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Boston City Councilors Support Protected Lanes on Longfellow

From U-Hub:

City Councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Josh Zakim (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill) will ask other councilors to join them tomorrow in urging the state to use barriers to protect bicyclists when the revamped Longfellow Bridge finally opens later this month.

At the regular council meeting, the two will formally ask other councilors to agree to a resolution calling on MassDOT to take one of the vehicle lanes on the inbound side and convert it to bicycle use, with something separating the cars and trucks from the bicyclists.

In their formal request, the two say the traffic disaster predicted when the state began shutting parts of the bridge five years ago never materialized, and that more people now commute by bicycle than when construction began. Also:

The incline on the first half of the inbound side of the bridge makes it particularly challenging to accommodate cyclists of varying abilities without a lane wide enough to facilitate passing.

Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow?

From Cambridge Bike Safety:

The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar or worse than it is today: it will continue to have a dangerous 5 1/2-foot painted bike lane between fast-moving cars and trucks on one side, and the storm grates and detritus that builds up next to the crash barrier on the other side. The outbound lane will be slightly better, with a small 2-foot buffer separating bikes from one lane of car traffic with no protection.

According to Boston’s bike counts, one-third of AM rush hour commuters are on bicycles. Those families, commuters and visitors deserve a safe space to ride! We have been working to convince state officials to install pilot protected bike lanes by restriping both lanes, inbound and outbound, with buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

To make this vision a reality we need to keep the pressure on state officials. Please take these two actions today to ensure help us transform the Longfellow Bridge from a highway to a safe, mulit-modal connector for everyone, including those walking and bicycling!

  1. Call or email your state representative’s and senator’s offices (look yours up here or find the list of Cambridge reps below) as soon as possible and tell them how important it is to you as a constituent that MassDOT update the design to include safe, protected bike lanes on the bridge in both directions. Please copy us or email us afterward (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org) so we can keep a count. Talking points are below.

  2. Sign this petition asking state officials to stripe a safe bike lane with a buffer on the inbound side of the Longfellow. If you’ve already signed, share the link with your friends by email or Facebook.

Background:

A group of advocates led by the Boston Cyclists Union, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, and others has been working to convince state officials to change their plans for the inbound side of the bridge, and use painted buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

Specifically, we are asking MassDOT to keep the bridge to one travel lane inbound for cars, in order to install an inbound protected bike lane that would allow cyclists to cross the bridge safely.

  • With only one general travel lane, the protected bike lane can be designed to be quite wide, which will have two ancillary benefits: (1) emergency vehicles like ambulances will be able to safely use the bike lane/buffer when needed (with bicyclists pulling over to the side), (2) bicyclists will be able to safely ride side by side and pass each other on the steep climb up the bridge.

  • We know that one lane is all that’s needed, given that there’s only been one car lane over the past 5+ years of construction, and the traffic implosion that had been predicted never materialized. Also, designating only one travel lane for motor vehicles will reduce speeding.

  • Due to these benefits, the Cambridge City Council officially endorsed this proposed design, and two of our state representatives, Mike Connolly and Jay Livingstone, have publicly written to MassDOT asking them to improve safety by adopting this design. (It’s still important to call Mike and Jay to thank them, so they know this is something people really care about.)

  • Also important to note: the change we are asking for can easily be made, even at this late stage. It primarily involves simply painting different lane markings on the bridge, and does not need to delay the project.

For more information, see the Boston Cyclists Union’s post on the history of the Longfellow bridge project. MassDOT’s currently planned design is using data on mode shares from 9 years ago. In that time, Cambridge bike counts have doubled, and the Longfellow bridge has operated with one vehicular inbound travel lane for 5 years without incident. The bridge must be updated to reflect current trends and emphasize safe, healthy mobility with protected bike lanes in both directions.

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

Sincerely,
The CBS Core Team

Write or call your statehouse legislators using the email addresses and phone numbers below. If you don’t know who they are, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, copy us (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org), and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

House

Rep. Dave Rogers (24th Middlesex)
617-722-2370        Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov

Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
617-722-2692        Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov

Rep. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex)
617-722-2060        Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (29th Middlesex)
617-722-2140        Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jay Livingstone (8th Suffolk)
617-722-2013        Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov

Rep. Denise Provost (27th Middlesex, Somerville)
617-722-2263        Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov

Senate

Sen. Patricia Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
617-722-1578        Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk)
617-722-1650        Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov

Sen. Joseph Boncore (1st Suffolk and Middlesex)
617-722-1634        Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov

Police Seek Driver Who Struck Cyclist In Hit And Run

Cambridge police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who allegedly struck a 14-year-old boy on the morning of March 15 and fled the scene.

A silver Toyota Prius struck the boy around 7:22 a.m. that morning as the boy was biking near the corner of Western Avenue and Putnam Avenue, police said in a Facebook post.

“The driver of the vehicle of interest fled the area and returned approximately three minutes later at approximately 7:25 a.m,” police wrote.

