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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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DCR Public Meeting On 6/27 RE: Morrissey Blvd Redesign

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

From 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 Morrissey Boulevard Redesign for Reconstruction
 
Tuesday, June 27, 20176:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Leahy Holloran Community Center 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 
 
At this public meeting, DCR will present, and obtain feedback on, 25% design plans for reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard. These plans will address the full length of the project. 
 
The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. The public will be invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of of Tuesday, July 18, 2017
 
Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. 
 
If you have questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email [email protected] or call 617-626-4973

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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

From the email:

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What’s happening

3 reasons to sign up for Tour de Streets today

TourdeStreets.jpgTour de Streets is LivableStreets’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and – more importantly – it’s a ton of fun! Here are three reasons to sign up today to join us on September 9th:

  1. The location is amazing. With views of the Boston skyline, a playground, skate park and beautiful patio to enjoy live music and delicious BBQ after your ride, can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in September?

  2. It honors lives lost to traffic crashes. Tour de Streets celebrates the life and spirit of Bob Zeeb, along with other members of our Metro Boston community whose lives have been lost to traffic crashes.

  3. It’s a great way to show your friends why you care about our streets. You can create a team and get your friends and family involved. Plus anyone who donates $25 or more gets a ticket to the BBQ!

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Welcome to our summer interns!

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We are excited to welcome a great group of summer interns who are contributing to important initiatives like the Emerald Network and Better Buses. Learn more about our summer staff here!


Support the omnibus road safety bill

unnamed.jpgOn June 13, members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalitiontestified in support of elements of An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (S1905/H2877) – an omnibus road safety bill – at the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation hearing. If the bill is reported favorably by this committee, it will be sent on to the Ways and Means Committee in both the Senate and the House to determine if the Commonwealth has the means to enact such a law. Thereafter, the bill would go to a general vote, at which point your input with your local lawmakers becomes even more important. Please consider submitting written testimony in support of this bill.


Take the Sullivan Square Safe Streets Survey

Sullivan-Square-1.pngWe want to hear from you! Fill out the Sullivan Square Safe Streets survey. Employers along the Sullivan Square/Rutherford Ave corridor and transportation advocacy organizations are seeking to create safer places for walking, biking, transit and driving in the area. Fill out this survey to help us prioritize locations and safety issues – tell us which areas are most problematic and what would make your commute better! Survey link: https://goo.gl/forms/jKO5OH9ERy3kITKr1


Wins

Beacon Street Vision Zero meeting

beaconstmap_arlingtontomass-01.pngOn June 12th, the Boston Transportation Department presented their preferred design for Beacon Street in the Back Bay, a Vision Zero priority corridor. The proposed improvements include leading pedestrian intervals at crossings, removing a lane of vehicular traffic, adding a one-way parking protected bikeway, daylighting, and more.

Before June 30th, please review the plan for yourself, email [email protected] to submit feedback, and take BTD’s bike connectivity survey to advocate for improved network connections on adjacent streets. BTD will present a final design in September, and the project will hopefully be implemented before the end of 2017.

LivableStreets is working with our Vision Zero partners to deploy Street Ambassadors post-implementation to educate the public on how to properly use this new infrastructure. Interested in helping us spread the word? Reach out to Andrew at [email protected].


Silver Line “Better Bus” pilot has ended

SilverLine_BRT.jpgThank you to all of our amazing partners and Street Ambassadors who teamed up for BostonBRT‘s Silver Line Better Bus Experience. After watching bus after bus board passengers quickly and efficiently, it was clear that all-door boarding is critical to improving transit in the Boston area. LivableStreets will be reporting back on feedback and data collected during this demonstration. Also, BostonBRT will soon announce selections for its RFP process, and LivableStreets will continue to advocate for better service system-wide.

Want to see future improvements on your bus? Get involved in our Better Buses initiative, and join us for this month’s Advocacy Committee meeting on June 28th to brainstorm strategy.


Opportunities

The Boston Cyclists Union is hiring!

Boston_Cyclists_Union_logo.pngThe Boston Cyclists Union is looking to hire a Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator to manage the Dudley Bike Workshop and the Bike to Market Program. To learn more and apply, click here.


MassDOT is hiring a Complete Streets engineer!

MassDOT-Formal_Logo.jpgMassDOT is hiring a Complete Streets engineer. Spread the word so they can find great candidates. To view the job description and apply, click here.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates September 14, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: CITY OF BOSTON Vision Zero Update NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations September 13, 2017
      TweetHubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this … Continue reading →
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    • Squirrel Head Badge Installed August 30, 2017
      One of my customers sent this awesome picture of my squirrel head badge installed on a bicycle. I think it looks awesome! Continue reading →
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    • Your Hard Work Paid Off! August 23, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: ————–   We emailed, we called, we showed up – and we won! Due to the tremendous support for protected bicycle lanes over the past 3 weeks–in emails, calls, and in-person testimonies–on Monday, August 7, the City Council … Continue reading →
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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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