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Old 10-04-2017, 07:48 PM   #3181
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Re: Biking in Boston

^Or Boston police could actually hand out tickets to people who double park. Growing up here, I learned during high school that hazard lights = "park anywhere you want for up to 30 minutes" lights. And that's just ridiculous.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:21 AM   #3182
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Common decency is all it takes to prevent double parking on most roads. Over-sized roads like Beacon and Charles invite double parking. There will be a little chaos immediately after the change, but I would expect people to start behaving normally within a short period of time without any special enforcement.
I find little "common decency" among Boston drivers. Flouting traffic and parking laws is endemic in Boston. So I seriously doubt your claims. Double parking is behaving normally in Boston
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:27 AM   #3183
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Re: Biking in Boston

The Fenway-Yawkey path connection has earned itself a public meeting.
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:47 PM   #3184
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Somerville has painted contraflow lanes on Hancock St and painted neckdowns at its intersections with Elm, Summer, and Highland.

Hancock is one way in multiple directions. It's been one-way SB from Summer to Elm and one-way NB from Summer to Charnwood. Both one-way segments have seen heavy salmoning, especially against the very short NB segment.

https://twitter.com/mtrem2/status/935181772115120129
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:01 PM   #3185
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"Beacon Street protected bike lane as it approaches Mass Ave."
I think we might be better off with Beacon St being three lanes wide for a brief stretch just before Mass Ave, with the right lane designated right turns only, the middle lane for through traffic continuing onto Beacon, and the left lane for left turns only. That would create the opportunity to give the right turn lane a red right arrow while a bicycle signal head allows bicyclists to proceed across Mass Ave and while allowing a straight green arrow for traffic continuing across Mass Ave onto Beacon.

Also, if we could diet Beacon down to one through lane plus two parking / loading zone lanes, would that allow space for buffered bike lanes on both sides to allow contraflow bicycle traffic?
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:08 AM   #3186
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There is actually enough width to simply convert the planned separated bike lane to two way in the future. The main reason why they didn't do that now are that they'll have to add new signals facing the other direction (this project is just utilizing the existing signals).
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:49 PM   #3187
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As I've thought about it more, I'm wondering if narrowing a street down to one travel lane creates problems with tailgaters pulling up directly behind people who are trying to back into parking spaces to parallel park.

This might be an argument for making Beacon two way.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:19 PM   #3188
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As I've thought about it more, I'm wondering if narrowing a street down to one travel lane creates problems with tailgaters pulling up directly behind people who are trying to back into parking spaces to parallel park.

This might be an argument for making Beacon two way.
You'd probably need to do much more major studies and redesigns of traffic flows and intersections in the whole area to accomplish that though.

I view it as the "big" mirror of Boylston across Back Bay, and with the one-ways and flows around the Public Garden/Common, I think that's valid.

I'd imagine you'd need to consider at minimum the following aspects to make Beacon 2 way:

- Making Boylston 2 way.

- Redesigning the Storrow ramps by the Public Garden/Common and the traffic flows around the Public Garden/Common.

- Major alterations to Kenmore, and probably reconsidering the role of some of the side streets like Bay State Rd.

I'm not making a statement about it being a good or bad idea, just that it's one which would require a pretty big scope of study and likely a lot of changes in the whole area.
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Old 12-16-2017, 05:26 PM   #3189
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I view it as the "big" mirror of Boylston across Back Bay, and with the one-ways and flows around the Public Garden/Common, I think that's valid.
Back St and Marlborough St are one way the same direction as Boylston but closer to Beacon.

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- Redesigning the Storrow ramps by the Public Garden/Common and the traffic flows around the Public Garden/Common.
I don't think there's really much need to redesign much of anything related to Storrow. If Beacon is made two way from Mass Ave to Charles St, then left turns should probably be allowed toward Storrow in the vicinity of Arlington St, but that's probably about all that needs to change regarding Storrow / Beacon interaction.


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- Major alterations to Kenmore, and probably reconsidering the role of some of the side streets like Bay State Rd.
Kenmore's not something I'd been thinking about, and it might make a lot of sense for phase 1 of making Beacon two way to only deal with the Mass Ave to Charles St section. Changing only the part east of Mass Ave avoids the complexity of having automobiles approaching the Mass Ave / Beacon St intersection from more directions, and it avoids having to deal with the Kenmore intersection. And to further simplify things, allowing right turns from Mass Ave northbound to Beacon eastbound but not left turns from Mass Ave southbound to Beacon eastbound, especially at first, might make sense.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:33 PM   #3190
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I think it would probably be relatively straightforward to make Beacon St two way from Kenmore St to Mass Ave, and it should be done in conjunction with banning all automobile left turns at the Mass Ave / Beacon intersection (bikes should be able to make left turns by going straight across the street twice in the appropriate two different signal phases).

