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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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Passport To Summer Bike Fun!

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

From the email:

Would you like to get to know more of your biking neighbors and their favorite sites and streets this summer? 
 
Join Dot Bike, Roxbury Rides, Mattapan Food & Fitness, Quincycles, and  Rozzie Rides for the 2017 Neighborhood Ride Series with I Bike Boston and the Boston Alliance for Community Health. 
 

 
Ride with Us! All are Welcome!
 
Starting on Saturday, May 20th, the Neighborhood Ride Series will bring area residents together for an introduction to a different neighborhood by bicycle each month. The Neighborhood Ride Series is a women-organized series seeking to foster the participation of communities not typically seen in mainstream bike culture. Rides are appropriate for ages 16+ (under 16 with parent present). Helmets are required for all participants.
 
Win Cool Stuff
 
Get your Neighborhood Ride Series Passport stamped as you enjoy all 5 of the rides across South Metro-Boston this summer. For every ride you complete you will be entered to win great prizes from local businesses!
 
For More Info
 
 
Please help us to spread the word by including the Neighborhood Ride Series on your organization’s calendar, forwarding this email, and sharing via social media using the images attached and hashtags #IBikeBoston and #BikeYourHood
 
We can’t wait to ride with you!
 
Lynn, Vivian, Michelle, Irene, and Jessica
 

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Make Way For Bike Lanes Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

Ride with us to tell the City of Boston it’s time to Make Way for (protected) Bike Lanes!
Join us Sunday, April 23rd for a bike ride around (& around & around…) the Boston Public Garden to demonstrate to the City of Boston that we need safe bike facilities connecting our neighborhoods, paths, and parks NOW! 
 
In 2012 the City of Boston created a plan for protected bike lanes around the Public Garden, and then chose not to implement that plan. We’ve been waiting over 5 years for a safe, low-stress bike route around the Public Garden. Now, the City’s recently released Go Boston 2030 Action Plan proposes protected bike lanes around part of the Public Garden within the next 5 years, and the rest being built in the next 12 years.
We can’t afford to wait another 5-12 years for a safe, low-stress route connecting our neighborhoods, paths and parks. It’s time to tell the City to make way for bike lanes, NOW! Our ride will demonstrate that there is not only enough space to build protected bike lanes, but there is also desire and demand within the community.
Meet us at Copley Square at 2pm, and we’ll ride to the Public Garden at 2:30. We’ll do laps around the Garden from 2:30pm-4:00pm. Feel free to ride as much or as little as you want, and hang out at the corners of the Garden to cheer on your friends!
This ride is named after the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” because it perfectly illustrates how the roads surrounding the Public Garden feel dangerous and uncomfortable for most people since they encourage high motor vehicle speeds.
Following the ride we’ll go to Cheers on Beacon Street.
Click here for more information about the ride (including duck costume suggestions.)
Make Way for Bike Lanes
Sunday April 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
Meet at Copley Square at 2, depart Copley at 2:30
Water station at the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street

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Historic Middlesex Canal Bike Tour – Saturday April 1st

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:

Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

 

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association will present its spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18th century.  Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown.  In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.

 

The ride will depart from the Lowell Train Station shortly before 11AM. You can take your bicycle on the 10 AM train from North Station which arrives in Lowell at 10:43. (Riders can also board at West Medford at10:11 or just meet at Lowell Station). There sill also be an early group that will take the 8:00AM train from North Station to allow more time in Lowell and breakfast at the historic Owl Diner, aka the Four Sisters.  Route visits the Pawtucket and other Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.

Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica.  Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$10.00 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.

The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists.  Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts  (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.

The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383, [email protected]) and Dick Bauer (857-540-6293, [email protected]) of  the Middlesex Canal Commission . Helmets required.  Steady rain cancels.
For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org


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4/29 Is The Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 27

From the email:

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The Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! project will be hosting a Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum on Saturday, April 29th in Dudley Square. This event is meant to bring together Boston residents to connect, share, learn and envision what biking could be in our neighborhoods.
The save the date is below (and attached) and a link to the Facebook event can be found here. Please share as you see fit and stay tuned for more details.


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