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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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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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