MassBike Works With NOAH To Improve Cycling In East Boston

When we sat down to plan our campaigns for this year, we wanted to help East Boston become more bicycle friendly. East Boston is geographically separated from the rest of Boston and this poses a special challenge.


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Previously, we worked with youth from NOAH (an awesome group of young people) on our Boston neighborhood bikeability study. Our collaboration was so successful that we decided to continue working towards making East Boston more bike friendly. From looking at ways to make taking bikes on the Blue Line easier, to figuring out where bicycle infrastructure is needed in East Boston, to fighting for good routes in and out of East Boston by bike, NOAH and MassBike have a lot planned.

This weekend we are working again with NOAH, this time providing bicycling information and valet bike parking for the 7th Annual Chelsea Creek River Revel. Come by our booth and learn about the other projects we are planning for East Boston.

Don’t know how to get to East Boston by bike? Take your bike on the Blue Line to Maverick Station, then ride a few minutes to the festival. Want to experience what it’s like getting to East Boston by bike right now? Take the long way through Everett and Chelsea – then you’ll see why this campaign is so vital.

If you live in East Boston or want to help, attend the public meeting on the Central Square project on Tuesday, July 27th.

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3 Responses to MassBike Works With NOAH To Improve Cycling In East Boston

  1. Dana Busch July 29, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Hello,

    I am a Massbike member and would love to hear more about your planned advocacy for East Boston.

    I’ve lived in Cambridge for 5 years and commute to South Station area daily by bike, which isn’t perfect, but it’s convenient. I’m interested in moving to East Boston in September, but the current cycling situation between is discouraging and not at all equitable. Cyclists should be able to use the tunnels and definitely the Tobin Bridge. The truck route through Chelsea is not an acceptably safe bikeway, and very far out of the way for people who need to get to work downtown. The tunnels and bridge might be high-traffic, but when motorists see cyclists speeding by in a protected lane, they might think twice about the car.

    I have a few ideas for better leveraging public transit (for example, why not put bike racks on the Silver Line buses, and reinstate a frequent $1.70 ferry similar to the Charlestown ferry?). However, part of the reason I ride a bike is that there is freedom to travel when I want, connection (Not collision) with my surroundings, and exercise. Relying on MBTA service through shuttles or Blue Line is not equitable.

    Would love to hear more about what you’ve planned. Please contact me.

    Best,

    Dana

  2. David July 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    @Dana Busch: Thanks for the great ideas, we’ll definitely keep them in mind. We’re at the start of our efforts in East Boston, so we’re still figuring out the priorities with our community partners. NOAH is already interested in relaxing/removing the Blue Line restrictions, getting more bike lanes and bike racks, and encouraging more people to try biking around the neighborhood. So far, we’ve helped plan a bike ride, started planning for the Blue Line campaign, done valet bike parking for the River Revel, distributed bike safety information in English and Spanish, and participated in a public meeting for the upcoming Central Square project.

  3. Brian Gannon May 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    RE: Recent Announcement of extending 1 hr on the blue line each side of the day: The only change the MBTA has made was to allow bikes between 9-10am and 6-7 Pm. If you have a job and work between the hrs 9-5, this does nothing to provide access to the city. Boston Bike Week is not for East Boston or north shore residents. East Boston deserves access to the city’s bike infrastructure we are paying for. The Maverick to Aquarium stops need to allow bicycles at any time to aquarium since there is no alternative to reach the city. Until this is complete we are not able to share in the city’s bike policies. Two possible solutions are: a blue line car similar to “Big Red” on the red line without seats that was designated for bicycles, strollers and standing commuter’s this would resolve current hot issues related to both or a commuter boat similar to the route that travels between Charlestown and long wharf, allowing bikes on board.