2013FallNewsLetter

Bedford Bike Friends

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


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Bedford Day 2013


Local News Highlights

  • Minuteman Extension (West Bedford Railtrail) Depot Park to trail head link (Railroad Ave) Hearing; Preliminary Design Options awaiting state approval
  • Bedford Safe Routes To School Bicycle Committee expanding bicycle safety classes to Middle School
  • Concord Trails
  • Bedford Bike Calendar
    • Nov 4 Fall Town Meeting: Bicycle Master Plan Funding Request
    • Nov Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway Annual Meeting
  • Is Bedford a Bicycle Friendly Community?

June, the League of American Bicyclists returned a report card and recommendations based on an extensive survey of the bicycling programs, infrastructure, and support in the town. The League uses a system of 5 E's (Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, Education, and Evaluation) to rank communities on their level of bike-friendliness.

  • Bedford Bicycle Master Plan Proposal

The Bicycle Committee will submit a proposal to the Town to fund a master plan for bicycling. The plan would map existing and proposed bicycle facilities, identify where bicycle investments should be made, and present actions for implementation. It will promote safe and enjoyable bicycling opportunities for commute, recreation, and fitness, and will link to other modes of transportation

  • **Sharrows sharrow.jpg in Bedford. Sharrows were officially approved by the national road standards agency in 2009 after testing in 13 cities, and can be seen locally in Arlington, Boston, Somerville, Belmont, Cambridge, Allston, and 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
  • New Map, Navigational Aids for Minuteman Bikeway The three MM towns (Bedford, Lexington, Arlington) are collaborating on a new map for the bikeway. Funded by a grant from the state, the Toole Design (Bicycle Transportation Engineers) has been selected to assess the MM bikeway and make recommendations to bring the 25 year-old infrastructure (signage, crossings, guides, etc.) up to modern standards.
    • Open House, May 5 at Lexington Depot (next to bikeway, town center) 1-4pm. Come see draft plans; Provide input to improve the bikeway experience. Flyer
  • Bicycle and Trails Committees continue work on easements to better connect neighborhoods and open spaces, and create a Bedford Greenway network with off-road or low-traffic loops suitable for families and recreational biking and walking.

Regional Highlights

  • Arlington Center (Bike path crossing) 25% Design Review Apr 23 Info/Notice
  • Arlington Moves Forward on Mass Ave Bike Lanes FAQs
  • Boston 'bike share' program 112 stations, 1100 bicycles, Continued success into third year. Info
  • Bicycle Friendly Communities - Arlington, Somerville recognized as 'Bronze' level bicycle communities by the League of American Bicyclists
  • Belmont Rail Trail new rail trail opened; Plans to eventually connect Alewife and Belmont Center
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Chelmsford, 6.8 miles (opened 2009); Acton-Concord 75% Design Completed Info/Map
  • Nashua River Rail Trail - Ayer, 11 miles Info/Map
  • Shining Sea Bikeway - Falmouth, 16 miles Info/Map
  • On-line Bike Maps/Directions

 


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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