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My e-mail in support of West Station

TweetAlexander Strysky is the reviewer for the Massashusetts Environmental Protection Agency reviewer for the I-90 Interchange project in Allston. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has backed off from plans for prompt construction of  anew West Station on the Framingham-Worcester commuter-rail … Continue reading

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My letter to the Globe about the Kurmann fatality

TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading

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Bicyclists always had the right, the Globe got it wrong

TweetThe Starts and Stops column in the Metro section of the Sunday, June 10 2012 Boston Globe, and in, included a discussion of whether bicyclists are required to ride in bike lanes, under the subheading “Bikers get the right” … Continue reading

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Harvard Bridge connection to the PDW path: proposed improvement

TweetLet’s look at how well bicycle routes around the Boston end of the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue bridge over the Charles River) might be improved.. Here is a Google maps overview of the area. There are two special bicycle routes … Continue reading

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Sheet of ice draws praise from advocates

TweetThe headline of the Boston Globe article with this picture is “Snowbank becomes accidental hero for area cyclists”. The shiny area in the bikeway is meltwater from said snowbank. When the temperature drops below freezing, the meltwater becomes a sheet … Continue reading

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Drainage Failure on Causeway Street

TweetI took the photo below around 10 PM on January 5, 2017 looking west on Causeway Street in Boston from in front of North Station. Here’s a link to the location in Google maps. The default view in Google Maps … Continue reading

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More comments on the I-90 Allston Interchange project.

TweetSome important improvements: parkland along the Charles, an overpass over Soldiers Field Road and a  better Franklin Street overpass, but also same old, same old, People’s Pillar to Post instead of a People’s Pike. My comments following the December 8 … Continue reading

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Vision realistic

TweetFrom an e-mail about the 2016 Progress Report of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition: Based on our assessment, the City has made progress, but the City will need to dedicate more capital resources and funding for staff in order to … Continue reading

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An Alternative to the Inman Square Peanut Proposal

TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading

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Pushback on Cambridge bicycle plans

TweetCambridge Civic Journal blogger Robert Winters have posted a thoroughgoing critique of a proposal for a great expansion in the number and mileage of on-street, barrier-separated bikeways. City Councillor Craig Kelley also has raised questions on his blog (and sent … Continue reading

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