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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From MassBike:

 

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Photo courtesy of Mass in Motion

Big news this week when the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC) met in Boston. At the meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of up to $5 million for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The program provides competitive funds to cities and towns to create streets that are safe and welcoming for all users. Led by MPHA and MAPC, MassBike and other advocates succeeded in incorporating the program and its funding into the Transportation Bond Bill passed in April. But MassDOT still had to budget the money, and now they have – thank you MassDOT! 

The HTC was created by the 2009 transportation reform law and requires the Secretaries of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Energy and Environment (and the agencies under their supervision) to work together to get more people walking and biking in Massachusetts. Last year, the HTC added the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recognizing the link between land use decisions and healthy transportation options. 

MassBike’s Jimmy Pereira at the DSNI Playway

 

Imagine what it would be like to have a street dedicated to bicycling and walking. This street is not a shared bike lane. It is a neighborhood block with houses and open spaces for play and community engagement.

What you are picturing is a playway. Playways are temporary street closures in a residential neighborhood that get community members, especially kids, active. Playways utilize street spaces for people rather than cars. They can be done in many places, from dense urban areas to suburban and rural towns.

Although playways might sound like just another simple, fun event, they have a serious purpose. They create opportunities for activities and exercise, rally communities around open spaces, and connect neighborhoods. Playways allow children to be creative with play. Of course we especially love playways because they promote bicycling to all generations. In addition, by virtue of their simplicity, playways are sustainable in a way that other neighborhood events, such as carnivals, are not. 

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What does it mean to be a MassBike member?

 It means you have joined us at any one of our membership levels to support our programs, such as our Bikeable Communities Program that works with local advocates to improve bicycling conditions in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. It also means that you can bring your MassBike member card to many local businesses and bike shops throughout the state for a discount.

Join today to support this important work and get access to an exciting array of membership benefits statewide.

 

Organizers of the 9th Annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a cycling habit to submit their work to be shown October 24, 2014, at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. Film submissions are due September 1, 2014. The event is a fundraiser for state-wide and national cycling advocacy groups, including MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs. Film concepts from last year’s festival ranged from a young man attempting re-learn to ride, to an animated film about a cute bike that moves in next door, a couple of international documentaries, and everything in between. Among the benefits for acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of audiences who are intrigued and influential to the quality of cycling nationwide. So Come Pedal Your Film! And see the next generation of cycling films!

 Contact The Boston Bike Film Festival or visit them online.

A restful stop along the route.

On August 7-10 we rode the 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour, and as usual it was a lot of fun. We started in Shirley, MA and went through many picturesque towns. Every day seemed to reveal landscape and scenery more beautiful than the last.

Each year we especially enjoy the feeling of community we get from spending time with so many dedicated cyclists during the tour. We see familiar faces along with fresh ones. We greet old friends and meet new bicycling enthusiasts and advocates.

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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Boston Bikes:

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Last Bike Friday of the Year!

Kick off your Labor Day weekend this Friday morning by riding to City Hall Plaza and enjoying breakfast with us! Bike in on your own or join a convoy from all over Greater Boston. And, a special challenge for the last BikeFriday this summer: Recruit a friend or colleague to come with you! Don’t forget to tell us you’re coming! Free breakfast will be provided by our friends at Boloco, Larabar, and Iggy’s Bread of the World!

This month we have a new Mattapan/Dorchester/Roxbury Convoy! Complete details on all convoys can be found here.

Photo credit: Lee Toma


Work With Us

We are seeking applicants to join our team of Youth Cycling Instructors. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/


Bikes Lanes Coming Soon!

We’ve been working hard to get new bike lanes in the ground! Keep your eyes open for new lanes in these neighborhoods / on these streets:

East Boston: Maverick St, Border St, Marginal St, Orleans St, Jeffries St
Mattapan: Ballou Ave, Willowood St, Woodrow Ave, Walk Hill St
South Boston: West 4th St, Dorchester Ave, Albany St
West Roxbury: Baker St, VFW Parkway

There are several other streets that are in design and will hopefully be coming soon!


Vote for the Next Hubway Unicorn

Earlier this month Hubway put out a call for design ideas to be considered in the #HubwayEveryday Bike Design Contest, and five finalists have been selected. Now it’s your turn to decide which one will be turned into a limited edition, one-of-a-kind, “unicorn” Hubway bike.

