First contraflow bike route in Somerville
The city recently posted "Except Bicycles" and "Two-Way Bicycling Allowed" signs on Newton Street, which allows cyclists to bypass a heavily trafficked section of Prospect Street outside Union Square. Somerville has several other "Except Bicycles" signs, but they are all countermanding temporal restrictions or turn prohibitions. This is the first case in which cyclists are permitted to ride upstream where cars never can. As usual, hooray for our progressive and effective city government!
Contraflow signs on Newton Street
Possibility of protected bike lanes on Hampshire Street in Cambridge
Cambridge officials are considering creating protected bike lanes on Hampshire Street (which is what Beacon Street becomes when it crosses into Cambridge) from the Cambridge/Somerville line to Broadway. You could also call this the stretch from Inman Square to Kendall Square. You can see the evidence in this memo from city officials
Farooq, O'Riordan, and Barr to Cambridge City Manager Louis Pasquale. If you care about this, you might want to go to the Cambridge City Council Meeting starting at 5:30 PM tonight
Oh, also, Inman Square
If you're interested in Hampshire Street, you might also be interested in the redesign of Inman Square. The city of Cambridge recently held a meeting where they presented 4 different possible designs
. There will be another meeting in February; it will be announced on the project's webpage
. There is also a design survey
, where you can register your considered opinion that the peanutabout is the greatest design in the history of urban planning. Other opinions are also accepted, but you know where I stand.
Tell your reps to co-sponsor the House/Senate bills to making biking safer.
Senator Brownsberger and Reps Hecht and Rogers written a pair of bills (one in the Senate, one in the House, let's hear it for our bicameral legislature) to make our roads safer for all bicyclists, walkers, and drivers. The bill does stuff like require big trucks to have sideguards so cyclists can't get sucked under the tires, forces cars to yield to cyclists on marked bike paths, and the like.
You should ask your representatives to co-sponsor the bill before the deadline on February 3. You can do that through a web form
. If you're feeling revolutionary, like you want to have some influence over your government for some reason
, you could call your reps, which is more effective than just clicking a form.
If you live in Somerville, your state senator is Pat Jehlen, and your state representative is either Christine Barber, Mike Connolly, or Denise Provost. You can figure out the details at malegislature.gov.
Think of how reasonable you will sound, just asking for bike safety!
Share a bike trailer
Here's a reminder that the Somerville Cooperative Trailer Share
exists. Drop them an email if you need a trailer or have one to share.
Upcoming bike events
21st century transportation planning workshop, Assembly Square
Tuesday, January 31, 1 PM
Help create a vision for the future of transportation in Massachusetts. More details at Massmoves.org
. Please register for free tickets
. The meeting will be in the first floor conference room of the Public Storage Building at 50 Middlesex Ave.