5 posts tagged Boston

Boston’s Nicole Freedman

She was my first interview here at cdmCyclist. Welcome back, Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes. She's been running Boston's bike programs since the beginning and she's taken it far. When Bicycling magazine called Boston the worst city for cyclists she vowed to take it to the Silver level of the League's Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) ranking. That's an impressive feat by any measure, but once you get to know this Stanford/MIT grad who went on to the Olympics, maybe it'll seem ... Continue Reading

Fred Kent, Placemaker

Last January Fred did a talk followed by a walk; I was in the audience. He was visiting several cities on this tour through the west — Los Altos, Stanford University, Pasadena, Riverside and Long Beach — where civic leaders are intrigued with enhancing their sense of place. That's Fred's business; he's the man behind the Project for Public Spaces. He's in the business of creating treasured spaces. When I got word that he'd be giving this talk and walk I jumped at the ... Continue Reading

My Mother Mary

My mother recently passed away, after a long illness. Many will remember my multi-modal train/bike trip to visit her this summer; check out Visit Your Mother. Although she was born at home in Reading, MA, she was a great storyteller of Ireland and the old days. She was my original subject as I began my interest in oral history recordings; this 2006 session turned out well. Continue Reading

Riding Boston’s Bikeshare

I had to take one out for a spin. I'd never ridden a Bikeshare bike before – Montreal was too cold and wet, in Barcelona I had no idea where I wanted to go, but here in Boston I did know. I organized a ride in April, from MIT to Boston and back through Harvard, plus I grew up in the suburbs here. This morning the weather is perfect; the humidity has broken and it's in the mid 80's, perfect for a ride up Commonwealth Ave. My adventure did have one hiccup – the nearby Hubway on ... Continue Reading

Boston Bikes’ Nicole Freedman

"We started last and late, so one thing we've done is study everyone's best practices; talk to everyone," says Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman. What challenges did she face? "Every city has its advantages," she counters; for example, Frederick Law Olmstead, who lived in Boston after his New York career, designed the Emerald Necklace, a series of parks around the city that today provides scenic routes for cyclists. Boston's bike rack strategy? "First, obviously, go for demand; if ... Continue Reading