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Bicycle Dreams Screening To Benefit MassBike

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 01

March 6, 2012
7:00 pm

From MassBike



Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Boston at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. as part of the film’s ongoing nationwide winter tour. The screening is presented as a benefit for MassBike and is co-sponsored by Team 4HIVHope, a local team that will be competing in RAAM later this year.

The film, which has been selling out theaters from coast to coast on its current tour, has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”

“Bicycle Dreams is a spectacular and heartfelt film that offers a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles,” writes “It is an artistic triumph that renewed my belief in the power of desire and the strength of the human will.”

“We are very excited to be able to bring Bicycle Dreams to so many locations along the route that have never had access to the film before,” says Auerbach. “Viewers will be overwhelmed by the amount of pain and suffering these riders go through.”

To capture the mammoth scope of the race, Auerbach worked around the clock with a complement of 18 cameras. Embedded camera operators traveled inside the racers’ support crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material and forming it into a powerful and inspiring look inside the most difficult race on the planet.

Bicycle Dreams has won major awards at the Fallbrook and Breckenridge film festivals, as well as the Yosemite, Grand Rapids, Red Rock and All Sports LA film festivals, among many others.

Most recently the film added the Best Foreign Film trophy from the Krasnogorski International Festival of Sports Films in Moscow and was also invited to be included in the 2011 World Cinema Showcase in New Zealand as well as the Mountain Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. And before that it made its Australian debut at the Big Pond Film Festival in Adelaide.

Critical acclaim for the film continues to pour in from all sources.

“An astonishing documentary,” declares Pez Cycling. “This film is a ride of many stark contrasts; when it ended I felt both shattered and triumphant. I realized I was experiencing its genius. A central theme of Bicycle Dreams is the profoundly inspiring strength of the human in facing monumental challenge and tragedy. Bicycle Dreams is a race of truth.”

“This film isn’t for those who want to shy away from the tragic side of the human experience, unwilling to risk the cracking of their shell of denial, not willing to risk their coping mechanism,” writes “Bicycle Dreams captures the human condition like few other films. Bicycle Dreams moves us to break through the barrier of the fear of death. I have seldom found a film that captures this ‘life drama’ as powerfully as does Bicycle Dreams.”

Bicycle Dreams also has been named one of the top 10 adventure films of all time by both The Matador Network and Playground Magazine, calling it the best bicycle film since “Breaking Away.”

Tickets will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show. To purchase advance tickets, order online at The Regent Theatre is located at 7 Medford St. in Arlington.

The guest speaker at the event will be one of the racers in the film, Patrick Autissier of Boston, who is a member of Team 4HIVHope, which will be competing as a team in RAAM 2012. Three of the four members who completed RAAM 2011 in just over six days are living with HIV and two of them will return for this year’s race. Autissier, who is an HIV scientist and researcher, will be conducting tests during the race in hopes of discovering the effects of endurance athletics on both HIV-positive and negative individuals and comparing the results. For more information, go to

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End Of Winter Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 12

March 18, 2012
10:00 am

Got this in the email, its that time a year again, when organized rides start happening!



Sun March 18, 2012 – Neponset Greenway End of Winter Ride. 10:00 am Castle Island We’ll ride along the Harbor south to the Neponset River, up it to the Blue Hills, and back again. We’ll look at pathways which are new since our last ride and discuss what is happening next along the Neponset Trail. People who live closer to Hyde Park than to South Boston are welcome to split off if they need the time, though much of the ride back will be on a different route than the ride down. Led by Jessica Mink of the Neponset River Greenway Council.

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Sun, Apr 1, 2012 – Spring Middlesex Canal Bicycle Ride. Meet 9:30 AM at North Station (commuter rail) and take our bicycles on the 10 AM train to Lowell. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or meet the Train when it arrives in Lowell at 10:43). Route visits Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Lunch at Route 3A minimall in Billerica. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston. Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$6.75 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded at if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.For any changes or updates, see Leaders Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383) & Dick Bauer (857-540-6293).

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Save the Dates – Other upcoming rides:

Sunday April 8th – Bike Rides for Ordinary People Easter Sunday ride, leaving from Arlington Center (morning). See

Saturday May 12th – National Train Day Ride, leaving from South Station (all day)

Sunday May 20th – Somerville History Ride, leaving from Somerville City Hall (afternoon)

Sunday June 3rd – Bike to the Sea (morning). See

Sunday June 10th – Boston Jewish History Ride, leaving from Franklin Park Zoo, Giraffe Entrance (all day)

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Planning For The Post-Freeway American City

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

March 20, 2012
12:00 pm

Saw this today, looks like it could have a lot to do with cycling, and if it doesn’t a couple cyclists should show up and ask cycling based questions.


