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Make Way For Bike Lanes Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Ride with us to tell the City of Boston it’s time to Make Way for (protected) Bike Lanes!
Join us Sunday, April 23rd for a bike ride around (& around & around…) the Boston Public Garden to demonstrate to the City of Boston that we need safe bike facilities connecting our neighborhoods, paths, and parks NOW! 
 
In 2012 the City of Boston created a plan for protected bike lanes around the Public Garden, and then chose not to implement that plan. We’ve been waiting over 5 years for a safe, low-stress bike route around the Public Garden. Now, the City’s recently released Go Boston 2030 Action Plan proposes protected bike lanes around part of the Public Garden within the next 5 years, and the rest being built in the next 12 years.
We can’t afford to wait another 5-12 years for a safe, low-stress route connecting our neighborhoods, paths and parks. It’s time to tell the City to make way for bike lanes, NOW! Our ride will demonstrate that there is not only enough space to build protected bike lanes, but there is also desire and demand within the community.
Meet us at Copley Square at 2pm, and we’ll ride to the Public Garden at 2:30. We’ll do laps around the Garden from 2:30pm-4:00pm. Feel free to ride as much or as little as you want, and hang out at the corners of the Garden to cheer on your friends!
This ride is named after the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” because it perfectly illustrates how the roads surrounding the Public Garden feel dangerous and uncomfortable for most people since they encourage high motor vehicle speeds.
Following the ride we’ll go to Cheers on Beacon Street.
Click here for more information about the ride (including duck costume suggestions.)
Make Way for Bike Lanes
Sunday April 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
Meet at Copley Square at 2, depart Copley at 2:30
Water station at the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street

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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Join the Bike-A-Thon on June 4th!
Ride for social change on June 4th!

Less than 2 months remain before our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! We are working hard to make this event better than ever, and hope that YOU will be there with us.

The Bike-A-Thon is our largest event and fundraiser of the year, and helps support all of our programs to operate year-round.

Register online, at our Hub or Shop or try and find us at upcoming events around the city!

GIA participants learn mechanics
Apply for Girls In Action

Our 2017 session of Girls In Action is coming up! Girls 12-18 can apply to learn about mechanics, riding, fitness, safety and environmental activities. The next session will be May 1st – June 1st, Mon – Thurs 4-7pm, culminating in riding the Bike-A-Thon!

Applications are available online, or at our Hub. Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email [email protected].

Visit the Bike Shop!
Spring Hours at the BNB Shop

We’re open 7 days a week! We just started our new hours last week, stop by Mon, Tues and Fri 11-7pm, Wed or Thurs 8-8pm, Sat 10-6pm or Sun 12-5pm.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Mechanic to join the team. Please help us spread the word about this position, or apply yourself!

Upcoming Clinics:
Wed 4/11 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 5/8 7-9pm Femmechanics
Mon 5/1 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

Jerseys $5-$20!
May 6th Apparel Sale

The clothing sale is back! We’re clearing out our warehouse and have jerseys, bibs. jackets & more, all priced to sell.

The sale will be Saturday May 6th from 3-5PM at the BNB Hub, bring cash. All clothing priced $5 – $20.

In addition to some brand new and one of a kind clothing items we will have a few parts and accessories, come early!

Erica Rotman
Thank you Erica!

After almost 5 years our Director of Fundraising, Erica Rotman, is moving on to new adventures. Erica supported BNB through our 4 most successful Bike-A-Thons ever, expanded our major donor program and brought BNB into a new level of financial sustainability.

Erica is off for a West Coast bike tour before returning to Boston. Thank you Erica for your enthusiasm and hard work!

We’re looking for someone to take over Erica’s role, please spread the word about our Senior Director of Fundraising and Operations job listing!

Use your Globe coupon for BNB!
Attention Boston Globe Subscribers:

We have a favor to ask. Help us earn a free ad in the Globe just by showing your support. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2017. It only takes a minute, and helps us reach more people!

Thank you Gary!
Volunteer of the Month – Gary Shapiro

Gary first found out about Bikes Not Bombs after donating bikes he rescued from the side of the road! Since then, Gary has become a regular Thursday Night Volunteer. He most enjoys flattening bikes as it gives him a chance to see some of the really interesting and unique bikes we receive. When asked why he continues to volunteer Gary said, “I like to picture someone taking that bike and using it, instead of it going into the trash. It makes a difference.” Thank you Gary!

