Flowers & Such: Boston Bike Lanes

$6,720 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 12 months
Jonathan Fertig  BOSTON, MA
I'm Jonathan. I live in Dorchester and ride my bike 12 months a year to Harvard Sq , where I practice architecture.
In an effort to increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, this weekend I placed some flowers and cones in the buffer of an unprotected bike lane on Mass Ave at Beacon Street in Boston where young woman was recently killed by a truck driver while riding her bicycle.
The City of Boston has shown a complete lack of will to do what is required to protect the safety of vulnerable road users.
I will use any money raised here to buy flowers and other supplies to execute more interventions along the Mass Ave corridor, the most dangerous stretch of road in the city.
in the unlikely event that I actually raise $1,000, know that there is enough to do on this street for thousands more.
I love this city, and I love the people who ride this city. It's time that we show the Walsh administration that we are not OK with their indifference.
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Update 3
6 days ago

Hello all!
I apologize for not posting an update in a long time; activism is time consuming!
This past week the City of Boston installed flexposts on a short stretch of Beacon Street on which I have repeatedly dropped cones and flowers over the past few months. Whether it was in direct response to my actions I can't say, but I was mentioned in a Boston Globe article that raised the profile of this simple fix: ( https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/09/01/students-return-cyclicsts-compete-with-moving-trucks-bike-lanes/MAt15fqdd0CFxw3WjpwCFM/story.html)

Thank you to all who have donated at some point over the past year. I've been working on an intervention for a few weeks that I'm really excited about, and will post an update once it's live.

If you haven't read about the "Transformation Departments" that have sprung up over the past year, be sure to check out this article in CityLab about a group in San Francisco that is doing some great work with flowers and cones. ( http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/09/a-cyclist-group-in-san-francisco-keeps-making-renegade-bike-lanes/500909/)

Cheers-
Jonathan
#DemandMore
Newly-installed flexposts
Can't figure out why this is upside down
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Update 2
12 months ago

Day three begins and somehow I've raised $3,214!
You are all amazing!
I hope that this small action has ignited a fire in you to make similar interventions where you live.
These picture show cones that I placed on my way to work. It took 5 seconds.
Slowing turns, one cone at a time
Drop it down and walk away
Cones are great places for sunflowers!
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Update 1
12 months ago

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Oh my!
I'm floored by everyone's generosity.
Let's see how high we can get this.
Improvements brought to you by flowers!
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John Healy
12 months ago

Coins for Cones.

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$6,720 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 180 people in 12 months
Created September 8, 2015
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Anonymous
16 days ago
AW
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Alan Wright
27 days ago

Rightlegpegged - THANKS for all you are doing!

$25
Anonymous
27 days ago
NM
$100
Nicholas Milano
28 days ago
CF
$75
Cheryl Fertig
28 days ago
DC
$50
Doug Cornelius
28 days ago
PG
$100
Patrick Greenwell
28 days ago
EP
$11
Emily Pittore
2 months ago
$5
Anonymous
2 months ago
SJ
$50
Steve J
2 months ago

Any idea how long your interventions last before either the city, or someone else, removes them?

John Healy
12 months ago

Coins for Cones.

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