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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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Bike In Movie!

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

Got this event forwarded to me, looks like a great time!
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Summer is here, and the time is ripe for outdoor viewing of classic 70’s cycling movies!
Join us Saturday night, August 8, at the Somerville Bike Kitchen at 339R Summer St (sprout). We’re showing the epic movie, Breaking Away, starting at 8PM and food and drinks starting at 7PM. There is also a pre-ride hosted by Femmechanics, more info on their Facebook event page here!
Somerville Bike Kitchen is a bike repair co-op near Davis Square with all the tools, know-how, elbow grease, and grease grease that an amateur bike mechanic needs. You can currently join us Tuesday nights from 6-9PM for open shop. Come fix, build, or poke-at your bike and become a member!

Femmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists in the Boston area. They organize open shop nights (Grrrease Time), rides, and events to promote an encouraging, supportive atmosphere for people to teach and learn from one another. They’re awesome!

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Boston Bike Bike At Night 2015

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 27

Got this years email about the long running and highly awesome BBBAN Ride 2015:

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Yes, folks, it is that time of the year again…

This ride is always fun.  Has lots of interesting stops.  Usually around 30 miles in total.  So the average speed it not very high (you do the math…)

Boston by Bike… at night
Midnight ’til dawn Saturday, August 8, 2015

Twenty-seventh 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; helmet recommended. Commemorative T-shirts available.  Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park. Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.  Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers.

 

here is another email about this ride, which also has useful info in it.

 

This year’s ride will be 8/8 – 8/9 2015

Boston By Bike…At Night
Midnight ’til dawn
Saturday, August 8, 2015
NEW ROUTE!
Twenty-seventh Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites
Meet at *11:15pm* in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square
Bring a bicycle with a light and wear something reflective; helmet recommended.
Commemorative T-shirts available.
Bring something for pot luck breakfast Sunday in Christopher Columbus Park.
–> Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your tires.
Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers
For information call 617-522-0259
Ride Support provided by Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, Jamaica Plain


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World Naked Bike Ride Last Night

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 12

Got a good glimpse of some amazing and awesome naked riders last night. Way to go everyone! Bikes + anything = awesome. Especially if that anything is naked people having innocent fun on a warm summer night.


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

from Livable Streets:
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Happy Birthday to you

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June was a big month for LivableStreets! We kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a Birthday Bash at Aeronaut (see photos from the party here!) and launched a new membership program.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new program, learn more by visiting our brand new website and become a member today!

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We have a membership level for everyone. Whether you are able to contribute $5 a month (yep, just 5 bucks!) or $1000 a year, by becoming a member you aren’t simply donating to a cause, you are demonstrating your support for creating a world-class transportation system in metro Boston.

And don’t worry if you missed the Birthday Bash, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary throughout the remainder of 2015, so stay tuned for other opportunities to get involved!


Get to Watertown on September 12

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Registration is live for Tour de Streets (formerly Bike4Life), our annual family-friendly ride and BBQ! Whether you are a lifelong biker, or you haven’t touched a bike in decades, Tour de Streets has a route for you.

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The start and end location of the ride will take place at a beautiful green space on The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. The routes will be scenic and comfortable for both new and experienced riders. And if you prefer not to ride, you are welcome to join the BBQ and post-ride activities. To learn moreclick here.

We hope you’ll save the date for September 12th and join us this year as a rider or supporter of this important fundraiser for LivableStreets!


It’s time to rethink buses

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After a tough winter, more and more people are recognizing how vital public transit is to moving people efficiently and effectively in and around the region.

A new report, Better Rapid Transit for Greater Boston, recognizes buses as a key piece of our transit system and highlights Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as an option that should be considered for Greater Boston’s transportation future.

The report identifies five corridors ripe for BRT. As CityLabhighlighted, Gold Standard BRT in these corridors has the potential to dramatically cut commute times and connect communities. To read the full report click here!

LivableStreets has been exploring BRT for more than two years as a member of the Greater Boston BRT Study Group–a group made up of transportation experts, planners, and community leaders. This report is a result of the study group’s work and part of LivableStreets broader effort to prioritize transit on our streets.

To learn more and get involved in making our transit system better for everyone in metro Boston, visit our Transit Priority Page.


Carshare in Cambridge, bike lanes in Brookline and rethinking the I-90 interchange

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A vision of Allston from the NBBJ team

In June LivableStreets advocates stepped up in a big way to help make Brookline, Allston and Cambridge more livable and enjoyable for everyone.

In Brookline Mark Tedrow and Rebecca Albrecht spoke up for creating a safer and better design solution for Babcock street and secured a bike lane on Newton Street.

