Here’s a nice Newton-based story that aired on WBZ recently.
From today’s Boston Globe:
At around 6:30 a.m. last Friday, members of Bike Newton placed a line of red Solo cups along the buffer zone separating the bike lane on Beacon Street from the cars driving by on the left.
By 7:30 a.m., many of those cups had been crushed by passing vehicles.
Sadly the scene at 7:30 am. There is no reason cups should have been knocked over. No vehicle should have been driving in the buffer. This is the most direct route for people biking into downtown. It needs protection. (Yes we have picked up all the cups and will recycle) pic.twitter.com/dhj97cad7g— Bike Newton 🚲 #mobilitylanes #2019Goals (@BikeNewton) April 26, 2019
Lime Bikes is now only renting electric-powered models ebikes, which use a small motor to give riders a boost as they accelerate or go up a hill, the Boston Globe reports.
But the switch will come with one big drawback for riders: the electric bikes are more expensive. According to the company’s app, they cost $1 at the start and 15 cents a minute, compared to $1 for 30 minutes on a traditional bike.
Eric Bourassa, transportation director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a regional agency that organized the bike-rental system, said the
City Council President Marc Laredo shared some thoughts about traffic and parking in an email to campaign supporters (and also let them know that he will be seeking reelection). Here’s the portion of his email about traffic and parking.
I hope that you and your families are doing well and looking forward to spring!
In this update, I will focus on two interrelated issues that are a source of continued frustration for Newton residents – traffic and parking.
As I travel through the city, whether walking, running, biking or driving, it is readily apparent that we have a lot of automobile traffic. At times, it is difficult to walk or bike safely, and parking can be limited. So what should we do?
We need to promote safe walking and bicycling and the use of mass transit. Yet, at the same time, we should acknowledge that
Cyclist Brendan Keegan posted this video shortly after our last snow storm..
36 hours after snow has stopped and the buffered Beacon St. bike lane in #NewtonMA is not clear. @BostonCollege snow forces vehicles to park in the bike lane. Maybe BC can chip in for some better snow removal? @MassDCR @BostonBTD lane also needs to be repainted. @BikeNewton pic.twitter.com/3u5SNoWI5q— Brendan Keegan (@brendankeegan) February 15, 2019
The City Council’s Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Newton City Hall to hear about Northland’s much-anticipated transportation plan for its project at Needham and Oak Streets.
Northland is proposing a variety of traffic mitigation remedies, including limiting residential parking to one space per unit and funding new and improved bike and pedestian paths.
But the most significant part of the plan is a proposal to operate and fund a shuttle system that would be open to public use at
Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby cites statistics showing a drop in bike commuting in his latest column.
Considering the billions of dollars that federal, state, and local governments have poured into bicycle infrastructure over the past decade, the steady drop in cycling amounts to a sharp vote of no confidence in bicycles as the much-touted wave of transportation’s future. So maybe it’s time for public officials and policy makers to turn their backs on the militant, self-righteous bike lobby and