EVENT: Tour De Streets
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
Click "JOIN" to join my group for the bike ride and register for the event; or click "DONATE" to support my team! I'll be riding with Jessica, Ellery, and Acadia! Be a part of the movement nationwide to build the grassroots and political support to make our cities even better. (Even a donation of $10 shows your support.) You can scroll through photos on the left. Tour de Streets an annual event that supports LivableStreets Alliance.
I co-founded LivableStreets in 2004 because Boston was so far behind the curve in desigining streets that prioritize public transit, biking and walking. At the time, Boston (shockingly) only had 1/4 mile of bicycle lanes. Though Boston now has 40 miles of bike lanes, it's not enough. In 2013, Boston committed to building 20 miles of "European-style" protected bicycle lanes by 2018. Though we won a design for protected bike lanes on Comm. Ave., Boston is falling behind and needs us to build public support to push them forward.
For the past four summers, I've been co-teaching a summer course that brings Northeastern University undergrad engineers to the Netherlands to learn how world-class bicycle infrastructure and transit systems are designed (read the Boston Globe article here). Bottom line: if you want more people to bicycle, you need low-stress, safer streets that include "European-style" protected bicycle lanes. When I worked for the City of Cambridge, I was the project manager for a street redesign that included protected bike lanes that was recognized as "America's best bike lane" of 2015.
Your support helps our campaigns, such as our push to complete an Emerald Network vision -- a 200 mile network of tree-lined, shared-use paths that will connect every neighborhood to open space, transit and jobs and thereby increase mobility, promote active recreation, improve climate change resiliency and enhance our city’s competitiveness in the global economy.
And it's not only about biking. LivableStreets has been pushing for transit priority on our streets. But helping buses get people where they are going faster, more people will switch from driving. We have a plan for Boston to implement a signal timing system that prioritizes buses, but they are dragging their feet. Your support will help us mobilize transit riders to provide the political support necessary to win.
So please consider making a donation.