Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Want Bike Lanes? Ask.

Off-Topic Warning: Biking ahead.

We of a little bit of faith hope that the bike meetings around the state are not just to placate us. No matter where you are in the next month, you have a chance to sound off at hearings on:
  • Development of a statewide bicycling network.
  • Current bicycling conditions.
  • Potential cross-state corridors.
  • Recommended improvements.
Many cyclists (including this one) are not all that subtle. I hope they have volume control for some of their recordings.

The meetings start Thursday in Worcester and run in a series of eight. They end up in our very own Hub on Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30— 9:00 p.m. in conference rooms 2 and 3 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza.

Check out your nearest location here.

This is part of a larger program with the U.S. Department of Transportation to update the Massachusetts bicycle plan.

What, you don't know there is such a critter? Well then, start with the last go, the 1998 version, in PDF here.

Already the state and cities and towns have to accommodate bikes and pedestrians in new and upgraded streets and roads. Bet your local officials haven't told you much about that. (Now imagine what else they haven't told you.)

If you want to know more, go to the hearings. If you want to see, by region, what the state's present and planned bike facilities are, click over here.

If you want to know a lot, you absolutely need to go to the next Moving Together conference, described here. This is the intermodal -- foot, cycle, motor vehicle -- meeting of the key players in each. It's a full day, Wednesday, October 18th, in the Theater District, for $35 -- a lot cheaper than an adult education course and with lunch included.

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