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Sheldon Brown Service And Memorial Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 28

March 2, 2008

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There will be a Memorial Service for Sheldon this coming Sunday, March 2 at 1:30pm. It will be at the First Unitarian Society of Newton, across the street from Harris Cyclery.

Details and a map link are at http://www.harriscyclery.com

Prior to the service there will be a memorial ride starting and ending at the shop:

Meet at 10:45 AM in the parking lot behind Harris Cyclery for an informal memorial ride before the service. Departure will be at 11:00. Distance: approximately 25 miles, pace slow to moderate. The ride will go by way of Weston to Water Row in Sudbury (water level permitting!), one of Sheldon’s favorite places to ride, and will return by way of Lincoln.

Fixed gears, hub gears, whatever you’ve got, are all welcome.

Please pass the word. Sheldon Brown was a giant in the cycling world, he will be missed.


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Bold Sprints

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 24

March 2, 2008
6:00 pmto9:30 pm

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Sunday March 2nd 6 to 9:30

BE THERE!

If you missed it the first time, be sure to get out and race at this one!


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Bike Film Festival: Deadline Extended!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 28

March 7, 2008

So if you were unable to get your film entry in for the International Bicycle Film Festival before, well now you have no excuse because the good people at the bike film fest have extended the deadline!


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You film makers and bike lovers know you have some movies you have made laying around, you know you want to be famous, what are you waiting for!

You now have until March 7th to get your film in, good luck.


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Monster Track 2008

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 06

March 8, 2008

UPDATE: See here for details

Monstertrack is a notable alleycat race started by a New York City bike messenger, Johnny “Snake”, to commemorate his birthday 8 years ago. It’s a race specifically for track/fixed-gear bikes. It has gradually grown in popularity because of the influx of track bike popularity within the general public. Carlos “Diablo” and Victor “Freeway” work as bike messengers, race organizers, and alleycat racers. The two made the alleycat scene in New York more popular by extensively using the internet to spread the word about bike racing in New York and now Monstertrack is billed as the largest alleycat in the nation, attracting racers from all over the US, Europe and Japan.

More info here. or contact [email protected]

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Bikes Not Bombs – Bike-A-Thon Preregistration

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 07

March 8, 2008toMarch 15, 2008

21st ANNUAL BIKE-A-THON and the Sustainable Urban Living Festival!

Sunday, June 8
Pre-Registration begins in March!

We’re rolling into the third decade of BNB Bike-A-Thons with a grand expansion of the biggest event of the year!

Pre-registration* begins in early March for the scenic 15, 25, and 62 mile rides. We’ll send you an official number and packet right away, and you can get moving on collecting sponsors – the earlier the better! For ‘08, BNB will provide a booklet of tips and offer a much easier-to-use personal web fundraising set-up (that even hooks into YouTube and FaceBook). There will be training rides, a mechanics work-night, and free tune-ups for riders leading up to the actual Bike-A-Thon.

At the finish line, cyclists will roll in the first BNB sustainable urban living festival upon finishing their ride. Set up in the Southwest Corridor park across from Stony Brook T Station, the fest will be open to the public and feature live music, info tables, workshops, food, speakers, and fanfare for what we expect to be a record number of rider participants.

With the expanded event comes expanded outreach – BNB can offer your business great visibility. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in sponsoring the event. Or, if you are an environmentally-focused business or org, let us know if you are interested in setting up a table or even doing an educational environmental workshop.

*Pre-Registration is now required; it will make everything easier and allow for more rider support!


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Street Talk With Special Guest Dan Burden

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

March 10, 2008
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

STREET TALK with special guest DAN BURDEN !
Simply put, Dan helps communities find their hearts and promote walkable communities.

Mon. Mar. 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dan Burden, founder of Walkable Communities , consultant for Glatting Jackson

NOTE LOCATION: @ Adaptive Environments showroom, 200 Portland Street, next to North Station, Boston click for directions

If you’ve never heard Dan Burden give a presentation, you really don’t know what you are missing. In the realm of LivableStreets, Dan is a hero.

Once called the “Johnny Appleseed” of livable communities, Dan drives forward as confidently as if he were entering his own neighborhood, and talks about his work and his vision of the slowly emerging, post-sprawl America. People’s optimism about improving their communities often
wavers when they talk about the clutter, confusion, and congestion they see through their windshields. It falters again when they reach inside themselves to describe the absences sprawl imposes on their lives: It steals time, choice, and proximity to others–not just open space. We
are not only farther away from schools and shops, from friends and neighbors, from fields and woods; more and more of each day is given over to a tense, effortful, unnourishing, and for now unavoidable in-between-ness. This townless, countryless, road-bound running around stretches us thin; our bodies are in motion-but what is there around us to anchor our hearts and minds?

Burden is part of the suddenly arrived profession that promotes new kinds of communities. He is one of a (small but growing) group of itinerant designers and facilitators are now crisscrossing the country conducting workshops with local residents. They’re exploring the possibilities of changing streets and buildings in ways that would add pleasure and reassurance to cities and towns. Does a city become more lovable as it becomes more livable? Can we find a balance between cars and people? What about the even trickier balance between land and cars and people? Can developers and local officials move from blueprints to “greenprints,” so that a town’s growth plans add green space to people’s lives, instead of taking it away? These are a few of the many questions that Dan tackles. But it’s not easy. “I tell my audiences that Schopenhauer long ago defined the three stages all new ideas go through: ridicule, violent opposition, and acceptance,” says Burden. “I’ve never yet seen a single step skipped in any community.”

