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Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 16

It’s that time of year again!

Event Name:
Bike-A-Thon (https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-a-thon)

Time/Date/Location:
Sunday June 8th (June 22nd Raindate)
Rides leave in AM; Festival goes 12 – 5:30

@ Park across from Stony Brook MBTA Station
100 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Event Details:
On June 8th, hundreds of cyclists will join together on a bike ride for
social justice. We have four BRAND NEW scenic routes through greater Boston
(10, 30, 50, or 80 miles). We make it easy to raise $150 with our online
fundraising system! Celebrate your success with free food and music after
the ride! Fun prizes will be awarded for riders and teams that go above and
beyond! Hang out with your friends and meet other riders! The rider
after-party will be at the Stony Brook Park from noon – 5:30pm.

The event is June 8th (rain date is June 22nd)!  After registering, riders
fundraise at least $150 (less for youth) to support Bikes Not Bombs’
(https://bikesnotbombs.org/about) Youth and International Programs.

Contact:
Erica Rotman ([email protected]), Director of Fundraising and Events,
Bikes Not Bombs


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Ghost Bike Installed For Owen McGrory

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 15

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On this blustery rainy day lets all take a moment to think about Owen McGrory. Who lost his life when he was struck by a sanitation truck.  One person dying on a bicycle is one person too many.

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THE heartbroken wife of Northern Ireland man Eoin McGrory killed in a hit and run incident in the US last week, has said she wants justice for her husband.

Eoin died when he was hit by a garbage truck in the Charlestown area of Boston on Thursday afternoon last.

The truck driver, Ricky Prezisoso, a father of three, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

He is denying the charge, claiming he thought he had hit a pothole.

The 41-year-old is on $5,000 bail and is due back in court again 19 May next.

However, Eoin’s wife of almost four months, Shanique, is refusing to accept Prezisoso’s account and says she wants “justice to be served.”

Speaking on Boston television, she said: “I loved my husband. He did not deserve to die this way.

“That’s not a good enough answer for me. I’m not agreeing with that.”

Rubbish truck driver Ricky Prezisoso denies charges over Mr McGrory’s death
She added: “All I need is justice to be served. For my whole entire family, we are all mourning and I just need justice to be done.” she said.

Members of Eoin’s family are travelling to Boston from Shantallow in Derry to help with the funeral arrangements.

The youngest child of six (three boys and three girls) of John and Theresa, of Earhart Park (originally of Carrabane Walk, Shantallow), Eoin had been living and working in the construction industry in the US for the past 16 years and married Shanique only two days before last Christmas.

A keen cyclist, the former Steelstown Primary School and Carnhill High School pupil had won several prestigious competitions in Boston and was on a training run when the incident occurred.(via)

Galen sent this in and I thought it was valuable.

 

I definitely think a post is worthy. Some food for thought, what we’re fighting for at the Statehouse and City Hall level:

 ”we can push for the Vulnerable User Bill to be passed in MA. This bill is currently in the MA Statehouse being debated (although it has been there for years). This bill makes it the duty of the driver not to injure those less vulnerable on the roads, and the responsibility lies more heavily on the cars/trucks out there. Details on the bill can be found here: http://walkboston.tumblr.com/post/81604079354/handout-vulnerable-road-users-senate-1639-bike-lane
We can also push for mandatory truck guards in Boston and MA, which have proven effective in London, DC, and Canada in preventing deaths in cycling/truck crashes by 61%. Considering something like 7 of the last 8 deaths have involved trucks and buses. Details here:http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/safety-compliance/news/story/2014/04/side-underride-guards-among-ntsb-tractor-trailer-safety-recommendations.aspx

and: http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/recletters/2014/H-14-001-007.pdf

These can be action items that can make a real difference and actually save lives!

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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

2013 Annual Report Release – Big vision, Concrete Strategies, Real Impact

It is with great pride and excitement that we present our 2013 Annual Report! 2013 was a busy year for Bikes Not Bombs; we collected more bikes than ever before, launched a new weekly youth drop-in time, started two off-site bicycle programs that employ alumni youth, developed a new partnership with Bici-Tec in Guatemala, and had a record-breaking successful Bike-A-Thon! We encourage you to read our first-ever digital annual report which spotlights some of the stories and people that made 2013 especially memorable. We owe a big thank you to every volunteer, donor, supporter, participant, and member of BNB that made this year possible!

As you look through the Annual Report, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by our accomplishments and progress. But moving forward we are also keenly aware of how much is left to be done. We hope you’ll to consider gift to support Bikes Not Bombs as we move towards our goals for 2014 and beyond.

