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Written by Boston Biker on Jul 02

From Livable Streets, a lot of good stuff here, check it out below:

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You’re invited! Help Kick Off the 2013 Bike4Life Fundraiser! 

Next Wednesday, come to The Lansdowne Pub in Boston at 6pm for the Bike4Life Social. Help kick off this year’s fundraising ride and reach the goal of $50,000 for more livable streets. RSVP for this free event. There will be free appetizers, cash bar and a raffle. Network, meet past riders, and learn more about the logistics of riding, volunteering, as well as the history behind Bike4Life. No commitment to riding or volunteering needed.

 
Bike4Life – a ride for livable streets – will take place on Sunday, September 15. There will be 20 and 40 mile routes, plus 4 and 8 mile kid rides, all leaving from Auburndale Park in Newton.
 
What are you waiting for? RSVP now.
Can’t make the event? You can still register for the ride or donate today.


ArtCrank Boston

LivableStreets is excited to be the cause partner for ARTCRANK Boston. ARTCRANK BOS is an exhibit of hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by Boston-area artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each. Admission is free. Grab an ARTCRANK pint glass and a Widmer Brothers beer to support LivableStreets. Sounds too good to be true, right? Free event with beer, bike posters and it supports LivableStreets? It is true, and it’s happening at the Fourth Wall Project in Boston on Saturday, July 20 at 5pmRegister here for the event.

Looking to get more involved? Volunteer from 4:30-8pm or 7:30-11pm. Help sell pint glasses and posters, and talk to event attendees about LivableStreets. Email

k[email protected] with the shift you are interested in helping with.

Rush Hour Race Recap Film    

On May 11th, we answered the question, “What’s the fastest way to get from Davis Square in Somerville to Dewey Square in Boston?” Watch the four minute recap film. Tell us what you think of the film on Twitter #RushHourRace. See other StreetFilms here.

Rush Hour Race 2013
Watch the 2013 Rush Hour Race recap. 

News  

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Cambridge Street Bridge Reconstruction 

Cambridge Street Bridge in Allston

MassDOT recently announced a plan to reconstruct the Cambridge Street Bridge in Allston (between Harvard Ave. and Lincoln St.), along with the pedestrian bridge that connects to it. Both of these bridges are key pedestrian/bicycle routes and it’s critical that safety is the number one priority when they are rebuilt. 

 

The Good: Current plans for the bridge include a multi-use path connecting directly to the pedestrian bridge (which is also heavily used by people biking) and buffered bike lanes from Linden St. to Lincoln St. 

 

The Bad: The planned bike lanes don’t extend far enough in either direction, leaving people biking without safe travel options. And, instead of providing a much-needed mid-block crossing near Linden St., MassDOT is planning to install a fence to prevent crossing at this desirable location.

How would you reconstruct the bridge? 
LivableStreets and a coalition of local advocates are suggesting improvements to the Cambridge Street ridge design. Sign the coalition letter TODAY, deadline is July 3rd!
To learn more and submit your own comments to MassDOT:

Milliennials are Driving Less and Trend Will Continue  
The Baby Boomers started the driving boom, and their kids are currently reversing it.

“The average American currently drives no more miles than at the end of President Clinton’s first term,” found MASSPIRG’s most recent transportation report.

Pat yourself on the back if you are a “Millennial,” as you are part of the group leading the change in transportation trends. “16 to 34-year-olds drove a whopping 23 percent fewer miles on average in 2009 than in 2001- the greatest decline in driving of any age group. In addition, Millennials are more likely to want to live in urban and walkable neighborhoods and are more open to non-driving forms of transportation than the older generation of Americans.”

So what happens next? This research shows a majority of people want transportation options and livable communities, but government forecasts of future travel continue to assume a steady increase in driving, as Peter Koonce discussed in our last StreetTalk. Help spread the word and get involved for more and better transportation options. Share this StreetLife newsletter and article on Facebook, Twitter and by forwarding this email to friends and family.

Volunteer Spotlight with McMillian IIderton Gaither   

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Charleston, SC.

What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

I really like the Rose Kennedy Greenway: rather than simply being a junction of major roads into downtown Boston, it is instead also pleasant and useful as a public green space for pedestrians, food trucks, markets, festivals and public art.

