I've complained in the past about the Greenway not having bike lanes. They're not completely in (and the old lines are not completely gone) but they're starting to put them in. So far only on the water side (Atlantic Ave) and I didn't explore to see how far they go. Too much of the length is dashed, and I'd really like to see a bike box at Seaport, because a lot of cars are turning right, and a lot of cars are gunning for the on-ramp to 93, and it would be great to have a head start through there. Will try to get photos in the daylight.
Rode Minerva into work today. I got replacement axle nuts for the 13/32 ones that were sent by mistake. I put them on on Saturday, rode a couple of errands (including the paint store at which I picked up a gallon of paint) and dodged some turkeys. Bike rode great, kool stop rear shoes are still awesome and grabby, front drum brake is OK, still needs some adjustment.
This morning when I was hopping on Gilbert, I whacked the pie plate with my foot, and knocked it off somehow. It didn't want to just snap back in, so I wheeled G back into the shed, and hopped on Minerva. It's nice having a backup bike. She looks so dignified in the corner of my office!
Unfortunately I neglected to grab a lock, so when I got to WF to pick up breakfast, I took a chance and just brought Minerva in with me. She's not much bigger than a cart, they're pretty empty at that hour, and what the hey! No one commented or even looked at me funny.
Got a new pair of old boots! I had a pair of boots that I loved, but after two hard winters of almost daily wear they were coming apart at the soles. I took them to my cobbler, and he said that it would be a lot of money and it wouldn't be a permanent solution to fix them. Unlike 99% of the time when it seems that I discover I can't live without something only after it has been permanently discontinued, I found these online, ordered them Monday before work, and they arrived on Tuesday. WOW. They fit just like the old ones, and it's great to have them "back." I'm looking forward to many miles ahead of them. Oh, and I'm loving my dramatic print skirts I got from Boden.
|Photo assisted by the small brown dog|
Dueling meetings tomorrow night- I'm going to try to make at least one of them.
Brookline town hall, meeting about rebuilding the intersection of Rte 9 and the Emerald Necklace. A notoriously poor connection for bikes and pedestrians, They're rebuilding this area, and they need incentive to make the hard choices necessary to make it less of a highway and more of a neighborhood. 7pm, Brookline City hall, info here.
Also a meeting about connecting the Fenway to the rest of the Emerald necklace at the Muddy River. This is the kind of crazy rotary at the Landmark Center (the old Sears building). The main project is to open the river, which is currently underground in a culvert, to the air. There are some traffic changes though, and the Army Corps of Engineers, who is handling most of the project, isn't as progressive about non- motorized transportation as this busy urban district deserves. Two meetings to handle shift change at the hospital. Info here.
Finally, and I know this is a long, text heavy post.
New legislation just proposed by State Representative Will Brownsberger (Belmont/ Cambridge) would mainly provide the same protections to bicyclists riding in a crosswalk as are provided to pedestrians (motorists must yield, $200 fine). More importantly it hints at a protection for vulnerable users, that seems to declare that in any collision with a bicyclist, the driver may not use right of way as a defense in a civil suit. Basically it's saying that cars always need to yield to bikes and peds no matte what.
I'm conflicted a bit about how it's stated in the law, and suspect it's not going to make it through the process, but I firmly believe that stronger legal liability for drivers is a critical part of making cycling safer and more accepted here. Velouria at Lovely Bicycle had an interesting post about cycling here vs in Vienna, and a lot of it came down to the legal ramifications that drivers face if they hit a cyclist there make them much more polite and careful around cyclists. We can build infrastructure all we like, but I think that the underlying liability issues, which I hope will come into focus as more people start to cycle, are critical to getting everyone who might enjoy biking to feel comfortable doing it.