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An interesting proposal for improving the streets of Somerville. From the email.
Dear Somerville Cyclists,
Somerville has approved a Neighborways program. Neighborways use paint and planters to create a hybrid playground/bike/ walk street. While City approved, funding and implementation is completely up to we-the-people. We hope to execute a substantial pilot in the next three weeks (before Labor Day). Our first big event is an amazing street painting this Saturday. We could really use some help this weekend and beyond:
Painters! If you’ve done any house painting and know how wield a brush we could use you. If you have experience painting murals, we will worship the ground you walk on (maybe can drum up a stipend for a muralist if you know one). Our first mural will hopefully be painted this Saturday (weather permitting).
Neighborhorways porch-presenters. Our model is to get everyone on our blocks involved. Lots of beers on porches. I need someone to hang with neighbors for an hour or so and talk up the benefits of Neighborways.
Midnight painting crew– have you ever seen people painting the bike lanes in the middle of the night? We’ll be doing that! If you don’t mind being up late, please join us for some serious tactical urbanism.
As I mentioned this coming Saturday we’ll hopefully be painting a mural. There’s a myriad of small things that would help out if your free– organizing music, buying food (we’ll provide cash for that), helping keep small kids out of the paint and setting up tables for workers, taking photographs and video footage of the event.
If you’re interested in helping, please let me know what interests you the most.
Tags: neighborways, somerville
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This sounds awesome! A bike co-op where you can use the tools, and the collective information of the folks around you for a very reasonable price.
The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative where members of the community can repair their own bikes, learn about about bike repair and attend bike events. The SBK located in a 190 sq. ft. space just outside of Davis Sq. The space is managed by four volunteer staff members and is open to the public and members for drop-in hours one night a week.
Presently, the space is open to the public and members from 6pm to 9pm every Tuesday evening. We are just getting started and are working toward having having more drop-in hours. Bike stands and tools are available on a first come first serve basis.
Tags: bike, bike kitchen, co-op, somerville
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Somerville has been doing a lot of work to make the old nasty broadway, into a nice street. They took out a lane, put in a divider, added larger sidewalks, and now have laid down what appear to be double buffer zone bike lanes. Sadly the drivers still have not quite learned what to do with them. But once the bike symbols are down, and they are used more I think they will come around. (sorry for the poor quality pics, it was late at night)
Tags: Bike Lanes, broadway, double buffer, somerville
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A contest where cities compete to be the most friendly is one in which we all win. And Somerville has edged out “traditional” bike friendly Cambridge for the top spot this year.
Somerville is the top bike commuting city in the Northeast, according to an annual report from the League of American Bicyclists.
Somerville beat out its neighbor, Cambridge, and New Haven, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to capture the title. The study ranked cities by calculating the percentage of commuters who ride bikes, using 2012 American Community Survey data from the US Census Bureau.
In Somerville, 7.77 percent of commuters regularly ride bikes. Right behind them, in Cambridge about 6.49 percent of commuters travel regularly by bike.
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said he was excited, but not surprised, by the ranking: The city has invested in bike lanes and infrastructure for years. “This is not by accident,” he said.
Hayes Morrison, Somerville’s director of transportation and infrastructure, said there’s even more on the horizon for cyclists in Somerville. Adding to the city’s 14 miles of bike lanes, 6 miles of bike paths, and 25 miles of shared roads marked for bicycle travel, the city will soon break ground on its first cycle track — a protected bike lane.
Cambridge is also gearing up to further improve biking in the city.
“Every time we redo a street, we try to make it better for walking and biking,” said Cara Seiderman, the city’s transportation program manager. (via)
Awesome! I saw that they are putting in more bike lanes on Broadway and narrowing the street with a center divider and curb extensions. All in all a great idea to turn that nasty highway like section of Broadway into a livable walk-able community. Once they get that overpass tore down in union and put in the new green line station Somerville will be THE place to ride your bike.
Tags: awesome, somerville, top biking city
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A whole bunch of bike lanes in Somerville are getting painted green. I am not totally sure how I feel about this, but they do seem to be more visible.
Tags: green bike lanes, somerville
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Bikes not bombs is awesome, and Flatbread pizza isn’t half bad, put the two together and wham lovely fundraiser for a lovely cause:
Join Bikes Not Bombs for a night of pizza, a raffle & bowling at Flatbread Somerville! Flatbread has generously offered to donate a portion of each flatbread sold (dine-in & take-out) to BNB.
The event will be from 5-10pm at Flatbread Somerville at 45 Day St. Somerville, MA 02144. The Bikes Not Bombs staff will be riding over from the BNB Hub (284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) at 4pm if you would like to join!
