Updates on Bicycle Racks, Hubway and Group Rides
New bicycle racks should arrive this fall; Hubway might not reach Porter Square for years; September groups rides and soon-to-come bicycle and pedestrian count.
Besides talking about the city's little-known bicycle registry and the possibility of having a Complete Streets policy here, the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee packed a number of updates and announcements into the agenda for their August 16 meeting.
New Powderhouse patterned U-racks arrive this fall
Somerville should receive 75 bicycle racks and three bicycle corrals this fall, said Nikhil Nadkarni, an intern with the city who is serving as a liaison between the Bicycle Committee and the mayor's office.
The city is still looking for a third business to receive a corral. Committee member Ron Newman said that the weekend crowd at Ball Square could use one, and other members suggested installing the it in Union Square because of the need for additional bicycle parking.
The city will probably not install a Hubway station on Somerville Avenue, Nadkarni said.
That would leave Porter Square without a station for at least a couple of years, he said, until Cambridge builds one on its side of the square.
Forthcoming group rides
The "Tour de Somerville" will leave Seven Hills Park, in Davis Square, Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
And on Saturday, Sept. 24, Somerville Climate Action and Moving Planet will host a ride at 2 p.m., leaving from Union Square. Participants will ride along the Freedom Trail while promoting "freedom from fossil fuels" and end up at the North Station T stop. The event is for experienced, adult riders, according to the listing.
Spring bicycle and pedestrian count to be delivered this month
The city should present the results of the spring count of bicyclists and pedestrians around Somerville in September, Nadkarni said.
Volunteers and members of the Bicycle Committee this April and May counted the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who passed by more than 30 locations over six days. The count helps the city decide where to paint bicycle lanes and install racks.