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Cambridge Bike Safety Update

from the email:

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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

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3. Other updates:

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  • 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!

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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.

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

Bikes Not Bombs Update

Register for the 2013 Bike-A-Thon and set-up your fundraising page

Photo By: Wayne Chinnock

There is still plenty of time to register for the Bike-A-Thonon June 2nd! With about three weeks to go, the individual fundraising goal of $150 is easily attainable, especially with our online fundraising system.

All riders who reach the $150 minimum will receive a free BNB t-shirt. And, if you raise $500, $1,000 or $2,000, you’ll get a gift certificate to the Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop. We also have a special prize for the top individual fundraiser!

Tips for a successful fundraising page:

  • Write some text on your page that is about you personally so that people will feel connected to your ride.
  • Enable the thermometer and honor roll.
  • Add a picture of yourself.

The Bike-A-Thon is our largest event of the year and it’s tons of fun! We will have free breakfast in the morning, snacks at the rest stops, and free lunch at the finish line from Amir’s Natural Foods, Vanguarden Farm and Boloco. Plus, the After Party will be hopping with music, yoga, and face painting for the kids! Don’t hesitate – register now!

If you have more questions, please contact our Information Technology Manager, Sean Madsen, at617-522-0222 x111 or sean@bikesnotbombs.org.

Volunteer for the Bike-A-Thon

Photo By: Wayne Chinnock

Like all BNB programs, the Bike-A-Thon wouldn’t be possible without our amazing volunteers.

We need volunteers on June 2nd to help with rider check-in, to assist with rider communication, and to help staff the BNB info table.

If you’re interested and available, you can sign up online. A BNB staff member will be in touch with you soon after about specifics.

Can we borrow your water dispensers, coolers, folding tables, or pop-up tents?

Have a tent like this? Consider loaning it to BNB for the Bike-A-Thon! Photo by: Gloria Carrigg

Can we borrow your water dispensers, coolers, folding tables, or pop-up tents?

For our Bike-A-Thon on June 2nd, we will need more folding tables, pop-up tents, water dispensers, and coolers! Do you have access to these? Would you be willing lend them to us, or donate them?

Folding Tables: ideally, 6 or 8 feet long thick plastic tables with fold-out legs. Other varieties/sizes may be useful too.

Pop-Up Tents: must be free-standing, should be at least 10 feet square, heavy-duty preferred.

Water dispensers and coolers: let us know what you have.

It would be super helpful if you are able to lend or donate supplies to us! Contact Arik Grier atarik@bikesnotbombs.org or 617-522-0222 x100.

Second Annual Super Soaker Scooper ‘Stravaganza

Come eat ice cream in support of the BNB Youth BAT Team!

For the second year in a row, the BNB Youth Bike-A-Thon team will be holding a water-gun squirting, ice cream scooping fundraiser! On Friday May 24th, starting at 4PM, swing by the Stony Brook T stop, for a scoop of JP Licks, and a chance to soak some folks with water guns! Every dollar collected will go towards Team Swerve’s goal of $4,000!

If you can’t make it, but still want to support the BNB Youth Team, you can sponsor them online.

LivableStreets Update

From LivableStreets:

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Rush Hour Race: And the winner is…

 

On Tuesday morning, we hosted the second annual Rush Hour Race sponsored by Plymouth Rock Assurance, with the Somerville Bicycle Committee. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone sent the racers off in Davis Square on their routes to the finish line at Dewey Square across from South Station.

“Rush Hour Race is an event to raise awareness about all the ways we get
around our city. More and more people want transportation options and investing in them is critical. By investing in many different ways to get around, such as biking, walking and public transit, everyone’s commute can improve,” said Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets.?

The MBTA proved to be the fastest way to get to work Tuesday at 8 AM. The MBTA rider took 25 minutes; roller blader 28 minutes; cyclist 30 minutes; runner 39 minutes; and the driver 50 minutes.

“At Plymouth Rock we care very deeply for the city of Boston. That’s why it’s so

important to us that our city has the safest, easiest and most efficient transportation options. Alternate forms of transportation are a great way to reduce traffic congestion, automobile miles driven and automobile crashes, which is why Plymouth Rock offers great rates for people who drive less than their peers. We’re proud to work with LivableStreets to promote the growth of all transportation options in Boston through events like the Rush Hour Race,” said Chris Olie, President of Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Longfellow Bridge: Imagine if…    

Too good to not share. This photo was captured by one of our members Tuesday morning, coming off of the Longfellow Bridge entering Charles Circle in Boston. Years ago, LivableStreets advocated for you and won a bike lane there (at least sort of), instead of just vehicle lanes.Now, imagine if there was a wider separated bike lane on the bridge. Imagine if this separated bike lane continued to Cambridge and Charles Street. Don’t worry, we are working on it! Become a member today, and support our Better Bridges campaign.

