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6/12 Discussion On The Beacon St Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

From the email:

You’re invited!
Join us, the Boston Transportation Department, for a public meeting about Beacon St
Monday, June 12 | 6:00 pm
Main Branch of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St | Commonwealth SalonWe have developed a concept design based on the feedback that we received from you and other community members last year. We collected input via a public meeting that was held in June, and a community survey that was conducted after that meeting.

At the meeting, we will

  • share information about the four design alternatives that we considered
  • review the proposed redesign, and give you the opportunity to see the details

We hope that you will

  • share the meeting information with your neighbors, download a flyer here
  • join us to discuss the plan with your neighbors
  • give us your feedback so that we can incorporate it into the design; if you can’t attend, be on the lookout for information on how to give feedback after the meeting
Connect with Vision Zero Boston
Boston City Hall – Room 721 | Boston, MA 02201
[email protected] | visionzeroboston.org

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Ride On City Hall Today For Action On Bike Safety!

Written by Boston Biker on May 19

On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable – people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor’s declaration of the City’s commitment to Vision Zero, which is based on creating a built environment that is safe. 

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition formally responded to Mayor Walsh’s remarks, (see below) and we are following up with an demonstration friday morning at City Hall. 

We hope you will join us and hundreds of others on City Hall Plaza at 8am to stand in a silent moment of solidarity with the victims of traffic violence.

Here’s how you can take part:

1. Please dress in black casual/work clothes to send the message that traffic violence affects everyone

2. Join the silent vigil at 8:15am

3. Sign a petition calling for safer streets now, which the Coalition will hand deliver the petition to the Mayor’s office at 9am

4. Spread the word and share the Facebook event

Tomorrow morning is Boston’s Bike to Work celebration. We will be respectfully participating in this event, but we also want to make sure Mayor Walsh gets our message.

There will be no formal remarks. More than enough was said during the four-hour City Council Hearing last Wednesday. Tomorrow we will stand in silence for the people – including many of you – who have been impacted by traffic violence in Boston.

We hope you will stand with us.

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition
http://www.visionzerocoalition.org


The following is the Coalition’s letter to Mayor Walsh, which was sent last night: 

Dear Mayor Walsh:

When you announced the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2015, we were proud to be your constituents. You demonstrated leadership when you stated:

“We know how to build safer streets. We know how to protect our most vulnerable road users, who are suffering disproportionately because of speeding traffic and distracted drivers. With this Action Plan, I am saying it’s time to act. It’s time to commit to eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes from our daily experience.”

Which is why we were dismayed by your comments Wednesday afternoon on WGBH Radio.

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we invite you to work with us to fully fund and implement Vision Zero in Boston. We ask that you join us on Friday morning at 8 AM for a moment of silence for victims of traffic violence on City Hall Plaza. On behalf of those victims, we also ask that you apologize for the comments you made on the air.

Our streets are in crisis.

In 2016, fifteen people died while walking on Boston’s streets; a record-breaking high for pedestrian fatalities. We are on track to see even higher numbers in 2017. Crashes overall are up. On average, at least two to three people walking are hit in a crash that results in an EMT call every day.

We need action from you and your administration, not victim-blaming. When you said on the air, “Pedestrians need to put their head up when they’re walking down the street, take your headphones off … you’ve got to understand, cars are going to hit you,” you were reiterating a narrative that doesn’t stand up to the crash data your administration collects.

Most of the people killed while walking were children or older adults. In 2016, of the 10 pedestrian victims whose ages we know, four were older than 60 and two were younger than 3 years old.

This Coalition and your constituents look to you for action.

 A week ago, hundreds of people attended the City Council’s FY18 budget hearing for the Boston Transportation Department to call for increased resources to make streets safer for everyone. After the hours of questions from the council and public testimony, it’s clear from all sides – Boston is falling behind.

In your interview with WGBH, you said that the city is doing “everything we can,” but we know Boston is being eclipsed by peer cities in both resources and implementation.  The City of New York spends about $20 per person on Vision Zero annually, and San Francisco spends $75 per person annually. Both cities have seen declines in overall traffic fatalities despite a troubling rise in fatal crashes nationwide. Boston is spending less than $5 per person, this is not enough.

Forty-seven neighborhood groups applied for Neighborhood Slow Streets, a signature program of Boston’s Vision Zero initiative. Your FY18 budget recommendation only provides resources to implement two to three in the coming year.