Click here to view the finalists and cast your vote.

When you vote, you can also enter for a chance to win a free Annual Hubway Membership!

Voting will run through Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, at11:59pm ET, and you can only vote once. The winning design will become the newest ride in Hubway’s fleet of more than 1300 bikes. Place your vote now!


Boston’s First Women’s Festival a Success!

Boston Bikes held New England’s first-ever women’s bike ride & festival earlier this month in Millennium Park. Over 150 women enjoyed riding together, learning new skills, and celebrating with live music, food and fun. It was inspiring to see so many women on bikes, and the happy faces at the finish line brightened an already gorgeous day. Count on watching this event grow and improve every year! We want to thank our generous sponsors including Boloco, Larabar, Hubway, Zipcar, Rialto, Bern, Landry’s, Ferris Wheels, Equal Exchange, the Museum of Science, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and Whole Foods. We’re also incredibly grateful to our partners who led clinics or contributed volunteers to the event, including the Luna Chix, the Boston Cyclists Union, Hubway, and the Boston Bike Party.

And finally, we want to extend a special thanks to Gary and Maureen Briere of River’s Edge Cycling, who provided instrumental logistical support in organizing this event. River’s Edge produces the annual Berkshires to Boston ride, which is coming up in September. There’s still time to register ride, or join River’s Edge for a day as a volunteer.

Pictured above: City Councilor Ayanna Pressley sending off 150+ riders on the first-annual Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival.


Mark Your Calendars: Mayor’s Cup & Hub On Wheels

Mark your calendar to come down to City Hall Plaza onSaturday, September 20th for the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. Enjoy the Boloco Block Party and watch professional cyclists race around downtown Boston. The next day, experience the city on two wheels as part of Hub on Wheels, riding on a car-free Storrow Drive and discovering Boston on a 10, 30, or 50-mile route. And, new this year, you can select to have a portion of your entry fee donated to supporting Boston Bikes programs!More info.


ReadBoston Launches BookBike

Earlier this summer we helped the Boston Public Library launch the Bibliocycle, a mobile library powered by bike. We’re proud to also announce the launch of ReadBoston’s BookBike, a bike-powered trailer that brings books out to ReadBoston’s Storymobile program, which seeks to increase literacy and distribute books in Boston. Click here to see a video about the new trailer.


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Volunteer Parking Bikes At Fenway Then Get To Watch The Game!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 12

Did you know you can ride your bike to Red Sox Games?  Did you know MassBike will vallet park them for you? Did you know you can volunteer to help park bikes and also get to watch the game!  Not only that if you volunteer enough hours you will get a free membership to MassBike which gets you even more cool stuff!

 

From MassBike:

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Bike Parking

Did you park your bike with us at Fenway Park on July 19th or July 20th? If so you were one of the many who took advantage of the free Valet Bicycle Parking for Bike to the Ballpark. The launch of this program was a big hit, and we are extremely pleased to announce that MassBike is continuing to partner with the Boston Red Sox through our Valet Bicycle Parking service for #biketotheballpark.

Now through September, every Saturday and Sunday home game will offer this convenient, free way to arrive at the ballpark. Coast in, hand your bike to one of our trained staff, and enjoy some baseball. When you are done cheering on the Sox, come back, claim your bike, and ride away.

If you have tickets for this weekend’s August 2nd or August 3rd game, ride your bike and avoid the expensive parking lot down the road. After all, not only is it free to park your bike with us, the Valet Bicycle Parking offers the closest parking to Fenway during a game. In other words, if you Bike to the Ballpark this weekend, you can get the best parking and it costs nothing.

The MassBike free Valet Bicycle Parking is located by Gate D, at the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. It is best to approach Fenway Park on your bike from the Boylston Street side of Fenway.

For any questions about Valet Bicycle Parking, please contact [email protected] or call 617-542-2453 (BIKE).

We’ll see you at the game!

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Bikes parked by MassBike staff and volunteers at Fenway Park

We are so pleased to be working with the Red Sox by offering Valet Bicycle Parking at Fenway Park. Now, we need some enthusiastic volunteers to help us before the game. If you want to hang out at Fenway, support Massachusetts cyclists, and even get to see some of the game, please contact us today.

Volunteers help with setup, parking bikes, getting cyclists to the parking area, and ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for users. After your shift, you will get a special volunteer pass so you can catch some of the game. 

