Participants: John Allen, Tim Smith, Brandon Morphew

Events
7 PM Feb. 27th: CRW social event and presentation about the Paris-Brest-Paris ride in France at Lexington Depot – CRW members who rode PBP will give the presentation. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. PBP is running again in 2019. https://www.crw.org/pbp-presentation

Women-only March 24th CRW Winter riding and flat repair, 3-5 PM @ Ride Headquarters in Sherborn — https://www.crw.org/content/women-only-flat-tire-repair-workshop-new-session-added

John and a co-instructor will teach a CyclingSavvy class May 3 and 4; need help with publicity. There may be as many as 10-12 in the riding session and an unlimited number in the classroom session. Registration: https://cyclingsavvy.org/events/

May 12th – 20th is Bay State Bike Week – any thoughts on what to do?

Larry Finison and John will run the Waltham Bicycle History Ride again in the spring — Date TBD

The “East European Ride” — a CRW ride starting at the Spellman Museum in Weston, 29 or 47 miles, will run in June, date TBD.

May 11th Steam Punk Festival – Can we attend?

Riverfest (generally mid-June) event/ride – Can we attend?

Advocacy:

Waltham Traffic Commission meetings occur usually on the third Thursday, 10 AM at City Hall, September-June and usually bicycling issues come up. Bicyclists John Allen, Martha Creedon and Leo Keightly attended on January 17. https://www.city.waltham.ma.us/traffic-engineering

The Mass Central Rail Trail was mentioned at the Traffic Commission meeting but mostly in connection with the Mayor’s question about making a north-south connection and connecting to the High School. She suggested the Western Greenway as an alternative to Lexington Street, but this would seem unlikely due to environmental issues and terrain. Alternatives? How can we help? Ask Laurel Carpenter?

Also at the Traffic commission, City Councilor Logan spoke up for improvements where the Charles River Greenway crosses Farwell Street (near the Watertown line). The Greenway is on the north side to the east of Farwell Street and on the south side to the west. The connection across the bridge is awkward. John attended and spoke in favor of Councilor Logan’s request. The Commission voted for Traffic Engineer Michael Garvin to study the problem.

John raised the issue of vehicle detectors which do not respond to bicycles and motorcycles. The committee chair, Police chief MacPherson, indicated that the Commission does not have jurisdiction over this. However, Tim Kelly of the Wires Department indicated that he will work with John on this. John has comments on the issue here: http://streetsmarts.bostonbiker.org/2018/11/30/non-responsive-signal-actuators-in-waltham/

MassDOT bicycle plan review is open till the end of January. John is going to provide some comment. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/bicycle-plan
Transportation for Massachusetts conference coming up? and are there other conferences, goal of John is to make a presentation about bicycling education.

Contacts with MassBike/Livable Streets/Lexington Bicycle Committee/Newton Bicycle Committee/ Need help connecting to other organizations.

Brandon would like to lead a small team interested in getting a pump track installed in Waltham. A pump track is an undulating track where people can propel themselves on bicycles without pedaling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pump_track

The Bicycle Committee would support a Velodrome at Fernald. There is a task force from racing clubs that wants to build one in the Boston area, see http://nevelodrome.org/

Committee projects:

Can we prepare a map? John can post routes for getting around by bicycle on the Internet, how to get to Boston/Newton/Watertown/Cambridge/ Weston/Lexington? Can we actually print a map and get it sponsored? (Brandon interested in leading)

We discussed committee housekeeping – Regular roles: Meeting announcements, dates, Meeting notes/ minutes.

Next meeting

Next meeting will be Thursday, March 7, 7 PM at the Waltham Public Library.

Take an easy ride, about 14 miles among bicycle-related historical sites with Larry Finison, author of the acclaimed book Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900. Visit and learn where bicycles were built, where bicyclists by the hundreds hung out and picnicked by the Charles River, and about Waltham’s former bicycle racetrack. We will ride in a group — nobody will be left behind. Sunday, September 9, 2 PM, Duck Feeding Area, Norumbega Road, Weston. More info here: https://www.crw.org/content/revisit-charles-where-bicyclists-played-1895-2

Show your support for the Rail Trail! it is on the agenda at:

* Conservation Commission tonight, September 6, 2018: Government Center building (119 School Street). Meeting room is in the basement, left front corner of the building. There is a bicycle rack at that side of the building, and car parking in front of and behind the building. The agenda for the meeting is here.

* Traffic Commission meeting: Thursday, September 27, 10 AM., City Hall, Henry Hoover meeting room, second floor, right rear corner of the building. The Traffic Commission page is here. The meeting agenda is posted on that page a couple of days before the meeting.

See you!

5th Annual Bicycle Update

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00-8:00 PM,

Government Center Auditorium, 119 School Street, Waltham, MA  02451

Learn what’s new for bicycling and how the City of Waltham seeks to encourage bicycling.

Government Center is easily accessible by walking, bicycling transit or car. Secure bicycle parking on north and west sides of the building. If you have any questions, please contact the Waltham Planning Department, 781 314-3370.

In a talk which he gave at the Back Pages bookstore (now closed) in the summer of 2014, historian Larry Finison, author of the acclaimed book Boston’s Cycling Craze 1880-1900, reviews the history of Waltham as an important location for recreational bicycling, bicycle racing and bicycle manufacture during that period.

A social group!
A social group!

7 PM — Meet on the Common next to City Hall for a short, fun ride (about 10 miles) on paths and lesser-traveled streets. We’ll ride along the Charles River and loop back on quiet streets south of the Charles. If you show up early, we’ll be happy to check over your bicycle.