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Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 08

From the email:

Hello Quincyclists,

I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us!
Register here:
This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling Education Course is a fast-paced, two-day class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists.

Join us Saturday, April 7, 10a-1pm for an indoor session, and Sunday, April 8, 10am-1pm for an outdoor session on the bike and a written test. Participants MUST take both days to participate.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in the craft and science of bicycling — the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various highway, climate, terrain, and traffic conditions.

The bicycling education program was started in 1974, and continues to be the only nationally recognized cycling education program with trained and certified instructors.

Traffic Skills 101 is the foundation of the program. It provides instruction and guidance in the basic principles of vehicular bicycling. Bicyclists have more fun when they ride with skill and confidence. This course combines classroom discussion and parking lot activities with on-road practice of the principles of vehicular bicycling. The instructor for this course is certified by the League of American Bicyclists and has years of experience and training.

If you are interested in becoming a League Certified Instructor this course is a prerequisite. That course will be offered in May.  Please let us know if you are interested!

Keep pedaling,

Irene Lutts
President
Quincycles.org

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Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

BOSTON’S NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY FESTIVAL ONFRIDAY, MAY 19TH!
A collage of photos from last year’s Bike to Work Day festival.

Celebrate Bike Month at Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival! This year’s event will again be full of bike-friendly exhibitors. Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza will offer riders free breakfast.

Join your neighbors on convoys headed to Boston City Hall for the festival on Friday, May 19th. They come from all across the greater-Boston area and are a great way to make new friends or get used to riding downtown. Sign up today to volunteer to lead a convoy near you!

We’re bringing back our *reflective* Boston Bikes t-shirts in a new color! Register now or visit boston.gov/bike-to-work-day to get a preview of this year’s shirt, review convoy stops, request exhibit space, and more.

LEARN MORE REGISTER LEAD A CONVOY EXHIBIT
WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLASSES
A woman practices riding a bike as an instructor stands nearby and watches.

Our Women’s Learn-to-Ride classes are back this year! We’ll hold classes every month from May through September. Our free classes are taught by women and are for anyone who identifies as a woman. Our experienced staff and volunteers will help each participant gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep rolling! Bikes provided upon request. Review the schedule below and learn more at boston.gov/women-bike.

BASIC SKILLS
Basic Skills classes are perfect for those who have never learned to ride or need to brush up on basic skills.
SAT, MAY 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!WED, JUNE 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mattapan
Mildred Ave K-8 School
5 Mildred Ave
Register Now!TUES, JULY 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
East Boston
McKay School East Boston
122 Cottage St
Registration opens May 30
WED, AUG 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charlestown
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave, Parking Lot 1
Registration opens July 5SAT, SEPT 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5SAT, SEPT 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
INTRO TO STREET RIDING
Intro to Street Riding classes are for women who have the basic skills like starting, stopping and turning, but want to build their confidence riding on the street. They are generally held right after Basic Skills classes. If you are attending a preceding Basic Skills class, you do not need to register separately for the Intro to Street Riding.
SAT, MAY 13, 12:00 pm – 2:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!SAT, SEPT 16, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5
SAT, SEPT 30, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
BOSTON STUDENTS HAVE FUN, LEARN SKILLS
Students at the McKay School practice their riding skills during our Fall 2016 Youth Cycling Program session.

Our Youth Cycling Program in Boston Public Schools is off to a great start this spring! We teach bicycle skills to youth across the City. Students take part in lessons and fun activities, which help them build the skills they need to be confident while biking.

This spring, we’ll bring a fleet of bikes to 10 schools. By the end of the school year, we’ll have reached over 3,000 students. Since 2009, we’ve worked with over 35,000 Boston youth.

GET INVOLVED AT A PUBLIC MEETING
Residents give feedback on potential interventions at a public meeting about Beacon St.

Boston.gov, the City’s new website makes it easy for you to find out about events and meetings happening in your community. Visit boston.gov/transportation and scroll to the Upcoming Events section to learn more about transportation-related community meetings and events.

We hope you’ll join us at the Rutherford Ave meeting on May 18th. We anticipate public meetings about the South Bay Harbor Trail and Beacon Street soon. Once the details are finalized, we’ll add the information to the website.

As a reminder, you can get Vision Zero updates, including public meeting notices, in your inbox. Visit visionzeroboston.org/contact to join the general or project-specific mailing lists.


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Your Bad Driving Is The Reason Why Traffic Is So Bad

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 04

The main reason we have too much traffic, is because we have too many people driving cars…but it also has a lot to to do with the fact that people are horrible at driving.

Want a simple way to make your life a lot better? Stop driving your car to work!

Also, don’t blame cyclists we are speeding you up, not slowing you down.

Besides all the mental anguish people suffer from driving cars, there is the very real and very serious threat of climate change. It’s long past time when you could just close your eyes and do nothing, make your life better, make everyone’s life better, ride a bike!


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Somerville Educating Drivers With Electric Road Sign

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

I have been enjoying going past this road sign the last couple weeks, every couple days it has a new message for motorists.

A week or so ago it was explaining how bike boxes work, I didn’t get a picture of that.  Then after that it was telling people to look for bikes before they open their car doors….I didn’t get a picture of that either.

 

But I did get these ones.

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“Look for bikes before turning”

 

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“Bicycles can always use full travel lane”

 

Keep it up Somerville!


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October 25th 2-5PM “Reimagining Columbia Road” With Livable Streets

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 20

Livable Streets Alliance is hosting a workshop at Fairmount Innovation Lab in Uphams Corner. Come share your ideas for transforming the Columbia Road corridor into a more welcoming space for cyclists and pedestrians.

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The Word On The Street

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    • Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow? April 13, 2018
      TweetFrom Cambridge Bike Safety: The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • #30DaysofBiking Day 7 April 7, 2018
      TweetThis is better! A sunny, somewhat cool spring day. Me on my bike, my daughter on a trail-a-bike, and my son on his bike. We rode down the Southwest Corridor, stopped at Ula Cafe for lunch, rode over by Jamaica … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt should be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt shoudl be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • #30DaysofBiking Days 3,4,5, and 6 April 6, 2018
      TweetIt’s been cold, rainy, windy, and I’m not sleeping well. These days of biking are short rides on Hubway to get from here to there, head down, and shivering. This is not the joyous Days of Biking I signed up … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • #30DaysofBiking Day 2 April 3, 2018
      Tweet Easter Monday.  The first work day of April.  Today is the day I’m going to start riding my bike to work again! Or not.  Because it’s snowing.  And I’m tired and lazy. But every bit of biking counts no … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • #30DaysofBiking Day 1 April 2, 2018
      TweetI didn’t think I was going to go for a bike ride on Easter Sunday.  As tends to be my habit, I ride less and less in the winter time and then find it hard to get back into the … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Police Seek Driver Who Struck Cyclist In Hit And Run March 23, 2018
      Tweet Cambridge police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who allegedly struck a 14-year-old boy on the morning of March 15 and fled the scene. A silver Toyota Prius struck the boy around 7:22 a.m. that … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Pewter Cast “Gem” Earrings March 9, 2018
      Carved, cast and made these pewter (lead free) “gem” earrings.  They have a lovely faceted surface that catches the light and has a lot of depth and interesting texture.  My first real effort at making my own beads.  If you lik... Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Silver “Rock” Earrings March 9, 2018
        I carved and cast these silver “rock” earrings for my partner. The hardest part was getting those little jump rings soldered to the top of the “rock” without melting them or the rock…but I did it and she loved them. Continue reading →
      Boston Biker