In Cambridge several LivableStreets members showed their support for increased carshare capacity and Steve Miller and Chris Taylor helped dispel misconceptions about carshare in a letter to the editor.

In Allston dozens of community members shared their thoughts on a major project to renovate the Allston entrance and exit of the Mass Pike. LivableStreets members asked for a design that could result in 60 new acres of developable land, a new commuter rail station, a new neighborhood, and an unparalleled opportunity to improve connectivity for everyone walking, biking, driving and taking public transportation throughout the region. To learn more about this effort visit our I-90 project page.

These are just 3 of the more than 80 street project our Advocacy Committee is involved with. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in the committee and make a street, intersection or neighborhood you care about more livable contact Jeff Dietrich at jeff.dietrich@livablestreets.info


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Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking

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Pedestrian bridge over the Charles River

Friday, July 10, 1pm
@ Union Street in Blackstone Block, Boston

The City of Boston will be breaking ground on construction for Connect Historic Boston this Friday—come celebrate! You may remember hearing from us about this project a couple of years ago. LivableStreets was a member of the advisory committee that helped shape this initiative and we are excited to see it finally being built!

The goal of Connect Historic Boston is to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston easy and fun.

 To learn more visit Connect Historic Boston’s page.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this important step in connecting historic Boston on Friday!


Opportunities

Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival

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Saturday, July 18
@ Daisy Field, Willow Pond Road and Jamaicaway, JP, Boston

Join New England’s largest cycling event for women! This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with fabulous food provided by some of the top women in Boston’s food businesses, like Jody Adams and Joanne Chang. To register and learn more click here.


Job opportunities in Cambridge and Boston

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Are you looking for a job that will contribute to making our streets and community more livable? The cities of Cambridge and Boston are hiring!

Cambridge is hiring for anAssistant Director for Street Management. This new position supervises the Engineering, Operations, Street Occupancy and Planning units within Traffic, Parking, and Transportation.

And the City of Boston is hiring for two positions, Director of Communications and Community Engagement and aGreenovate Boston Program Manager.

Please share these jobs with your networks and consider applying today! 

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

 


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Watch The Tour In JP

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

Ferris Wheels is hosting a Tour watching party!

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Tour de France in Jamaica Plain!
Ferris Wheels and Jeanie Johnston Pub host Tour de France party nights 2015

Upcoming Dates:
19 July 2015, 8:00pm
24 July 2015, 8:00pm

Tour stages are not alike! Come watch exciting mountain stages at our special Tour de France Party Nights featuring:

+ SOUND with Tour de France video (party nights only)
+ Trivia contests for seasoned Tour fans
+ Tour de France 101, how to watch the Tour, the teams, the strategy
+ Raffles, Jeanie Johnston food and beverage, and FUN!

Questions? Call Ferris Wheels Bike Shop: 617-524-2453

Watch the Tour de France 2015 nightly at Jeanie Johnston Pub (144 South St., JP) through July 26, 8-11 pm. (Video only; ask the bartender if it’s not on.)


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Cycle Massachusetts Registration Closes July 15!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

I used to work for MassBike, they are a great group of folks, check out their awesome bike ride below.

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Have you heard about Cycle Massachusetts?

 

For years you may have known it as the Mass BikePike Tour – but after so much time explaining “no, we don’t ride on the Mass Pike!” the tour is getting a new name this summer!

The ride is during the 1st week of August, and you can ride anywhere from 2 to 7 days – it’s up to you. We explore a different part of Massachusetts each year – this year we start and finish in beautiful Northampton, MA. We’re very excited to be in such a fun town with fantastic riding to boot!  CycleMA is the Friendliest Ride in the East and we welcome everyone from super-mellow cyclists to hardcore cyclists. We do notice, however, that most of our riders feel like a day of riding isn’t complete without an ice cream stop or a post-ride beer.

The more time we spend perfecting this year’s routes, the more we realize just how

wonderful they are. Lots of beautiful rural scenery on

quiet roads, an occasional town, roadside ice cream stands, and farm stands that promise perfect peaches. There will be lots of fun activities ready for you, both on the road and in camp. NorthamptonGreenfield and Shelburne Falls are all planning their own special welcomes.

All our proceeds from the ride go to Massbike  – check out at www.cyclema.com!  Don’t delay – you only have until July 15th to register and join in the fun!


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MassBike Summer Social

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

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Tonight from 5pm – 8pm, join MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries for cocktails and conversation to benefit MassBike. Our gracious host, Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square, has whipped up a signature, summer cocktail, proceeds of which will go towards better bicycling in Massachusetts. Stop by and say hello on your way home, and relax with the MassBike staff on this lovely Monday.

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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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