We need immediate help for the upcoming games.

Saturday, August 16: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Sunday, August 17: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

During your shift, you’ll have the chance to take a break. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary – we will train you.

If you are interested, please email [email protected] for more information. If you can’t help out on the 16th and 17th, email [email protected]to ask about other Fenway Park Bike Valet opportunities.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.


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Boston’s First Ever Women’s Bike Ride And Festival!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 08

This is pretty awesome, most research shows that when less “risk adverse” groups feel safe doing something it means that it is starting to be perceived as a more mainstream activity.  Hurray for everyone riding bikes!

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From the City:

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Register now for our hallmark women’s event of the season, the Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, Saturday August 16th. Save $10 by registering before 11:59 pm on 8/8. Use code EARLYBIKE.

This celebration of women on bikes will be New England’s largest all-women’s ride and festival, and will feature scenic 10, 30, and 50 mile rides, skills clinics, family activities, music, an expo with bike-friendly companies, and more! Seasoned commuters, occasional cyclists, new riders, and kids are all welcome to participate in the event.

Join for just the ride or take part in a workshop taught by some of the best pro cyclists in the area to get tips on mountain biking, commuting, mechanics and more.

Adult learn-to-ride clinics will be offered for new riders or those who can’t remember the last time they were on a bike.

Register now!

Discounted registration is available to low-income Boston residents.

And men on bikes – we love you too! Please join the festival as volunteers, or to cheer on the women in your lives as they take part in the ride.

Please email [email protected] or call 617-918-4343 for more information on discounted registration or to volunteer.


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Don’t Let The City Get Away With Half Ass’ing The Design For The New Comm. Ave.

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 06

Its crazy considering how many pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport user are on Comm. Ave CONSTANTLY that the city wouldn’t spend more time trying to make it safe for all road users.  Follow the links below to let the Mayor know that this project needs to be a high priority.

From Livable Streets:

Did you see the paper this weekend?

Our work together to make a #SaferCommAve for everyone made the front page of Saturday’sBoston Globe, and was featured in Boston Magazine on Monday.

This media highlights that the redesign of Comm Ave is one of the most important projects in Boston right now, because it impacts so many people who live in or travel through our city.

Yet, the City says that they can’t make any major changes to current designs for Comm Ave because they’re “busy with other projects.” This redesign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the street better for everyone to use. Help make sure the City makes improvements a priority.

Click here to tell Mayor Walsh that the City must prioritize making Comm Ave safer for everyone to use.

The City also claims that “
we have to be careful we’re not creating a safety problem” with the Comm Ave redesign. We completely agree.That’s why we’re calling for changes like slower speeds, protected bike lanes, and wider sidewalks to keep all people safe and comfortable on the street.



Jamie

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OH MY GOD! Can We Please Have This Right Now!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

In Stockholm they have a lottery for good drivers funded by the fines given to bad drivers!  THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER!

 

Dear city of Boston,

Please please please set up a system by which citizens can submit fun ideas to help make the city better, and then DO THEM!

<3 Boston Biker

Via the star:
The winning idea of the fun theory award, The Speed Camera Lottery, is tested on the streets in Stockholm, Sweden.

The winning idea of the fun theory award, The Speed Camera Lottery, is tested on the streets in Stockholm, Sweden.

The mere mention of photo radar can set motorists’ teeth gnashing, but what if a portion of the money collected from speeders went into a lottery for law-abiding drivers?

Lifted your foot off the pedal a bit?

Meet the Speed Camera Lottery designed by Kevin Richardson: Senior Producer at Nickelodeon by day and innovative traffic controller by night.

“All the attention seems to go on the bad apples – the people who are breaking the law – and there’s really no attention given to the people obeying the law,” said Richardson in an interview with the Star. “In fact, I would posit that obeying the law is a pretty lonely endeavour.”

Richardson’s speed camera photographs the licence plates of drivers doing the speed limit, as well as those who are speeding.

“The people who are obeying the law will have one of their licence plates pulled (in a lottery) and receive a portion of the money collected from those who were speeding,” explains Richardson.

Earlier this year, the Speed Camera Lottery won The Fun Theory contest. Devised by advertising agency DDB for Volkswagen, the contest challenges inventors to solve a social problem, such as littering and speed-limit adherence, in a way that is, well, enjoyable.

Remember last year’s Internet hit the Piano Staircase? It’s that competition.

