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Defend Protected Bike Lanes In Cambridge From Being Removed!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 06

from the email:

 

This Monday, August 7th, the Cambridge City Council will vote on a policy order which could put a moratorium on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes.

Earlier this month, Cambridge installed a new 2-way protected bike lane on Brattle Street in Harvard Square that was proposed during participatory budgeting. The new design has dramatically transformed Brattle St into a slower, safer street for all users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. For the first time there is now a safe route in and out of Harvard Sq for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike, allowing them to avoid the other streets where they’d have to ride in motor vehicle traffic.

Unfortunately, the Harvard Square Business Association has begun an active and unfounded opposition campaign to try and get the protected bike lanes on Brattle St removed, and have taken their fight to the city council.

Three councilors (Simmons, Toomey, and Maher) have sponsored a policy order for Monday’s agenda that would stop all work on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes, until City staff have met with every single Business Association in Cambridge.

Passage of this order could dramatically delay installation of all planned protected bike lanes and threatens the City’s ability to install and construct new lanes like the ones recently installed on Mass Ave, and the lanes on Cambridge Street west of Inman Square slated for installation soon.

We need to show up and speak up in favor of safer streets! The Cambridge City Council needs to see that an overwhelming number of people support protected bike lanes, and they shouldn’t cave to the pressure of a few dissenting voices.

We can all work together to address reasonable concerns with the Brattle Street design, and city staff are working to make small changes and address concerns, but eliminating the protected bike lane and delaying the implementation of more protected bike lanes is unacceptable. Just yesterday, a cyclist was hit in Harvard Square, which shows the immediate need for protection.

Action items:

Last, we want the Harvard Square Business Association to see that bikes are GOOD for business! Go to Harvard Square businesses this weekend, make a purchase, and post on instagram or twitter. Use the hashtags #boughtbybike and #saferbrattle, and be sure to tweet at or tag us (@bostonbikeunion / @cambridgebikesafety) as well as the Harvard Square Business Association (@HarvardSquare). We will amplify and retweet, and hope that you do, too!


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8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Starting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday!

https://www.facebook.com/WNBRBoston

Each year for the past seven years a group of naked people, or mostly naked people, hop gently on their bikes and ride through the city. Last year, more than 200 jolly mostly naked people took to their bikes complete with police escort.

“I think after 7 years the city has finally come around to the ride,” wrote the organizers on Facebook announcing the 2017 ride which is slated to begin in JP on July 22.

The organizers say the ride, though supported by the area nudist community (apparently there’s a Boston nudist community) is not about promoting nudity so much as it is about promoting bike safety.

“The goal of this ride is to focus on bike awareness. Our nudity will demonstrate our vulnerability out on the city streets and the freedom that riding a bike can give you,” said organizers.

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Action Alert: Send Thank Yous For Brattle St And Mass Ave Popups

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

From the email:

Safe protected bike lanes for all ages and abilities are here on sections of Mass Ave and Brattle St. We’re so excited about the latest two segments of what needs to be a network of protected bike lanes across the city that are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Based on our spring canvassing, we know that residents overwhelmingly support expanding Cambridge’s network of safe bicycle infrastructure like this. But, we’ve heard that the city has been getting some discouraging negative feedback about the Brattle St and Mass Ave lanes. In order for a network to become a reality, we need to ensure that decision makers at the city hear loud and clear that the public supports these lanes and wants their installation to continue.

Action: Email the City Manager and City Council now to thank them for putting in the lanes on Mass Ave and Brattle and ask them to keep up the good work. Email [email protected] and [email protected], and copy [email protected] so we get a sense of how many people have written in. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s a longer list of city staff you could email below.

Just a short one or two sentence email will be perfect. Here are some points to make in your email.

  • The lanes make me feel safer and their basic design has been shown to in fact increase safety for everyone, including pedestrians.

  • I appreciate the excellent, high-quality work that went into designing these lanes and engaging the community around them.

  • I love the two-way movement that the Brattle St lane enables! It provides a safe way in and out of Harvard Square.

  • We need to see a network of lanes like this across the city as soon as possible.

P.S. The lanes on Cambridge St are coming soon and you can send another thank you after you’ve had a chance to ride in those lanes!