Enrolling for Spring Girls In Action

Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for Spring Girls In Action! The program will take place May 12th through June 12th from 4-7pm Monday – Thursday, and is open to girls ages 12-18. Participants will choose a bike from those donated to Bikes Not Bombs, and not only learn the skills to build it up, but to maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is hers to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and explore various environmental and social justice issues. No previous bike knowledge is necessary!

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, the applicant’s availability, and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) or fee waiver must be submitted. Applicants who are not accepted for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary at 617-522-0222 x101 or email[email protected].

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Register to Ride the 2014 Bike-A-Thon on June 8th

Join Bikes Not Bombs for the 27th Annual Bike-A-Thonon Sunday, June 8th, 2014 (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd)! We are excited to release four new routes this year including a family friendly 10 mile route and our longest route ever, 80 miles! All routes start and end in the Southwest Corridor Park, in front of the Stony Brook T. In the afternoon, riders meet back for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food! Our2013 Bike-A-Thon was the most successful yet, mobilizing 559 riders to raise over $170,000, and we’re hoping 2014 will be even more successful! The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! After registering, riders can create a personalized fundraising page and are responsible for meeting fundraising minimums ($150 for adults and $75 for those under 18). All proceeds benefit Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs.

Register online or in-person at the Hub or Bike Shop.

Beyond the thrill of a fun bike ride, all registered riders will receive 15% off labor for a basic or major tune up at the BNB Shop and there are tons of prizes available from now until the ride on our Twitterand Facebook. Make sure you check in every day to see what the latest #BAT2014 prize is!

Help BNB Load Bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala on Sunday April 13th from 10am to 5pm

Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, as well as designs and builds bicycle-powered machines. Bici-Tec also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines, such as pedal-powered water pumps and corn grinders. These machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable alternative to rural families and communities. Bicycle machines are locally produced and use locally repairable technology, and in the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!

TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

You can RSVP online.

Power to the Pedals Film Screening Tuesday May 6th

Bikes Not Bombs will screen the new documentary“Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change” at the Hub, 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, on Tuesday May 6th at 6pm. This 30-minute film features the story of Wenzday Jane, the founder of Metro Pedal Power. Wenzday grew up in a low-income household and was able to harness her mechanical skills to build a successful business — with priorities on social justice and community-building.

We will host a panel of 3-4 speakers after the film focusing on the process of personal and professional development, and the hard and soft skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high-school. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting film and panel! Email [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer of the Month – Sophie Greenspan

Our volunteer of the month is Sophie Greenspan! While you might not recognize Sophie by name, you will definitely recognize her style all over BNB! She has been our go-to graphic designer for the past year. In November, she designed our year-end newsletter, then immediately went “back to the drawing board” and created our Bike-A-Thon posters, flyers, and ads. Her work didn’t end there; Sophie is currently in the throes of designing the 2014 Bike-A-Thon t-shirt. While we’re not asking her to have a completed design until the end of April, Sophie has already presented us with three separate t-shirt options. Sophie’s enthusiasm for BNB and our graphic design projects is tremendous! Thanks Sophie!

Youth Employee of the Month

Abdullahi (Abdul) Hussein is the April 2014 Youth Employee of the Month. He is the ultimate team player and leader amongst his peers. Abdul makes young people feel welcome at BNB and Chain Reaction, and is a really thoughtful and giving co-worker. Born in Kenya to Somalian parents, Abdul came to Bikes Not Bombs in 2010 to take Earn-A-Bike. After displaying motivation and a strong work ethic in Earn-A-Bike, Abdul joined the Pathways program to be an Instructor running Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. Since then, he has become our Chain Reaction Coordinator and has sought out many opportunities to develop new skills – including planning the February trip to the Youth Bike Summit in New York City, where he organized youth to lead a workshop. He takes initiative, works independently and with his peers to achieve goals, is focused and has an energy that is both positive and highly infectious. Always quick with a joke to break the ice, Abdul balances his personal focus on success for himself and Bikes Not Bombs with a lighter side that builds the youth programs team culture and cohesiveness. A veteran leader with a wealth of experience at BNB and with our coalition partners, we are honored to call Abdul a member of the BNB family and our April Youth Employee of the Month. Congratulations to Abdul!

April Free Clinics, Refurbished Bikes Back in Stock, and Spring Shop Happenings

We will be holding our Flat Fixing Clinic on Thursday April 10th from 8-9pm and our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday April 23rd from 8-9pm. Full class schedule is online. As always, no need to sign up ahead of time, just be punctual and show up by 8pm! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be on Monday April 7th from 7-9pm. Tool Time requires both a BNB Membership and advanced sign up.

