Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bikes Not Bombs Watertown Bike Drive on Saturday April 12th

We want your old bikes! Bring 'em on down on Sat, Apr 12th, 2014, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown, Mass. No need to inflate the tires or even dust them off! Bike drives will be conducted rain or shine, unless otherwise noted. Note that you can also bring your bike to Jamaica Plain any time!

We will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation, if you like. We also ask people to consider a $10 cash donation to BNB for each bike, which helps pay the shipping cost to send them overseas, but this is optional.

For more information click here

National Brain Tumor Society Bicycle ride on Sunday May 18th

The NBTS's annual Boston Brain Tumor Bicycle ride is just around the corner, Sunday May 18th (starts and ends in Waltham)! This is 20th year and around 1,500 riders are expected to attend. This event not only raises awareness but also raises much-needed resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. Full event details can be found here

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The 6th Annual Boston Bike Update -- Monday March 31 at Faneuil Hall.

The 6th Annual Boston Bike Update will be held on Monday, March 31 at Faneuil Hall. RSVP now

Biking has doubled in Boston in the last 6 years. Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network? Join newly elected Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh and others for this sixth annual event with Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman. Register for this event to hear Nicole discuss the future of biking in Boston, including end of year surveys, Connect Historic Boston, the Network Plan, and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Location: @ Great Room, Faneuil Hall, Boston
Time: 5:45 Doors open, bike valet provided by MassBike
6:15-9pm: Presentations and Q&A
9pm LivableStreets After Party @ Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall
RSVP now

Active Streets Passes in the Senate !

From the Massachusetts Public Health Association:

On Thursday March 6th, the Senate voted in favor of the Active Streets Certification Program and authorized $50 million in funding over the next five years!

The measure was passed as part of the broader Transportation Bond Bill, which was approved by the House in January. This represents a major milestone in the campaign that MPHA, the Act FRESH Campaign, and many allies kicked off over a year ago.

Your advocacy made the difference in convincing both the House and the Senate to take action on this issue! Thank you to the many friends and partners who have been involved in this effort intensively over the last year.

The Active Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk, bike, and use public transit across the Commonwealth. The expansion of active streets - also known as complete streets - will provide health benefits, advance health equity, and provide economic and environmental benefits to communities large and small across the state.

The program was proposed by Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Jason Lewis.

Please take a minute to thank the leaders in the Senate for their support, including Senate President Therese Murray, Senate Bonding Committee Chairman Brian Joyce, and Senate Transportation Chairman Tom McGee.

In addition, we are grateful to the numerous Senators who actively supported the proposal, including Senators Kenneth Donnelly, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Jamie Eldridge, and Michael Moore.

The Senate and House will now produce a compromise version of the Transportation Bond Bill for final passage and consideration of the governor.

Once the Governor signs the final bill, we will need your continued support to ensure the program is successfully implemented by MassDOT and the full funding allocated.

To learn more about this campaign and the benefits of Complete Streets, click here. You can also follow developments on Twitter at #ActiveSts.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Greenough Blvd. redesign meeting on March 6th, 7pm at the Cambridge Boat Club

Come show your support for the proposed Greenough Blvd. improvements at the next important public meeting. This public meeting is intended to review the Greenough Boulevard improvements and is scheduled for Thursday March 6th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Cambridge Boat Club. Please pass the word along to others who may be interested in improving the paths along the Charles River. There will be some trade offs needed to achieve a greener and more balanced parkway.

The link to the official public meeting notice can be found here.

More information on the redesign can be found at the Solomon Foundation website.

And an article on the Feb 10th redesign public meeting can be viewed here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

State officials to honor artists, coordinators of Watertown mural

State officials this week will recognize Watertown high schoolers and volunteers who coordinated the painting of a 230-foot-long mural of local landmarks on the cement wall that snakes along the Linear Park bike path in Watertown.

See the entire article at Boston.com

Monday, September 30, 2013

Easy Ride Travel Time (ERTT) methodology

At the September 2013 Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee meeting, One Hwang presented the Easy Ride Travel Time (ERTT) methodology and its application to streets and bike paths in Watertown.

Bicycling is a mode of transportation that can advance economic development and other overarching community goals. However, until recently, the lack of credible tools that help cities and towns understand the impact of bicycle infrastructure on users of the transportation system and economic development has prevented them from investing in improved facilities for bicycling. ERTT, a new tool for calculating the quality of bicycle infrastructure, fills this gap and has the potential to help cities and towns to make stronger commitments to bicycling.

The ERTT can be applied to appraise the Watertown Community Path, a 1.8-mile-long shared-use trail that would connect important commercial areas in Watertown and that was proposed in 2010. Although the path enjoys community support, the Town Council has not yet decided to fund its construction. Understanding how the path would improve access to employment and shopping centers may play a crucial role in the Town Council's decision to build the path.