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Boston University and Mayor Menino Launch Bike-Safety Initiative

March 20th, 2013 in 2013, News Releases 0 comments

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2013

Contact:  Tom Testa, 617-353-7628, ttesta@bu.edu

Signage, markings and reflector pilot program for BU’s Comm. Ave. campus stretch

(Boston) — In a continuing five-year effort to improve safety and calm traffic along its 1.5 mile-long main campus straddling Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University today announced with the City of Boston a series of measures to further protect cyclists and pedestrians, encourage bike use, and promote awareness of cyclists and pedestrians among motor-vehicle drivers.  They will include new signage, enhanced bike-lane markings, and highway reflectors in the pavement.

“I am hopeful that these changes will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along this very busy stretch of Commonwealth Avenue,” said Boston University President Dr. Robert A. Brown.  “I also am extremely grateful for the city’s continued support of bike-safety initiatives that safeguard all people who use the city streets that pass through our campus.”

The new measures stem from recommendations by a BU and City of Boston working group convened at the urging of President Brown and Mayor Menino after a series of bicycle collisions, including the death of a BU student in December. Working in coordination with the city’s Transportation Commissioner, Thomas J. Tinlin and Director of Bicycle Programs, Nicole Freedman, BU helped propose safety measures that the City will implement as a pilot on the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue between Kenmore Square and Packard’s Corner (Boston’s first location for bike lanes), with the potential to expand to other areas of the city with high bicycle traffic and lanes.  They include:

  • Posting of advisory/cautionary signs – new signs designating the stretch as a “high bicycle and pedestrian activity zone”; 25 mph speed limit signs; “yield to bicycles when turning right” signs; and “share the road” signs.
  • Installation of enhanced bike-lane pavement markings – each bike-lane intersection crossing to be painted using non-skid, high-visibility green paint and the width of bike-lane edge markings will increase from four to six inches. White Bike Sharrow pavement markings within the green paint area will be added at busy intersections. In areas that have long crossings multiple Sharrows will be installed.
  • Installation of highway reflectors –highway reflectors on the pavement along the outside edge of bike lanes between intersections, and more closely spaced in advance of each intersection crossing.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said, “The City of Boston has worked hard to ensure that cycling is a viable option for traveling on our local streets.  In 2008, we installed the first four and a half miles of bicycle lanes, and today we offer more than 58 miles of on-street accommodations for cyclists.  Wayfinding signs that guide cyclists to our more popular destinations have been posted, and in 2011 we launched Hubway that has provided 600,000 trips for those who rent the more than 600 curbside bicycles available through this program.”

He continued, “As a result of these efforts, bicycle commuting ridership increased 82% in Boston from 2007 to 2011, and ensuring safety for all of these cyclists is a top priority in the City.  For this reason, I am very pleased to be partnering with Boston University on this Commonwealth Avenue safety initiative.  I expect that this program will result in keeping BU’s cycling community safe on this busy roadway.”

The university also will host an event when students return from spring break to showcase the new measures.  That will continue the ongoing bike-safety education and awareness efforts under way since 2008 which have included skills classes, commuter workshops, bike and pedestrian safety days, on-campus posters, widespread distribution of safety tips, and giveaways of some 15,000 bike-safety related items including helmets, flashlights, bicycle lights, and reflectors.

“Cycling is a terrific transportation option for students in Boston,” said Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin.  “Like the MBTA, it is inexpensive and convenient, can get you anywhere that you need to go in the City, and doesn’t require an on-street parking space.  BTD consistently encourages students to leave their cars at home when they are heading to Boston for the academic year, and this new bicycle safety initiative is yet another incentive for students to follow this advice.”

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston University President Dr. Robert A. Brown Dedicate New BU Fitness & Wellness Center at BCYF Blackstone

February 21st, 2013 in 2013, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013

CONTACT: Tom Testa, 617-959-3887 or ttesta@bu.edu

Sandy Holden, 617-635-4920 x 2213 or sandy.holden@cityofboston.gov

(Boston)Boston University (BU) and the City of Boston today officially marked the grand opening of the Boston University Fitness & Wellness Center at the BCYF Blackstone Community Center with a dedication ceremony held in the South End.

“This new Fitness & Wellness Center once again demonstrates how Boston University is a committed partner in the battle against childhood obesity,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “Boston University is more than a great school, it’s also a great neighbor.”

Established by BU, in conjunction with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the new center will house a unique fitness and wellness program developed to help combat teenage obesity in the City of Boston.  The program supports Boston Moves for Health, the public health initiative launched by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to increase access to free and low-cost physical activities and healthy living resources.

“We are proud to be part of the Mayor’s efforts to combat obesity and promote wellness in our community,” said Dr. Robert A. Brown.  “This new state-of-the-art center will provide important resources for neighborhood residents who want to become more physically activity and to adopt a healthier diet. This also will be a place where volunteering BU students can gain valuable field-work experience in an urban environment while enhancing the well-being of people in our community.”

The center will provide access to quality fitness training, nutrition counseling, and wellness programming for children, youths, and families in at-risk communities.  Under the direction and guidance of experts from BU’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences and BU’s Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Social Work, and with input from BU’s Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PERD) and the Boston Public Health Commission, this initiative will provide youths and families with the skills needed to make physical exercise and healthy choices an enduring part of their lifestyles.

Housed in a renovated section of the BCYF Blackstone Community Center, the South End location was chosen for its potential to maximize outreach to at-risk youths and families, as well as for its proximity to additional health resources available in the region.  The design and demolition of the space, previously unused locker rooms and storage space, was overseen by BU.  Boston University also supplied all the equipment for the center.  The City of Boston’s BCYF, Boston Public Schools and the Capital Construction Division of the Property Management Department, provided electrical and HVAC services, and telecommunications wiring.

The facility is staffed and supervised by members of BU’s Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (PERD).  These BU staff members will help train BCYF staff on fitness assessments and self-tracking of personal fitness levels, as well as the proper use of fitness equipment.  The equipment used at the center includes personal training space and a mix of up to 25 state-of-the art exercise machines—from treadmills and ellipticals to exercise bikes – and weights.  Additional wellness programming will be introduced at a later date and will be staffed by BU.

The program, which will be a 36-hour per week commitment, is open to BCYF Blackstone Community Center members and youth 14 and up.  In addition, all BCYF Blackstone members will be able to use the center during operating hours.

In addition to the BU Fitness & Wellness program, the new public health initiative will include 100 summer camp scholarships for area youth.  These scholarships, provided by the University annually over the next five years, will be distributed by BCYF staff to local youth. Held at BU, these camps will focus on skills training in basketball, hockey, wrestling, softball, lacrosse, and rowing.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

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New "Boston High Scholars" honored

June 17th, 2010 in University News 0 comments

Boston city sealTwenty-one of the best and brightest of this year’s Boston public high school graduates are the latest class of honorees in the Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, the largest and longest-running such program for urban public high school students in the nation.  In ceremonies hosted by BU President Robert Brown and Mayor Thomas Menino, the 21 were awarded $3.3 million worth of four-year full-tuition scholarships –bringing to $132 million in scholarships for 1,759 scholars since then BU President John Silber launched the program in 1973.  This year’s winners share an “upward bound” weekend in New Hampshire before spending next week on the BU campus in an orientation program of lectures, labs and receiving their housing assignments for next fall.

Contact Ruth Shane, 617-353-3551, rshane@bu.edu

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