It is the dawning of the age of bike-curious. Somerville Bike News, January, 2019
Happy New Bike Year!!
Draft Massachusetts Bicycle Plan MassDOT has released a draft bicycle transportation plan. They are accepting comments until Jan 31. It’s really encouraging to see this and it represents a good start. Let’s make it better! If you can draft a thoughtful response to the draft!
Beacon St Update Well, it's now January and we are still waiting on our contractors to paint bike lanes on Beacon St between Washington Street and Inman Square and to fix a low lying part of the cycle track near RF O'Sullivans. Cambridge just painted bike lanes at the end of December in Porter Square setting a new record for the latest date that bike facilities were added in a calendar year. If we paint the Beacon St lanes we can set the record for the earliest date!!
Truck Safety Video- updated link The link we provided last month to the Safe Trucking in Changing Cities is dead. Here's an updated link. Please watch the video for your own edification and let us know if you have any contacts in the trucking industry- we want this to be seen by as many truck drivers as possible.
Upcoming Bike Events
Bike Talk at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St
Wednesday, January 9, 6PM Jon Ramos, one of Boston's leading bike advocates and an all around excellent human, will be telling us about the upcoming Bostreal (Boston to Montreal) bike ride from Boston to Montreal and why you should do it! One of the reasons is that it's a fundraiser for the amazing Boston Cyclists Union... Here's a link to an attractive poster with more info
SBC Monthly Meeting, Roll Call Room (basement), Public Safety Building, Washington St Union Square Thursday, January 10th, 6:30 PM Come see how the bike advocacy sausage is made at the SBC's monthly meeting. This is our first meeting of the year where we will talk about goals for the new year. among other important bike topics near and dear to our wheels and hearts. The best part is, we go out for beer afterwards and keep talking about bikes!
Special Bike Talk at Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St
Friday January 25, 5:30 PM Adrian Kok, a transportation planner from the Netherlands, will be giving a special bike talk on the amazing bicycle bridges he's building in the Netherlands. His talk is entitled BUILDING CITIES FOR ALL MODES USING SYNERGETIC WIN-WIN- INFRASTRUCTURE.
SBC Enforcement Team meeting, Forge Bakery Wednesday, January 16, 7:45 AM The Somerville Bike Committee is divided into a few subcommittees so that our volunteers can focus on what they're good at. The Enforcement Team is led by Kevin McGrath; the team is working closely with the Somerville Police and others to ensure that all road users get along and respect the rules of the road. Second Wednesday of each month.
SBC Evaluation and Engineering Team meeting, FORGE BAKERY Thursday, January 17, 6:30 PM The Somerville Bike Committee is divided into a few subcommittees so that our volunteers can focus on what they're good at. The Evaluation Team is now being led by Ted Lester, and I (Brandon Stafford) am now leading the Engineering Team. Lots of work to do right now. Second Thursday of each month.
SBC Encouragement/Education Team meeting, Aeronaut Brewery
Monday, January 21, 6 PM The Somerville Bike Committee is divided into a few subcommittees so that our volunteers can focus on what they're good at. The Encouragement Team tries to get people into biking; the Education Team works on teaching bikers, drivers, pedestrians, and their friends how to get along safely with bike traffic. Third Monday of each month.