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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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Bikes Not Bombs – Earn A Bike All Girls Session

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 07

May 12, 2008toJune 13, 2008

ALL GIRLS EARN-A-BIKE

May 12 – June 13, 2008
(Girls only!)

This course meets each week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-6 pm.

Earn yourself a bicycle (to keep) while learning how to fix it! We go for fun bike rides, learn a lot of bike mechanics and bike safety, and explore some environmental issues. You don’t need any experience with mechanics, and we’ve even had students who’ve never ridden a bike before. Our instructors will work with you every step of the way to make this fun and easy to learn. Our bike rides spend most of their time on bike paths in the parks near us, and once everyone has learned their skills we’ll deal with riding on the street.

You pick out a bike (choose from mountain, road, or BMX bikes), we teach you to rebuild it, and then you keep it! The class is for ages 12-18.

Contact Elijah Evans at 617-522-0222 or [email protected]
Download an application at http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/youth


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Major Taylor Monument Dedication

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

May 21, 2008
1:00 pm

Three-time Tour de France winner GREG LeMOND and three-time Olympic medalist EDWIN MOSES will be featured speakers at the public unveiling of the Major Taylor memorial from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the Worcester Public Library.

For details click here or follow links from the Events page here

major taylorLeMond, who won a world championship in cycling 90 years after Major Taylor did, and Moses, who dominated the 400-meter hurdles in track and field for a decade, were each named “Sports
Illustrated Sportsman of the Year” at the height of their athletic careers in the 1980s.

The statue of the “Worcester Whirlwind” created by Sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez is Worcester’s first monument to an African-American. The dedication ceremony will be followed by a reception with refreshments in the library’s Banx Room.

Preceding the noontime ceremony, the Seven Hills Wheelmen and the Charles River Wheelmen’s Wednesday Wheelers will lead a 30-mile bicycle ride starting and ending at the library. At 7 p.m. May 21 at the library, the Clark University History Department and Higgins School of Humanities will present a panel discussion on “Race, Sports, and Major Taylor’s Legacy.” Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson will be moderator for these scholars, historians and authors exploring diversity in sports and society, then and now:

Andrew Ritchie, author of the biography “Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer” (1988)

Janette T. Greenwood, associate professor of history at Clark University, author of a case study of Worcester County’s black community in the late 1800s and of “Bittersweet Legacy,” on the
emergence and interaction of the black and white middle class

David V. Herlihy, author of “Bicycle: The History” (2004), with research on Major Taylor’s popularity abroad

C. Keith Harrison, associate professor of sports business management at the University of central Florida, and associate director of the Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport

For Major Taylor books, posters and jerseys, click here

P.S. to out-of-towners: The Hilton Garden Inn on Major Taylor Boulevard is offering a special discount for guests attending the Major Taylor dedication May 21. To get the special rate, call the Worcester hotel directly at 508-753-5700, not the chain’s toll-free reservations number, and say you’re coming for the Major Taylor statue dedication. A block of rooms will be held until April 21.

For airport shuttle we recommend Knight’s, tell them you were referred by the Major Taylor Association.


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Volunteer With MassBike

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

May 13, 2008
May 14, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 19, 2008
May 21, 2008

Volunteers Needed!

Contact Membership Coordinator Dorothy Fennell to sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities, or call MassBike at 617-542-BIKE.

MassBike Volunteer Night: Tuesday, May 13
Come to our office in Boston for beer, pizza and fun during our monthly volunteer night!

Bay State Bike Week Water Bottle Stuffing: Wednesday, May 14
Get set for “round two” of stuffing water bottles with schwag for Bay State Bike Week. Join us between 5:30pm-9pm on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall in room 937. Enter through the rear entrance on Congress Street. Food provided!

Ski Market Bike Swap: Saturday, May 17
The Ski Market on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is hosting a bike swap to benefit MassBike. We need help managing a table at the event between the hours of 10am-6pm.

Redbones Bike Party & Benefit: Monday, May 19
From 4-10pm we will be at the Redbones Party in Somerville, and we are still looking for a few more hands to help out with bike parking and managing the booth.

Bike Bash: Wednesday, May 21
We are looking for some folks to help out with the Commuter Challenge closing party in Cambridge where we award those folks who were commuting all week. MassBike needs assistance with managing the bike parking.


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