News for commuters from the Junction TMO
A big win for bicycling in Andover
Paul Materazzo, Andover's Planning Director introduced a new bicycle road infrastructure and safety initiative. This plan evolved from an initial meeting that some of our bicyclists had at Pfizer. It’s exciting to see Andover make this effort to improve road safety for all bicyclists.
A big win for bicycling in Massachusetts
MassDOT’s new Healthy Transportation Policy Directive requires that all projects currently in the design phase must be reviewed to make sure that they support the 2030 mode shift goals outlined in the GreenDOT Implementation Plan (tripling the amount of biking, walking and transit use). This means that even those bridge projects designed back in the ’80s will have to be dusted off, and a fresh look taken. Furthermore, any project which fails to accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users must be approved by the Secretary and CEO of Transportation.
JTMO bicyclists rolling ahead
As of November 21, JTMO bicyclists have ridden to work on 805 days and pedaled 15,280 miles. By doing so, they have kept over 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
All public transportation routes now on Google Maps
The phrase "I'll just Google it," has new meaning for commuters, now that all Massachusetts public transportation authorities' routes and schedules are on Google Maps.
The service is available online and on mobile for Android or iPhone.
The coordination of all public transportation options means that commuters, travelers or visitors can make just one Google Maps search, even if their trip involves several different routes and schedules.
The directions can now guide an individual from one transit station to another with detailed walking directions for the first and final portions of the trip.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation led the creation of this service to make it easier for people to use public transportation. MassDOT has a goal of tripling the levels of bicycling, walking and transit use throughout the state by 2030.
New Bike Racks at Ballardvale Office Park
In other bike news, JTMO member Ballardvale Office Park has made it more convenient for bicycle-riding employees by installing bike racks at its Ballardvale Street facilities. Knowing that there is a safe, secure place to store a bicycle is sometimes all that is needed for an employee who is on the fence about bicycle commuting to take the plunge!