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Street Talk: Streets For Whom?

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 19

February 4, 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Host: LivableStreets Alliance
Type: Education – Lecture
Network: Global
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: LivableStreets Alliance
Street: 100 Sidney Street
City/Town: Cambridge, MA

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Description
Should Segways be allowed on sidewalks? Should all bicycles travel only in designated bike lanes? Should motorized scooters be treated as if they are wheelchairs? Where should rollerblades, skateboards, adult tricycles, bikes with trailers or kick scooters travel? The world of personal mobility is expanding. But all those other modes are having a hard time finding their place on the streets and sidewalks of our cities. It seems someone always thinks one or more of the alternatives is unsuitable. The solution becomes clear if one applies a universal — human centered — design approach to the problem. It isn’t simple, it is just clear. It ends the discussion about vehicles. It starts a discussion about people and how they can get around in the city. Barbara will discuss the concept of human-centered design and showcase examples of streets in South America, the US and around the world. A Q&A discussion will follow the talk.

Barbara Knecht, R.A. is Director of Design at the Institute for Human Centered Design. She is also co-director of the IHP “Cities in the 21st Century” and a consultant to Westhab, Inc., an affordable housing and community development organization. Ms. Knecht holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She was awarded a Kinne Fellowship, a Loeb Fellowship, and received a Graham Foundation grant. She serves on the Metropolitan Life/Enterprise Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing, the Board of Directors of Care for the Homeless, and the Streetscape committee of the Municipal Art Society.

Free and open to the public. Suggested $5 donation. Complimentary beer provided by Harpoon Brewery.


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Winter Repair Classes At Ferris Wheels

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 22

January 28, 2010
7:00 pm
February 4, 2010
7:00 pm
February 11, 2010
7:00 pm
February 18, 2010
7:00 pm
February 25, 2010
7:00 pm
March 4, 2010
7:00 pm

Got this in the email today, looks like it might be fun.

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66 South Street, Jamaica
Plain, MA 02130. 617-524-BIKE (2453).

Thursday Nights, 7 pm
$30/class
Take one, take them all!
Buy 4, get 1 FREE.
10% discount on an accessory purchase for every class you buy.

JAN. 28: Brakes
FEB. 4: Gears
FEB. 11: Bearing Adjustments
FEB. 18: Wheels
FEB. 25: Headset & Bottom Bracket Overhauls
MAR. 4: Hub Bearing Overhauls

For more info or to register, call 617-524-BIKE (2453).

www.FerrisWheelsBikeShop.com


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Urban Adventours Launching Urban Cycling Institute

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 18

February 20, 2010
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

got this bit of interesting news in the email today, urban adventours are good people, check this out. Cheap good quality bikes too!

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come check out the future site of the
Urban Cycling Institute
109 Alantic Ave, Boston
Saturday, February 20
Noon – 5pm
-Used bikes for sale ($100 – $1000)
-Giveaways
-Chat with our staff
-Sneak a peek at our handpicked 2010 bike line


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Outdoor Spin-A-Thon To Fight Homelessness

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 22

February 23, 2010
7:00 amto6:00 pm

For those of you still commuting (huzzah!) you know that braving the cold for an hour isn’t that bad, well now you can do it for a good cause! Got this in the email this morning, looks like fun.

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HomeStart, Inc. and Boston Sports Clubs Dare Bostonians to Brave the
Elements and Raise Funds at Outdoor Spin-A-Thon

WHAT: Although it doesn’t compare to the hours that homeless individuals
spend in the cold, ICycle participants will spin for an hour in the
February weather to raise awareness and funds to help in the fight against
homelessness. Participants are asked to raise at least $250 to ride for one
hour on stationary bikes, provided by Boston Sports Clubs.

Created by HomeStart, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end
homelessness in Greater Boston, ICycle has raised $150,000 within the past
three years with more than 100 riders participating each year.

Boston Sports Club trainers will conduct several spin classes throughout
the day, including during the kickoff, finale and lunch hours. Celebrity
guest appearances are also planned.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Dewey Square (outside – near South Station) – Boston

CONTACT: Lauren Berger at [email protected] or at
212-812-5665

MORE: Our lead sponsors will provide riders with t-shirts and other
promotional items. Warm drinks and water will be served. Participants with
valid identification may use shower and changing facilities at Boston
Sports Clubs, located at 695 Atlantic Avenue. For more information and to
register, please visit www.regonline.com/icycle_iv_2010 or visit
www.mysportsclubs.com


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