Sincerely,

The CBS core team

Here’s the longer list of people to email:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

P.P.S.:

Tuesday, July 25th is the next Inman Square redesign meeting. The design includes protected bike lanes throughout as well as other improvements.

Wednesday, July 26th is our next Livable City Social at the Prospect St Whole Foods! Stop by to chat and sample some snacks.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

From The Email:

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our openings.

Development Manager – Works to increase the organization’s visibility and cultivates, stewards and expands the relationships between Bikes Not Bombs and its donors at all levels.
Youth Programs Director – Oversees the development and implementation of all BNB programs for youth (ages 12-24) and deepens our impact in local communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
Repair Mechanic – Will have a strong base of mechanic skills and repair experience, as well as great customer service skills, ability to share knowledge with others and provide a welcoming retail experience.

Join us at Flatbread on Aug. 15th!
Flatbread Benefit!

Join BNB at Flatbread Somerville on August 15thfrom 5-9pm! A portion of every pizza you purchase will support our youth, international and bike shop programs. We’ll also have a raffle with some amazing prizes!

RSVP on the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Visit the Bike Shop!
BNB Shop Updates

We’ve got new hours! We will be closed on Mondays for the rest of the summer. Our new hours are: Sunday 12-5pm, Monday Closed, Tuesday 11-7pm, Wednesday 8-8pm, Thursday 11-7pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pm.

We’ve got lots of new products in the Shop, and of course our huge selection of used parts and refurbished bikes. Come by to take a look!

Upcoming Clinics:
Thurs 7/13 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 7/18 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 7/25 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance

Chelsea, Jeremy and Natalie
Thank you Jeremy, Chelsea and Natalie!

Three of our staff members are onto new and exciting things!

After 9 years in a variety of roles, Jeremy Hanson-Gutierrez is leaving his position as Co-Director of Youth Programs. Jeremy shared, “It has truly been an honor to work alongside you as colleagues, community members, comrades and friends. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished. While I am not yet sure of my next steps, I know I will take some time to honor the memory of my mother and be more present with family than I have been able to be so far. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for everything we’ve worked together on.”

Chelsea DeSantis is moving to her hometown in Rhode Island to be closer to family. Chelsea first joined Bikes Not Bombs as a member of the Bike-A-Thon team and shortly after joined full-time as a Shop Mechanic where she has run the Adult Earn-A-Bike program for the last year.

After 3 years as our Communications Manager Natalie Brady is moving to Washington state for a new adventure. Most recently she led the Bike-A-Thon team for our 30th event and has also worked to improve our E-Newsletter, create new features on our website and increase the reach of BNB.

We wish Natalie, Chelsea and Jeremy the best and thank them for their years of hard work. We are currently hiring for a Development ManagerRepair Mechanic and Youth Programs Director.

Janei at the Hub
Volunteer of the Month – Janie Boyer

Janei first started volunteering a month ago but has quickly become a regular face at BNB. She first heard about BNB through her cousin who participated in Youth Programs. Janei is always willing to help with whatever BNB needs, anything from shredding paper to lifting boxes to data entry. Thank you, and GO_JANEI!


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

On Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century route and we were very impressed by our youngest rider to complete 10 miles on her own bike, 6 year old Nina.

Check out the full results and photos on our website and Facebook. Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors and volunteers for helping out!

We need feedback from those of you who attended! We’ve got surveys up for riders and volunteers, please fill them out by June 26th and you could win a gift card to Amsterdam Falafelshop!

 

Youth learning in Earn-A-Bike
Apply for Summer Earn-A-Bike!

We’ve got two sessions of Summer Earn-A-Bike rapidly approaching! Fill out an application today for either session.

Summer 1 will be July 10th to July 27th and Summer 2 will be July 31st to August 17th, both run Monday – Friday 2pm – 6pm.

Help with a container loading!
Help BNB Load a Container to Sierra Leone!

Come help load a container to Village Bicycle Project in Sierra Leone on Sunday, July 9th from 9am to 6pm. Feel free to come by for an hour or stay all day. We appreciate RSVPs in advance!

This is the first container we’ve loaded to Sierra Leone since 2013!

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring for the Shop!

We’re looking for bike mechanics to help out on a full-time seasonal basis, check out our job posting.

