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Film: Free Showing Of Contested Streets

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 27

July 1, 2008
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

contested streets

Do you ever think about what city life was like prior to the introduction of the automobile? Curious to know how creative cities are reclaiming streets from cars and converting them into engaging public spaces?

Come find out what a car-dominated city like New York can learn from iconic metropolis’ like London, Copenhagen and Paris in a *free* showing of “Contested Streets, Breaking New York City Gridlock” with your Livable Streets Alliance pals!

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 1st, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: LivableStreets Alliance Office
100 Sydney Street, Cambridge MA, 02139

Movie running time is 57 mins.

Free & open to the public, $5.00 donation suggested, beer/sodas provided compliments of Harpoon Brewery


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Global Warming Rally

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

July 2, 2008
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

I know a lot of us ride our bikes to save the environment, for those of you who are green at heart check this out. I got this in my email today.

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well. We want to invite you to an important Boston climate event.

On Wednesday, July 2nd, a group of MA based climate change groups are organizing a gathering of citizens to support energy independence. It will be held on the Boston Common, next to the State House, between 12 – 2 PM. The goal is to create a call to action for our state leaders. We want them to take a stance against dirty fossil fuels, and make a commitment to reducing our carbon emissions, by passing a Massachusetts Global Warming bill that can bring us to an 80% reductions in GHG emissions by 2050. This event will have networking, speakers, and then a call to action — including an opportunity to visit your elected officials in the State House.

This is an event that should not be missed. Please mark your calenders, spread the word, and look for more details next week.

Warm regards,

Roger

Roger E. Shamel
Global Warming Education Network
8 Northbrook Park, Lexington, MA 02420 USA Tel. 781-863-1400, Fax 781-863-1441 [email protected]; www.gwenet.org


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Boston Bacchetta Weekend, July 11,12,13

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 18

July 11, 2008toJuly 13, 2008

I found this little gem on the interwebs….looks interesting.

Come join us again this year for 3 days of fun with the bikes we love to ride.
Friday July 11th
We will be starting off the weekend with a Evening tour of the Watch City, Waltham Ma. Dinner at a great little Mexican restaurant and afterwards a ride around the Charles River. We will finish the Evening with a stop at a great brewery named after the city known worldwide for the Waltham Watch, aka: The American Waltham Watch. The City is also known for The Orient Bicycle, one of the finest bicycles ever made.
Saturday July 12th
We will start with a breakfast ride around Boston’s Metro West and finish at Belmont Wheelworks for a day of Recumbent Demo. We will have the full line of Bacchetta bikes to test ride and free Bacchetta bike fittings. Come by if your thinking about getting into recumbents and dont know where to start. This will be the perfect day to try any model and talk to some of the people that make Bacchetta the one bike to ride and own. Last Demo, 5:30
Sunday July 13th
We will start with an extended ride for those looking for something a little longer. The roads in the Boston area on Sunday morning are for the most part free of traffic and is perfect for riding your Bacchetta and enjoying the full Southern New England Splendor.
At 2:00 Lucinda Chandler, The first Women to ride a Catrike solo cross country, will speak for an hour about here incredible journey, Here is a bit of whet to expect:

MONTHS AFTER SPINAL SURGERY, RECOVERING FROM LEG PARALYSIS AND CANCER SURGERY, LUCINDA CHANDLER CYCLES ON A RECUMBENT TRIKE, ALONE, ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AS A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
Cycling for 58 days, eight to twelve hours a day – no flat tires the entire trip
Thinking about cycling all day, up hills, in unrelenting heat, rain or into strong headwinds all the way across the United States or would you just like to hear about someone who did?
The following topics are covered in this tale of adventure: Inspiration & Motivation- increasing your physical and mental fitness level, Making the Most of All Life Experiences – positive and negative, Planning & Goal Setting, Choosing Equipment & Apparel, Resources and Alternatives.
Hear about an extraordinary adventure and learn how to prepare for your own.
Quotes from Lucinda during her cycling cross country journey -
“…not able to make it to my destination for the night and had to camp, alone, along-side the road behind some bushes…a bottle came hurling from a car window landing not too far from my tent…sleep just didn’t happen.”
“…after a long, difficult day…coming out of the store where I had stopped to buy a cold drink…I was so disappointed to see that my bike was still there….that no one had stolen it…of course, what I would have done if it had not been there was not a rational thought at the time.”
Have you done something spectacular in your lifetime? Now, is the time to do something really awesome!
Lucinda Chandler, Cross Country Cyclist, USA

We will also have Bicycle Demos going on until 4:30 back at Wheelworks.
The event is Free. Riders need to bring only cash for food and drink and there recumbent bicycle for the rides. Demos will be held after the morning tours on Saturday and Sunday and are open to anybody. Please respond to Scott at [email protected], or Mike at, [email protected] if your planning to attend. This will give us an idea of how we can make the event one to remember. More info to follow as we get closer to the date.