That light could probably then have just three phases: straight across Mass Ave, straight across Beacon, and automobile right turns.

And the lack of being able to turn left from Beacon to Mass Ave ought to limit the extent to which eastbound traffic would start using Beacon.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:37 PM   #3191
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Re: Beacon St in Somerville

Along Beacon St in Somerville, it appears that the city has been plowing the cycle track section (although not the full width) but leaving the sidewalk section to the abutters. The end result is that the cycle track has been consistently clear, and the sidewalk hasn't.

In that there's an Americans with Disabilities Act but not a Bicyclists in Winter Act, I think the city has their priorities backwards here with which section should get priority for proper clearing, but of course admitting that would also require the city to take responsibility for clearing the sidewalks on a lot of other streets.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:58 PM   #3192
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The delivery truck still should not be parking in a cycle track.
Maybe if the delivery truck was something similar to http://www.trucktrike.com/ it might be OK for it to park in the cycle track, although those folks seem to be building 4' wide vehicles, and I think the maximum width for a cycle track should maybe be around 2.5' or 3'. (I think the Cambridge St cycle track is only 5' wide in places although one 2.5' wide vehicle passing another 2.5' wide vehicle could probably use a bit of the width of the flex post buffer zone.)
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:59 PM   #3193
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Along Beacon St in Somerville, it appears that the city has been plowing the cycle track section (although not the full width) but leaving the sidewalk section to the abutters. The end result is that the cycle track has been consistently clear, and the sidewalk hasn't.

In that there's an Americans with Disabilities Act but not a Bicyclists in Winter Act, I think the city has their priorities backwards here with which section should get priority for proper clearing, but of course admitting that would also require the city to take responsibility for clearing the sidewalks on a lot of other streets.
The city isn't shirking responsibility for clearing sidewalks - it has assigned responsibility to property owners. If property owners fail to maintain the public way they abut, then they are supposed to be fined. The only failure by the city is lax enforcement.

I have some neighbors who still haven't shoveled or salted since the Christmas snow 10 days ago and I haven't seen any fines posted on their doors. I think there should be an enforcer who distributes fines and also salts the offending sections of sidewalk for the benefit of all the non-sociopath residents of Somerville who walk those sidewalks.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:06 PM   #3194
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The city isn't shirking responsibility for clearing sidewalks - it has assigned responsibility to property owners.
Even if the city regulations were properly followed and enforced, it's still the case that the roads are passable for automobiles during and for several hours after snowstorms to a vastly greater extent than the sidewalks are for wheelchair users during and for several hours after snowstorms, and the only reasonable way to fix that disparity is for the city to take over clearing the sidewalks.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #3195
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Even if the city regulations were properly followed and enforced, it's still the case that the roads are passable for automobiles during and for several hours after snowstorms to a vastly greater extent than the sidewalks are for wheelchair users during and for several hours after snowstorms, and the only reasonable way to fix that disparity is for the city to take over clearing the sidewalks.
I'm curious, can you name any municipalities that clear the sidewalks? I can't think of one.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:27 PM   #3196
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Even if the city regulations were properly followed and enforced, it's still the case that the roads are passable for automobiles during and for several hours after snowstorms to a vastly greater extent than the sidewalks are for wheelchair users during and for several hours after snowstorms, and the only reasonable way to fix that disparity is for the city to take over clearing the sidewalks.
Part of the benefit of cycle tracks is that they also allow those in wheelchairs to have a safe route separate from the sidewalk, but still protected from vehicles. This is very common in places such as the Netherlands and is becoming more and more common here.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:41 PM   #3197
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Re: clearing snow from sidewalks

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I'm curious, can you name any municipalities that clear the sidewalks? I can't think of one.
Essex MA (my hood) plows the sidewalks downtown with a bobcat ... still nominally property owner responsibility, but there's enough of a public benefit that the DPW does it regularly as part of its snow clearance ops anyway. I think the definitive case is that it makes sure kids have somewhere to wait for the schoolbus without standing in busy streets.

n.b. probably about 2 miles of sidewalks (i.e. each side of a 1 mile stretch)
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:58 PM   #3198
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I'm curious, can you name any municipalities that clear the sidewalks? I can't think of one.
Burlington does. Apparently Wilmington does not.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:59 AM   #3199
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Burlington does. Apparently Wilmington does not.
And Medford has a new sidewalk plow, which you can see in this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/medf...6112943102806/
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:35 PM   #3200
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I'm curious, can you name any municipalities that clear the sidewalks? I can't think of one.
Not municipalities, but it is somewhat common among BID's. Part of the dues go to paying a bobcat to handle it for everyone.
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