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Hal9000 Teaches You About Unsafe Intersections

Written by Boston Biker on May 27

I love/am creeped out by, this guy doing his best Hal9000 impersonation. These intersections are horrible, and he does an amazing job of illustrating exactly why. Come on city of Boston, throw a little love (and money!) to the pedestrians and cyclists at these intersections! Hopefully their answer will not be “I am sorry Bikers, I can’t do that Bikers.”


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2015 Annual Rush Hour Race

Written by Boston Biker on May 12

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Come on bicycles!  We have had one victory, and one almost victory, but we all know that the fastest way around town is by bike.  But sometimes its fun to prove it.

After a year off the race is back for its third year.

from Bostino

One will go by bike, one by T, one by car, one by Hubway, and one by any which way: That’s the description of tonight’s annual Rush Hour Race, a fun event to determine the fastest way to get from A to B in Greater Boston.

The Boston Cyclists Union and the Somerville Bicycle Committee are putting on the third annual Rush Hour Race tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at the corner of Beacon and Somerset streets in Boston. Racers will converge on Brass Union Bar, located at 70 Union Square in Somerville. It’s expected to last approximately one hour.

For the 2012 and 2013 Rush Hour Races, biking and the T won, respectively.

Spectators can begin gathering at Brass Union Bar at 5:30 p.m.

Its very interesting to see this years route, as I basically commute this exact route every day. On a good day I can do it in less than 20 minutes on bicycle (following all the traffic rules). I know of no other transportation means that can beat that. We will see how this years racers do.


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Bay State Bike Week 2015!

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

For most of us, every week is bike week, but it is rather nice that they make a special week just for us!  Hit the website below for a list of events, as well as where you can get all the free bike breakfasts!

From The website:

Bay State Bike Week: May 9th – 17th

Every May Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. From Cape Cod to the Berkshires participants organize events like film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals and more to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.

It is fitting that Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week, given our long history of biking. From Worcester’s bike racing champion Major Taylor to the world-famous Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament, the love of biking has deep roots.

What’s New for 2015?

Win Raffle Prizes! – This year, we’re adding some exciting options for our event participants and event organizers. Every day, Bay State Bike Week participants will have the option to log their bicycling trip in NuRide – the nation’s largest ridematching and incentive program for individuals who take green trips- and be entered to win a daily raffle prize. Whether you’re starting your own event or joining an existing one, let’s PUMP up those events, log your bike trips in NuRide, and make this the biggest Bay State Bike week ever!

How Do I Get Started? 

Plan An Event – We hope that you’ll plan a bike event in your community during Bay State Bike Week.  There are a lot of resources on how to do it. Once you have the details down, be sure to register your event.

Register Your Event – Click on the link to register your event. Be sure to provide as much information as you can for those who are looking to participate in Bay State Bike Week events in their community.

  • This year we want to stress the importance of bicycle safety. By completing the materials request form you can receive:
        • Bike Lights
        • Reflective Ankle Bands
        • Reflective Stickers
        • Bike Bells

Materials can be ordered by clicking here once you have submitted an event. We always do our best to fill a request, but please keep in mind that we have a limited quantity of materials that need to be distributed statewide.

Join An Event – Not ready to start your own event? That’s ok! Join an existing event in your community. Check out the calendar to find one close to you.

Share the Logo – In an effort to keep the message going, we ask that you share our logo on your promotional items, website, and printed materials.

For more information, contact Becca Cyr at [email protected] 

Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Instagram/Twitter @BayStateBikeWK. Be sure use the hashtag #BayStateBikeWK!


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Belles Who Bike, Free Snacks! (May 8th 6-8pm)

Written by Boston Biker on May 01

Free snacks from The Bicycle Belle!

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Upcoming Events

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

From Boston Bikes:

Upcoming Events

Boston Bike Events listed in orange
Other bike events in Boston listed in blue

 

Flat Fixing Clinic
April 30th, 8-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
Learn how to remove a tire, patch a tube, and remount them on the rim

Boston Bike Party
May 8th, 7:30pm
Copley Square
Monthly Celebration on Wheels! Every 2nd Friday of the Month

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
May 9th, 1-3pm or 3-5pm
Roxbury Community College Lot 2
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

CycloFemme Boston
May 10th
Location: TBA
Join in celebrating CycloFemme–a global Mother’s Day ride to honor the Women’s Cycling Movement and fellow cyclofemmes around the world

