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Bikes Not Bombs – Girls In Action Spring Session

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 07

May 2, 2008toJune 27, 2008

GIRLS IN ACTION – Spring session

May 2nd – June 27th
Fridays 4:00-6:30, with occasional Saturday events

In Girls In Action, girls ages 10-13 have the opportunity to engage in basic bicycle mechanics, bicycle outings, sleepovers, arts and crafts and discussions on girls’ issues. It’s a good time for any girl who likes bikes and wants some positive time with a cool group of girls! The group is also invited to all of the Saturday morning youth bike rides, and does some of its own girls-only Saturday outings.
Program cost is $15-$30 for the whole session (scholarships available).

Contact Christina Illarmo at 617-522-0222 or [email protected]
Download the application and flyer at http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/youth

PS: The Winter session of Girls In Action is bustling with activity as I write!

PPS: I just came across this video again and remember how much fun it is to watch, it was done at our old space by the PBS television show Curious George, see here and click on Fixing Bikes to see some former Girls In Action and other youth participants!


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Free Friday Bike Movies

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 21

April 4, 2008
6:30 pm
April 18, 2008
6:30 pm
May 2, 2008
6:30 pm

flying scotsmanFree Friday Night Bike Movies at Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain (at The Monument)

Spring is here!

Get in the mood for the spring biking season and Bike Month in May!

Fri., April 4: American Flyers
(Kevin Costner, 1985)
Marcus Sommers persuades his brother to train with him for a bicycle race in the Rocky Mountains. Great views of the Rockies and insight into bicycle race strategy. PG-13.

Fri., April 18: Breaking Away
(Dennis Quaid & Dennis Christopher, 1979) Four teenagers in Indiana who have graduated from high school are not sure what they want to do with their lives. One is obsessed with cycling and seeks to find himself through competitive cycling. PG.

Fri., May 2: The Flying Scotsman
(Jonny Lee Miller, 2006)
True story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree who broke the world one-hour record as an amateur on a bike made of scrap metal and washing machine parts. PG-13.

Sponsored by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-BIKE Co-sponsored by Boston City Councilor John Tobin

All movies start at 6:30 pm. Free. Popcorn and soda.

All movies are rated PG or PG-13, defined by the rating board of the Motion Picture Association of America as “parental guidance suggested” (PG) or “parental guidance strongly cautioned” (PG-13).


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Bike Swap Fundraiser

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 30

May 3, 2008
10:00 amto2:00 pm

bike partsGet rid of that old frame you have been meaning to build up for years (you know you aint gonna do it!), or pick up an old frame to build up. Hell just come check out this cool event. On Saturday, May 3, from 10am-2pm, there will be a bike swap fundraiser held at MIT to benefit Bike & Build (www.bikeandbuild.org). Bike & Build is a non-profit dedicated to raising money for affordable housing causes. This summer, they will be leading seven cross-country cycling trips, and along the way, riders will stop to build homes with local affordable housing. The swap organizers will be riders on the Boston to Santa Barbara route.

Bike Swap Details:

What: Come buy, sell, or trade new and used bike gear (and bikes)

Where: Walker Memorial – Morss Hall, MIT
142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
(click here for more details)

When: Saturday, May 3, 10am-2pm

$5 general admission
$15 to sell (tables provided, setup from 9-10am)

Parking: There is limited street parking on Memorial Drive and Ames St. Your best bet would be to park in the Hayward Lot or in the Cambridge Center garages on Ames St. & Broadway (see here).

Email [email protected] to reserve vendor space, or for more information


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Blue Hills Classic Race

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 16

May 4, 2008

The Blue Hills Classic offers racers the opportunity to compete on a challenging 7 mile, rolling rural course for a generous prize pool just a few minutes from Boston. The BHC promises to be a race sure to be on everyone’s calendar for years to come.

WHERE: Blue Hills Reservation

START: Houghton’s Pond

WHEN: May 4, 2008

WHO: CAT IV, V, Master 35+, Masters 45+

You can win real cash monies at this race so it might be something worth checking out.

More info here.


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Meeting On New “Gateway To The Arborway” Planning Initiative

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 29

May 5, 2008
7:00 pm

WHAT: The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a public meeting to discuss the new “Gateway to the Arborway” planning initiative. The plan, developed by DCR in partnership with the Arborway Coalition, addresses improvements for the portion of the Arborway between Murray Circle and the William J. Casey Overpass and includes alternatives for managing the vegetation on the “Arborway Hillside” (between Jamaica Place and Hampstead Road), improving pedestrian and bicycle access from the Casey Overpass to the Arborway, and removing the fencing at the Arboretum crosswalk. The public is encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Monday
May 5
7 p.m.

