Issue #66 / July 25, 2012
In this issue
Calendar: Click here to view full listing of upcoming events and public meetings
Bike4Life ride & BBQ, Sept 30
Register to ride with us on September 30th! Bike4Life is an annual ride and fundraiser for LivableStreets Alliance. Ride 20 miles on flat beautiful roads. There is also a 40 mile option if you would like to go longer. There will be a post celebratory BBQ too.
Register and begin fundraising, or sponsor a rider to help us reach our goal of $50,000 for more livable streets!
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters!
Interested in sponsoring/supporting the ride? contact email@example.com
Thursday, August 2, 5:30-7:30 PM
@ BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
Free and open to the public
Come celebrate summer at the new BSA Space with LivableStreets, Firefly Bicycles, and the Boston Society of Architects. Meet fellow members, make new connections, and enjoy cold drinks and light appetizers, while checking out the exhibit everyone is raving about - "Let's Talk About Bikes."
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Remove McGrath Campaign Update
We've won our first victory, but there's more to do
MassDOT has agreed that McGrath's McCarthy Overpass over Washington Street will be removed! The hundreds of "Remove McGrath" postcards you signed, and your voice at the May 31 public meeting, made this victory possible.
But we're not done fighting for all users of McGrath. Without continued pressure, the timeline for removal will slip. We are demanding commitments by MassDOT to remove the overpass by 2018, coinciding with the Green Line Extension completion.
Your continued voice and your support are needed to remove all of McGrath and replace it with a neighborhood-centered street that serves all of our communities and our region equitably. Highways and subways do not mix - if we want our transit investments, like the Green Line Extension, to be successful, all of McGrath must be removed. The McGrath Highway is an outdated road that severs our communities from the Charles River to the Mystic River.
Despite the plan to remove the McCarthy Overpass, MassDOT has decided that some areas of the span need immediate repairs. MassDOT is also finishing the Grounding McGrath Study. On Tuesday, July 17th, LivableStreets met with MassDOT, the City of Somerville, the Somerville elected delegation and the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) to discuss the McCarthy Overpass repairs and insist that MassDOT include in the interim plans short-term improvements for people to bike, walk, take transit and drive.
It's time to take action!
1. Thank them for agreeing to remove the overpass, and ask them to make commitment to remove by 2018.
2. Thank them for agreeing to interim improvements to make it easier and safer to bike, walk, take transit, and drive.
5,000 People Come to Circle The City
Join us for the next Circle The City (the last one this year) on August 5th on the Greenway
What would our streets be like if they weren't covered by cars? They would be full of people listening to and playing music: rock, folk, drums, marimba, and classical. People doing yoga, zumba, fitness, jumping rope, and families bicycling, strolling, and playing. Food and art. Fun and socializing.
On July 15, over 5,000 people enjoyed all this and more at Boston's Open Streets festival, Circle The City, along car-free roads from Jamaica Pond to Franklin Park.
On August 5, Circle The City will be happening on a car-free corridor along the Kennedy Greenway from 10am-1pm. Come out and enjoy open streets for you!
Circle The City is organized by LivableStreets Alliance, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boston Consortium for Food and Fitness, Franklin Park Coalition, Rose Kennedy Greenway, and the City of Boston.
See more information here >>>
To read Steve Miller's Blog about Open Streets & Cyclovias, click here >>>
Upcoming Public Meetings & Events
Friday July 27, 7am-9am
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston with free breakfast, coffee, music, expo, and bike convoys.
The City's way of saying, "Thanks for riding your bike today." Swing by our table too!
Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Presentation
Tuesday August 7, 6:00 pm
@ Tufts Administration Building (TAB) Atrium Room, 167 Holland St, Somerville
MassDOT Causeway Street Design Public Hearing
Wednesday August 8, 7:00 pm
@ TD Garden West Room, 100 Legends Way, Boston
Part 9, on why LivableStreets is working to create safe and better streets for all.
"If you want federal transportation money to go to biking and walking, start agitating locally. If accessibility advocates and biking and walking advocates make their voices heard in their state capitols and in their county and city councils, there's no reason to believe that the tremendous progress we've made in the last three years can't continue."
- Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S Department of Transportation, July 23
Support the organization agitating locally for biking, walking, and public transit by becoming a member today.
LivableStreets is rolling out a new 2012-2013 business sponsorship and membership program.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, and sign up today!