OK, she had warned me that she had a meeting and we pushed out our start time, but not quite enough. Nicole Freedman, director of Boston’s bike programs, starts around 24 minutes. We run long, so she’s on for about 20 minutes.
Ryan and I chattered about our own bike hopes, dreams and surmises. I’m a cyclist and he a driver, but we like so many around here have thoughts and responses to cycling.
When Freedman clicks in, she spoke (if you pardon the term) of her goals on returning after a short career shift to Maine. Those include:
- Continuing to expand HubWay, the wildly successful bike rental program
- Adding helmet rental to that (cheap dispensers that mean you don’t have to schlep the headgear)
- 20 more miles of bike lanes
- Many more bike racks
- More of the Roll It Forward community bike project (up to 750 more free bikes)
- Cycle track pilots, starting with Mount Vernon Street
- Continued and expanded education programs for motor-vehicle operators as well as cyclists
She noted that since 2007, bike ridership here has grown by maybe 85%.
She highlighted the pending Bike Week in the middle of May and the June through August Bike Fridays. Listen in too as she talked about her attitude with the hugely bike-supportive mayor stepping down. Some good things are constants and others may be in flux.
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