Issue #126 - MAY

In this issue: A fresh new look for LivableStreets, Register for Emerald Network StreetTalk at BPL, Register for Tour de Streets by May 31st for 25% off, Bike share at our next Advocacy Committee Meeting, Bus lane pilot on Washington Street is working to Keep Rozzie Moving, Advocates win some changes for Longfellow Bridges, Weigh-in on Vision Zero and Better Buses projects in Cambridge



Issue #126 - May 2018




A fresh new look for LivableStreets


You may have noticed some changes in this issue of StreetLife and on our website -- we're thrilled to be rolling out a LivableStreets brand refresh during the coming weeks! All of the great LivableStreets content you love will still be in its place, with the addition of an updated logo, tagline, and vibrant new colors! 

Register for Emerald Network StreetTalk at the BPL


Seats are filling up fast for our next StreetTalk, "Olmsted for the 21st Century: Creating Urban Change" -- taking place on May 31. This panel discussion is a part of the Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center's exhibit, "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces."

The panel is inspired by LivableStreets' Emerald Network initiative and will focus on the current advocacy that is expanding Boston's green spaces. Join panelists Alice Brown of Boston Harbor Now, Tamika Francis of the Boston Alliance for Community Health, Alex Krieger of Harvard University and NBBJ, and Jessica Robertson of Utile Design for an engaging discussion about modern advocacy efforts. Registration is free and open to the public. Register today!

Register for Tour de Streets by May 31 and receive 25% off


Tour de Streets is an annual family-friendly event that builds community and supports LivableStreets' work. Choose from a 10-mile urban bike route, a 4-mile kid-friendly route, or a walk exploring parts of the Emerald Network. Enjoy a celebratory barbecue at North Point Park complete with games and live music. Learn more here.

This May, create or join a Tour de Streets team and receive 25% off registration to celebrate Bike Month! Anyone who registers to walk or ride between today and May 31 will only need to raise $75 to participate. Register after May 31 and the fundraising minimum is back up to $100 (as always, kids under 18 are free).

Bring the whole family or invite your friends to join a team -- register for Tour de Streets today!





Learn more about bike share at our May Advocacy Committee Meeting


Learn about how bike share is changing in Metro Boston. Blue Bikes is expanding in Boston this summer, and 15 Metro Boston towns are working together to bring a dockless system to their communities. Hear from Stefanie Seskin, Active Transportation Director at the City of Boston, and Kasia Hart, Transportation Policy Associate at MAPC. 

Join us at our next Advocacy Committee meeting on May 23 for an engaging discussion about the systems, policies, and practices of bike share, and learn how these bikes can play a key role in our existing transportation systems. Because space is limited, registration is required. RSVP now to reserve a spot!


Bus lane pilot on Washington Street is working to Keep Rozzie Moving


As a result of the success of the bus priority pilot conducted last fall, the City of Boston is implementing a four-week-long bus/bike lane pilot on Washington Street between Forest Hill Station and Roslindale Square for in-bound buses starting May 7 and continuing through June 1. The priority bus lane is currently in effect from 5 am to 9 am on weekdays during the morning commute.

Want to help make this pilot permanent? Here are four things you can do to support the pilot before June 1:

  1. Send a thank you email to the Mayor's Office, Boston Transportation Department, and the City Council, asking them to make the pilot permanent.
  2. Share your ride via social media. Let everyone know how the pilot affected your commute! Use #BetterBuses #KeepRozzieMoving, and be sure to tag us @StreetsBoston.
  3. Participate in our Councilor Ride Along Challenge! Invite your City Councilors to join you in riding the pilot and experience #BetterBuses in action. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Volunteer with LivableStreets as a Street Ambassador during the pilot to help us connect with bus riders, collect feedback, and keep momentum going! Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Advocates win changes for Longfellow Bridge but more work to do


A huge thank you to the many people who reached out to their elected officials, MassDOT staff, and signed the Boston Cyclists Union petition asking MassDOT to include protected bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge as part of its upcoming repaving. MassDOT will be adjusting lane widths to allow for protected bike lanes with flex posts in both directions. While this is a promising first step, we are continuing to advocate for inbound bike lanes wide enough for safe passing on the busy bridge. Get more information on the campaign and project here.

Join us for Boston’s Bike to Work Day Festival


Come say ‘Hi’ to the folks in orange, repping LivableStreets on City Hall Plaza this Friday for Boston’s Bike to Work Day! Because you rode your bike, you’ll get free breakfast and coffee, set to music amid an expo at City Hall Plaza. You can ride on your own or join a bike commuter convoy at one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. The convoys will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza. Going to work after the event is optional!

To see a list of convoys, please visit the Bike to Work Day web page.

Weigh-in on Vision Zero and Better Buses projects in Cambridge


The City of Cambridge has several important projects underway to make quick-build improvements over the course of the next year, and your feedback is needed! Weigh-in on the planning for the Mt. Auburn Street bus priority pilot and the South Mass Ave corridor project, and review proposals for the Porter Square intersection improvements project.


Executive Director, Allston Brighton CDC: The Board of Directors of Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) is seeking an Executive Director. To learn more and apply, click here.


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