- Bike4Life Ride
Issue #58 / July 2011
In this issue
· Environmental justice and transportation on two coasts: A look at Boston, MA and Portland, OR with Kevin Odell. Co-sponsored by On The Move. Thurs, July 28, 7 pm
· Mark your calendar: Summer social, August 18
· That's why
· LivableStreets creates re-visioning Rt 28/McGrath/O'Brien Corridor Coalition
· Ride 4 Bob Zeeb to benefit LivableStreets, September 24
· Bike share is coming to Boston, July 26
· The latest from The Public Way Blog
· Thank you to our supporters and sponsors
Calendar - Click here to view full listing of upcoming events and public meetings
Environmental justice and transportation on two coasts: A look at Boston, MA and Portland, OR
with Kevin Odell, Coordinator for On The Move Coalition
Co-sponsored by On The Move: Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition
Thursday, July 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge [map...]
Open to the public. Suggested $5-10 donation.
How do we make streets open to all users, also open to all communities? How does transportation intersect with environmental justice? Comparing Boston, Massachusetts with Portland, Oregon, Kevin Odell will discuss what we can do to make transportation in Boston fair and equitable for all communities.
Come hear how advocates in each city are working to make environmental justice and transportation equity a meaningful movement for the 21st century. Across the United States, transportation funds and resources tend to favor suburban commuters and auto owners at the cost of the urban poor, the lowest income communities of color, the elderly, foreign nationals and the disabled. People dependent on public transit for their transportation needs often suffer dilapidated buses, long waits, longer rides, poor connections, service cuts, overcrowding, and daily exposure to some of the worst tail-pipe toxins.
Kevin Raymond Odell is the Coalition Coordinator for On the Move. He previously founded two non-profit organizations in Portland; OPAL (Organizing People - Activating Leaders), an environmental justice community-based organization and Groundwork Portland, a coalition concerned about brownfields, green jobs, and economic development opportunities.
On the Move is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston, including LivableStreets, which came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice.
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Mark your calendar: Summer social, August 18
Part 3, on why LivableStreets is working to create safe streets for all, and a world-class transportation system for you.
Over 1,500 people have written to us about why they want Better Bridges, and here is what they are saying...
"I want to walk side-by-side, not single file."
"When I tell patients to walk or bike more for their health, I want there to be a lot of places for that to happen."
"Then I would ride them instead of drive."
"Massachusetts needs to encourage more walking and cycling for local trips - for the climate, for people's health, and ultimately, to make Massachusetts more desirable."
Studies show that an increase in bicycle infrastructure leads to an increase in ridership, fewer injuries, and safer streets.
LivableStreets is your voice for better walking, biking, and public transit.
Join LivableStreets now to turn the vision into reality, making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.
LivableStreets creates McGrath/O'Brien Corridor Coalition
Re-visioning Rt 28 - regional road design at stake
Like many old commuter arterials now replaced by new Interstates, the McGrath/O'Brien Highway is falling apart. Since I-93 now carries most of the regional traffic, should McGrath be rebuilt as a 6-lane highway or a set of urban streets it once was?
LivableStreets Alliance has created a coalition of community, environmental, transportation and health advocates from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford who all support a new vision to reunite and reinvigorate the area.
There are five common values all the groups are pushing for:
The coalition is working to shape streets in the McGrath/O'Brien Corridor to make the surrounding communities more livable, healthy, and prosperous.
Take action / get involved
Support the effort, join today . Thanks to our members for making this work possible.
Ride 4 Bob Zeeb Sept. 24, to benefit LivableStreets
The Ride 4 Bob Zeeb celebrates the life and spirit of Robert Zeeb, 1938 - 2009
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am
Meet at Auburndale Park in Newton, MA (start & finish)
20 and 40 mile loops, with shorter excursions possible.
"Because he was so passionate about cycling, we think he would be especially pleased that this bike ride
will benefit Livable Streets," say his two sons, Peter
and Noel, who are organizing the ride.
Last year's event was an incredible success with more than 100 riders. We look forward to seeing you all for a wonderful fall ride along some of Bob's favorite routes.
Register at www.ride4bobzeeb.org
> If you are not able to attend or ride, but still wish to make a donation in memory of Bob Zeeb, you can online through website or send a check with 'Ride4BobZeeb' in the memo directly to LivableStreets, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge MA 02139.
About Bob Zeeb
Bob Zeeb was regularly cycling 50 miles a day and hoped to make a cross-country trip the summer of 2011. He died November 10, 2009, as the result of a bicycle accident due to a missing electrical utility vault access plate.
Bob was a retired educational administrator for the Newton Schools, a coordinator of adult education for the First Unitarian Society of Newton, an avid environmentalist, social justice activist, gardener, and cyclist. He was a resident of Newtonville with his wife, Holly, for the past 45 years.
Bob and Holly Zeeb enjoyed many cycling trips together: in Crete, in the Finger Lakes regions of New York State, in the Boulder area of Colorado, and in Maine. Bob and their two sons, Peter, of Arlington and Noel, of Cambridge, cycled in the Loire Valley in France together in 2008 in celebration of his 70th birthday.
Bike sharing is coming to Boston
Starting Tuesday, you'll have a new option for getting around Boston: Hubway bike share!
With 600 bikes at 61 stations, Hubway will be a fun, easy way to get around the city. It is proposed to expand to surrounding cities and towns soon, and LivableStreets is working to make this happen.
Bike share helps solve the "last mile problem" -getting from the train or bus to where you need to go, thereby making transit more feasible. It's also a great way to get people to try urban biking who wouldn't otherwise. In advance of the launch, the City of Boston, in conjunction with LivableStreets, MassBike, WalkBoston, and Boston Cyclists Union has launched an education and safety campaign - distributing lights and helmets, teaching bike classes, promoting respect for all users on the streets, and more.
Come celebrate the launch of this exciting initiative that will make Boston a better place to live, work, and play. And hear LivableStreets President Nina Garfinkle speak.
Tuesday, July 26, 11 am - 12:45 pm @ City Hall Plaza, Boston (speaking at 12:15)
> Join Hubway by July 22 and take part in the inaugural ride with Mayor Menino.
> Join Hubway in July and get a 30% discount on membership.
> Chance to win a free membership if you attend LivableStreets/On The Move event Thursday.
and supporters: Urban AdvenTours, Harpoon, Taza Chocolate, Regina Villa Associates, and Halvorson Design Partnership