Needham Bikes Public Meeting Monday NIght, April 29

At the Needham Library Community Room, at 7:30. Topics for discussion

Globe Editorial: As cycling gains popularity, an anti-cyclist bias remains

There is an evocative opinion piece in the Globe today, revealing an anti-cycling bias that  may be either conscious or unconscious. And the attitude may actually play out in driving habits, where the safety of cyclists sharing the same road is not sufficiently considered.

The salient point in the article was this:

December Meeting Report; Next Meeting Feb. 7

Thanks to all who participated in the December meeting. Here's looking forward to building momentum around improving safety and accommodations for bicycles in the Town!

We had fourteen attendees at the Library on the evening Dec 11th. Special thanks to Lois Levin and Helen Rittenberg from Newton, who brought excellent insights and suggestions from the work they are doing in the neighboring community.

We discussed four key issues. If you are interested in getting more involved in any of these, please contact me or the person listed as coordinating.

Bicycles, Complete Streets and Rail Trails on the Agenda for Town Meeting Nov. 13

The Needham Special Town Meeting has been moved to November 13th, due to Hurricane Sandy. On the warrant for the town meeting are three articles that relate in some fashion to bicycling in Needham.

Though Needham Bikes does not have a formal position on the first two, all bicyclists certainly have a vested interest in the outcomes.This post goes through the three articles, and the potential impact on bicycling interests in town. The articles include two citizen petitions, each requesting town-sponsored committees.

Some NY Commuters Choose Bicycles After Storm

An Alternative Way Across Rt. 128: A Tunnel?

Needham Bikes has a vision in which more open, clean and safe passage between Needham and Newton will provide access to:

  • Natural resources like Cutler Park and the Charles River
  • A less congested experience when shopping on Needham St.
  • More open commuting routes to Newton and beyond that are safer and more appealing

Over the past couple months, there has been an active discussion among cycling advocates in Needham and Newton, expressing concern over the published designs for the Kendrick St. and Highland Avenue crossings over Rt. 128 as part of the Add-a-Lane project. A description of the concern is summarized in the a recent post here, Advocating for Better Routes Between Needham and Newton!

September Newsletter. Early October Public Meeting!

Greetings Needham Cyclists!

It has been a while since we've sent out a newsletter and, in the meantime, almost a complete summer of bicycling has gone by - here's hoping you've logged many safe and enjoyable biking miles!

To kick off the 2012-13 bicycling year, Needham Bikes is hosting another open public meeting, on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 7:00 in the Community Room at the Needham Library . The purpose of the meeting is to provide an open forum for bicycling enthusiasts of all ages and stripes to share suggestions, ideas and concerns about cycling in Needham and to connect with other bicycle advocates.

Advocating for Better Routes Between Needham and Newton

As you may have heard, the Rt 128 Add-a-Lane project will work its way north n the next couple years, and undertake some major construction on the two primary bridges that connect Needham and Newton: Highland Ave and Kendrick St.

More information about the plan here , and an embedded map (PDF) of the area is shown below.

"Bike To the Market Day" This Sunday

The Needham Farmers Market will host a "Bike to Market Day" this Sunday, August 5th.

The first 25 people to arrive at the market by bicycle will receive a $2 coupon to use at the Needham Farmers Market on Sunday.

This coupon will be offered to the first 25 people who bicycle to the Market, and only one coupon per family. Wouldn't it be a great thing to have 25 people show up at the market by bicycle!

To collect your coupon, go to the market manager’s tent.

Something for Needham to consider

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