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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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The Future Of Boston Is In Your Hands

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

From Livable Streets:

After two years of outreach, dozens of workshops, and thousands of comments from people like you, the City of Boston has released its GoBoston 2030 Vision & Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future.

We are proud that this ambitious plan is a reflection of our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

Now the future of Boston is in your hands. Will you help us make this plan a reality? 

Volunteer as a Street Ambassador to help us build support for Go Boston 2030 projects and policies. We’re holding two training sessions this spring and will be deploying Street Ambassadors throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Other ways you can support us include joining our Advocacy Committee, becoming a LivableStreets member, or making a donation.

You can review the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan here. Here are some key proposals LivableStreets is especially excited to see included:

Better Buses

  • Overall bus service reliability improvements on 30 busiest routes

  • Rapid bus service along Washington St in Roslindale, Mass Ave, between North Station and the South Boston Waterfront, between Mattapan and the LMA, and more!

  • Transit signal priority along key bus and Green Line routes

  • Implementing a network of neighborhood mobility hubs

Emerald Network

  • All three of our Boston Greenway Partners’ projects are part of the Action Plan, including Roxbury to Fenway, Arboretum to Roslindale, and the American Legion Parkway

  • Improving Columbia Road so that it better serves the surrounding community and completes Olmsted’s vision of the Emerald Necklace

  • Southwest Corridor extension to Back Bay and MGH via Charles St

Vision Zero

  • Expansion of Neighborhood Slow Streets program

  • Complete streets overhauls for Dorchester Ave in South Boston, Washington St/Columbus Ave in JP & Roxbury

  • Implementing better bike corridors by rebuilding streets with protected, low-stress bicycling facilities


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Bikes Not Bombs Gets New Executive Director

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

Elijah, our new Executive Director!
Meet Elijah Evans, Our New Executive Director!

Bikes Not Bombs is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans will be joining us as our new Executive Director. Elijah has a lifelong commitment to social justice and has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.

Please join Bikes Not Bombs in warmly welcoming Elijah as the new Executive Director at a public welcome celebration hosted by BNB Board Member Amy Wilson and her husband David August on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8pm at their home located at 5 Alveston Street, Jamaica Plain.

RSVP and read the full announcement on our website.

Register for the Bike-A-Thon, half-priced in March!
Register for the Bike-A-Thon!

Registration is now open for our 30th Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’re proud to offer our first ever Century Ride (100 miles) along with 10, 30 and 50 mile routes this year. Registration is half-priced throughout the month of March, so sign up today!

Check out the new route, learn more and register!

Check out our Annual Report!
Annual Report Release

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Check out the online version, or download the PDF. We also have limited paper copies available at our Hub, or via mail by request.

Thank you to everyone who helped us throughout 2016, we had a great year full of growth and improvement in our many programs.

Job openings at BNB
We’re Hiring!

Please share our job openings to qualified candidates!

Senior Director of Development & Operations – Responsible for the fundraising, communications, operations and events at Bikes Not Bombs
Repair Mechanic – Diagnose and repair bicycles, interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service

TONIGHT is our One Brick Boston Social – Starting at 6:00pm we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain with our friends from One Brick Boston. Please RSVP to confirm your space.

Apply for EAB and GIA – Applications for Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA) are available on our website or at the Hub or Bike Shop. EAB will be from March 27th – April 27thrunning MondayThursday 4-7pm and Girls In Action will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm..

Laptops, chairs, tables and more needed – We need some supplies for our space! Please check out our website for donation requests.

Boston Globe Subscribers – Help us earn a free Globe ad 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 it doesn’t cost you a dime.

BNB Visits East Africa – International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, is currently in East Africa visiting Cycloville and meeting with potential partner organizations. While visiting Cycloville, Charlotte is conducting evaluation interviews, leading strategic planning conversations, and participating in the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Forum. After visiting Cycloville she will travel to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania to meet with organizations to explore partnership opportunities. Check out the BNB website and social media for updates!

Upcoming Clinics at the Bike Shop – Clinics are back for the season! Join us!
Thurs 3/9 7-9pm Flat Fixing Clinic
Mon 3/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 3/23 7-9pm Basic Maintenance & Repair
Mon 4/3 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night


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Free Bike Party At The Asgard!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

From the email 🙂  Go get your party on!

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Save the date: on March 21st, come celebrate the end of winter with us – and start thinking of SUMMER!  Join us at the Cycle Massachusetts 2017 Kickoff Party and learn more about the Friendliest Ride in the East.

Find out if the rumors are true: will there really be an artisan popsicle maker visiting the ride?  Will there really be massages available each day of the tour?  And can you really go skydiving and then ride to a brewpub to recover???

Come to the Asgard for the free food, the cash bar, and a great crowd of friends old and new – people who know how to have a great time on two wheels!  We’ll preview the amazing route of this year’s tour and throw in some door prizes while we’re at it.  The 2017 route might just be the best yet – the beautiful Connecticut Valley (and the rolling hills that surround it) as seen from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont!  We promise something of interest every 10 miles or fewer! You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities that would allow you to ride for free.

This weeklong tour (with shorter options) is proud to be the #1 annual donor to Massbike.

Tell your friends, and we’ll see you there!  Space is limited, so RSVP today at http://cyclema.eventbrite.com!


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Help Re-Design City Infrastructure

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

From livable streets:

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Have you ever found yourself at a Boston area bus stop and thought, “this could be better”? If you could do it over, what would you change? Would you add more seating? Some public art and shelter from the elements?

Now’s your chance to put your ideas to the test! Submit a proposal to the BRT Station Design Competition.

BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile.

Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the BostonBRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines. We can’t wait to see what you think up!


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