2011 Fall Newsletter

Bedford Bike Friends

News, events, advocacy for recreational, commuting, mountain biking, and fitness bicycling of all ages and levels.

Local News Highlights

  • Intro to mountain bike riding! details under Events below
  • Group Ride To Boston details under Events below
  • Safe Routes To School (SRTS)
    • Oct. 5 Bike/Walk to School Day
    • Bike safety classes scheduled for Job Lane students, March 2012
    • Grant received for Hayden Lane sidewalk study
    • New SRTS web site: Bedford in Motion
    • Do you need help planning or riding to school? - send us an email moc.liamg|ekiBdrofdeB#moc.liamg|ekiBdrofdeB for assistance
  • Bike Committee will propose Sharrows for bike routes on narrow, busy roads
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    • Roads like Page, Shawsheen, South, Old Billerica, Springs are challenging for bicyclists and for the road design engineers looking for ways to safely share limited road space
    • Sharrows were officially approved by the national road standards agency in 2009 after testing in 13 cities, and can be seen locally in Boston, Somerville, Belmont, Cambridge, Allston, Brookline
    • Sharrows are painted on the road and alert both the motorist and bicyclist that the lane is too narrow for cars to pass a bicyclists w/o crossing the center line. (Many states have a 'minimum 3 foot clearance' requirement when passing bicyclists)
    • Note, sharrows are not bike lanes and will not necessarily make 'advanced' level roads comfortable for 'intermediate' or 'beginner' bicyclists
  • Bedford Fall Rec Bicycle Sessions, Rec Dept: 275-1392
    • Bike Repair class w/ Pata Suyemoto. For women Age 16+ / age 12 to 15 w/parent. Begins Oct. 3; Pata is a bicycle enthusiast who rides about 4500 miles per year. She teaches bicycle riding at all levels and basic bicycle maintenance in a number of venues. She is a Certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists
    • FALL BIKING w/ Mary Hurley
  • New Minuteman Bikeway information, kiosks, and maps: July 2011, State awards Bedford, Arlington and Lexington $37000 for their grant to design navigational aids for the Minuteman Bikeway
  • Bicycle Committee identifies 37 potential 'easements' to better connect neighbors and create a Bedford Greenway network with off-road or low-traffic loops suitable for families and recreational biking and walking.

Regional Highlights

  • Boston 'bike share' program 37000 trips first month Globe Article. Modeled after programs in DC and Paris, it will begin with 600 bikes at 60 stations. Boston has added 38 miles of bike lanes since 2007.
  • MIT Lincoln Lab bike share' program allows employees to do errands on campus, or exercise on Minuteman Bikeway with five new hybrid bikes purchased Spring, 2011
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Phase I (first 7 miles in Chelmsford) opened in 2009; State funds full design of Phase II (Acton, Concord) Bruce Freeman Railtrail Maps
  • Nashua River Bike Path - great scenery in the fall Info/Map

Events

  • Bedford Day. Ride your bike and enjoy convenient and secure bike parking at the Bedford Bike Friends booth. This year over 50 people biked to Bedford Day Sept 17
  • Introduction to Trail/Mountain Bike Riding Burlington Landlocked Forest Sat, Sept 24, 9:00am - 11:00am
    • Guided trail ride through one of the region’s most beautiful preserved natural areas easily accessible to Bedford residents. Trail riding / mountain biking can be a great way to exercise while enjoying and connecting with nature. This event is designed to introduce area residents to the healthy and fun pastime of trail riding. Events include:
    • guided rides in the Landlocked Forest while sharing tips and techniques
    • trailside bike maintenance demonstrations
    • Participants must bring a bike helmet, a bike suitable for trail riding, and a reusable water bottle. Water and snacks will be provided.
    • Children ages 13 to 16 are welcome with an adult. Children ages 16 to 18 are welcome with written parental permission. Registration is required: moc.liamg|noitavresnocnotgnilrub#moc.liamg|noitavresnocnotgnilrub.Trail maps provided upon registration. Free and open to the public.
    • Parking at the Estabrook Elementary School, 117 Grove Street, Lexington.
  • Sep 24, Sat (at 2 PM) Group ride from Lexington, to Alewife for the fun of hopping on the T with your bike, or, for the more adventurous, cycling into Boston to participate in the Moving Planet rally in Christopher Columbus Park by the waterfront.

The goal of the event in Boston is to let our elected leaders, businesses and communities know that it is time to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Citizens from across New England will be riding to Christopher Columbus Park in Boston to declare that we have the knowledge and the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable future! Details: Rally Info

  • Oct. 5 International Bike/Walk to School Day

Contact Us

Send us an email moc.liamg|ekiBdrofdeB#moc.liamg|ekiBdrofdeB with comments, questions, help with bike routes. We meet monthly, usually the first Wed, 7:30, Town Hall.

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