Residents of Cambridgeport have been putting up with construction along the length of Western Ave for over a year now. Finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After doing major utility work along the corridor, construction crews are starting to put the street back together. But what was once a wide, highway-like roadway cutting through the neighborhood will return as a human-scale city street. The design maintains two lanes of one-way traffic going westbound and parallel parking on both sides of the street, but moves the bike lane up onto sidewalk level where people riding bikes will be protected from roadway hazards like double-parked cars, aggressive drivers, potholes, and opening car doors. Read the rest of this entry »
This 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.
This morning we hear the news that works crews have been hard at work installing new bike lanes on A Street in South Boston. A few weeks ago I was in Brooklyn and came upon a work crew installing bike lanes and symbols in Cobble Hill. They were kind enough to let me snap some photos while they worked.
As promised, I have put together a post with high-resolution photos from my recent trip to Buenos Aires. This will be a two part series- the first post featuring various bicycle-related scenes around Buenos Aires, and second featuring photos from our day-long trip around the city by bicycle.
It’s nice to get out of town every once in a while. Today I used CitiBike, New York’s new bike share program, and rode around the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope and Cobble Hill. Some observations…
Today, I prepare to return to Boston. Here are a few more photos of cyclists, cycling infrastructure, and yours truly, taken with my phone around Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires appears to be a city waking up to cycling. The terrain is flat, the climate mild, and traffic jams and gridlock can stretch for miles. Cycling makes sense as a way to get around. In the last few years, the city government has installed miles of protected two way cycle tracks that extend into many different neighborhoods.