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Defend Protected Bike Lanes In Cambridge From Being Removed!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 06

from the email:

 

This Monday, August 7th, the Cambridge City Council will vote on a policy order which could put a moratorium on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes.

Earlier this month, Cambridge installed a new 2-way protected bike lane on Brattle Street in Harvard Square that was proposed during participatory budgeting. The new design has dramatically transformed Brattle St into a slower, safer street for all users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. For the first time there is now a safe route in and out of Harvard Sq for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike, allowing them to avoid the other streets where they’d have to ride in motor vehicle traffic.

Unfortunately, the Harvard Square Business Association has begun an active and unfounded opposition campaign to try and get the protected bike lanes on Brattle St removed, and have taken their fight to the city council.

Three councilors (Simmons, Toomey, and Maher) have sponsored a policy order for Monday’s agenda that would stop all work on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes, until City staff have met with every single Business Association in Cambridge.

Passage of this order could dramatically delay installation of all planned protected bike lanes and threatens the City’s ability to install and construct new lanes like the ones recently installed on Mass Ave, and the lanes on Cambridge Street west of Inman Square slated for installation soon.

We need to show up and speak up in favor of safer streets! The Cambridge City Council needs to see that an overwhelming number of people support protected bike lanes, and they shouldn’t cave to the pressure of a few dissenting voices.

We can all work together to address reasonable concerns with the Brattle Street design, and city staff are working to make small changes and address concerns, but eliminating the protected bike lane and delaying the implementation of more protected bike lanes is unacceptable. Just yesterday, a cyclist was hit in Harvard Square, which shows the immediate need for protection.

Action items:

Last, we want the Harvard Square Business Association to see that bikes are GOOD for business! Go to Harvard Square businesses this weekend, make a purchase, and post on instagram or twitter. Use the hashtags #boughtbybike and #saferbrattle, and be sure to tweet at or tag us (@bostonbikeunion / @cambridgebikesafety) as well as the Harvard Square Business Association (@HarvardSquare). We will amplify and retweet, and hope that you do, too!


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8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Starting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday!

https://www.facebook.com/WNBRBoston

Each year for the past seven years a group of naked people, or mostly naked people, hop gently on their bikes and ride through the city. Last year, more than 200 jolly mostly naked people took to their bikes complete with police escort.

“I think after 7 years the city has finally come around to the ride,” wrote the organizers on Facebook announcing the 2017 ride which is slated to begin in JP on July 22.

The organizers say the ride, though supported by the area nudist community (apparently there’s a Boston nudist community) is not about promoting nudity so much as it is about promoting bike safety.

“The goal of this ride is to focus on bike awareness. Our nudity will demonstrate our vulnerability out on the city streets and the freedom that riding a bike can give you,” said organizers.

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2017 Midnight Bike Ride – Saturday August 12th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Boston by bike… at night.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, Midnight ’til dawn
Twenty ninth annual tour of architectural and historic sites.

  • Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
  • Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  Helmet recommended
  • Commemorative T shirts available.
  • Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
  • Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
  • Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
Covers around 30 miles in 7-8 hours, so there are lots of stops. Sometimes the ride goes places you are not normally allowed to ride, though I don’t know what is planned for this year.

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Action Alert: Send Thank Yous For Brattle St And Mass Ave Popups

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

From the email:

Safe protected bike lanes for all ages and abilities are here on sections of Mass Ave and Brattle St. We’re so excited about the latest two segments of what needs to be a network of protected bike lanes across the city that are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Based on our spring canvassing, we know that residents overwhelmingly support expanding Cambridge’s network of safe bicycle infrastructure like this. But, we’ve heard that the city has been getting some discouraging negative feedback about the Brattle St and Mass Ave lanes. In order for a network to become a reality, we need to ensure that decision makers at the city hear loud and clear that the public supports these lanes and wants their installation to continue.

Action: Email the City Manager and City Council now to thank them for putting in the lanes on Mass Ave and Brattle and ask them to keep up the good work. Email [email protected] and [email protected], and copy [email protected] so we get a sense of how many people have written in. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s a longer list of city staff you could email below.