With the days getting warmer (and hopefully staying that way) the shop is starting to pick up again. Currently, we’re only booked a couple days in advance so it’s still a great time to bring you’re bike by to get tuned-up for Spring.

We have a great selection of refurbished and new bikesto come try out. Also don’t forget that we currently have some refurbished kids bikes starting at $50. This is a great way to get a safe and fun 16″ or 20″ wheeled bike for your child.

We’re happy to welcome Ernesto Botello to our shop staff. Ernesto recently completed our Vocational Training Program and has been a great addition to the bike shop staff. We’re also sad to announce that longtime employee Alex Twombly is leaving the BNB shop, but we wish him the best as he embarks on his through-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail!

Bike-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

photo by: Allie Hunter

Want to participate in the fun of Bike-A-Thon without riding? We’re looking for about 50 volunteers to help out on the day of the event, June 8th (rain date: June 22nd). We also have some volunteer roles in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon. Volunteers receive a free Bike-A-Thon t-shirt, food at the After-Party, and get to be part of the action!

Available positions include helping with the BNB info table, route marking, rest stop support, sign painting and more. Sign up online!




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Hubway is Hiring

Hubway Bicycle Share is hiring a variety of positions for the spring and summer. There are a number of part-time and full-time positions available including Field Bicycle Technician and Corporate Sales Associate. Hubway operates a 3 year old bike share in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.


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Help Kids Get Get Healthy: Call Your Congress Critter Today

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

From MassBike:

Mass in Motion is an important program that works with partners across Massachusetts to fight obesity in children and adults by increasing opportunities for walking and biking and access to healthy food. The program is crucial for bicycling across our commonwealth, and is a significant source of funding for MassBike’s Bikeable Communities Program. Right now, the continuance of this vital program is in question due to federal budget cuts, and our partners are working hard to secure state funding for the Mass in Motion.

State Representative Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams has filed an amendment to the state budget that would provide dedicated state funding for Mass in Motion, providing enough funding to maintain current investments. Representatives have until tomorrow afternoon (Friday, April 11) to sign on as co-sponsors. In order to be successful, we need to have lots of Reps, especially those from Mass in Motion communities, sign on in support.

What can you do to help secure state funding for Mass in Motion?

Please call your State Representative immediately and ask her or him to co-sponsor Rep. Cariddi’s amendment to restore funding for Mass in Motion. A fact sheet about the amendment is here that you can share with your Rep. A list of all the Representatives from Mass in Motion communities is here, and includes their email, phone number, and social media handles.  

Not sure who your State Representative is? Visit this page to find out.

Once you’ve called your representative, please take a moment to email us and let us know you have. You can simply reply to the email to do so, or email[email protected].

Thank you for your support in this effort. By taking action, you are helping to ensure that our communities have the resources to continue healthy transportation and active living programs that are making a real impact across our commonwealth.

 


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Cities Lose $1000 Or More Per Year For Every Parking Space They Have

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

I have been rambling on for years about how parking spaces are basically the worst thing you can put into a city (other than I guess the cars in them), but finally someone went and proved me right with math.

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A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. cities from 1960 to 2000. They conclude that some car-centric cities forfeit more than a thousand dollars per parking space per year in potential municipal revenues by using land for parking rather than more lucrative alternatives. The researchers also found that minimum parking requirements inhibit development and exacerbate traffic by placing incentives on car use rather than on walking and cycling.

The studies chronicle changes in Arlington, Va., Berkeley, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass.—all of which showed only modest growth in parking over the past 40 years—and Hartford, Conn., Lowell, Mass., and New Haven, Conn., where parking spaces were added with great zeal over that span.

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Parking-centric cities also sacrifice income. In all six cities studied by UConn’s researchers, land devoted to buildings provides at least 88 percent of tax revenue and sometimes as much as 97 percent; parking contributes very little. In other words, cities that turn themselves into car lots relinquish tax money in the bargain.

Hartford loses an estimated $1,200 annually per parking space, a subsidy of more than $50 million per year, according to Garrick. The city is no anomaly: “We pick on Hartford because it’s our state capital.” Cities such as Cambridge, where parking is kept in check and more heavily taxed, don’t lose money. (read more here)

Hindsight is of course 20/20, but lets go over a little recap of what happened to many cities since the 60′s. Build big highways into the city, allowing people to commute from the burbs, whoops there goes your tax base, then you build lots of parking lots so those people have some place to stash their cars when arrive from 20-10+ miles away, roads get torn up without the tax base to pay for them, and whoops lost tax revenue because empty concrete doesn’t make much tax revenue. Then what are you left with? A city that is a traffic jam twice a day, a parking lot during the work day, and a ghost town at night and on weekends. You also have lots of ugly highways and overpasses that make it impossible for the people left to enjoy the city…in short building cities for cars is a nightmare.