Excellence in Advocacy for Better Bridges Campaign  

 

We are excited to share that LivableStreets is one of four 2013 Excellence in Advocacy finalist. We were nominated and chosen because of our Better Bridges Campaign. Massachusetts Nonprofit Network received a record number of nominations, representing 177 organizations and individuals across the state. Award winners will be announced at the Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 10.

LivableStreets on WGBH “Right of Way” TV series  

LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas was on Emily Rooney’s “Right of Way” show on WGBH Monday, May 6. Also on the show was filmmaker Kris Carter and Harvard University professor Noah Feldman,

to discuss bicycling in Boston.
Watch part of the show here.
Tell us what you think about the show on Twitter @StreetsBoston #RightofWay and on our Facebook page.

RSVP for 5th Annual Boston Bike Update event 

with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall & conference room, 700 Boylston St Boston
5:30 PM Doors Open – bike valet provided
6:00-8:30PM Presentations followed by Q & A

8:30-10:00 PM

LivableStreets Member Social @ Solas Irish Pub
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance

Free & open to the public.RSVP please.

For the fifth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event with the Director of the Boston Bikes Program, Nicole Freedman. Yes, she left for a little while, but she’s back! Find out how Nicole has jumped back in to keep all of the City’s goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals and more.

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Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and get your questions answered.  

> Invite friends on Facebook

> Volunteer at the event – email thushy@livablestreets.info for more details.

Bike4Life ride September 15  

Fundraiser for LivableStreets   

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Last year, you helped us raised $40,000 through our Bike4Life fundraising bike ride. Thank you! This year, the ride will take place on Sunday, September 15th. The ride will have 20 and 40 mile routes from Newton, as well as a kid’s route. Save the date and more details coming soon!

Street Ambassador Training   

Tuesday, June 11, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm  

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

volunteer@livabletreets.info to RSVP
  

There’s more than one way to think about our streets, use our streets, and to enjoy our streets. As a LivableStreets Street Ambassador, you’ll be helping people shift their perceptions about what our communities could be.

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Represent LivableStreets in neighborhoods, at festivals and at other public events. Share how our campaigns and programs are helping to improve the quality of life for people in and around metro Boston. Livable streets are achievable, but only when you get involved.

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Last year, our 25 Street Ambassadors made national news and helped win short-term improvements in our Remove McGrath Campaign! Help make change this summer. Find out more information here and RSVP for a training today!

Matter of Facts: Parking   

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Parking plays a big role in the way streets are designed and how our public space is used. Here are some facts on parking. Weigh in, what do you think about parking? Share your comments on Twitter, Facebook or send to vision@livablestreets.info.   

 

Did you know? 

  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. car trips begin and end in a free parking space.*
  • The average automobile is parked 95 percent of the time.*
  • Although many businesses today believe they benefit from free parking, curbside parking meters were actually introduced in 1935 by an Oklahoma City department store owner. He wanted to increase parking turnover so that there would always be spaces available for his customers.*
  • Boston does not charge for residential parking permits, and issues about 350,000 permits every two years.**

*StreetsBlog.com

**Parking consultant, Mark Chase.

Volunteer Spotlight with Paul Sohn

Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago, IL. I grew up in Hyde Park, a neighborhood on the south side of the city near the University of Chicago, and my family later moved to Wilmette, a suburb on the north side. So I got both the city and suburban experience growing up.

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  What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

I love Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, especially near Central Square, where I live. It’s a good example of how reducing travel lanes on a major street can make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.

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What do you like about volunteering for LivableStreets Alliance?

Because LivableStreets is so volunteer-driven, there’s tons of opportunity to help out should you choose to pursue it. On the advocacy committee, if you have a good idea, more experienced volunteers (who have an incredible wealth of knowledge about transportation issues) will help you take it as far as you can.

What would your bumper sticker say?

“Yeah, my bike is in the shop”

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> Watch the Remove McGrath video Paul created and read the 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! Next one happening tomorrow!

Public Meetings and Events

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Bike Week

Saturday, May 11-Saturday May 19

@ all over Massachusetts!

See all the events here>> 

 

Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8pm

@ Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington St, Somerville  

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>>