Find A Safe Route Through Boston

Safe Routes Navigating the streets of Boston and Cambridge safely can be tricky, even for experienced cyclists and commuters. Many tips are shared via riding buddies, cycling clubs and around the water cooler. Now there’s another great “Web 2.0” resource for getting and sharing tips in the Boston area – The Right Ride website at therightride.org.

The site is a nice little mash up with Google Maps that allows contributors to point out hazards and identify safe routes. Maps can be marked up by anyone who is a member (membership is free) and the implementation is very nice. Comments pop up for each hazard or safe route and each entry can be rated by subsequent visitors to the site.

Of course, all the information is unverified advice as the site’s disclaimer points out, so use it at your own risk. Still, the site has a lot of potential to be useful and should certainly be better than just going out to chart your own routes from scratch.

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Boston Cycling “State of the Hub” Annual Report

As you may be well aware, Boston has a dedicated, full-time “Cycling Czar.” Nicole Freedman, former pro racer with two U.S. National Championships and a spot at the 2000 Olympics under her belt, took on the role a few years ago. Recently, she published a report “State of the Hub: Boston Bikes Year End Update.” The report reviews all the progress the city has made through the Boston Bikes program since its official start two years ago. You can find the full report here.

The report covers what the program calls the five “E’s” of bicycling planning for Boston – Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, and Evaluation. The report is only 16 pages long and full of pictures, charts and graphs. It’s an easy read and well worth reviewing if you are interested in the details of Boston’s plans for cycling.

I also found this blog post to be very helpful. The author is clearly following the developments of the program very closely, and provides a good summary of the report if you don’t want to read the whole thing.

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