I am uplifted by the fact that there has been a big trend in tearing down overpasses, making it more expensive to commute by car into cites, and removing, or reducing the number of parking spaces built. But we have a long way to go, our cities are still not designed for people, they are designed for cars. Hopefully people will follow the money and replace the parking spaces with something useful, like a garden, park, business, home, or bike lane!


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6th Annual Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

Here it is in all its glory, in case you couldn’t make it. Sure it might not contain EVERY detail I reported yesterday…but the first day of April can be a tricky day to be on the internet.


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Boston To Ban Cars In Downtown

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

There were some big announcements at last nights 6th Annual Boston Bikes update.  I was impressed with the growth in the bike lane network, and the expansion of the bike share.  But what really floored me was the surprise appearance by Marty Walsh himself announcing that Boston would follow the lead of cities like Paris, and ban all motor traffic (except cabs and delivery trucks) in the down town region.  Siting reasons from lack of space for parking, to old fashion road layouts, and the looming threat of global warming to a city at sea level, the Mayor made a very strong argument for banning cars from the downtown metro area.

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We are one of the top ranked  accessible cities in North America for public transportation, and yet we have one of the least conducive road systems for cars.    At the same time we are wasting potential billions in economic potential by devoting a majority of space downtown to car infrastructure.  As if that wasn’t enough, our great city is only feet above a sea that is rising year after year due to the disastrous effects of global warming.  Mayor Menino famously said ‘the car is no longer king in Boston’ well my friends I am here to tell you, the king is dead.  We will no longer waste hundreds of millions of dollars supporting a technology that is killing us, wasting our money, and destroying the future for our children.

At which point I have to tell you the room went a little nuts. After people calmed down Walsh went on to detail a sensible plan of restrictions on car travel in the down town area. Starting with a congestion charge of 75$ a day to drive into the city. At the same time parking will be raised to 20$ an hour, and most on street parking will be eliminated in favor of wider sidewalks, bike lanes, dedicated bus/cab lanes, and green space.

The money raised will go to improvements in the T and bus infrastructure. There will still be access for people with disabilities who rely on cars for travel, including better placement of handicap parking spaces closer to entrances to buildings, and better curb treatment for people in wheel chairs, and pedestrians.

Walsh also detailed plans to return many of the side streets to “people powered” boulevards, where only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed. He showed images of the popular people only areas that NYC has recently installed.

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Special delivery depots will be developed for centralized delivery of goods to businesses, and electrically assisted delivery bikes will be hired to take items to their final destination.

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It was a real tour-de-force of fact based planning. Citing study after study that showed that cars were dangerous, bad for the economy, and bad for the people driving them, and directly leading to the death of dozens of people every year. He went on to say:

As April approaches you would have to be a fool to continue to believe that we can continue with business as usual and avert the catastrophic results of relying on internal combustion fueled automobiles. We must change to a human based model of planning, for our own health, for the health of our economy, and for the health of our planet. As such I plan to remove cars from our downtown, replace them with vibrant public transportation, bike lanes, better walking infrastructure, and to reclaim the wasted space dedicated to cars to fuel economic development. Thank you.

Copenhagen’s Car-free streets & Slow-speed zones from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The crowd was on their feet, cheering. I stuck around after trying to get to talk to Mayor Walsh, but he had ducked out surrounded by cyclists wanting to shake his hand. It was a good night, and I left feeling hopeful about the future.


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Boston Bike Update, TONIGHT!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 31

Even though the weather is horrible, go check this out!

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Tonight is the night.
Join hundreds of people who care about safer streets in Boston at the 6th Annual Boston Bike Update at the Great Hall in Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston. Get your questions answered from Director of Boston Bikes Nicole Freedman. LivableStreets hosts this event for the City of Boston and the Boston Bikes Program.
RSVP
5:00 - Bike valet opens
5:45 - Doors open, see map of Faneuil Hall
6:15 - Presentations begin
8:00 - Q&A begins
9:00 - Event ends
9-10 - After Party at Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall

 

If you care about biking in Boston you don’t want to miss this event.
Can’t make it? Follow live tweeting and ask your question to Nicole using #BostonBikeUpdate.

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