The 14-year-old survived the crash and is recovering from non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The model year of the car is believed to be between 2004 and 2009, according to police.

Cambridge police are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Christopher Sullivan in the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit at (617) 349-3307 or email PDTrafficSupervisors@cambridgepolice.org. (via)

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Police are searching for the driver of a Toyota Prius who they believe hit a teenager riding his bike and then fled.

The 14-year-old was riding on Putnam Avenue when he was hit around 7:22 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, according to police.

“I was crossing the street to go on the sidewalk and the car just came out of nowhere and hit the back of my bike and it sent me flying,” he said. (via)

Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike

From the email:

Hello Quincyclists,

I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us!
Register here:
http://www.massbike.org/ts101quincy
This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling Education Course is a fast-paced, two-day class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists.

Join us Saturday, April 7, 10a-1pm for an indoor session, and Sunday, April 8, 10am-1pm for an outdoor session on the bike and a written test. Participants MUST take both days to participate.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in the craft and science of bicycling — the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various highway, climate, terrain, and traffic conditions.

The bicycling education program was started in 1974, and continues to be the only nationally recognized cycling education program with trained and certified instructors.

Traffic Skills 101 is the foundation of the program. It provides instruction and guidance in the basic principles of vehicular bicycling. Bicyclists have more fun when they ride with skill and confidence. This course combines classroom discussion and parking lot activities with on-road practice of the principles of vehicular bicycling. The instructor for this course is certified by the League of American Bicyclists and has years of experience and training.

If you are interested in becoming a League Certified Instructor this course is a prerequisite. That course will be offered in May.  Please let us know if you are interested!

Keep pedaling,

Irene Lutts
President
Quincycles.org

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From folding e-bikes to dozens of MTBs – here’s what we’ve been riding

Here at BikeRadar we like to welcome the arrival of a shiny new week by celebrating everything that was good about the previous one, namely all the bike riding we did in it. Over the past seven days we’ve covered the full spectrum of riding, with everything from folding electric commuters to getting knee deep in the dirt.

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Jamie Beach – Deputy Editor

This week I’m swinging my leg over something new and a little bit naughty – an electric motorbike electric folding bike. I’ll be adopting the new Tern Vektron for my daily commute to see how it gets on with rush-hour traffic and packed trains. You can read all about it soon.

Joe Norledge – Videographer

With the weather looking pretty grim over the weekend, Reuben and I decided to hit the roads and head for the hills. All our usual South Bristol favourites were ticked off, with plenty of half wheeling and making each other suffer throughout the ride. Sunday was really grim, but we still managed some productive KMs and even stumbled across a motorbike trial. As ever no ride is complete without a trip to Parsons bakery, and this weekend was no different.

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Ben Delaney – US Editor in Chief

I spent a few days in California at Road Press Camp, test riding FSA’s electronic K-Force WE group, the new Ridley Helium SLX and other new goodies. Where stuff is made was a hot topic, with talk of US and UK protectionist taxes in the news.  

Jon Woodhouse – Technical Editor

It’s that time of the year when all of our print titles go into overdrive for their massive Bike of the Year tests, so it’s been all hands on deck to get as many bikes ridden as possible. I headed out to the Forest of Dean with the What Mountain Bike crew as they did their best to get some serious testing time on the 20 bikes they’ve shortlisted for the test. 
We even managed to coax reclusive Northern tester-man Guy Kesteven out to play ‘dahn sarf’, though he insisted on wearing camouflage in order to keep a low profile. After a load of laps over two days, more swapping than one of ‘those’ parties, almost endless setup tweaking and light arguing, we’d managed to thin the herd out to a top ten that’ll be taken to the far flung shores of Spain for the final shootout.

Matthew Allen – Senior Technical Writer

I spent two days in deepest, darkest Wales with Rob Moxon of Cycling Plus magazine, trying to find out if an e-road bike can coexist with a regular one. (Conclusion: yes and no, watch this space…) We were riding around Llyn Brianne reservoir and although it was hideously cold, the views were stunning – it’s like a miniature version of the Alps in places, with a side order of Canadian forest.

Russell Eich – Technical Writer

I went to the second annual Fat Bike Worlds in Crested Butte, Colorado. It was a very unofficial Worlds event with no licensing, lots of beer, and few rules other than racers must be on at least a 3.5-inch tire and roll pressures under 10 psi. Despite brutally cold temps (-27 C / -18 F) in the morning, riders and racers had fun trying out all sorts of fat bikes. I raced both the short track on Thursday and the unofficial Worlds event on Saturday, and am pleased to report that I wasn’t the guy who rode off the groomed track and fell in the creek.

Josh Patterson – US Tech Editor

Getting hassled by salespeople isn’t something I usually look forward to, but like everything else in life, there are exceptions.

On Sunday I returned home from a long road ride to find an army of neighborhood Girl Scouts standing guard outside my house. They were armed with cookies for sale and ready to strike.

What our readers have been up to

So that’s what we’ve been doing, how about you? Let us know in the comments below.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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