MAPC offers free bike racks to cities, towns across Eastern MA

Posted May 27th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester

Cities and towns across Greater Boston can install bicycle parking racks in their communities at almost no cost this year, as part of a special reimbursement program administered by the MAPC.

MAPC, the regional planning agency for 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston, has more than $475,000 in funding still available for local governments to bring bike parking into town centers, schools and other areas this year.

With summer on the way, bike racks offer cyclists enhanced opportunities to enjoy warmer weather, to get fit, and to enjoy a low-cost form of transportation that provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to driving.

Bicycle parking can be nearly 100 times less expensive than vehicle parking per space, and employers who offer bike racks alleviate the demand for car parking. Continue Reading »

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Bike Week: May 17-21

Posted May 19th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester

It is inspirational to see so many out and about biking!

On Friday May 21st, DEHC will join DotBikers at 7 AM to form a convoy to ride downtown to Mayor Menino’s Bike Festival at City Hall Plaza, where there will be free breakfast and a bike festival.  The Dorchester bike convoy departs from Peabody Square (near the Ashmont T station) at 7 AM then collects another group in Fields Corner around 7:10 a.m. Please sign up to ride with DotBike and help make Dorchester’s convoy the largest!   Other events happening during bike week include:

  • Bike Week Kickoff, May 17 City Hall Plaza, Boston, 11:45 AM
  • Thursday May 20, 11 AM: Bike Friendly Business Award recognizing Codman Square Health Center among companies creating a bike-friendly atmosphere for their employees and customers. City Hall Plaza.
  • Also Thursday May 20, 5-9 PM: Cities for Cycling – America’s Best Cycling Cities, 20 Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
    Learn what what Roger Geller from Portland OR, Jon Orcutt from New York City and Timothy Papandreou from San Francisco are doing to make their cities world-class bicycling cities.
  • And don’t forget to sign up for Friday’s Dorchester bike convoy!

Be sure to check our calendar regularly for more bike activities.

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Codman Square Health Center recognized as Bike Friendly Business

Posted May 17th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

On Thursday, May, 20, 2010, Mayor Menino will recognize Codman Square Health Center as a bronze-level Bike Friendly Business.  The Mayor’s Bike Friendly Business award program recognizes Boston companies that encourage bicycling among their employees by engaging in bicycle friendly practices – this has the added benefit of making them more bike friendly for customers as well.   By adopting a few basic, inexpensive practices, companies can significantly “improve the climate” for cycling in Boston. 

Codman Square Health Center already supported bike commuting with a bike rack close to the front entrance and free shower facilities for employees.  A few other simple steps (providing a link on their website to information for employees who would like to commute by bike, for example) garnered the award. The Codman Square Health Center is also exploring setting up a bike share program for employee work trips, using bike messengers for local deliveries, signing up a team for Hub on Wheels event in September, and guaranteeing a ride home for bike commuters in the event of a family emergency.
The Bike Friendly Business Awards are part of Mayor Menino’s vision to make Boston a greener, more sustainable, and livable city.  Thursday’s honorees will receive a “Mayor Menino Bike Friendly Business” window sticker.  We hope you will join us at the 2010 Bike Friendly Business Awards Ceremony, Thursday May 20, 2010, 11 AM at City Hall Plaza.

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Shiny Green Dot Ride – 4/24 at 1 p.m.

Posted April 21st, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester

The Shiny Green Dot Ride — Saturday April 24th 1 p.m. — Meet at Pope John Paul II park in the Hallet St. parking area. After you’re done with cleaning up your neighborhood for Boston Shines come on down!

*BORROW A BIKE* – this year DotBike has the opportunity for you to borrow a bike courtesy of Boston Bikes! The fleet has adult, youth and child bikes. Reservations for bikes are required and must be made by *noon on Thursday* – to reserve bikes go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HDZBV22 or call Andy at 781-367-9200. For more about the ride, click here.

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Neponset Spring Cycle, March 20

Posted March 19th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

Neponset Spring Ride 2008, from MassPaths.orgIt is the first day of Spring! Ride the Neponset Greenway – meet at the concession stand at Fort Independence/Castle Island, Day Blvd., South Boston

A 20-mile tour of Boston Harbor and the Neponset Greenway from Castle Island to Paul’s Bridge in Hyde Park and back. This is the first Neponset ride that includes some new Greenway paths along Truman Parkway! The ride is fairly flat, about 60% on-road and 40% on paved paths. Helmets required, a bit long for kids unless they’re in a trailer or on a trail-a-bike or tandem with an adult. Dorchester cyclists can meet up with the ride at Tenean Beach around 10:30 AM.
Leader: Doug Mink, dmink@masspaths.net
Web site: http://www.masspaths.net
This ride is cosponsored by MassBike’s Metro Boston Chapter and the Boston Natural Areas Network.

