Caron Whitaker to speak at Bike Advocacy Boot Camp

What does the Trump Election Mean for Bikes?

LAB’s Expert Caron Whitaker Explains at Advocacy Boot Camp

With the ballots cast for both the United States Executive and Legislative elections, bike advocates will study the results to determine the direction of Federal bicycle policy.

With the election of Donald Trump and the GOP in control of both houses of Congress questions arise over transportation policy with regards to bicycles. Can there be a silver lining?

The person who studies this the most in Washington DC is Caron Whitaker, vice president of government relations for the League of American Bicyclists, will make one of her first public speeches on the matter at MassBike’s Advocacy Boot Camp to be held Dec. 17 in Watertown.

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Route 107

MassBike, in collaboration with Livable Streets Alliance and Walk Boston, has presented several recommendations to MassDOT for the overhaul of the Route 107 between Salem and Lynn. Please read the joint letter below for more information and to find out what you can do to help.

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Strange Bedfellows: Freight and Bikes - How the Porter Square Tragedy Can Spark Real Change

Last Wednesday morning’s tragedy in Porter Square that killed 60-year-old Dr. Bernard “Joe” Lavins of Lexington had a unique component. The door on the cab of the truck showed the name of the company.

MassBike contacted Mitlitsky Eggs, a Connecticut based firm founded in 1964, for comments and information.

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The Secret Sauce of Kendall Square

How Cambridge Hosted Massive Development While Reducing Traffic

Typical 20th Century commercial developers in America operate with a formula that states one should build about three to four parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of office space. Given that the last decade has seen more than 5 million square feet of office space shoehorned into East Cambridge and Kendall Square, one would have to accommodate parking for nearly 20,000 cars.

With an estimated 17 of the world’s 20 largest biotech and pharmaceutical firms operating in this area, the construction of buildings went full-throttle in the five years. Recognizing this opportunity, city officials put several conditions on developers to bring bikes, pedestrians and transit user on the same plane as cars. The result? The parking ratio was set at just one parking space per thousand square feet of office.

That’s right, just one.

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MassBike and BCU Speak; MassDOT Listens on Longfellow Bridge Reconstruction

As much as 50 percent of the rush hour traffic on the Longfellow Bridge is on a bicycle. The bridge between Cambridge and Boston is part of a key commuting corridor for cars, bikes, pedestrians and the MBTA Red Line.  

The rehab project, one of five spans being re-done under the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, has maintained inbound and outbound bicycle access throughout the project but has restricted automobiles to inbound access only. Recently the project switched from the downstream span to the upstream span, which has been renovated. This has put the bikes inbound alongside cars and outbound on a path shared with pedestrians.

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Legislative Wins!

Thanks to the calls and e-mails from our members throughout the year to state lawmakers we have good news to report! The current legislative session is over and there are victories to celebrate and a we have a clear picture of the work that remains ahead.

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COMMENTARY: Will Crashes Spark Tactical Suburbanism?

Ghost Bike Removed from Lincoln Crash Site Within Hours of Installation

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Ghost bikes spur a lot of emotion. Like the crosses and shrines erected along highway crash scenes, these stark emblems pay tribute to a place where a cyclist died while also serving reminders to motorists to mind their behavior.

On the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 17, I corresponded with Maureen Crocker, the sister of Eugene Thornberg, who died in June after a collision between his bicycle and a motor vehicle along Route 126 in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Police granted Crocker permission to host a memorial ghost bike service near the scene of the crash on Saturday, Sept. 10. The family delayed the service to allow Thornberg’s son, Patrick Thornberg, to return from his basic training for the U.S. Marine Corps in Parris Island, S.C.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. The Lincoln Police graciously offered to close the road for one hour to accommodate the service. They would also grant permission to install the ghost bike but only for that weekend.

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Two Crashes Draw Increased Attention to Suburban Bike Accommodations

Second Lincoln Fatality, Waltham Collision Showcase Poor Bike Conditions

News of the first crash on Wednesday, Aug. 17, came in the morning. Normally that would have filled up our caseload for the day here at MassBike.

But in pursuing details about the crash, we learned of a second crash on the same day. This one proved fatal.

Both involved large motor vehicles, a pickup truck and an SUV.

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Longfellow Bridge Closures - August 27 & 28

ADVISORY - August 27 & 28
Longfellow Bridge Steam Pipe Venting to Require Brief Travel Closures 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), announce that all vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, and MBTA Red Line travel near the Charles Circle staging area of the Longfellow Bridge will be halted for a brief period of time. The temporary halt is necessary to complete replacement of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH's) existing steam line with a new 18-inch line on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28. The line runs under the Longfellow Bridge and is being replaced as part of the bridge rehabilitation. The new line must be cleaned before it is put into service. The cleaning process (called a “steam blow”) uses pressurized steam to remove dirt and other debris from inside the new line.

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On our ongoing response to the death of Amanda Phillips

Yesterday, In the wake of the tragic loss of Amanda Phillips in Cambridge last week, MassBike sent the following letter to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan. While we continue to work diligently to improve our roadways and pass new laws, we cannot expect to see change unless we enforce existing laws. Copied on our letter to Ms. Ryan, we have reached out to Cambridge Acting Police Commissioner Christopher Burke, Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, Attorney General Maura Healey, State Rep. David M. Rogers, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico, State Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, State Rep. Timothy J. Toomey, State Rep. Marjorie C. Decker, and State Rep. Jonathan Hecht to ensure that charges are filed against the motorists involved.

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