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Paris To Exclude Cars For One Day

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

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For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.

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Timed to coincide with a United Nations climate conference and European Mobility Week, the move is partially a display of possibilities for car-free cities as well as a statement about the environment. The 1st through 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements (city sections) will all participate; monuments and gathering spaces such as the Champs Élysées, the Bastille, and the Eiffel Tower are included as well. (via)

 

Oh how I wish we could do this, even for one day, even once a year, pretty please with cycling on top can we exclude all cars from the city for one day?!?!?


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Put Your Street On A Road Diet

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.

 

more info here.


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Ghost Bike For Anita Kurmann

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 19

A ghost bike will be placed where Anita Kurmann was killed by a driver in a truck last week.  The memorial will be Thursday Aug 20th at 6:30pm at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Beacon st.


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The Personal Recording Device Revolution, Or How To Catch An Asshole Bus Driver

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 15

With the well documented and tragic results of large vehicles getting too close to cyclists, this video should get someone fired.

 

From one of our own awesome BostonBiker.org bloggers Bicycle Canticles.

These personal recording devices, like GoPro, and cell phones are helping to bring clarity to situations that would otherwise be a “he said, she said” situation.  But this is damning video evidence of dangerous behavior by a clearly unqualified bus driver.  And I can say from personal experience that nearly identical things have happened to me multiple times from bus drivers, I was never able to get this sort of damning video evidence of it though.

 

More examples, here, here, here, and here.


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Somerville Approves Neighborways Improvements

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

An interesting proposal for improving the streets of Somerville.   From the email.

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Dear Somerville Cyclists,

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Somerville has approved a Neighborways program.  Neighborways use paint and planters to create a hybrid playground/bike/ walk street.  While City approved, funding and implementation is completely up to we-the-people.  We hope to execute a substantial pilot in the next three weeks (before Labor Day). Our first big event is an amazing street painting this Saturday.  We could really use some help this weekend and beyond:

Painters!  If you’ve done any house painting and know how wield a brush we could use you.  If you have experience painting murals, we will worship the ground you walk on (maybe can drum up a stipend for a muralist if you know one).   Our first mural will hopefully be painted this Saturday (weather permitting).

Neighborhorways porch-presenters. Our model is to get everyone on our blocks involved.  Lots of beers on porches.  I need someone to hang with neighbors for an hour or so and talk up the benefits of Neighborways.

Midnight painting crew– have you ever seen people painting the bike lanes in the middle of the night?  We’ll be doing that!  If you don’t mind being up late, please join us for some serious tactical urbanism.

As I mentioned this coming Saturday we’ll hopefully be painting a mural.  There’s a myriad of small things that would help out if your free–  organizing music, buying food (we’ll provide cash for that), helping keep small kids out of the paint and setting up tables for workers, taking photographs and video footage of the event.

If you’re interested in helping, please let me know what interests you the most.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

The latest from Bikes Not Bombs:

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Cycloville Video Premiere
Film screening at Ride Studio Cafe

Join Bikes Not Bombs on Wednesday, August 26thfrom 7-9pm at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA for a celebration of our new international partner,Cycloville, in Nairobi, Kenya.

We will be releasing a 6-minute documentary about Cycloville’s work supporting the local cycling industry and training young mechanics in bike shops all over Nairobi. The documentary will begin at7:30pm with a short discussion and Q&A to follow. Drinks and snacks will be served. Check out thetrailer and RSVP to the Facebook Invite.

Earn-A-Bike graduates from Spring 2015
Applications open for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Adult Instructor Training

Our next session of Earn-A-Bike will be Oct 5th – Nov 5th meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. This program is co-ed and for 12-18 year olds, applytoday!

Fall Adult Instructor Training will be Sept 14th – 30th. This training will teach adults about basic bike mechanics and working with youth. After the training adults agree to volunteer at 1 day per week for at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. Learn more and apply on our website.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast!

Bikes Not Bombs’ 5th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Thursday, October 15th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. There will be a Table Captain info session and training onWednesday, August 12th from 6-7pm. Please contact[email protected] if you are interested.

We're outgrowing our spaces!
Space Visioning

Several of our programs are finding it difficult to achieve their goals because of space constraints and/or the location of our facilities. We are thinking of making some changes and need your input!

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey beforeAugust 12th.

Stop by the Shop!
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

Mon 8/10 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 8/13 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Wed 8/19 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Please be on time for the clinics.

The Shop will be closed and Tool Time canceled onSeptember 7th for Labor Day.

We're having an apparel sale!
We’ve got so many jerseys!