Lecture: Planning for the Post-Freeway American City
Speaker: Peter J. Park
Date: Tuesday, March 20, at 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Location: Lincoln House – 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


America’s failing infrastructure needs to be addressed. In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D” and proposed that keeping America “safe,” “prosperous,” and “competitive” would require a 5-year expenditure of $2.2 trillion. Roads and bridges were given a grade of “D-” and in need of $930 billion. Given current public funding challenges, now is an opportune time for America to reform outdated approaches to big-project spending and implement more effective design strategies. For example, freeways in American cities have not delivered on promises made more than 50 years ago. Skillfully sold as instruments of freedom and prosperity, in reality, they have weakened cities and financially burdened the nation. Continuing to spend taxpayer dollars on maintaining ineffective freeways or worse, expanding them, only saddles future generations with even greater challenges. Former Denver planning director Peter Park will explore America’s historic freeway campaign, damage caused by freeways in cities, and today’s opportunity to counter this failed 20th Century experiment. The presentation will include proven alternatives to costly and outdated freeway designs, and a case for a freeway removal campaign aimed at strengthening cities, regions, and the nation.

Peter J. Park is the 2012 Lincoln Loeb Fellow and former planning director of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1995-2003) and Denver, Colorado (2004-2011). In both cities, he oversaw preparation of numerous plans, comprehensive zoning code updates, and implementation of major infrastructure and development projects. In Milwaukee, initiatives included the replacement of the elevated Park East freeway with an at-grade boulevard that catalyzes new downtown development along the Milwaukee River. Significant work in Denver includes redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station as the hub of Fastracks (the largest public transit project in the nation), numerous transit-oriented development (TOD) station area plans, and the adoption of a new context and form-based zoning code applied citywide. Over the last 20 years, he has taught urban design courses with an emphasis on integrating practice and teaching. The work explored in his design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes and provided tangible benefits in local communities.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact [email protected] or call (888) 845-8759 to register and for directions. Register online. Parking is not available at Lincoln House.

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StreetTalk: Boston Under After Hours

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 16

March 29, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Got this in the email, looks like a good talk


StreetTalk: Boston Under After Hours

co-sponsored by On the Move Coalition
Thursday, March 29 6:00pm-9:00pm

@Central Square Theater 450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge
Tickets: $6.00 Buy here>>

6:00pm-doors open-food/drinks
6:30pm-documentary screening
8:00-9:00pm-social hour

We’ve all asked the age ol’ question, “Why doesn’t the T stay open later?” Now you can find out why.

Come watch the Boston Under After Hours documentary about what happens after the T shuts down, and the MBTA employees who work 1:30am-5:00am to make the system run smoothly the following day. With current fare increases and service cuts pending, this question is even more relevant. Why not keep the T open longer for more revenue? What can you do to keep the T going? Get insight in to the inter-workings of the T, and the current MBTA’s financial situation and service plan.

Discussion with filmmakers, MBTA, and On The Move following the film. Stay for a social hour afterwards to meet and chat with filmmakers and the stars of the film.

Popcorn and snacks provided and $2 Harpoon.

Watch film trailer here>>

This event is hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and sponsored by On the Move Coalition.

On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston, including LivableStreets, that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice.

LivableStreets Alliance is your advocate for a balance of biking, walking, and transit with automobiles—creating safe streets and livable communities—making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.

For more information>> 617.621.1746/ [email protected]/
Tweet and post #BostonUnder on Facebook for chance to win 2 free tickets!

(MBTA tunnel photo provided by Nicolaur Czarnecki of the METRO)

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E Ink Local Film Fest, With My Own Two Wheels Screening

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 05

March 31, 2012

Got this in the email, looks fun, and With my own two wheels, looks pretty awesome.


We are hosting the local Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an all-day event of film, foods, and festivities, on Saturday, March 31st. We hope that you will be able to come, especially since our evening program will feature two films, one of which is “With My Own Two Wheels” (a film by Jacob & Issac Seigel-Boettner & Ian Wexler about “the bicycle as a vehicle for change around the world”).

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