Just a short one or two sentence email will be perfect. Here are some points to make in your email.

  • The lanes make me feel safer and their basic design has been shown to in fact increase safety for everyone, including pedestrians.

  • I appreciate the excellent, high-quality work that went into designing these lanes and engaging the community around them.

  • I love the two-way movement that the Brattle St lane enables! It provides a safe way in and out of Harvard Square.

  • We need to see a network of lanes like this across the city as soon as possible.

P.S. The lanes on Cambridge St are coming soon and you can send another thank you after you’ve had a chance to ride in those lanes!

Sincerely,

The CBS core team

Here’s the longer list of people to email:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

P.P.S.:

Tuesday, July 25th is the next Inman Square redesign meeting. The design includes protected bike lanes throughout as well as other improvements.

Wednesday, July 26th is our next Livable City Social at the Prospect St Whole Foods! Stop by to chat and sample some snacks.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

From The Email:

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our openings.

Development Manager – Works to increase the organization’s visibility and cultivates, stewards and expands the relationships between Bikes Not Bombs and its donors at all levels.
Youth Programs Director – Oversees the development and implementation of all BNB programs for youth (ages 12-24) and deepens our impact in local communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
Repair Mechanic – Will have a strong base of mechanic skills and repair experience, as well as great customer service skills, ability to share knowledge with others and provide a welcoming retail experience.

Join us at Flatbread on Aug. 15th!
Flatbread Benefit!

Join BNB at Flatbread Somerville on August 15thfrom 5-9pm! A portion of every pizza you purchase will support our youth, international and bike shop programs. We’ll also have a raffle with some amazing prizes!

RSVP on the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Visit the Bike Shop!
BNB Shop Updates

We’ve got new hours! We will be closed on Mondays for the rest of the summer. Our new hours are: Sunday 12-5pm, Monday Closed, Tuesday 11-7pm, Wednesday 8-8pm, Thursday 11-7pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pm.

We’ve got lots of new products in the Shop, and of course our huge selection of used parts and refurbished bikes. Come by to take a look!

Upcoming Clinics:
Thurs 7/13 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 7/18 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 7/25 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance

Chelsea, Jeremy and Natalie
Thank you Jeremy, Chelsea and Natalie!

Three of our staff members are onto new and exciting things!

After 9 years in a variety of roles, Jeremy Hanson-Gutierrez is leaving his position as Co-Director of Youth Programs. Jeremy shared, “It has truly been an honor to work alongside you as colleagues, community members, comrades and friends. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished. While I am not yet sure of my next steps, I know I will take some time to honor the memory of my mother and be more present with family than I have been able to be so far. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for everything we’ve worked together on.”

Chelsea DeSantis is moving to her hometown in Rhode Island to be closer to family. Chelsea first joined Bikes Not Bombs as a member of the Bike-A-Thon team and shortly after joined full-time as a Shop Mechanic where she has run the Adult Earn-A-Bike program for the last year.

After 3 years as our Communications Manager Natalie Brady is moving to Washington state for a new adventure. Most recently she led the Bike-A-Thon team for our 30th event and has also worked to improve our E-Newsletter, create new features on our website and increase the reach of BNB.

We wish Natalie, Chelsea and Jeremy the best and thank them for their years of hard work. We are currently hiring for a Development ManagerRepair Mechanic and Youth Programs Director.

Janei at the Hub
Volunteer of the Month – Janie Boyer

Janei first started volunteering a month ago but has quickly become a regular face at BNB. She first heard about BNB through her cousin who participated in Youth Programs. Janei is always willing to help with whatever BNB needs, anything from shredding paper to lifting boxes to data entry. Thank you, and GO_JANEI!


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    • Defend Protected Bike Lanes In Cambridge From Being Removed! August 6, 2017
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    • 8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride July 21, 2017
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    • 2017 Midnight Bike Ride – Saturday August 12th July 21, 2017
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    • Action Alert: Send Thank Yous For Brattle St And Mass Ave Popups July 21, 2017
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update July 21, 2017
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update June 19, 2017
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    • Livable Streets Update June 19, 2017
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