Upcoming Events (April-May)
- April 23rd (Tues), 7pm, Town Hall – MassDOT’s 25% Design Hearing for Minuteman Path connection improvements through Arlington Center. For more information and access to drawings, click here for the Town’s project web site. As of now, EALS does not have an official position on the Town’s current plan for this critical connection. During discussions at our monthly meeting on Thursday, all agreed that the plan is a strong one overall and should improve connectivity and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. However, everyone pointed out the concern about the curb-side parking that remains along the south side of Mass Ave between Pleasant St and Swan Place. Because of the parking, the existing median, travel lanes and parking aisle are all squeezed down to their bare minimums. This places Alewife-bound bicyclists dangerously close to car doors, 1.5′-3′ closer to cars than the well-designed bike lanes planned for the Mass Ave Corridor. Some thought the tight conditions will encourage some bicyclists to continue to use the adjacent sidewalk, mitigating one of the primary goals of the planning effort.
- April 27th (Saturday), 9am - Minuteman bikeway cleanup. Volunteers needed, bring gloves, meet at Rte 2 overpass at 9 am, finished around 11:00 in Arlington Center. Please email EALS if you want to help out
May 1 (Wednesday) – International Bike and Walk to School Day will be celebrated at the Hardy School. For more information or to volunteer to help, please e-mail us back with attention to Alex Bilsky, the Hardy School coordinator
May 11th (Saturday) and May 14th (Tuesday), 7am-7pm - Volunteers needed for 1-2 hour increments to count walkers, bicyclists, skaters, etc using the Minuteman Path at Thorndike Field. The annual counts are coordinated by the Town of Arlington and EALS is helping to recruit helpers at the East Arlington site (others include counts in the Center and Heights). More info is below.