What kinds of projects are you involved with at LivableStreets?

I have helped out during Volunteer Fridays, at LivableStreets events, and will be helping as part of the Street Ambassador team this summer.

What does your ideal street look like?

The mall portion of Commonwealth Ave. in Back Bay is a good start: park-like, traffic is nicely divided (and calmer), and it’s prioritized for pedestrian and bike use.

What is your favorite LivableStreets advocacy project?

I like the Better Bridges Campaign for its multi-neighborhood, multi-use appeal.

>Read McMillian’s full Spotlight here. 

>If you are interested in volunteering with LivableStreets, come to our

Volunteer Fridays from 12-2pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge. The next one happens July 12.


Jobs in the Field

Alliance for Biking & Walking

Member Services Coordinator 

 

Bikes Not Bombs

International Programs Coordinator

 

Program Manager, Cycling Instructor, Bike Mechanic & Internships

Hubway   

Bicycle Redistribution Tech, Dispatcher & Marketing Manager

WalkBoston

Communications / Development Manager

Other Events and Meetings

Connect Historic Boston – Faneuil Hall Bike Ride

Wednesday, July 10, 12:30-1:30pm

@ Union Street (in front of Hubway station)

LivableStreets is proud to be on the advisory committee for Connect Historic Boston.

See ride details here>>

 

Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 7-9pm

@ MIT, Building E 25, Room 11, 45 Carleton St, Cambridge

See meeting details here>>

 

Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts

Sunday, July 14th, 11am-4pm

@ Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open Streets on Blue Hill Avenue

Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm

@ Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Presented by Circle the City

Event details here>>

Bike4Life – a ride for livable streets

Sunday, September 15, 9am-2pm

@ Auburndale Park, Newton

20 & 40 mile rides REGISTER NOW!

www.bike4lifeboston.org

You’re invited! Help Kick Off the 2013 Bike4Life Fundraiser! 

Next Wednesday, come to The Lansdowne Pub in Boston at 6pm for the Bike4Life Social. Help kick off this year’s fundraising ride and reach the goal of $50,000 for more livable streets. RSVP for this free event. There will be free appetizers, cash bar and a raffle. Network, meet past riders, and learn more about the logistics of riding, volunteering, as well as the history behind Bike4Life. No commitment to riding or volunteering needed.

 
Bike4Life – a ride for livable streets – will take place on Sunday, September 15. There will be 20 and 40 mile routes, plus 4 and 8 mile kid rides, all leaving from Auburndale Park in Newton.
 
What are you waiting for? RSVP now.
Can’t make the event? You can still register for the ride or donate today.


ArtCrank Boston

LivableStreets is excited to be the cause partner for ARTCRANK Boston. ARTCRANK BOS is an exhibit of hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by Boston-area artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each. Admission is free. Grab an ARTCRANK pint glass and a Widmer Brothers beer to support LivableStreets. Sounds too good to be true, right? Free event with beer, bike posters and it supports LivableStreets? It is true, and it’s happening at the Fourth Wall Project in Boston on Saturday, July 20 at 5pmRegister here for the event.

Looking to get more involved? Volunteer from 4:30-8pm or 7:30-11pm. Help sell pint glasses and posters, and talk to event attendees about LivableStreets. Email

[email protected] with the shift you are interested in helping with.

Rush Hour Race Recap Film    

On May 11th, we answered the question, “What’s the fastest way to get from Davis Square in Somerville to Dewey Square in Boston?” Watch the four minute recap film. Tell us what you think of the film on Twitter #RushHourRace. See other StreetFilms here.

Rush Hour Race 2013
Watch the 2013 Rush Hour Race recap. 

News  

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Cambridge Street Bridge Reconstruction 

Cambridge Street Bridge in Allston

MassDOT recently announced a plan to reconstruct the Cambridge Street Bridge in Allston (between Harvard Ave. and Lincoln St.), along with the pedestrian bridge that connects to it. Both of these bridges are key pedestrian/bicycle routes and it’s critical that safety is the number one priority when they are rebuilt. 