WHERE: Curtis Hall
20 South Street
Jamaica Plain


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Bike Week Volunteer Events

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 23

May 3, 2008
May 6, 2008
5:00 pmto8:00 pm
May 16, 2008
7:00 amto10:00 am

Below are a list of some great Volunteer opportunities that you can jump on. I have it on good account that there is always free pizza AND BEER at these things (at least the ones put on by MassBike I am pretty sure that the other ones don’t BUMMER!). The below text was send to me in an Email. Get back to Dorothy at MassBike if you are interested in any of these ([email protected])

1) BayState Bike Week- we need your extra hands for all sorts of jobs

Bay State Bike Week is just a few weeks away and at the MassBike office we are entering the home stretch. We have the following task to take care of, when you respond please let me know which one you are available for.

1. Stuffing the Bay State Bike Week “Goody” Water Bottles

On Tuesday, May 6th (the regular MassBike Volunteer time 5pm-8pm) we will be assembling the Bay State Bike Week “Goody” Water Bottles. The Water Bottles will include bike related schwag that will be distributed to Bike Week participants; make sure you register: you, your friends, your neighbor’s cat, etc….

You can register for Bay State Bike Week HERE

2. Assembling the Bay State Bike Week Spoke Cards

Also on Tuesday, May 6th at the MassBike office we aim to be assembling the Spoke Cards for Bay State Bike Week. In the
event that you are not familiar with Spoke Cards, think of when you were a kid and use to stick baseball cards in your spokes.

3. Leading/ assisting with the Bicycle Convoys that begin at points outside of Boston and end at Government Center

On the morning of Friday, May 16th, there will be a number of Bicycle Convoys that will be making their way from points outside of Boston in to government center. Think of this as a “bicycle train”; the ride makes pre-determined stops along a mapped out route where cyclists can either join or break away from the group.

We need assistance with the routes: handing out waivers, keeping riders together, etc.. And the routes are as follows:

Dorchester, Allston, JP, West Roxbury/ Roslindale. We are also specifically looking for two-three volunteers to lead the Cambridge convoy. The route will begin on the Min. Man path right beyond Alewife and depart around 7:15/ 7:30am.

All other departure times will be around the same time. Please note that the convoys will be traveling at a easy pace so as to accommodate all levels of cyclists.

4. Signing up to be a “Bike Buddy”

We are looking for experienced cyclists (read: you are comfortable leading another person on bike) to be “Bike Buddies”. Veterans like yourself are encouraged to take the lead by finding a non-cyclists friend and volunteer to be his/her personal cycling guide and mentor for one day, or if you are both up for it, the entire Bay State Bike Week. All that is required is door-to-door service and lots of encouragement!

Flexibility is key with this job. It might mean you go 20 mins out of your way to accommodate your “buddy’s” schedule. But, keep in mind, that extra attention might be just the thing that gets your buddy from thinking about bicycle commuting to actually bicycle commuting. So, please budget the extra time needed to help your “buddies” feel comfortable.

5. Government Center, MassBike Tent, Friday May 16th

MassBike will be managing the final destination point –Government Center– for all the bicycle convoys. We will need assistance from 7am-10am on handing out “goody bottles”, food, etc….

2) Counting Bicyclists with the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS)

On Saturday May 3rd & Tuesday May 6th, The CTPS will be conducting users (cyclists, walkers, skaters, etc..) counts on the the below listed trails and MassBike is lending a hand to find volunteers. We need your help! These counts will not only indicate existing usage but also help to predict volumes on future facilities. The CTPS will provide all of the necessary equipment; if it rains, no worries, there will be a rain date!

Please be in touch as to what date you are available and which path (if any works best for you)

1. Dr. Paul Dudley White Path (Charles River)
2. Minuteman Bikeway
3. Cape Cod Rail Trail
4. Norwottuck
5. Upper Charles Trail
6. Nashua River Rail Trail
7. Assabet River Rail Trail
8. Shining Sea Trail
9. Cape Cod Canal
10. Mass Central
11. Ashuwillticook River Trail

3) Counting Bicyclists on the Somerville Community Path

Steve Winslow with the City of Somerville is looking for volunteers to do bike counts on Saturday, May 3rd. The counts will focus on the Community Path but also on other streets around the city. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Steve directly. His e-mail address is [email protected]


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Free Commuter Bike Seminar

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

May 8, 2008
7:30 pm

Watertown Bicycle -Pedestrian Committee
presents

Commute by Bike:

The Fear, the Gear & the Cheer

· Ever sat in traffic watching the bicyclist speed on by and wished it were you?