Richardson, a father of three who lives in San Francisco, was inspired to create the Speed Camera Lottery after seeing three children struck by cars while riding their bikes.

“Applying the Fun Theory to traffic safety, I asked myself: Could we get drivers to slow down through fun?”

It seems the answer is yes.

Richardson’s design was placed on a street in Stockholm in an experiment that ended in November. The average speed of traffic on the street before the experiment was 32 kilometres per hour. The average speed during the experiment was 25 km/h, a 22 per cent reduction.

“This is a really positive thing – drive legally and earn money. Perfect!” one motorist is heard saying on a Fun Theory video.

One lucky motorist received a $20,000 krona ($3,000) cheque.


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Action Alert: Help Move Bill Before Legislative Session Ends!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 31

From MassBike:

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We have a chance to move the bike lane protection bill forward this week!

One of the bills we filed in the Massachusetts Legislature in January 2013 has a chance to move forward, but we need your help before midnight Thursday.


The Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes (S 1640)
 protects bicyclists by prohibiting motor vehicle operators from parking in on-street paths or lanes designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or placing the vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the safety and passage of bicyclists. Motorists frequently endanger bicyclists by parking in bicycle lanes, forcing bicyclists to merge into traffic. There is currently no applicable state law, and some communities are passing local ordinances that will result in inconsistent rules and enforcement unless statewide action is taken. (Click here for the full text of the bill.)

This is not a theoretical problem – we all encounter it every day on roads across Massachusetts. Just this week, we heard about a bicyclist being attacked by a motorist after complaining that he was parked in a bike lane.

The bill was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Transportation, and has been sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We want to get it out of Ways and Means this week!


It would significantly increase the chances of passing the bill this year if we can get it approved by Ways and Means before the formal session ends on Thursday.

We need you to do the following TODAY or TOMORROW:
    1. Call or email your State Senator ask that he or she ask Senator Stephen Brewer, chair of Ways and Means, to approve S 1640.
    2. If your Senator is one of the sponsors of the bill or is on the Ways and Means Committee, it is especially important that you contact them:

 

Sponsors:

Committee Members:

  1. CC [email protected] on your emails, or send us a message telling us who you contacted.
  2. Share this Action Alert with your friends!
Don’t know who your State Senator is? Find out here.

We’re sorry to report that the other bill we filed in this session, the Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users (S 1639) would have added legal protection for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, and other vulnerable users of the road. Unfortunately, that bill was “sent to study” by the Joint Committee on Transportation, which means it is effectively dead for this session. A new legislative session begins in January, and we will decide whether to refile the bill or take other action at that time.

Sincerely,

David Watson

Executive Director

MassBike


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If You Want To Empower African American Children, Give Them A Bicycle

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 16

I thought this article from Grist was pretty good.  Its a model followed by Bikes Not Bombs, also Boston Bikes, and Hub on wheels.  All to great results.  I would go one further and say that if you want to empower anyone give them a bicycle.  Its basically free/low cost transportation, and in a city like Boston that could be the difference between being able to take a job or not.  Also having a bicycle saves you a significant amount of money on T-passes, gas, insurance, etc, which is also very important to lower income people.

Not only that but the sense of empowerment can go a long way towards giving people the confidence to thrive when they may be facing challenges.

 

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Cycling has a reputation for being a white man’s sport, hobby, and mode of transportation. It’s an image rooted in truth — white people accounted for about 80 percent of the cycling population in the U.S. as of 2009 — but it’s far from a complete picture. From 2001 to 2009, the rates of cycling among African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians grew far more than among whites.

Ed Ewing is working hard to keep that trend going. He’s the director of diversity and inclusion for the Cascade Bicycle Club and co-founder of the Major Taylor Project, a program that uses cycling to empower underserved youth in the Seattle area. The program is named after Major Taylor, the first African-American to win a cycling world championship race.

Ed Ewing.
Cascade Bicycle Club
Ed Ewing.

I sat down with Ewing at his office to talk about his work, his history in bike racing, racism he’s experienced as an African American cyclist, the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity in cycling and bike advocacy, and much more. Through the course of our conversation, Ewing dove deep. He discussed the systemic issues of race and discrimination, policies like neighborhood redlining, and poverty that shape the lives of the students he works — and he explained how cycling is connected to all of it.

Read the rest of this nice article here.


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