 

The Good: Current plans for the bridge include a multi-use path connecting directly to the pedestrian bridge (which is also heavily used by people biking) and buffered bike lanes from Linden St. to Lincoln St. 

 

The Bad: The planned bike lanes don’t extend far enough in either direction, leaving people biking without safe travel options. And, instead of providing a much-needed mid-block crossing near Linden St., MassDOT is planning to install a fence to prevent crossing at this desirable location.

How would you reconstruct the bridge? 
LivableStreets and a coalition of local advocates are suggesting improvements to the Cambridge Street ridge design. Sign the coalition letter TODAY, deadline is July 3rd!
To learn more and submit your own comments to MassDOT:

Milliennials are Driving Less and Trend Will Continue  
The Baby Boomers started the driving boom, and their kids are currently reversing it.

“The average American currently drives no more miles than at the end of President Clinton’s first term,” found MASSPIRG’s most recent transportation report.

Pat yourself on the back if you are a “Millennial,” as you are part of the group leading the change in transportation trends. “16 to 34-year-olds drove a whopping 23 percent fewer miles on average in 2009 than in 2001- the greatest decline in driving of any age group. In addition, Millennials are more likely to want to live in urban and walkable neighborhoods and are more open to non-driving forms of transportation than the older generation of Americans.”

So what happens next? This research shows a majority of people want transportation options and livable communities, but government forecasts of future travel continue to assume a steady increase in driving, as Peter Koonce discussed in our last StreetTalk. Help spread the word and get involved for more and better transportation options. Share this StreetLife newsletter and article on Facebook, Twitter and by forwarding this email to friends and family.

Volunteer Spotlight with McMillian IIderton Gaither   

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Charleston, SC.

What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

I really like the Rose Kennedy Greenway: rather than simply being a junction of major roads into downtown Boston, it is instead also pleasant and useful as a public green space for pedestrians, food trucks, markets, festivals and public art.

What kinds of projects are you involved with at LivableStreets?

I have helped out during Volunteer Fridays, at LivableStreets events, and will be helping as part of the Street Ambassador team this summer.

What does your ideal street look like?

The mall portion of Commonwealth Ave. in Back Bay is a good start: park-like, traffic is nicely divided (and calmer), and it’s prioritized for pedestrian and bike use.

What is your favorite LivableStreets advocacy project?

I like the Better Bridges Campaign for its multi-neighborhood, multi-use appeal.

>Read McMillian’s full Spotlight here. 

>If you are interested in volunteering with LivableStreets, come to our

Volunteer Fridays from 12-2pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge. The next one happens July 12.


Jobs in the Field

Alliance for Biking & Walking

Member Services Coordinator 

 

Bikes Not Bombs

International Programs Coordinator

 

Program Manager, Cycling Instructor, Bike Mechanic & Internships

Hubway   

Bicycle Redistribution Tech, Dispatcher & Marketing Manager

WalkBoston

Communications / Development Manager

Other Events and Meetings

Connect Historic Boston – Faneuil Hall Bike Ride

Wednesday, July 10, 12:30-1:30pm

@ Union Street (in front of Hubway station)

LivableStreets is proud to be on the advisory committee for Connect Historic Boston.

See ride details here>>

 

Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 7-9pm

@ MIT, Building E 25, Room 11, 45 Carleton St, Cambridge

See meeting details here>>

 

Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts

Sunday, July 14th, 11am-4pm

@ Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open Streets on Blue Hill Avenue

Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm

@ Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Presented by Circle the City

Event details here>>

Bike4Life – a ride for livable streets

Sunday, September 15, 9am-2pm

@ Auburndale Park, Newton

20 & 40 mile rides REGISTER NOW!

www.bike4lifeboston.org


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Livable Streets Second Annual Street Talk 10 In 1

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 30

From the email, this looks interesting.

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Tuesday, December 11, 6:00-9:00pm. Networking & socializing to follow presentations.

@ 70 Pacific St, Cambridge (around the corner from our office)

Open to the public. $5-$15 suggested donation. Beverages provided by Harpoon.

RSVP here

Come hear exciting presentations about:
  • Huntington Ave exclusive transit lane plan
  • The Hubway Data Visualization Challenge
  • A Coleman Street Playway in Boston
  • and much more!