Femmechanics
May 11th, 7-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
A workshop and open shop time for FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists to learn more about bicycle mechanics

Boston Bike Week Festival
May 15th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
Celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week at a festival with 300 of you closest bike friends

Franklin Park Bike & Kite Festival
May 16th, 11am-4pm
Franklin Park
An annual tradition – a festival celebrating biking and kite flying. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day. Boston Bikes will offer bike rentals and a bike rodeo from about 1-4pm

Ride of Silence
May 20th, 7pm
Boston City Hall Plaza
The Ride of Silence is a worldwide free ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways

Greenovate Boston Community Summit
June 6th, 10am-4pm
Location: TBA
Residents, businesses, government officials, and organizations come together to help Boston reach its sustainability and climate goals

Bikes Not Bombs’ Bike-A-Thon
June 7th, 8am-5pm
Stony Brook T Stop
Ride to support Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth Programs andInternational Programs

Femmechanics
June 8th, 7-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
A workshop and open shop time for FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists to learn more about bicycle mechanics

Boston Bike Party
June 12th, 7:30pm
Copley Square
Monthly Celebration on Wheels! Every 2nd Friday of the Month!

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
June 20th, 2:30-4:30pm
Condor St and Glendon St, East Boston
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
June 26th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Bikes & Bites
July 18th
150 Jamaicaway, JP
2nd annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, a celebration of women who bike

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
July 18th, 10am-12pm
Willow Pond Road & Jamaicaway, JP
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
July 24th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more


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Bike Party! (4/29/15)

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 15

From the email-

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Come talk SUMMER with us at a special Bike Party on 4/29 to introduce the first-ever Cycle Massachusetts bicycle tour event. This NEW weeklong tour (with shorter options) is from the same awesome people who brought you the Mass BikePike Tour, the Friendliest Ride in the East and the #1 annual donor to Massbike!
Come for the free food, the cash bar, and a great crowd of friends old and new – people who know how to have a great time on two wheels! We’ll preview the amazing route of this year’s tour and throw in some door prizes while we’re at it. Space is limited, so RSVP today at https://party-with-cyclema.eventbrite.com.

The party is April 29th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
It’s at the Asgard in Central Square Cambridge.
A $5 suggested donation goes straight to Massbike.

https://party-with-cyclema.eventbrite.com

About Cycle Massachusetts: www.cyclema.com

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EVERYONE IS BACK!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

Urban-Cyclists

 

Oh man what a difference a couple degrees makes. Its like a someone pushed a button and all of a sudden all the cyclists are back on the road!  Welcome back everyone, we missed you, and are super happy you are back. Just an FYI, while you were gone the roads were destroyed by several snow-blastings. There are now pot holes, piles of sand/salt/rocks, still a lot of ice, and in general they are slightly more narrow.

All that being said, its been GLORIOUS riding these last couple days.  I actually got to wear actual bike shoes, instead of winter boots, and I feel like a million bucks.  HURRAH SPRING!

Have you started riding again? Do you remember what green plants look like?  Have you figured out what that glowing thing in the sky is?


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Power To The Pedals Screening

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 25

Wenzday and the folks at Metro Pedal power are awesome, check out this great movie about their efforts to revolutionize the way goods are delivered in big cities.

Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change Trailer from Bob Nesson on Vimeo.

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Monday, March 2, 2015, 6-8pm at Wasserstein Hall, Room 2012 (which is on the second floor), Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Followed by panel discussion with Bob Nesson, Filmmaker; and Wenzday Jane, entrepreneur and owner of Metro Pedal Power

More here.


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    • Hazel-Rah Rabbit Head Badge May 27, 2015
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    • Too Fast, Too Close May 27, 2015
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    • The Time Has Come To End Traffic Fatalities May 25, 2015
      TweetIt was never acceptable that people got hurt and killed in motor vehicles, but we now have the technology to drastically reduce traffic fatalities. Operating a motor vehicle is not a right, its a privileged, and we need to take … Continue reading →
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    • THE PURPOSE OF TRANSIT: Neither Reform Nor Revenue are the Needed Starting Point May 22, 2015
      It’s now semi-official – everyone agrees that the MBTA needs both reform and revenue.  No one says (publicly) that the current T and Commuter Rail budget is too big for its mission.  And that’s where the agreement ends – with the question of what is the MBTA’s mission, vision, and values:  what exactly are we […]
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    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
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    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
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