First Annual "Boston Bikes Update Report"


LivableStreets Alliance will host the 1st annual "Boston Bikes Report" by the city's Director of Bicycle Programs, Nicole Freedman. This important event is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 7 pm, Boston Public Library, main branch at Copley, Rabb Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The focus of the meeting will be on future steps needed to create the "world class bicycling city" that Mayor Menino has promised. There will be additional discussion about what could be done to significantly expand the cycling population -- and its political influence -- by attracting "traffic intolerant" bicyclists, by installing low-cost bike-friendly infrastructure in all parts of the city, and by setting up programs to assure that low-income and non-white communities feel included, among other strategies.

Over the past couple of years, LivableStreets Alliance has built coalitions with other groups to push the city and state towards transportation policies that create a safe, accessible, and ubiquitous infrastructure that supports walking, bicycling, and transit options as well as appropriate car and truck traffic.

In particular, LivableStreets Alliance members have played a special role in helping Boston begin becoming more bike-friendly. LivableStreets board members co-founded the Hub On Wheels bike festival, organized the Bike Summit soon after Nicole Freedman was hired, helped convince the city to include bike lanes on Commonwealth Ave redesign project that originally didn't have any, and now serve on Boston Bike's advisory board.