Come hear 10, seven minute, innovative transportation research and advocacy stories given by students, advocates, consultants, city planners and engineers from around the Boston area. Want to present? You still have two days to submit your idea.

 


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Street Talk: How Overpasses Are So 1950′s

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 22

Got this in the email from Livable Streets, always a good time at these things.

Join us next Wednesday at Brickbottom Lofts for our StreetTalk: How overpasses are so 1950′s. Find out how overpasses have been removed across the country and in our own backyard, and how you can help Remove McGrath.

 

StreetTalk: How overpasses are so 1950′s
co-sponsored by On the Move Coalition

 

Wednesday, June 27th 7:00-9:00pm

@ Brickbottom Artists Building, 1 Fitchburg Street, Somerville, MA

Open to the public-suggested $5-$10 donation

Beverages provided by Harpoon Brewery 

[email protected]

 

Overpasses are becoming a thing of the past. The Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain, Sullivan Square Overpass in Charlestown, and overpasses across the country are coming down and city streets are being redesigned. Will the McCarthy Overpass in Somerville become the next overpass to come down? Or will MassDOT spend $11

Will MassDOT keep this 1950′s structure or design the road for the future?

million to repair the structure which acts a barrier for you to get where you want to go? Come to Brickbottom to get the latest news on the McCarthy Overpass project, the Remove McGrath Campaign, and hear how other cities are removing their overpasses. How has the McCarthy Overpass affected the Environmental Justice communities along the McGrath corridor? What is the timeline of this project?

 

Be part of the discussion, and then take action

-Call and/or email your state reps
-Sign a postcard to MassDOT Secretary Davey and Somerville Mayor Curtatone
-Get involved with the campaign and become and an Ambassador

 

*Spanish translation will be available* traducción en español disponible

Hope to see you on the 27th,

 

Kara Oberg

Program Coordinator

 

PS-Help spread the word, stay involved, whether you can make it to the event or not,Follow #RemoveMcGrath/ Check out www.livablestreets.info/project/remove-mcgrath/

Invite friends on Facebook here>>

 

On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of community based organizations in greater Boston that came together in 2000 to advocate for transportation justice.www.bostononthemove.org

LivableStreets Alliance is your advocate for a better balance of walking, biking and transit with the automobile.

www.livablestreets.info


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StreetTalk: Outlaws of Street Design

Written by Boston Biker on May 12

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm
@ Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston


Learn how people are breaking the rules of traffic planning and engineering to forge a new frontier for livable cities. Hear about the paradigm shift that is happening around the world, innovative examples, and how the Boston region is reacting and paving the way.
 

LivableStreets is teaming up with the Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Committee for this event to discuss the future of street design, what is possible, and how you can create change.

Speakers:
Jackie Douglas, Executive Director, LivableStreets
Jeff Rosenblum PE, Co-founder,LivableStreets /Transportation Planner,City of Cambridge

Open to the public. Beverages and snacks will be served.

RSVP to [email protected] with “May 17 StreetTalk” in subject

Invite friends on Facebook here >>>


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10 In 1 StreetTalk: Ten Transportation Talks

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 30

Tuesday, December 13, 6:00pm-9:00pm
@ 70 Pacific St Cambridge, MA 02139
$5-$10 suggested donation. Beverages provided.

Do you want to learn about transit equity and the Silver Line, youth empowerment through cycling, and a Broadway Bikeway and Urban Renewal proposal all in the same night? Come hear innovative transportation research and advocacy stories given by students, advocates, consultants, planners and engineers from around the Boston area. LivableStrees Alliance has put out an RFP to attract some of the best transportation presentations you will hear all year. Come enjoy 10, seven minute presentations from case studies as far as Glasgow, Scotland to projects as close to home as Massachusetts Avenue.

70 minutes of presentations with a “social break” in the middle to chat, ask questions, network and discuss presentations.

More presentation details revealed each week.

LivableStreets is your advocate for a balance of biking, walking, and transit with automobiles—creating safe streets and livable communities—making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.

