Thursday, May 9, 2013
In 2010, he helped secure more than $5 million dollars to fund the creation of Boston’s bike share program
Mayoral candidate and At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly is calling for an expedited hearing to discuss Boston's bicycling infrastructure, particularly two projects. "There are cycle tracks capital projects being discussed, one at the Public Garden and the other on Malcolm X Boulevard," Connolly said during Wednesday's weekly Boston City Council meeting. Connolly said growing Boston's cycling infrastructure is good for public health and economic development and has the benefit of the established Hubway bike share program. Connolly said many of his colleagues had already taken active roles in promoting bicycling in Boston through previous initiaves. Specifically, Connolly said the Boston Cyclists Union, as well as other city …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Boston City Council is discussing how to improve bicycling infrastructure across the city, with the possibility of adding more bicycling barrier lanes to protect riders.
On Thursday, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley led a hearing on how to improve biking infrastructure throughout the city. One of the topics is where to put bike barrier lanes and bicycling lanes. "The city has done great work to create a vast network of painted bike lanes throughout the city and they have installed barriers on Western Avenue in Allston and we know installation on Malcolm X Boulevard is in the works. This is really exciting," said Pressley to Patch. "During the hearing we’ll explore, with city officials and cycling advocates, what other specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes." So where do you think bike lanes and bicycle barrier lanes should go in Boston? And what do you think of …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Boston officials and cycling advocates will present what specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes.
Boston's leaders are continually looking to improve bicycling throughout the city. One of the biggest boosts to bicycling in Boston is the Hubway program, which affords anyone the opportunity to rent a bicycle at one of many neighborhood stations. While the winter is here, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is leading the pack on discussing bicycling infrastructure from the halls of the Boston City Council. Pressley answered some bicycling questions from Patch. Patch: You're leading a hearing on examining bicycling infrastructure in Boston on Thurs., Dec. 6 at noon at Boston City Hall - what do you hope to accomplish from this hearing, and moving forward? Pressley: There have been a number of reported vehicle and bicycle …
Friday, August 10, 2012
What are the kids riding these days? Where's a good place to teach kids to ride? And how safe is Centre Street for biking?
There's no better time to bicycle than on one of the many beautiful days this summer. In West Roxbury, we've got a great hands-on bicycle shop owned by Jay and Cheryl Devitt, who know about saving their customers money at the Busted Knuckle Bicycle Shop. Patch asked Cheryl about the business, bicycling in West Roxbury, and what's popular these days. Patch: How does the bicycle business differ from season to season, such as winter and summer. Does it? Cheryl Devitt: As you might imagine, the summer is particularly busy for us. Families go away on vacation and take their bikes. Folks come in and get their kids' bikes tuned up for camp. It's a far nicer time of year to ride than winter. Though with the extremely mild past winter, we saw…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Hubway bicycle program is adding 11 new station around Boston, none in the Parkway area. Is it a matter of West Roxbury not being bike-friendly?
The Hubway Bike Program is adding 11 new stations around Boston, none of which are in the Parkway area. New stations are to be added in Roxbury, Dorchester, Charlestown, Allston, and in the downtown core of Boston. The listed neighborhoods have more car traffic compared to West Roxbury, but are not greater tourist spots. So why not adding a Hubway station to West Roxbury? Would the neighborhood not use the bicycles, or would people not use them to pedal into West Roxbury? And how bike-friendly is West Roxbury? The neighborhood roads seem to be good to ride through due to few cars, but how are our main thoroughfares for bicycling? Particularly Centre and Spring streets? Dare I ask - how's biking on the VFW Parkway? Take the polls and …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
More bicyclists are on the streets of Boston. That's good for a lot of reasons. But will we start to see more bicyclists running into pedestrians?
Most of the recent news about bicycling in Boston is positive: More people are bicycling and the city is becoming an easier place to bike. But when you put more pedestrians and two-wheelers crossing the same streets and intersections, bad things could happen. Especially when one or both parties are flouting traffic rules. Boston pedestrians don't seem to pay much attention to whether the crossing light is red or green. And we've all seen bicyclists zoom through red lights. A recent infamous case comes out of San Francisco, where a bicyclist ran a red light and slammed into a pedestrian. The man fell and hit his head. He died a few days later. Atlantic Cities recently posted a round-up of cyclist-on-pedestrian incidents. They conclude it'…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Are you committed to helping improve life for bicyclists in Boston? The Boston Cyclists Union is looking for you.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Chris Helms
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Are you a Bostonian who is serious about bicycling? I mean more serious than just participating in the latest UHub flame war between bike riders and car drivers. The Boston Cyclists Union is looking to add new board members. They want committed bike advocates with experience with volunteering and fundraising. They'll want you to bring some specific expertise too, like accounting, graphic design or urban planning. Interested? The union has all the information you'll need.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Three bicyclists have died in the past five years along Huntington Avenue.
Even while Boston has become a more bike-friendly city, there are still perils of bicycling. In the wake of Friday's fatal bike wreck on Huntington Avenue, bikers who use the busy, narrow street say it is a dangerous but an essential way to get around the city. "It's hard to ride on Huntington," said Lucy McDermott, a Northeastern student who relies on her bike, "but we do it because we have to." McDermott also relies on her friends. She bikes with fellow Northeastern students Jessica Feldish and Teresa Bryant whenever possible. By riding in a staggered formation they can take up a whole lane, as is their right as cyclists. The trio had stopped by a memorial to the woman who died Friday, 28-year-old Boston College graduate student Kelsey…