The City has just announced a public meeting this Thursday, April 16 at 7pm at the main branch of the Boston Public Library. This meeting will gauge public support for the long-awaited bike lanes on Mass Ave between Symphony Hall and the Harvard bridge over the Charles. This might be the most well traveled and most desired stretch of road in Boston for cyclists, and the most desired for addition of a bike lane. It's very short notice but it's imperative that cyclists get to this meeting since it's expected that there will be opposition as well. This is meeting for anyone concerned, not just cyclists, so overwhelming numbers of cyclists will send a strong message. Wear your helmet inside!
In addition to coming to the meeting, you can help the cause by joining the Boston Cyclists Union in a petitioning drive being done on Mass Ave today, tomorrow, and early next week during rush hour. It's a safe bet that there is significant support for this, so it should be easy to get lots of signatures. We just need people to get out there with clipboards (supplied by the BCU). The BCU and JP Bikes teamed up for a similar petitioning drive last year resulting in the bike lanes that we now enjoy on Centre and South. So let's get out and show some love to all that want comfortable cycling accommodations on a stretch of road that needs badly.
The hours of petitioning are Saturday (today) 1-6, Sunday 1-6, and Monday thru Wednesday 4-7. If you get there and can't find someone with a clipboard, call Pete at 617-620-1989.
UPDATE: The BCU now has on online petition and more info here: http://bostoncyclistsunion.org/uncategorized/mass-ave-bike-lanes/
Send this to all your friends! and see you Thursday at the library.