· Do you go out for bike rides on weekends but feel intimidated getting out on the road during the week to ride to work?

· Are you tired of trying to get to the gym or feel unable to find a way to exercise every day?

· Is the high price of gasoline causing you to rethink that costly car commute?

If you’ve wondered any of these things, or just are curious what bike commuting might offer you, join the Watertown Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee as we present a pre-Bike to Work Week workshop on bicycle commuting, especially geared to Watertown. We’ll discuss fears people have about bicycle commuting and how to overcome them, the gear you might need, and what you can get out of the experience.

Try out an alternative transportation mode and find a way to both enjoy your commute and burn off calories.

Watertown Public Library

Upstairs Meeting Room

Thursday May 8th 7:30pm


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Meet Bob Roll In Boston At Landry’s Bicycles

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 21

May 9, 2008
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Meet Bob Roll in Boston at Landry’s Bicycles: Friday, May 9

Come meet Bob Roll, the colorful Tour de France commentator, at Landry’s/Boston store on Friday, May 9, 7:00-9:00pm. Enjoy a Q&A session with Bob Roll, get a signed poster, enjoy some refreshments, and celebrate cycling in the merry month of May. This event is co-sponsored by Landry’s/Boston store and our friends at Kryptonite and Harpoon Brewery. If you plan to attend, RSVP to [email protected]
Click here for additional details


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • A British study clarifies the problem with trucks October 2, 2014
      TweetI thank Bob Shanteau, California traffic engineer and cyclist, for this link. The paper, from the U.K., puts numbers on the problem with bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in collisions with large trucks. A quote: Lorries are involved in around 4,200 … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • A British study clarifies the problem with trucks October 2, 2014
      TweetI thank Bob Shanteau, California traffic engineer and cyclist, for this link. The paper, from the U.K., puts numbers on the problem with bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in collisions with large trucks. A quote: Lorries are involved in around 4,200 … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Interview Request For Bicyclist Safety Article October 1, 2014
      TweetGot this in the email: Looking for Cyclists to Share Crash Stories I am a journalism student at Northeastern University. I am writing an article about bicycle safety in Boston – focusing on the fatalities in the past two years … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Dear Boston Developers, Build These Awesome Bike Friendly Buildings September 30, 2014
      TweetSeriously check these amazing bike friendly buildings out! from the WSJ: A bike valet will offer tuneups and tire changes to spandex-clad commuters and residents at Hassalo on Eighth, a multiuse residential and office complex in Portland, Ore., expected to … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Silver Maple Forest Ride September 30, 2014
      TweetThis looks pretty awesome, especially around this time of year. From the email: ———- Friends of the Alewife Reservation (main contact)[email protected]ifereservation.orgOctober 18th, 11 amMeet at the Alewife T entrance near Jerry’s Pond.Join the Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge, and … Contin
      Boston Biker
    • Compass Rose Head Badge Attached September 29, 2014
        Looks great!  I am still super impressed with how this came out.  Looks even better on the bike.  More here. Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Somerville Bike Lanes Get The Green Paint Treatment September 29, 2014
      Tweet   A whole bunch of bike lanes in Somerville are getting painted green.  I am not totally sure how I feel about this, but they do seem to be more visible.
      Boston Biker
    • City Streets Are Not Bicycle Race Tracks September 29, 2014
      TweetThere are times when city officials consent to closing city streets to traffic for the purpose of allowing a sanctioned bicycle race to take place. The purpose of closing the streets to traffic is to protect the safety of pedestrians, … Continue reading →
      IsolateCyclist
    • Help DotBike Count Bikes! September 25, 2014
      TweetGot this from DotBike, if you have some time and live in Dorchester give it a read!   —————– Hi DotBikers! Great news, Dorchester is on the map!  Please help keep us there! Dorchester has been included in the annual bike … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Visibility When The Sun Is Low In The Sky In Autumn September 25, 2014
      TweetVisibility is often a problem when driving a car. Many things can reduce visibility. Some of them are man-made and others are caused by nature. Driving in autumn is an example of the latter. Late in the day, the sun … Continue reading →
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