12 January 2009

Good things will happen in 2009

For many reasons I'm glad that 2008 has ended. 2009 is looking to be a much better year.

On the bike front, Nicole Freedman is going to get things off to a good start in Boston with a "Boston Bikes Update Report" Jan 29:

LivableStreets To Host First Annual "Boston Bikes Update Report"
On Thursday, January 29th, LivableStreets Alliance will host the first "Boston Bikes Update Report" by the city's Director of Bicycle Programs, Nicole Freedman. The public meeting will be held starting at 7 PM in the mezzanine conference room of the main branch of the Boston Public Library. The focus will be on future steps needed to create the "world class bicycling city" that Mayor Menino has promised. There will be additional discussion about what could be done to significantly expand the cycling population -- and its political influence -- by attracting "traffic intolerant" bicyclists, by installing low-cost bike-friendly infrastructure in all parts of the city, and by setting up programs to assure that low-income and non-white communities feel included, among other strategies.

See you there!


Sean said...

I'm glad things are looking up in Boston. Nationally, it may be a different story.

Over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner made a rather unfortunate comment about the economic stimulus package currently being debated and cycling infrastructure on CBS's "Face the Nation."

“I think there’s a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary?” He stated. “But if we’re talking about beautification projects, or we’re talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this.”

You can see the segment on You Tube (at 5:05) and also read a brief article about it on the political web site "The Hill."

If inclined, you can also contact Representative Boehner to share your opinion.

Anonymous said...

Very cool profile in Momentum! Sounds like the positive/negatives of cycling in Boston is similar to cycling in Chicago.