We share your grief, and say enough is enough.

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Dear members and friends,

It is with heavy heart that I write to you today.  Most of you know by now that a young woman riding a bike, 27 year old Amanda Phillips of Cambridge, was hit and killed in Inman Square last week.  While some details are not fully clear yet, it is widely believed that she was either doored or swerved to avoid a door opening in her path, and was thrown into the path of a landscape truck.  We have been devastated by this loss, alongside all of you.

We want to welcome you to a vigil to honor the life of Amanda Phillips, mourn her loss, and find a way forward together.  It will be tonight at 7pm, in Inman Square at the site of the crash.  It is open to all, and we hope you will join us, members of the bike community, and friends of Amanda.

We are full of grief, and we are also angry.  We’re angry that we know where the dangerous intersections and corridors are, and we have to battle against the interests of on-street parking and against those who value motorist convenience over bicyclist mortality, to earn the space on the road for infrastructure that will protect us, not put us in the path of car doors or aggressive vehicles.  We’re angry because this was preventable.

In times like this, we understand that people need an outlet to “channel their righteous anger,” Continue reading We share your grief, and say enough is enough.

Vigil for Amanda Phillips

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On Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm the cycling community will be holding a candlelight vigil in Inman Square to honor Amanda Phillips, who was killed while biking on Cambridge Street on Thursday, June 23rd.
All are welcome to attend.

There will be a collection to support those planning the arrangements for Amanda. All proceeds will be contributed to the GoFundMe campaign, but you can also contribute to it directly here: https://www.gofundme.com/radloveforphillips

Afterwards, there will be a reception at Ole Mexican Grill on Springfield Street in Inman, providing everyone a place to gather, mourn and heal together.

You can find more information about the vigil on facebook.

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

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