>Invite friends on Facebook here >>
> For more information: www.livablestreets.info /  617.621.1746[email protected]


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Livable Streets RFP For December Street Talk

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

LivableStreets Alliance Request for Proposal: Submission period open

Are you involved in transportation advocacy in your neighborhood, and have a story to tell? Have you spent time conducting transportation research that you’d like to present? Did you observe innovative transportation on a trip and have photographs and/or a film you would like to share? Are you innovating and starting the next transportation start-up? If you have a transportation story, we want to hear from you.

Tell your story to fellow community members, advocates, LivableStreets members, and transportation leaders at the LivableStreets December StreetTalk. StreetTalks are the LivableStreets Alliance’s monthly discussion series. They are a chance to learn about important issues and meet others in the community. Submit your proposal to be one of up to 10 presentations chosen.

Presentation details: Maximum 7 minute presentations using PowerPoint, film and/or speaking format.

Request for proposal: Submit a one-page summary of your story and include questions you will be raising and/or answering. If applicable, please include a selection of photographs, link to film, and how many times and to what audience your presentation has been given. Submit your proposal by midnight on November 14 to [email protected] Accepted proposals for December StreetTalk will be notified by November 23.

Event: Tuesday, December 13, 6-9 pm @ 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge
Not available to present on Dec 13? Please submit your ideas anyway, there will be more opportunities to present in 2012.

More Information:
[email protected]/ 617.621.1746/ www.livablestreets.info Good luck!


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Environmental Justice And Transportation On Two Coasts

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 18

Livable Streets is having another great street talk!

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Environmental Justice and Transportation on Two Coasts: A Look at Boston, MA and Portland, OR

with Kevin Odell, Coalition Coordinator for On the Move (OTM)
Co-sponsored by On the Move

Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm-9:00pm
@LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge [map... ]
Open to the public. Suggested $5-$10 donation.

 

How do we make streets open to all users, also open to all communities?
How does transportation intersect with Environmental Justice?

Comparing Boston with Portland, Oregon on Environmental Justice, Kevin Odell will discuss what we can do to make transporation in Boston fair and equitable for all communities
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Across the United States, transportation funds and resources tend to favor suburban commuters and auto owners at the cost of the urban poor, the working class, the lowest income communities of color, the elderly, foreign nationals and the disabled. People dependent on public transit for their transportation needs often suffer dilapidated buses, long waits, longer rides, poor connections, service cuts, overcrowding, and daily exposure to some of the worst tail-pipe toxins.

Come hear how advocates in each city are working to make environmental justice and transportation equity a meaningful movement for the 21st century.

Kevin Raymond Odell is the Coalition Coordinator for On the Move. He previously founded two non-profit organizations in Portland; OPAL (Organizing People -Activating Leaders), an environmental justice community-based organization and Groundwork Portland, a coalition concerned about brownfields, green jobs, and economic development opportunities. Outside of work, Odell enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, making up words with his 16 month old son, consuming hoppy beer, and getting lost all over the Greater Boston area.

On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston, including LivableStreets, that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice. www.bostononthemove.org


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Street Talks: Roles Of The Street In Community Development

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 23

Got this in the email, looks interesting.

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Roles of the Street in Community Development
with Mel King

Thurs, March 3, 7:00-9:00 pm
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge [map... ]

Open to the public. Suggested $5-$10 donation. Beverages served.

How would you describe the spirit and rhythm of your street? In a city where each neighborhood and street has its own character and history behind it, what story would your street tell?

Join Mel King’s discussion on what role streets play in community development. Mel’s book Streets, creatively illustrates how streets are a vital ingredient in the community building process. King explains the street’s importance in community building using Boston’s South End neighborhood, where King grew up. Streets explains why we need to create livable streetscapes which encourage people to be outside interacting with their neighbors in order to build a strong sense of community and place.

Mel King is a social activist, community developer, author and past politician and MIT professor. He has been a vital part of Boston’s development over the past fifty years. Author of Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development, King wrote about the struggles of Boston’s Black community during urban renewal and the fight for Tent City. He also created the Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and founded the South End Technology Center, a computer youth program which keeps participants on the front end of emerging technology.

> For more info, click here >>>

> Invite your friends and RSVP through facebook here >>>

> Questions? E-mail [email protected] / call 617.621.1746


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