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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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