Beer and home-brewed soft drinks provided courtesy of Harpoon!

For more information:
http://livablestreets.info


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JP Traffic and Parking Committee Featuring Nicole Freedman

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 07

March 11, 2008
6:00 pm

The next JP Traffic and Parking Committee meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm at the E13 Police Station at the corner of Green and Washington Streets.

We are scheduled to have Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycle Programs in the City of Boston at the meeting to discuss the “current and future” of Boston bicycling, with an emphasis on Jamaica Plain. These plans have the potential for improving conditions for all road users and members of the community throughout the area.


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Fossil Fools Day Direct Action Workshop

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

March 16, 2008
3:00 pmto8:30 pm

WHAT: Fossil Fools Day Direct Action Workshop and Mini-Training
WHEN: Sunday, March 16 3PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA
WHO: Your local Fossil Fools Day Pranksters
WHY: http://www.fossilfoolsday.org

Roll up, roll up! The climate circus is in town.
Confronted with melting ice caps, unprecedented species extinction, droughts and extreme weather, climate change threatens our very survival. The fools at the head of the fossil fuel empire continue to plunder the earth, with the governments as willing court jesters at their side.They would have us believe that we can escape climate change with techno-fixes, market mechanisms and offset schemes – all technocratic acrobatics that distract us from the truth: the only real solution to climate change is to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
On April 1st, 2008, we’re going to turn the tables and show them who the real fools are.
This Sunday, your local pranksters will be in town to share their bag of tricks for the Fossil Fools industry. Want to plug in on April 1st? Here’s your chance! We’ll share the skills, resources, and give you all the info you need for high-impact action. Topics covered include consensus-based decision making, what is direct action, security culture, basic guide to roles in an action, strategies and tactics (i.e. blockades, demonstrations, occupations, media stunts, phone/email/website/fax clogs), know-your-rights, jail solidarity, media/messaging, health and safety, and affinity groups.

WHAT TO BRING: Water, food, and a friend!

QUESTIONS? Email us at [email protected]


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • It Might Be Better To Insure Your Bicycle Than To Insure Your Life October 20, 2014
      TweetThe market for cyclists’ lives isn’t very good right now. Apparently, you can buy a cyclist’s life for a mere $1,500. That’s right. For less than $2,000 you can kill a cyclist and face no additional penalties. In case you … Continue reading →
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    • Vote No on Question 1 October 19, 2014
      Tweet“[The gas tax] is the only tax in Massachusetts that goes up without a vote” -State Representative Geoff Diehl of Whitman. Supporters of Question 1 on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ November 2014 ballot want to frame their argument this way.  They want … Continue reading →
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    • Commonwealth Avenue and the BU campus October 17, 2014
      TweetThe Boston cyclists Union and Livable Streets are promoting cycle tracks for Commonwealth Avenue. The bicycle industry’s astroturf advocacy organization, Peoplefor Bikes, is asking people to sign a petition in support of them. Not a good idea. Cycle tracks on … Continue reading →
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    • Commonwealth Avenue and the BU campus October 17, 2014
      TweetThe Boston cyclists Union and Livable Streets are promoting cycle tracks for Commonwealth Avenue. The bicycle industry’s Astroturf advocacy organization, Peoplefor Bikes, is asking people to sign a petition in support of them. Not a good idea. Cycle tracks on … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonwealth Avenue and the BU campus October 17, 2014
      TweetThe Boston cyclists Union and Livable Streets are promoting cycle tracks for Commonwealth Avenue. The bicycle industry’s Astroturf advocacy organization, Peoplefor Bikes, is asking people to sign a petition in support of them. Not a good idea. Cycle tracks on … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonwealth Avenue and the BU campus October 17, 2014
      TweetThe Boston cyclists Union and Livable Streets are promoting cycle tracks for Commonwealth Avenue. The bicycle industry’s astroturf advocacy organization, Peoplefor Bikes, is asking people to sign a petition in support of them. Not a good idea. Cycle tracks on … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Commonwealth Avenue and the BU campus October 17, 2014
      TweetThe Boston cyclists Union and Livable Streets are promoting cycle tracks for Commonwealth Avenue. The bicycle industry’s astroturf advocacy organization, Peoplefor Bikes, is asking people to sign a petition in support of them. Not a good idea. Cycle tracks on … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Frosti the Snowbike October 17, 2014
      Tweet Frosti the Snowbike took her first ride today, I brought her back to life after a long time she spend under a tarp in my backyard. Prior to that she was a work bike – commuter bike – and … Continue reading →
      altbiker
    • Frosti the Snowbike October 17, 2014
      Tweet Frosti the Snowbike took her first ride today, I brought her back to life after a long time she spend under a tarp in my backyard. Prior to that she was a work bike – commuter bike – and … Continue reading →
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    • Man Actually Convicted In Murder Of A Cyclist October 17, 2014
      TweetIts a sad state of affairs when someone being found guilty of a crime they so obviously committed is big news.  But so few people who run over cyclists are ever found guilty. In 2012, Doan Bui was struck and killed … Continue reading →
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