Aug. 24 – Free Bike Repairs

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee will be at the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market on August 24th from 4-7pm.

Ride your bike to the market and we will check out your bike and be able to make minor repairs on it.  Sign up for a time slot here!

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June 11 – 25th annual Bike to the Sea Day

The 25th annual Bike to the Sea Day ride is on Sunday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m.

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee invites Melrosians to meet at 7:50 a.m. (leave promptly at 8:00) at the corner of Main and East Foster for an informal bike convoy to the ride’s start at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St. in Everett. There’s a 14-mile roundtrip family ride and a 20-mile ride to Lynn/Nahant beach followed by lunch at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden. Comfortable pace, very family-friendly. There are police escorts for the portions of the ride that are on the road.  Starting the ride in Melrose will add 3 miles to the ride on each end.

The ride starts at 9 a.m. Registration is available online (includes lunch) or participants can register the day of the ride starting at 8:30 a.m.

Some of the trail is unpaved so wider tires are recommended.

Helmets required. Riders 8 and up allowed.  Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is a lot of fun and supports a great cause – to support completion of the community path from Everett through Malden to Nahant Beach.

Go to www.biketothesea.com for cost and registration info.  Bike to the Sea also has a map of the route on their website.

Questions? Contact us at MelrosePedBike@gmail.com

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May 19 – Melrose Bike Convoy

We will be coordinating a bicycle commuter convoy from Melrose to Boston on the morning of Friday, May 19th, 2017.

These rides are well suited for all levels of experience, including anybody who has considered riding their bike to work in Boston in the morning but is concerned about the route or traffic and would like to try it as part of a group first.

This occasion will be part of Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival.

We’ll leave at 7:00am from the corner of Foster St and Main St in Melrose (by the YMCA), picking up more people at 7:15am at the intersection of Main St and the Northern Strand Trail in Malden, and more at 7:30 at the McDonald’s on Route 99 at Beacham St in Everett. Finally, we’ll arrive in City Hall Plaza, Boston at around 7:45, joining an end-of-ride festival.

  • To find out more, see the City of Boston page here: boston.gov/bike-to-work-day
  • If you are willing to help lead the ride, please do two things:
  1. Let me (Steve Leibman) know, so that we can coordinate the morning of the event
  2. Let the Boston Bikes folks know, by signing up here: leader sign-up

 

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Mar. 15 – Traffic Commission Meeting

The Traffic Commission will meeting Mar. 15, 2017, at 5:30 pm.

The citizen-led Melrose Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee will be urging the Melrose Traffic Commission to act on the opportunity to reduce speed limits in Melrose, where applicable, to 25 miles per hour with the public statement reprinted below.

Research clearly shows a substantial drop-off in crash risk and pedestrian injury and fatality risk when vehicle speeds are lowered below 30 mph. We are therefore supportive of any measure that contributes to that goal, however incrementally.

As Mayor Dolan suggested in his letter to the Traffic Commission, we hope and expect that this reduction in speed limits will support police efforts to issue greater numbers of citations for speeding, and set the stage for more comprehensive road design initiative with new traffic calming and better pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.

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Public Statement to the Melrose Traffic Commission

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee strongly urges the Traffic Commission of the City of Melrose to immediately implement a speed limit of 25 miles per hour on all roads not requiring state approval, unless a lower speed limit is already posted.

Reducing the speed limit, consistent traffic law enforcement and smart road design are a proven combination that can result in more modern, safer streets that are easier to walk, ride, and drive. Reducing vehicle speeds will improve the lives of all residents of Melrose but will especially protect children, the elderly and the disabled, who are more often seriously injured by vehicle impacts.

Specifically, reducing vehicle speed below 30 miles per hour significantly lowers the risk of vehicle collisions that cause pedestrian injuries and fatalities and property damage. The effects of this seemingly small reduction can be dramatic: A vehicle traveling at 30-35 miles per hour has more than a three and a half times greater likelihood of crashing than a vehicle traveling 20-25 miles per hour, and is nine times more likely to cause a pedestrian fatality when collision occurs.

Lowering the speed limit in Melrose can be the first step to a better Melrose. It can create new opportunities to improve and redesign our roads in ways that encourage calm and predictable traffic, provide greater opportunities for traffic law enforcement, and allow all Melrose residents to safely enjoy one of the best cities Greater Boston has to offer.

Sincerely,

The members of the Melrose Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee

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Sept 6 – Next Committee Meeting

The next Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will be September 6, 2017 at 7:00pm.  The meetings are held  in the Mayor’s Conference Room, the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Standing Agenda:

Welcome
City Liaison
Special Guests & Topics
Priorities Updates:
* Planning & Policy
* Infrastructure
* Events
* Outreach
Committee Business

Past meeting minutes

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Complete Streets Coming to Melrose

Essex St.Have you been to Essex Street recently, and seen the new bike lane and pedestrian crossing design? This is an example of things to come in Melrose.

2016 may well prove to be a landmark year for pedestrians and cyclists in Melrose. In June, the City of Melrose submitted its new Complete Streets policy to the Baker Administration, making the city eligible for up to $400,000 in funding for transportation improvements annually in the coming years. The policy charts the path for making streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for users of all ages and abilities, meeting the needs of all transportation modes – cars, buses, bikes, pedestrians, and people in wheelchairs. The policy will apply to both public and private infrastructure projects.

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee applauds the City’s bold step in advancing the plan. Committee members contributed content to the draft policy and the Committee will have one spot on a Working Group created to guide the policy’s implementation.

Come by the Ped-Bike booth at the Victorian Fair on September 11th to share your ideas for priority sidewalk, crosswalk and bike improvements. We will have more information about Complete Streets, and an interactive map to collect resident’s views and suggestions. These inputs will be part of the “data” shared with the City’s consultants who will be developing a comprehensive prioritization plan proposal, which will guide transportation network improvements in the coming years.

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Bike to the Sea, June 12

All Melrose cyclists are invited to meet up outside the Melrose YMCA (near the bike racks), for a day of family fun as we Bike to the Sea on June 12, 2016.

Check out the Bike to the Sea Events page for more info on upcoming rides:

Sunday, June 12, 2016Bike to the Sea Day Ride: The ride from Everett, through Malden, Saugus, Revere and Lynn to Nahant Beach is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the trail.  The ride starts from the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett, Mass. Arrive at 8:30 am to register and sign a waiver. Or register online here. Individual adult registrations cost $25. Family registrations (for two adults and two children) cost $35. You can choose to ride the shorter 14-mile course or the full 20-mile route. Route includes both off-road and on-road riding. Police escorts are usually given to assist bicyclists at major intersections. Volunteers are needed.

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