Midnight Marathon Bike Ride – It’s back! Ride the Boston Marathon route car free starting Sunday April 16th. More details for this 9th Annual Event on Facebook.

People’s Climate March – Marches across the country are showing the wold that we will stand up for our communities and climate. We’ll be heading to the DC march, but there will also be one in Boston on Saturday April 29th.

Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum – Join with Boston residents on Saturday April 29th to connect, share, learn and envision what biking could be in our neighborhoods.


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Zoning Session – PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue May 2nd!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

 

Tuesday May 2nd

195 OLD COLONY AVE
Iron Workers Local 7 Building
South Boston, MA 02127

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue zoning process will translate community values and guidelines outlined in the December 2016 BPDA Board approved Plan into updated zoning for the corridor along Dorchester Avenue between Andrew Square and Broadway stations. The approved planning document was developed through a 17 month long public engagement process that incorporated the input of the community members, City departments and state agencies and established a framework for implementation of community’s vision. The zoning session on May 2, 2017 is an opportunity to learn about the Plan and to have a discussion about zoning process as it relates to PLAN: South Boston, Dorchester Avenue.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, May 2.
5:30 PM-6:00 PM Open House/Networking
6:00 PM-7:30 PM Presentation and Dialogue
To learn more, please visit: bit.ly/plandotave
mail to: VIKTORIJA ABOLINA

Boston Planning & Development Agency
One City Hall Square, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02201
phone: 617.918.4312
email: [email protected]


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Help Bring Protected Bike Lanes To Cambridge St!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

got this in the email:

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Do you want to see protected bike lanes on Cambridge St? We need your in-person support to make sure it happens!

On April 25, the City is holding its first public meeting for the Cambridge Street protected bike lane project. We need as many people as possible to show up and express support!

When: Tuesday April 25th from 6PM-8PM
Where: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – Media Café, 459 Broadway (use main school entrance)

  1. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
  2. Canvass with us at least once this week along Cambridge Street! Click here to sign up. The focus of the canvass is to inform neighbors about the project, building support for protected bike infrastructure at the local level. Talking points and materials will be provided.

This project is in no small part because of our community’s collective effort last fall and will be a model for future protected bike lanes and lay the groundwork for a much broader protected network. It’s essential that we work with the city to get this one right.

More details about the project below.

Sincerely,
The CBS core team
What is happening, and where?

Protected bicycle lanes are going to be installed on Cambridge St from Inman Square to Quincy St (near Harvard). The lanes will have a similar design to those on Mass Ave near the Harvard Law School and Lafayette Square, except that they will be longer and on both sides of the street. Here is an example cross-section, and here is a photo of one of the similar lanes on Mass Ave.***

Detailed comments

Three design elements that Cambridge Bicycle Safety views as critical for safety for Cambridge Street and all protected bike lane pilots:

  1. The protected bicycle lanes need to be physically separated from parked and moving cars along the entire length of the protected lane. This can be accomplished using a range of options from flex posts to pre-cast curbing and planters.
  2. Vehicles such as buses, taxis/Uber/Lyft, and delivery vehicles should not need to, or be able to, block or stop in the bike lane. Floating bus stops–where the bus stops in the travel lane and picks up riders from a raised platform–and appropriate signage and physical barriers to prevent disruptive stopping in the bicycle lane should be included. Here is an example from the MassDOT separated bike lane design guide.
  3. Designated loading zones need to be provided elsewhere to make sure that deliveries and passenger pickup/dropoff can take place. Loading zones are crucial for small businesses who depend on deliveries, and they are also important because they provide an alternative to stopping in the bicycle lane.

We’ve recently sent the city two memos outlining our suggestions for the spring projects. Read them here.

*** Although they aren’t the focus of this public meeting, two other short segments of protected bike lanes are also being added this spring, one on Brattle St from Harvard Square to Mason St, and one on Mass Ave from Trowbridge St to Bow St. Additionally, protected bike lanes are part of all the Inman Square redesign options. We’ll be writing more about these projects soon.


