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    • CommentAuthorCarter
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011 edited
    taken from the Liveable Streets website

    Event: 3rd Annual Boston Bikes Update hosted by LivableStreets Alliance with Nicole Freedman, City of Boston Bikes Director

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

    Thursday, January 27, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (doors open at 6)
    @ Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance

    free and open to the public.

    Mayor Tom Menino has explained his dream of a city that is “safe and inviting” for bicyclists. With over a dozen miles of lanes and cycle tracks added in 2010, as well as new bike racks and a great deal of design in review, is Boston becoming a more bike friendly city?

    For the third year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bikes Report event. Nicole Freedman, Director of the Boston Bikes Program, will present her third report on past achievements, challenges, and future goals of the Mayor's effort to create a "world class bicycling city." Ms. Freedman will discuss plans for the city's bike sharing program, bike lanes and off-road networks, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals, and more.

    Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston.It's not francois' fault that you weren't looking hard enough.
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
    Great opportunity! And in the spirit of open communication, I think it'd be a great time to ask Nicole if the city has a plan to ratchet up traffic enforcement on all fronts, in addition to increasing the fines and penalties for bicycle infractions.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
    Sadly I'll be in class for this. Can someone who attends please fill us all who can't in on what goes down.clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    highlights as I heard them:

    More bike lanes: Last year was about setting up bike lane throughfares. 2011 will be about connecting them to form networks of bike lanes.

    Mass Ave bike lane: plans are definitely in the works to put a bike lane on Mass Ave. lane from Dorchester to the Mass Ave bridge.

    continuation of current programs: youth cycling, bike to market (bike mechanics hanging out at farmers markets in neighborhoods that don't have many bike shops, Hub on Wheels, Bike Friday, etc.

    continuing followthrough on 2010 Safety Summit -- more training of police, MBTA, other public employees, continuing review and refinement of accident survey to look at improving dangerous streets (ie. Mass Ave), promoting low cost helmet program.

    more education -mailer aimed to go out to 50,000 drivers about how to behave around cyclists (ie. safe passing distance, signalling, checking blind spots, etc.)

    more enforcement - (this got a lot of attention at the Q&A). Nicole cleared up that the ruling regarding increasing fines is a suggested ceiling, but that the cops have the discretion to write in a lower fine as an 'educational measure'. but she was also pretty clear about how she believes that the path towards civil streets is ensuring that -everyone- cyclists, drivers, peds, behave; but was also honest in saying that Boston's scofflaw road culture will take a while to change.

    BikeShare: "No, seriously, guys, this year we'll get the Bike Share. For reals." Scope of bike share appears to span most of Downtown, Back Bay and South End with extensions to JP and Brighton along Comm Ave. Cambridge and Somerville are planning on implementing as well, but since this is a _Boston_ bike report, their plans were not on the slide.

    The city has seen significant increases in ridership, bike related employment and a flat line in accidents, which points to the program working and making progress. Eventhough accident rate has been slightly down or flat over the last few years, the increasing ridership indicates that number of accidents per person has dropped a lot.

    Accident survey had interesting stats: 1 accident per 1000 miles ridden. 42% of respondents reported that they had an accident. 38% were bike-car. 33% did not involve another party (ie. crash due to pothole or slippery conditions or cyclist impacting a structure). only 10% required a hospital visit. So collecting crash or injury stats from EMTs only gets 1/10th of the data required to analyze cycling related injuries.

    Q&A was more like rotating soapbox time. Many folks had an essentially prepared speech that they'd just sort of read off to illustrate their pet issue (ie. bike lanes in door zone. snow plowing. drivers suck. there is never enough Dorchester love. kids need to bike or will get teh diabetes. peds suck.) One interesting point that came up is that if you get harassed by a cab or private shuttle, you should absolutely call complaints into the hackney license commission or the private shuttle operator. That stuff goes underreported and can be taken rather seriously when it does come up.

    Charlestown and anti-bike activism came up, and Nicole as well as one of the city transport planners took that as an opportunity to remind everyone that if you care about bike lanes and bike infrastructure, you should absolutely try to attend a planning meeting and let your voice be heard. Half of getting anything done is just showing up. Boston Transportation planning will be setting up a new website to make it easier for folks to know about planning meetings in their neighborhood and if you filled out the registration form at the event and gave them a zip code and email address, they will email you if a planning meeting is coming up in your zip.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    oh yeah, also: either bike lane or cycle track on Cambridge St. from the Longfellow to Government Center.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    ^thanks for the updates.