Better Biking Downtown

1450855_846877515341906_525318347_nThis is a potentially game changing week for making proposed bicycle infrastructure improvements a reality in downtown Boston. For those not already familiar, Boston recently received a TIGER Grant from the U.S DOT to make some major streetscape upgrades in and around downtown. The project, called Connect Historic Boston, calls for a family-friendly, bi-directional bike loop protected from car traffic that will provide residents and visitors a safe route into and around downtown and the North End.

This week, two major public meetings are happening to get community input on two important sections of this proposed bike route. Here is a rundown:

TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 20): the City of Boston will present a concept plan for the Atlantic Ave/Commercial Street protected bike lane. North End residents are especially encouraged to attend. Where? Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St. When? Tonight at 6pm!

TOMORROW NIGHT (Thursday, November 21): the city will host a public meeting to present and discuss the redesign of Causeway Street to include protected bike lane. Where? CBT Architects, 110 Canal St When? Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm

With more people riding bikes in Boston everyday, and more to come, bicycle advocates are encouraging high turnout for both meetings to make sure these needed safety improvements get built.


Nivia Piña

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Nivia is co-owner of the popular and long-running Roxbury restaurant Merengue. With her husband Héctor, they’ve been serving up delicious Dominican favorites since opening in 1994. This past Sunday was Circle the City’s Open Streets Open World on Blue Hill Avenue, and the entire street was closed off to motorized traffic for the enjoyment of the community. Nivia was kind enough to let me take her photo with her blue Electra cruiser. I asked if she rides a lot. “Not as often as I would like” she replied before riding off down a car-free Blue Hill Ave with Héctor. Later, as motor vehicles were allowed back onto to the street and a steady stream of cars and trucks sped by, I understood why.

Ride on, Nivia!


Boston Bike Party: Back to School

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This past Tuesday saw yet another installment of Boston Bike Party. The theme this month? Back to school. Here are a few highlights.  The three photos above are panoramas, so be sure the click on them to see the enlargement. You can view more photos from the evening if you click on over to the Boston Bike Party Facebook album. More photos below the fold. Read the rest of this entry »


Paul Twitchell

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Paul Twitchell is Director of Communications at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights and social justice organization located in Central Square, Cambridge. He is also on the Board of Directors at LivableStreets Alliance. If you are not already familiar, they are one of Boston’s preeminent bike, pedestrian, and transit advocacy organizations and have help secure major victories such as bike lanes on Mass Ave, the BU Bridge, and more. Paul is a busy man- this Sunday he is riding in Bike4Life to benefit LivableStreets, then next Saturday Harbor to the Bay in support of AIDS Action Committee. Read the rest of this entry »


Boston Bike Party – July Edition

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This past Tuesday saw yet another installation of Boston Bike Party. This month’s route took us through the South End, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and ultimately to Allston where by those still standing enjoyed beverages at local watering holes. Here are some highlights of the group.

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Bike Party Planner: Elodie Garcia

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In honor of last night’s Boston Bike Party – July Edition, this is Boston Bike Party organizer Elodie Garcia. After living in Washington, DC and knowing a good thing when she saw it, she decided to bring Bike Party to Boston.

Elodie originally hails from France, but feels right at home in Boston. She says the architecture and city planning remind her of being in a European city. She rides a signature pink Schwinn cruiser she bought on Craigslist. You can read more about Boston Bike Party and Elodie in this article in the Metro.

Ride on, Elodie!


Sophy Sean and his Flying Pigeon

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Sophy Sean is a retired engineer living in Boston. His ride? A classic Chinese Flying Pigeon his daughter bought for him. Fun fact: the Flying Pigeon is considered to be the most popular vehicle ever with over 500 million units made as of 2007, according to Wikipedia. I spotted him at the recent Boston Bike Week Festival at City Hall Plaza and he was kind enough to let me get his photo. Ride on, Sophy!