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Southie Summer Tournament: Bike Polo!

Written by Boston Biker on May 30

July 12, 2008toJuly 13, 2008

Come on out, bring your best mallet, and your shittiest bike cause thing are gonna get awesome real fast!

southie summer tournament

July 12: Standard double-elimination tournament with prizes and trophies and glory!
July 13: GRUDGE MATCHES! Pick up games! Other events to be determined! More prizes!

Sponsors so far include Revolution, Geekhouse, Trimount Iron Works, and BostonBiker.org (thats us!). More to come!

Here is a map to the court.


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Otherside Cafe Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 11

July 13, 2008
8:30 am

This Sunday morning, Otherside Cafe is sponsoring a group ride followed by brunch, as a fundraiser for Livable Streets Alliance. The ultimate goal is to raise money for bike lanes on Mass. Ave. There will be plenty of veggie/vegan food. Here are the details:

Riders meet at the cafe at 8:30 AM on Sunday July 13th for a one-hour bike ride through Boston, followed by a group breakfast at the cafe.

The ride is $20 per person and includes breakfast, a free ride t-shirt, and one PBR. The food is vegetarian and vegan friendly, as always! Return riders get $5 off when they wear their ride shirt.

ALL proceeds to benefit Livable Streets and the creation of bike lanes on Mass Ave.

Jeff Rosenblum from Livable Streets Alliance will be on hand some Sundays to update us on recent bike advocacy developments in Boston.

Ride is limited to 25, reserve a spot ahead of time at the cafe.

Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and The OTHERSIDE Cafe!

For questions, call us at 617-53-OTHER or email [email protected]


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Tri-State Trek: July 18-20, 2008

Written by Boston Biker on May 25

July 18, 2008toJuly 20, 2008

Tri-State Trek: July 18-20, 2008

We Need More Cowbell! Join the cyclists of the Tri-State Trek and ride a beautiful 270 mile course from Boston to New York. The Tri-State Trek is a three-day event committed to raising money and awareness to find treatments for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Please visit us online to learn more about riding, volunteering, or coming out to cheer at www.NeedMoreCowbell.org! This ride donates $1/rider to MassBike to support bicycling advocacy.


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Zip Car Low Car Diet Event

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 18

July 21, 2008
10:00 am

Thats right, Zip Car (the handy car rental service) is asking people to stop using cars (including Zip Car’s!).

Got the following from them.

We know that you might be busy with work, errands or underwater macramé class Monday morning, but we wanted to invite you to the kick off of the Low Car Diet Boston at Back Bay Station.

In case you don’t know what LCD is, we’re essentially challenging a select group of new Zipsters to drive less and start walking, biking or T-ing more. Crazy, we know! But we feel very strongly about the concept of living as car-free as possible here in the very walkable (editors note: and bikeable) city of Boston.

Why not come out and show your support of your fellow Zipsters. And of course, if you have a friend that hasn’t signed up for Zipcar yet, bring them out for a special half-off membership fee and have them use the refer a friend program to score $50 in driving credit.

Our laundry list of cool Low Car Diet partners (minus the fabric softener) includes Equinox Fitness, Whole Foods, MBTA, Boston Ski and Sports Club, New England Aquarium, Amtrak and vitaminwater.

The kick-off takes place at the Orange Line’s Back Bay Station at 10am and will last about 45 minutes.

See you Monday morning,

The team at Zipcar Boston


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International Bicycle Film Fest Volunteer Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 14

July 21, 2008
7:00 pm

Thats right the film fest is coming to Bean town this year. Get your act together and come help out!

Got this in the mail today from Seth who is not only awesome, but organizing the show here in town this year.

Greetings from the Bicycle Film Festival in Boston!

The Festival is coming up fast and its time to start getting organized. The key to the success of the BFF has always been the strength of its volunteers and this will be especially important in Boston as we get the Film Festival on its feet.

Please join me Monday the 21st, 7pm at The Other Side cafe. We will go over the schedule and events for the BFF and start to assign tasks for volunteers.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone interested.

This is going to be awesome and I hope you all will be involved!

Seth Davis, Boston Producer
8th Annual Bicycle Film Festival
617 281 3067
[email protected]

So get your ass over to the otherside on the 21st and be ready to help out!


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