councilor

Cambridge Bike Safety Update

from the email:

?

We wanted to update you on a few new action items for safer streets but first, a reminder about our petition campaign! We want to show city officials that people throughout Cambridge support a safe, connected network of protected bike lanes. Sign the petition here if you haven’t already and share widely!

?

1. Act Now for a Protected Lane on River Street – and an Implementation Plan for the Citywide Network

?

This Monday, there are two key bike related items on the Council’s agenda.

First, the City Manager is requesting funds to update the implementation plan of the bike network (see the second ask on our petition!) Additionally, there is also a request for a protected bike lane on River Street. Take action, more details below.

?

ACTION ? Email council@cambridgema.gov, ldepasquale@cambridgema.gov, and cc clerk@cambridgema.gov and info@cambridgebikesafety.org and (1) request the council to approve the budget allocation for an implementation plan for the citywide bike network, and (2) let them know that the reconstruction of River Street MUST include a safe, protected bike lane.

?

If you can make it please show up on Monday Nov 5, 5:30pm at City Hall to speak in support of the budget item and policy order. Sign up to speak here or in person.

?

The implementation plan for a citywide bike network is potentially quite important, as this could provide a blueprint for implementation of the full bike network within 5 years, as our petition requests. We need to make sure that the council approves this budget item, and that the implementation plan the City comes back with lays out how a complete, safe, connected network of protected bike lanes across the city can be built ASAP.

?

The city is rebuilding River Street in 2020 and they have the opportunity to include a protected bike lane. Since River Street goes inbound it would complement the Western Ave protected lane, providing a key connection to and from the Charles River paths.

?

On Monday November 5th the City Council will vote on a policy order specifically requesting a protected bike lane as part of the River Street reconstruction. The order was originally scheduled for this week but it was delayed by Councilor Simmons.

?

Also, as part of the redesign, they will be forming a working group of stakeholders and thank you to everyone who applied to help advocate for safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure!

?

2. Ask your employer to sign on to our business platform

?

Local business support can be crucial in getting safe bike infrastructure built. Many employers recognize that a protected bike lane network would be a great asset to Cambridge as well as providing safe transportation for their customers and employees. All we need to do is ask for their support!

?

If you work in Cambridge, see here for instructions to ask your employer to sign onto our business platform supporting safe bike infrastructure.

?

3. Other updates:

?

  • Read the beautiful remembrance written by friends of JJ Zhao who was tragically struck and killed by a dump truck driver in early October while she was walking at Putnam Ave and Magazine St.
  • World Day of Remembrance: This Nov 18 is the World Day of Remembrance. Come to the State House in Boston at 2pm to mourn the people who were killed on our streets this year. Last year’s event was a powerful reminder that the number of pedestrians and cyclists who were killed is much higher than you expect and that urgent action is needed to correct this public health crisis. After the vigil there will be a bike ride and a march to demand safer streets.
  • In addition to signing onto our business platform, two local businesses Industry Lab and Synapse Energy Economics also took the additional crucial step of emailing the city to express how important a protected bike lane network is to them (read Synapse Energy Economics’ statement here). Thanks Industry Lab and Synapse Energy Economics for supporting safe bike infrastructure!

?

Industry Lab is a co-working space located in the vibrant hub of Inman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Inhabiting nearly 20,000 square feet of a historical brick building with wood floors and lots of windows, Industry Lab is a neighborhood for artists, engineers, scientists, and designers to co-exist and collaborate.

?

Synapse Energy Economics provides research, analysis, expert testimony, reports, regulatory support, and other consulting services related to energy, economics, and the environment.

Upcoming Events

Whole slew of free awesome events check it out below!

—————————-

Free Bike Movie Night: Breaking Away
Friday, May 3, 6:30pm
Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Breaking Away is a fan favorite! Starring Dennis Quaid and Dennis
Christopher.”This is a film which I can all but guarantee that given a
chance will become one of your favorites.” – Roger Ebert
Co-sponsored by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop and City Councilor Stephen Murphy.
Popcorn and juice/soda courtesy Councilor Murphy. Rated PG.

Get to know your bike! class
Thursday, May 9, 7-8pm
Ferris Wheels Bike shop, 66 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
We’ll review the basics of how your bike works to help you become a more
confident cyclist. We’ll cover brake adjustments, gear use, proper tire
pressure, and chain lubrication, plus anything else you have questions about
that we have time to answer! This is a FREE lecture/discussion class. RSVP
in the shop or call 617-524-BIKE.

Flat-Fixing Demo
Thursday, May 23, 7-8pm
Ferris Wheels Bike shop, 66 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Watch and learn as we demonstrate how to fix a flat tire. Questions are
welcome. This is a FREE lecture/discussion class. RSVP in the shop or call
617-524-BIKE.

Free Pancake Breakfast for Bike Commuters and Friends
Friday, May 31, 7:00-9:00am
Ferris Wheels Bike shop, 66 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Please join us for our monthly pancake breakfast. Go green for Boston’s
Walk/Ride Day! Ride your bike over and enjoy a free breakfast courtesy of
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop. For more info on Walk/Ride Day, including how you
can enter to win great prizes, please visit: http://www.gogreenstreets.org/

City Councilor Felix Arroyo Will Ride His Bike To Support Bike Safety, Join Him!

Bostinno reports: “City Councilor Felix Arroyo will take two-wheels to work at Government Center Thursday in order to raise awareness about the need for safe cycling in the Hub—and he wants residents to join him.”

Arroyo’s bike trek from the Forest Hills MBTA Station to City Hall at 8 a.m. will come just hours before a meeting between elected officials about the importance of making Boston a “world class” bike city; one that’s safe for those who choose to skip the T and opt out of hopping behind the wheel in order to get around.

“We have many cyclists in our city and it is our responsibility to ensure that we make our city as safe as possible for cycling,” Arroyo said in a statement. “I am asking for people to join me on my bike ride to work to bring attention to the issue. The hope is that the ride and the hearing will result in improvements that will prevent cycling injuries, sometimes fatal, from happening on our streets.”

Last month, Arroyo and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley filed a motion for a hearing to explore ways to improve bike infrastructure in Boston and make it a more “liveable city.”

I don’t have more details, but I imagine that if you show up at forest hills t-stop at 7:30am you can ride your bike to city hall with Arroyo. Fun!

City Councilor Felix Arroyo Will Ride His Bike To Support Bike Safety, Join Him!

Bostinno reports: “City Councilor Felix Arroyo will take two-wheels to work at Government Center Thursday in order to raise awareness about the need for safe cycling in the Hub—and he wants residents to join him.”

Arroyo’s bike trek from the Forest Hills MBTA Station to City Hall at 8 a.m. will come just hours before a meeting between elected officials about the importance of making Boston a “world class” bike city; one that’s safe for those who choose to skip the T and opt out of hopping behind the wheel in order to get around.

“We have many cyclists in our city and it is our responsibility to ensure that we make our city as safe as possible for cycling,” Arroyo said in a statement. “I am asking for people to join me on my bike ride to work to bring attention to the issue. The hope is that the ride and the hearing will result in improvements that will prevent cycling injuries, sometimes fatal, from happening on our streets.”

Last month, Arroyo and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley filed a motion for a hearing to explore ways to improve bike infrastructure in Boston and make it a more “liveable city.”

I don’t have more details, but I imagine that if you show up at forest hills t-stop at 7:30am you can ride your bike to city hall with Arroyo. Fun!