On Sunday August 16th, BNB will host an apparel sale for the donated clothing, new and used, that we’ve received. The sale will be at the BNB Hub from 7pm – 8:30pm and all proceeds will help cover the costs of attending the Youth Bike Summit in 2016. Jerseys, riding shorts and a limited selection of cold weather gear will be available. All items are priced $5-$20, bring cash and tell your friends!

Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month – Martinas Andruis

Martinas Andruis first got involved at Bikes Not Bombs 5 years ago. Martinas was interested in affordable housing as a right, and says that similarly all people should have access to a bicycle. Martinas is a regular at our Thursday Volunteer Nights, and helped load our last two shipments. When we are understaffed we’ve asked Martinas to step up to help lead part of the work. Outside of BNB he’s an artist doing custom painting. Thanks Martinas!

News Outside of BNB

Boston GreenFest – Learn how to have a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and yourself! The largest multicultural environmental music festival is back August 21st – 23rd.

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday August 28th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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More Bikes Than Cars!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 03

For the last 7 or so work days I have noticed that on my morning commute, there are significantly more cyclists than their are motorists.  The insane part of it is, the cars still take up vastly more room.

You will pull up to a red light and see 10 cyclists crammed into the tiniest little area, and next to them 3 people in cars taking up the entire road.  The light changes green and all the cyclists cram into a narrow bike lane (happily I might add), while the 3 or 4 cars struggle to find room on roads clogged with on street parking and construction.

There are two lessons I have learned form this.

1.  WE ARE WINNING!  Cycling is clearing a preferable form of transportation, this is due to many peoples hard work promoting cycling infrastructure and education.

2. Driving a car is about the dumbest way to get to work.  If you don’t have a really good reason, leave the 4 wheel vehicle at work, dust off that bicycle, and join the crowd!

Have you seen an uptick in the number of cyclists on your commute?  Have you noticed that you are outnumbering cars?  Let me know in the comments.


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Help Make Dot Ave Better For Cycling July 30th

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Attend this meeting and let your voice be heard!

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Do you ride your bicycle on Dorchester Ave. through South Boston? Do you want to see stronger and safer infrastructure for biking and walking there?

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is launching a process to create a new vision and plan for the Dorchester Ave. corridor area in South Boston that includes this and much more. Residents, property owners, business owners, community and civic groups are invited to this open house event to learn more about the study, the area, and how to get involved.

Show up, speak up!

Meeting Details:

Open House: South Boston – Dorchester Avenue Corridor Study

Thurs., July 30, 5pm – 8pm

Iron Workers Local 7 Building

195 Old Colony Ave.

South Boston

 


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The Word On The Street

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    • Paris To Exclude Cars For One Day August 31, 2015
      Tweet   For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Is Improving Dangerous Mass. Ave. Intersection August 31, 2015
      TweetAs I noted before, the intersection is definitely under construction. A protected bike lane, signs calling for turning motorists to yield to pedestrians and cyclists, and optimized traffic signals are some of the improvements coming to the Boston intersection where … Continue reading →
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    • The Responsibilities of Businesses with Drivers August 30, 2015
      TweetSharing a couple of encounters from the past week, one with a Hubway van and another with a Uber driver. Hubway: Please educate your drivers. It’s their job to regularly pull over to park and balance the stations, they really really need … Continue reading →
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    • Mass. Ave. Intersection Repaved, No Lane Markings August 30, 2015
      TweetThe Mass. Ave. intersection at the base of the Mass. Ave. Bridge has been repaved, and all the street markings are gone. This, as you may recall, is the scene of the recent hit and run that killed Anita Kurmann. … Continue reading →
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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.  
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    • Put Your Street On A Road Diet August 28, 2015
      TweetFrom Jeff Speck and his campaign to slim down our roads.   more info here.
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    • Cars…Not So Good August 26, 2015
      Tweet NPR reported today that Boston ranks 6th!  Sixth!   Sadly it isn’t “Awesome Cities”, it was Cities with the highest level of time wasted in traffic.  We didn’t get here by accident.  It was years of decisions, choices we … Continue reading →
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    • Help Hubway Decide Where To Expand Next August 24, 2015
      TweetFrom The City: Since Hubway’s last expansion in Boston, we’ve received over 33,000 suggestions for station locations. Based on that input and consultation with community-based organizations, we have developed a range of station options for our 2015 expansion. We have … Continue reading →
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    • Where should Hubway go next? August 24, 2015
      TweetBoston Bikes wants input on expansion of Hubway bike dock stations in Boston.  Fill out the survey to help place new stations in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury/Franklin Park, and South Boston.  Looks like the Hubway bike network will be even … Continue reading →
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