See you there!
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/
Bikes Not Bombs: https://bikesnotbombs.org
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Have you ever wished there was a better way to bike from Boston to Somerville? Or vise-versa?
Not long ago state officials secured $39m in funding for a new Bike and Pedestrian path in Somerville that will connect Somerville and Boston, and yesterday MassDOT released this virtual tour video of the bike path so you can see what it will look like to bike on when it’s completed:
From the globe,
The path, an extension of an existing network of paths, will connect the Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and relocated Lechmere stations providing a continuous route between Bedford and Boston for cyclists and on-foot travelers.
This 1.9-mile path is the blue-dotted line on this map (the black-dotted lines are existing paths). In addition to providing a safe bike and pedestrian link between Boston and Somerville, it will also serve as a final link in the 104-mile network of the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail connecting Boston to Northhampton, MA. You’ll not only be able to walk and bike on a safe path from Alewife to Boston, but also from Boston to Central Mass. Pretty exciting stuff (and more info here):
This community path is part of the Green Line Extension project, which will bring the Green Line up into Somerville through Union Square, which you can also ride a virtual train through to see what that will look like:
Both the community path and the Green Line Extension are slated to be completed around 2020, but the path will open up as sections of it are completed.
Tags: bike paths, boston, central rail trail, Green Line, green line extension, rail trail, somerville
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This is pretty awesome!
The Community Path is heading to Boston. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced today that the MBTA will build an extension of the path along the future Green Line from Lechmere Station to the forthcoming Lowell Street Station, connecting to the current path and bringing the total length of Somerville’s bicycle and pedestrian path to 2 miles.
Under an agreement between the MBTA and the City of Somerville, the MBTA will first build the path along the future Green Line from Lechmere Station to the forthcoming Brickbottom Station at Washington Street as part of Phase II of the Green Line Extension, which is scheduled for completion in late 2017 with the opening of the new Lechmere, Brickbottom and Union Square stations.
As the Green Line Extension project continues, the MBTA and will build the remaining stretch of the Community Path from Brickbottom Station to the future Lowell Street Station. Last May, MassDOT began work on extending the Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street.
Once the Community Path is fully built, it will create a seamless link from the Minuteman Bikeway to the Charles River paths, creating a 48-mile continuous path network connecting 11 cities and towns in the Greater Boston region. The Community Path will also provide emergency egress and a utility corridor for the Green Line Extension.
“When construction began last May on the Cedar Street to Lowell Street extension of the Community Path, I said it was only the beginning and that we would extend the path to Boston. That day is here thanks to the determination of so many,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “This project is about much more than biking and walking. It’s about building a community and a region that is equitable, connected and vibrant. When we create connections between neighborhoods and communities, economic health follows as our squares thrive, local businesses get busier and a resilient, self-sufficient economic base is built for our city and the region. That is the connectivity and vibrancy that will also help us bring back our historic neighborhoods like Brickbottom and Inner Belt.”
“Today’s announcement of funding for the GLX Community Path further demonstrates our vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Investment in transportation infrastructure that provides better access to more healthy, sustainable and cost-efficient options is necessary to continue to move Massachusetts forward.”
Bicycle infrastructure is an integral component of the Green Line Extension, which upon completion will have 1,100 bicycle parking spaces throughout the seven stations, including dedicated Pedal and Park enclosed bicycle storage units that can be accessed using a Bike Charlie Card. Last June, MassDOT agreed to fund a complete design of the Community Path from Lowell Street to Lechmere as part of the Green Line Extension; previously, the design ended at Inner Belt.
“MassDOT’s vision for sustainable, healthy, accessible transportation has no better example than the commitment made to the GLX Community Path made here today,” said Secretary Davey. “The Patrick Administration’s continued investment in transportation infrastructure is key to the future of transportation in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, and I’m proud to be here in the City of Somerville today celebrating what that will mean for its citizens.”
Somerville’s bike network has more than doubled under Mayor Curtatone’s administration, bringing the city’s total to more than 30 liner miles of bike lanes in a 4.1 square mile city, along with the installation of 75 new bike racks and 10 bike corrals. The City has also updated and added pedestrian safety infrastructure such as street trees, curb bump-outs and ADA-accessible ramps that make the city more walkable. Somerville is now the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation, regardless of population size, according the 2014 national Walk Score ratings, and a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community according to The League of American Bicyclists, a designation the city earned only two years after earning a Bronze level designation.
– See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-path-extending-boston#sthash.60jzntz2.dpuf
Tags: bike path, community path, somerville
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