Fest

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 17

Ride, repair and relish in Somerville’s bicycle culture! SPOKES 2012 will feature free bike maintenance workshops, bicycle goods, info on bike activism/awareness, bike art and more. The evening will be topped off with an outdoor “bike-in movie” screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure complete with snacks/dinner available from food carts. Come share your love of all things bicycle and all things Somerville!

When: Saturday, September 8th [5-9pm]
Where: Union Square Plaza, Somerville

3:00-5:00pm: The Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead a “Tasting Tour of Somerville”. Donation of $10-20 per bike, with all proceeds to benefit The Welcome Project (http://www.welcomeproject.org/). RSVP to [email protected] to hold your spot (20 bike maximum).

5:00-7:00pm: Workshops, vendors, cool stuff.

7:30-9:00pm: Free screening of “PeeWee’s Big Adventure”/picnic blankets encouraged.

9:00pm: S.C.U.L. invites civilian bike craft to come along for a post-event night ride through the city. There will be music.

SPOKES 2012 is brought to you by ArtsUnion and the Somerville Arts Council. To participate or for more info email: [email protected].


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Livable Streets E-Lert: It’s Time To Do Something On May 31

Written by Boston Biker on May 24

from Livable Streets

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Would you rather live, work, and play next to this?

 

Do you live in or near Somerville and have to walk, bike, take transit, or drive through the McGrath Corridor to get to work, class, or do errands?   

 

For more than a year, we have been re-envisoning what the corridor could look like. Today we have the opportunity to change one important part, the McCarthy Overpass. Now is the time to take action!

On Thursday, May 31st, there will be a public meeting about the McCarthy Overpass. We need you to attend and speak up!

Or this?

 

Thursday, May 31st, 6-8 pm @ Argenziano School Cafetorium, 290 Washington St, Somerville. Come early between 4:30-6:00 pm for the LivableStreets McCarthy Overpass meet up to learn more about the Remove McGrath Campaign from LivableStreets Ambassadors and neighborhood groups.

 

MassDOT could repair the McCarthy Overpass section of the McGrath Highway as a temporary fix, keeping a dangerous highway that acts as barrier in place for at least another 10 years. Or MassDOT could spend the $11 million to remove the highway

Or this?

and reconnect Somerville neighborhoods and business districts. Watch this video to find out what people are saying about the McCarthy Overpass.

 

LivableStreets supports the removal of the McCarthy Overpass along the McGrath Highway. Instead of a highway bisecting Somerville, LivableStreets advocates for neighborhood streets which provide safe, convenient access for all road users.  

Whether you are a commuter or a community member, speak up in support of the removal of the McCarthy Overpass.

 

What can you do?

Read our Citizen Information Handout to learn more

 

Attend the May 31 public meeting and speak up.

4:30-6:00 pm LivableStreets meet up

6:00-8:00 pm Public Meeting

 

Learn more. Read our Citizen Information Handout with talking points for the meeting.

 

Share. Forward this e-lert to 5 or more friends, colleagues, family members, and neighbors to spread the word. Invite friends to the public meeting on Facebook here >>> 

 

Support the campaign. Livablestreets has launched the Remove McGrath Campaign to re-envision the McGrath Highway Corridor to make our communities more connected and livable. Become a member or make donation today to support the campaign. We are your advocate for better biking, walking, and public transit.

 

See you May 31.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jackie Douglas                Kara Oberg                     Steven Nutter

Executive Director           Program Coordinator        Advocacy Committee member


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Somverville Bicycle Committee Bike Commute Breakfast

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 26

Got this in the email, looks like a blast, oh bike week how I love thee!

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