Mass Ave in the Back Bay to get protected bike lanes thanks to your help!

 
On Wednesday, June 15th, over 250 people turned out to hear about important short-term safety improvements being
made to Mass Ave, and to tell the city that protected bike lanes are the only way to address the safety issues along this corridor.
 
Wearing yellow, the national color for Vision Zero, and holding signs that read “Save Lives, Not Parking”, resident after resident told the city how dangerous MassAve currently is, and how important it is that the city take immediate steps.
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A rendering of the proposed southbound protected bike lane. Created by Toole Design Group.

The City is listening.  In addition to protected bike lanes, their plans for an improved Mass Ave include:
  • Improved pedestrian crossings and intersection markings
  • Walk-signs that come on BEFORE cars get the green, letting more people cross the street before cars begin to turn, and
  • No Turn on Red signs at EVERY intersection, further improving pedestrian and cyclist safety
While this is a major step in the right direction, and cause to celebrate, there will continue to be work to do to improve Mass Ave.  The Bike Union will not rest until all of MassAve, from the Harvard Bridge to Columbia Road, has continuous, protected bike lanes on both sides of the street.
 
You can help us reach that goal, by supporting our work, and volunteering with us! It is also never a bad idea to email the Mayor and Commissioner to tell them you support protected bike lanes along the entire length of Mass Ave.
 
As always, we continue to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the bike community, and we cannot thank you enough for helping win protected bike lanes on Mass Ave!

 

Biking to Logan Airport - The Definitive Guide

In the summer of 2015, our friends at Bikabout wrote a how-to blog post for families that wanted to start their vacation in adventurous fashion by bicycling to Boston’s Logan Airport.  Bikabout advocated use of the Blue Line to cross Boston Harbor to Maverick Station, from which riders could pedal to bike parking located at Terminal A or E.

Since that time, we have become aware of a number of intrepid folks who regularly begin their trips out of town by pedalling the more challenging “overland” route to Logan, through Sullivan Square, Everett, Chelsea, and East Boston.  We also realized that there are precious few resources available online for those wishing to undertake advance reconnaissance for such a journey.  Just before flying out of town is not the time to investigate and improvise optimal bike parking at the airport, right?

So, taking Massport’s online listing of airport bike parking (a little lacking in the details department) as a starting point, we set out to provide a sketch of the journey to Logan; create the definitive guide to bike parking at Logan under current conditions; search for that holy grail of a safe, secure, convenient, weather-protected parking space for one’s steed; and proffer some suggestions as to how the situation could be improved.

You can follow along with the map of the parking below that Raphael designed or go full page here

Over the Rivers and Through the (Neighbor)Hoods

With three exceptions, the ride from Cambridge/Somerville/Medford to the airport involves reasonably comfortable conditions consistent with what one generally experiences riding around the greater-Boston area.  The three most challenging points are: Sullivan Square, Beacham St, and the Andrew McArdle Bridge.

Sullivan Square is a well-known point of peril, particularly for eastbound cyclists.  If you make it around the circle onto Route 99, heading toward Everett, you will be rewarded with a very nice buffered bike lane across the Medford Bridge, with fine views of Boston Harbor off to the right.

Alford Buffered Bike Lane

The next difficulty to contend with on your Odyssean journey to

 

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Speak up for protected bike lanes on Mass Ave! - Send this email to the Mayor!

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This Wednesday, June 15,the City of Boston is holding a meeting to share proposed improvements for Massachusetts Avenue from Beacon St to Harrison Avenue. This is the most important public meeting of 2016!

Improving Mass Ave will save lives.

The City’s design includes protected bike lanes on some sections of Mass Ave, but the city can’t build them without strong public support!

Will you come to the meeting on Wednesday and tell the City YOU SUPPORT PROTECTED BIKE LANES?

Here are suggested talking points and requests for the City:
1. Thank the City for their commitment to Vision Zero and making Mass Ave safer for everyone!
2. Ask for protected bike lanes on both sides of Mass Ave, the whole way!
3. In areas where they can’t add protected bike lanes this year, ask them to make a commitment to implement them as part of their long­-term plan for the street.
4. Ask them to make signals shorter to reduce the wait time for pedestrianscrossing the street.
5. Ask them to give pedestrians at least a 6 second head start when they are crossing.
6. Ask them to make every intersection ‘no right on red’ ­­ and enforce it!
7. Ask them to pave Mass Ave by the Christian Science Center Plaza as soon as possible!

Show up, Speak up!

Vision Zero: Mass Ave Public Meeting
Saint Cecilia Parish 
18 Belvidere St 
June 15th, 2016
6:00 ­ 7:30 PM

If you can’t make the meeting tomorrow, you can copy and send the email below to Mayor Walsh telling him you support protected bike lanes on MassAve!

 

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Join us for the 4th Annual Rush Hour Challenge!

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