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Biking in Franklin Park

Posted March 8th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester


View Biking Franklin Park in a larger map

Proposal to Allow Bicycling in Franklin Park – Starting in January 2010,
the Franklin Park Coalition, Dot Bike, DEHC and other local groups and individuals joined together to try and change the city of Boston’s rule that does not permit bicycling in Franklin Park. This new bike advocacy alliance hopes that the Boston Park Commission will officially allow bicycling on those paths that are wide enough to be classified as “shared use” between bicyclists and pedestrians. Shared paths with frequent use should be 10’, less used paths may be 8’. All paved paths in the park were carefully measured, recorded, and photographed.
While this rule is not enforced, and there are frequently bicyclists on the paths in Franklin Park, removing the rule will:
- Encourage bicycling as a healthy activity for children and adults;
- Offer bike commuters a safe cross-town route off of city streets for part of their ride.
- Enable park entrance and access improvements that will make it easier for bicyclists, wheelchairs, and parents pushing strollers to enter and move throughout the park.

Please contact the folks below with questions about biking in Franklin Park:
Christine Poff at the Franklin Park Coalition or Debbie Munson at DotBike

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consider bike commuting…

Posted February 26th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester

Why do I commute by bike? For lots of reasons:

  • On my 10-minute ride I can enjoy my neighborhood and experience the seasonal changes.
  • I arrive at work refreshed and full of energy.
  • After work it is a great way to ride off stress.
  • Daily biking helps me stay healthy.
  • It is clean – no pollution!
  • I hate sitting in traffic and then driving around looking for a parking spot.
  • Continue Reading »

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    Open space advocacy in Dot is on the rise!

    Posted January 31st, 2010 by admin and filed in Advocacy

    In 2009, advocates in the neighborhood were able to enjoy some hard-earned new and improved open spaces in the neighborhood, like the new Elmhurst Playground in the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood, the new “Paul’s Park” at Washburn and Howell Streets in the Polish Triangle, and the improvements to the Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild in Bowdoin-Geneva.

    DEHC was involved in a number of these efforts as an integral part of the larger community, and we look forward collaborating for a strong 2010 Continue Reading »

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    An open letter from DEHC to Boston’s Parks Commissioners

    Posted January 19th, 2010 by admin and filed in Advocacy

    This letter supports a DotBike and Franklin Park Coalition campaign to erase an outdated parks regulation that prohibits cycling on the many paths and walkways of Franklin Park.

    Dear Boston Park Commissioners:

    Franklin Park has incredible potential as a recreation resource for people from all walks of life and all parts of Boston. But as it is currently configured, it has not yet fully become the magnet for fitness activities that it can be, and this is of particular concern as we face a global obesity crisis. Golfers, university and high school track teams and other sports teams use the park, but we at the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition are concerned about the average Bostonian, and how they use the park.

    Getting rid of an outdated law against cycling on Franklin Park’s paths is, we believe, a promising step toward a park that can welcome fitness seekers of all kinds. Cycling is a low-impact but high-intensity exercise that has been proven to aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. Many of the park’s paths are wide enough to accommodate both walkers and cyclists, and the more people that are welcomed into the park, the better park security becomes.

    Franklin Park is also a safe place where parents can take their children to first learn to ride a bike, and where people of all ages who wish to improve their cycling skills can come with peace of mind for their safety.

    In the future, when more funding is available, we hope the commissioners will consider improvements to paths and roadways that would more effectively welcome cyclists to the park. Conflicts between users, when and if cyclists arrive in greater numbers, can then be mitigated with simple signage and road striping that designates separate space for walkers and wheeled traffic such as bikes, rollerblades and other sporting goods.

    If our parks and open spaces are not places where all reasonable forms of fitness are possible, to where do we turn?

    Sincerely,
    Rosanne Foley,
    Director
    Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition

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    Thurs. Jan. 14: help re-design a community garden in Dorchester

    Posted January 10th, 2010 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester

    On Thursday January 14, 6:30 PM, please attend the Nightingale Community Gardens Community Meeting at the Codman Square Health Center Tech Center, 450 Washington Street (corner of Park Street, across from KFC).
    Anyone who is interested in community garden space in Dorchester, especially in the Park Street/Washington Street vicinity, is invited to attend this open community meeting hosted by the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) to discuss proposed renovations at the existing community gardens at 512 Park Street.

    This is a huge underutilized green space near Codman Square. BNAN expects the following to be included in the plans for the construction phase:

    • Removal of soil contamination and soil remediation
    • Replace 10-foot tall fence with more inviting 5-foot tall fence
    • Install metered water connection and spigots
    • Remove or prune many of the trees in the garden
    • Re-grade the garden
    • Lay out and build new plots, including raised beds, to accommodate many more additional gardeners
    • Establish new and level garden paths
    • Build a common area for social gathering, meetings and community events
    There will be a significant increase in the number of garden plots available.
    Questions? please call Pat at 617-542-7696 or email pat@bostonnatural.org

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