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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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Ghost Bike Removed from Lincoln Crash Site Within Hours of Installation
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.Read more
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.Read more