We’re looking for previous experience in a bike shop setting but all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Please help spread the word!

Visit the Bike Shop!
Summer is Finally at the BNB Shop!

Come get your bike tuned up and ready to go for the season, or check out our selection of bikes for sale if you need a new ride. We’ve got a variety of new bikes from Bianchi and Raleigh in addition to our selection of tuned-up used and refurbished bikes.

Did you ride our Bike-A-Thon and wonder how you could get one of our stylish cycling jerseys? We’re doing a new limited run of this classic yellow and black jersey. If you’d like to pre-order to guarantee you get one, please call the Shop at 617-522-0226.

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/19 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 6/20 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 6/27 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/10 7-9pm Femmechanics

Come work with us!
Support BNB With Your Purchases This Summer!

 On June 21st attend the Laugh While You Can Comedy Benefit Show at the Midway Cafe! The show runs from 6-8pm and tickets are $10, buy online.

Tuesday July 11th 5:30pm to close, eat at Tres Gatos in JP and a 10% of all sales will benefit Bikes Not Bombs! Make a reservation today.

Mark your calendar, on Tuesday August 15th we’ll be at Flatbread Somerville in Davis Sq. for a benefit night!

Bernie
Volunteer of the Month – Bernardo Cruceta

Bernardo is an avid cyclist who encourages other young people to cycle and use their bike as a source of transportation, and has been such a help to Youth Programs that we can’t imagine last Spring without him. On top of his amazing cycling and wheelie skills, Bernardo is a trustworthy mechanic. He helped lead safety checks on all of the Girls In Action participants’ bikes before graduation and is frequently requested at our weekly Bike-In. Most importantly Bernardo is a kind spirit that strives to bring peace to the world. Thank you Bernie!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Defend Protected Bike Lanes In Cambridge From Being Removed! August 6, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email:   This Monday, August 7th, the Cambridge City Council will vote on a policy order which could put a moratorium on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes. Earlier this month, Cambridge installed a new 2-way protected bike lane on … Continue reading →
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    • 8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride July 21, 2017
      TweetStarting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday! Final details for World Naked Bike Ride BOSTON! Pass it on! We've a pre-party location and will release that info 24 hrs prior to the ride. pic.twitter.com/dx15bKNZIh — WNBR Boston (@WNBRBoston) … Continue reading →
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    • 2017 Midnight Bike Ride – Saturday August 12th July 21, 2017
      TweetBoston by bike… at night. Saturday, August 12, 2017, Midnight ’til dawn Twenty ninth annual tour of architectural and historic sites. Meet at 11:15 pm in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective.  … Continue reading →
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    • Action Alert: Send Thank Yous For Brattle St And Mass Ave Popups July 21, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Safe protected bike lanes for all ages and abilities are here on sections of Mass Ave and Brattle St. We’re so excited about the latest two segments of what needs to be a network of protected bike … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update July 21, 2017
      TweetFrom The Email: We’re Hiring! We’re hiring! Please help us spread the word about our openings. Development Manager – Works to increase the organization’s visibility and cultivates, stewards and expands the relationships between Bikes Not Bombs and its donors at all … Continue reading →
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    • Commonwheels Partners with Scouts to Help Homeless June 19, 2017
      This time we have guest authors from Girl Scout Troop 75006 who we partnered with this spring: This year, we really wanted to do something that would help our wider community. After looking into some issues we care about, we learned that there is a se... Continue reading →
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    • Commonwheels Partners with Scouts to Help Homeless June 19, 2017
      This time we have guest authors from Girl Scout Troop 75006 who we partnered with this spring: This year, we really wanted to do something that would help our wider community. After looking into some issues we care about, we learned that there is a se... Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update June 19, 2017
      TweetOn Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century … Continue reading →
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    • DCR Public Meeting On 6/27 RE: Morrissey Blvd Redesign June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom DotBike: On the evening of Tuesday 6/27 there is an important public meeting to learn about DCR’s preliminary plans for the redesign of Morrissey Boulevard and to provide feedback.   See below for details.     PUBLIC MEETING #3 … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets Update June 19, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: ———– What’s happening 3 reasons to sign up for Tour de Streets today Tour de Streets is LivableStreets’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and – more importantly – it’s a ton of fun! Here are three reasons to … Continue reading →
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