Lime Bikes or Blue?

Lime Bikes or Blue?

Newtonians may be seeing blue shared bikes around the city, StreetsBlog reports. The bike share program, run by Lyft, already provides dock-based service in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and is negotiating to add service in a number of nearby suburbs, including Newton.

Newton drivers flunk Bike Newton’s red cup test

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.

Lime Bikes ditches traditional pedals for ebikes

Lime Bikes ditches traditional pedals for ebikes

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

Laredo on traffic and parking

Laredo on traffic and parking

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.

Dear Friends:

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

Protected lanes would never work in Newton!

Who would want to be out in this cold and wet? Why should we build infrastructure for people to bike, run, walk, or do anything but drive?  Oh… yeah… this is why.  In writing about Heartbreak Hill and the current push for marathon training, the Boston...

And this wasn’t even a big storm

Cyclist Brendan Keegan posted this video shortly after our last snow storm..

Northland to present plan to finance four shuttle bus routes

Northland to present plan to finance four shuttle bus routes

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