At the current rate of implementation it will take more than 20 years to respond to just the first round of applications. Safety should not be a privilege afforded to only some Boston neighborhoods.

We recognize that there are many competing budget priorities and that rapid change on our streets will cost money. This year we suggest drawing on the parking meter fund. In the long term, we are here to work with you to diversify and increase the revenue streams available for transportation, for example through increased parking revenues.

Simply put, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, and the thousands of people we represent, feel strongly that the 2018 transportation budget as currently proposed is insufficient to reduce the number of fatalities and serious crashes on our streets.

We hope you will take this opportunity to recommit to leading Boston as a Vision Zero city.

Thank you,
Vision Zero Coalition

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The Future Of Boston Is In Your Hands

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

From Livable Streets:

After two years of outreach, dozens of workshops, and thousands of comments from people like you, the City of Boston has released its GoBoston 2030 Vision & Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future.

We are proud that this ambitious plan is a reflection of our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

Now the future of Boston is in your hands. Will you help us make this plan a reality? 

Volunteer as a Street Ambassador to help us build support for Go Boston 2030 projects and policies. We’re holding two training sessions this spring and will be deploying Street Ambassadors throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Other ways you can support us include joining our Advocacy Committee, becoming a LivableStreets member, or making a donation.

You can review the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan here. Here are some key proposals LivableStreets is especially excited to see included:

Better Buses

  • Overall bus service reliability improvements on 30 busiest routes

  • Rapid bus service along Washington St in Roslindale, Mass Ave, between North Station and the South Boston Waterfront, between Mattapan and the LMA, and more!

  • Transit signal priority along key bus and Green Line routes

  • Implementing a network of neighborhood mobility hubs

Emerald Network

  • All three of our Boston Greenway Partners’ projects are part of the Action Plan, including Roxbury to Fenway, Arboretum to Roslindale, and the American Legion Parkway

  • Improving Columbia Road so that it better serves the surrounding community and completes Olmsted’s vision of the Emerald Necklace

  • Southwest Corridor extension to Back Bay and MGH via Charles St

Vision Zero

  • Expansion of Neighborhood Slow Streets program

  • Complete streets overhauls for Dorchester Ave in South Boston, Washington St/Columbus Ave in JP & Roxbury

  • Implementing better bike corridors by rebuilding streets with protected, low-stress bicycling facilities


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s happening

Ask your legislators to support safe streets

Omnibus_bill_.jpgWe need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all. To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3. Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly. If you’ve already done your part – thanks! Please help us spread the word.


Stand with community members at Allston I-90 meeting

Allston_I90.jpgIn response to MassDOT’s latest proposalfor the Allston I-90 Interchange project, the Task Force is convening a meeting to communicate shared community goals to state and local officials in advance of the draft environmental impact report. We need as many advocates in attendance as possible to send a clear message to MassDOT. Join the community in advocating for a project that reconnects Allston while providing necessary biking, walking, and transit infrastructure.

Event Details:
Allston I-90 Interchange Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8pm
@Jackson-Mann Community Center


Join us at the Longwood Area Cyclists Summit

Longwood_Area_Cyclists_Logo.pngLivableStreets has been working closely with the Longwood Area Cyclists to address transportation and safety issues in the Longwood area. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about biking improvements coming soon. Also, we’ll be kicking off our public engagement that we’ll be leading in Longwood throughout 2017. Attend the Summit to learn more about this exciting project. Speakers include Rick Corsi of DCR, Sarah Hamilton of MASCO, and Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University.

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP soon as space is limited!

Event Details:
Longwood Area Cyclists Summit
Wednesday, February 15th, 12-1pm
@Jimmy Fund Auditorium


Wins

LivableStreets in the news

bostonglobe.pngThis year we’ll be ramping up our Better Buses work, which was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe. Unfortunately, a few days later, the City of Boston witnessed 9 pedestrian crashes in a single day. See our response to this uptick in this WCVB Channel 5 report. Redesigning dangerous streets and intersections is crucial to Vision Zero‘s success. Streetsblog USA covered our call for more Vision Zero funding in Boston in order to improve safety along Beacon St and other corridors seeing high crash rates.


Above & beyond: $33,000 in 33 Days challenge

LivableStreetsvolunteerphoto.jpgWe were blown away by the outpouring of support we received during our $33,000 in 33 Days challenge at the end of 2016. With your help, we surpassed our goal, providing us with funding to expand our programming as we continue to advocate for safer streets throughout the Boston area. If you’re interested in helping us mobilize these efforts, sign up as a volunteer. We’ll be rebooting our Street Ambassador program this spring! 