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Call And Email The Mayor, Let Him Know You Want A Better Bicycling Budget!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 15

From The BCU:

Email Script

Below is a template for emails to Mayor Walsh. Please personalize it and add your own information. The more personal details, the more effective the letter will be. Don’t forget to forward it to your your local district city councilor and the four at-large (city-wide) councilors with a brief note asking them to support the Boston Bike Budget. Thanks!

To:

[email protected]

CC:

[email protected]joyce.[email protected]budget@boston.gova&[email protected]ch[email protected]gina.[email protected]btd@boston.govinfo@bostoncyclistsunion.org

Dear Mayor Walsh,

As a resident of [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD] who bikes [OR who would bike in Boston if it were safer], I’m writing to ask you to include the Boston Cyclists Union’s Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget.

The City of Boston has made real progress toward changing its official policies to make riding a bike in the city easier and safer, but changes to our physical infrastructure have been slower. For many people who bike in Boston today — or would if it were safer — there has been little visible progress on the ground. The City’s Transportation Department is doing what it can, but insufficient staffing and resources are holding us back.

[WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RIDING A BIKE IN BOSTON]

This year, Boston allocated just $3.1 million for its Vision Zero Action Plan. That’s less than $5 per capita per year towards ending traffic deaths in our city. Meanwhile, New York City has dedicated approximately $13 per capita and San Francisco about $75. Boston is trailing behind cities that have been aggressive about building safe, protected bike infrastructure. In New York City, Mayor De Blasio recently proposed an additional $66 million per year for Vision Zero street projects, bringing NYC’s funding to over $20 per capita.

If Boston is going to end traffic fatalities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make our city more livable, we need a drastic increase in the city’s funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

Please include the Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget:

  • Increase the capital budget for Vision Zero from $3.1 million in FY17 to $12 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for the Strategic Bicycle Network Project from $900,000 in FY17 to $4 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for Transportation Planning from $200,000 in FY17 to $800,000 in FY18.
  • Increase the operating budget for Transportation Department Policy and Planning from $1,074,431 in FY17 to $2 million in FY18.

With our proposed Boston Bike Budget, we could build more than a dozen miles of protected bike lanes each year. Today, 2% of Bostonians regularly bike to work, and with just 2% of the City’s $898 million streets budget, we could make major strides towards allowing people of all ages and abilities to bike safely in every neighborhood of Boston.

[WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT BIKING IMPROVEMENTS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE]

In both the GoBoston 2030 Vision Framework and the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, Boston set forth several positive goals to achieve by 2030, including increasing bicycling mode share fourfold, ensuring that all households are within a 5-minute walk of a protected bicycle facility or shared use path, and eliminating traffic deaths. If we are to reach those goals, we need increased funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

I hope you will include the Boston Bike Budget in your FY18 budget and help make Boston safe and friendly for people riding bikes.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]


Call Script

Below is a script for calls to Mayor Walsh and City Councilors. Mayor’s office: 617-635-4500.

Hi,

I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD] and I’m calling to ask Mayor Walsh to include the Boston Cyclists Union’s Boston Bike Budget in his budget.

[SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RIDING A BIKE IN BOSTON]

If Boston is going to end traffic fatalities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make our city more livable, we need a drastic increase in the city’s funding for safe, protected bike infrastructure.

With our proposed Boston Bike Budget, we could build more than a dozen miles of protected bike lanes each year. Today, 2% of Bostonians regularly bike to work, and with just 2% of the City’s $898 million streets budget, we could make major strides towards allowing people of all ages and abilities to bike safely in every neighborhood of Boston.

I hope the Mayor will include the Boston Bike Budget in his FY18 budget and help make Boston safe and friendly for people riding bikes.

Thank you.

(If asked for details on which budget line items you are calling about:

  • Increase the capital budget for Vision Zero from $3.1 million in FY17 to $12 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for the Strategic Bicycle Network Project from $900,000 in FY17 to $4 million in FY18.
  • Increase the capital budget for Transportation Planning from $200,000 in FY17 to $800,000 in FY18.
  • Increase the operating budget for Transportation Department Policy and Planning from $1,074,431 in FY17 to $2 million in FY18.)

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