2014SummerNewsLetter

Bedford Bike Friends

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


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Bike To School, Job Lane


  • Rules of the Road demonstrated a MUST watch Bike Safety Video
  • Join us at Bedford Day, Sept 20.

Ride your bike with the Friends in the Saturday morning parade. To save a spot, pre-register at moc.liamg|yawekiBMMsdneirFdrofdeB#moc.liamg|yawekiBMMsdneirFdrofdeB
Children welcomed w/ parent.

  • 21 annual bike valet parking at Bedford Day Fair (Town Campus), 9:30 AM to 3 PM

Come share your bike experiences, receive the new bikeway map, signup for bike classes and rides

Local News Highlights

  • Minuteman Extension (West Bedford Railtrail) Awaiting Selectmen Review of Railroad Ave bikeway connection options
  • Bedford Safe Routes To School Bike Safety Classes introduced to 6th graders at JGMS
  • Bedford Bike Calendar
  • Bedford Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Proposal

Toole Design Group wins contract. Work beginning in August.
Fall Town Meeting approved funding for Master Plan. Spring, 2014 proposal sent out for bid. 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

  • First Sharrows sharrow.jpg in Bedford Each time a Bedford road is scheduled for major repaving, it is evaluated for bicycle accommodation. SSharrows were officially approved by the national road standards agency in 2009 after testing in 13 cities, and can be seen locally in Arlington, Lexington, 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
  • After 22 years, Bedford Minuteman will be repaved

Despite an estimated 500,000 users, the Minuteman in Bedford is being repaved mainly because of cracks and damage to due to trees. The surface will be milled and then repaved. Root shields installed along the edge of the path to help prevent future root damage.

Regional Highlights

  • East Arlington Mass Ave Road/BikeLane/Sidewalk Construction Starts [http://www.arlingtonma.gov/Public_documents/ArlingtonMA_Home/01BCEA65-000F8513]
  • Boston 'bike share' program 112 stations, 1100 bicycles, Continued success into third year. Extends service to . Remains open in winter. Info
  • Bicycle Friendly Communities - Lexington recognized as 'Bronze' level bicycle communities by the League of American Bicyclists
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Chelmsford, 6.8 miles (opened 2009); State approves funding to extend trail.

As per last year’s 2014-2017 TIP, this year’s 2015-2018 draft TIP includes

Phase 2A (the continuation from the southern terminus of Phase 2 thru Westford, Carlisle and Acton) for 2014 advertisement for construction
Phase 2C (the entirety of the Concord section south of Commonwealth by MCI Concord) for 2016 construction
Phase 2B (primarily bridge over Route 2 on Concord / Acton border) for 2017 construction
Info/Map

 


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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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