Opportunities

Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Save the date for the release of Go Boston 2030

goboston.pngAfter considerable input and support from LivableStreets advocates, the City of Boston will release its Go Boston 2030 Action Plan on March 7th. Be the first to learn what bold steps Boston will be taking to improve and expand its transportation system in the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The release will comprise of an announcement, a day-long interactive exhibit, and an evening discussion panel. Learn more on the Go Boston 2030 website.

Event Details: 
Go Boston 2030 Action Plan Release Panel
Tuesday, March 7th, 6-8pm
@Boston Public Library


MA Smart Growth Alliance is hiring

MA_SMART_GROWTH.jpgThe Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance is looking to hire a Director of Local Leadership, a senior-level position charged with leading outreach with local & regional decision-makers. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the job posting and apply here.


Boston City Council Talks Transportation Policy

furthflyer.jpgThe Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation & Transportation, in partnership with Northeastern University Professor Peter Furth, is leading a monthly discussion series on transportation policy. Please be sure to attend the final two panels in the series. The February one will be addressing transit signal priority, and the following will be focused on parking management.

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, February 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, March 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall


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Support The Vision Zero Bill!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 01

From Boston Cyclists Union:

The Bike Union, along with our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition including MassBike, Livable Streets Alliance and WalkBoston, have been working with State Legislators, led by Senator Brownsberger and others, to file a road safety omnibus bill!

The bill, An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities, would take a number of steps to improve safety for people biking, walking and driving.  We’re thrilled that two policies that the Bike Union championed at the local level that have been adopted by the City of Boston – side guards and truck safety measures as well as improved bicycle crash reporting – have been elevated to be adopted state-wide in this legislation. The numerous other pieces of this omnibus bill make this the most impactful step towards bike safety since the last Bike Safety Omnibus Bill was passed in 2008!
 
In order for this bill to move forward it needs co-sponsors! Our friends at MassBike have a list of current co-sponsors that you can see here. You can click here to generate a letter that you can send to your State Legislators! The linked form will also allow you to figure out who your Legislators are by entering your address.
It only takes a few minutes! Help us make our streets safer for everyone! 

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The Word On The Street

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    • Defend Protected Bike Lanes In Cambridge From Being Removed! August 6, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email:   This Monday, August 7th, the Cambridge City Council will vote on a policy order which could put a moratorium on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes. Earlier this month, Cambridge installed a new 2-way protected bike lane on … Continue reading →
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    • 8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride July 21, 2017
      TweetStarting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday! Final details for World Naked Bike Ride BOSTON! Pass it on! We've a pre-party location and will release that info 24 hrs prior to the ride. pic.twitter.com/dx15bKNZIh — WNBR Boston (@WNBRBoston) … Continue reading →
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    • 2017 Midnight Bike Ride – Saturday August 12th July 21, 2017
      TweetBoston by bike… at night. Saturday, August 12, 2017, Midnight ’til dawn Twenty ninth annual tour of architectural and historic sites. Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  … Continue reading →
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    • Action Alert: Send Thank Yous For Brattle St And Mass Ave Popups July 21, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Safe protected bike lanes for all ages and abilities are here on sections of Mass Ave and Brattle St. We’re so excited about the latest two segments of what needs to be a network of protected bike … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update July 21, 2017
      TweetFrom The Email: We’re Hiring! We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our openings. Development Manager – Works to increase the organization’s visibility and cultivates, stewards and expands the relationships between Bikes Not Bombs and its donors at all … Continue reading →
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    • Commonwheels Partners with Scouts to Help Homeless June 19, 2017
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update June 19, 2017
      TweetOn Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century … Continue reading →
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    • DCR Public Meeting On 6/27 RE: Morrissey Blvd Redesign June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom DotBike: On the evening of Tuesday 6/27 there is an important public meeting to learn about DCR’s preliminary plans for the redesign of Morrissey Boulevard and to provide feedback.   See below for details.     PUBLIC MEETING #3 … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets Update June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: ———– What’s happening 3 reasons to sign up for Tour de Streets today Tour de Streets is LivableStreets’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and – more importantly – it’s a ton of fun! Here are three reasons to … Continue reading →
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