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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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Move By Bike!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 23

Last October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville.  And let me tell you, it was SO MUCH FUN!!!

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As you can see I moved EVERYTHING.  Books, plants, random stuff, furniture, my bed, everything.  The trailer was rock solid, even with several hundred pounds of books in boxes in the back.  There were hills, there were pot holes, there were tight turns, not a single thing fell out.  From a purely mechanical aspect everything was top notch.  When I built the trailer I was worried that it’s weak point would be the hitch connection, and it did get a little stress, but it held up well.  I am going to get a steel plate and bolt it through the first couple rows of cross bars, just to put my mind to rest for future moves.

The whole business took about 4 days, I made about 4 trips a day (sometimes a bit more), the pace was relaxed and I never got too wore out, or too sore from doing everything at once.  I took about a week, but if I had to I could have done it all in a weekend.

This is my second cargo bike move, but the first one I ever did by myself.  People smiled at me from the side of the road, and even from cars. I had a great time and would totally do it again!

 


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Some Fun Upcoming Events

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

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

Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-thon
July 25th, 9am-4pm
Mildred Ave Community Center, 5 Mildred Avenue
A community bike ride and fundraiser to raise awareness about bike-ability in Mattapan

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
August 25th, 5:30-7:30pm
Bunker Hill Community College
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
August 28th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
September 15th,5:30-7:30pm
Franklin Park
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

TD Bank Mayor’s Cup
September 19th, 11am-5:30pm
Boston City Hall
The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Criterium is a family-oriented celebration that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers a unique professional sports experience. The event is free for spectators.

Hub on Wheels
September 20th, 8am-2pm
Boston City Hall
Hub on Wheels city-wide bike ride, with three routes: 10, 30, or 50 miles of harbor views and hidden pathways, river greenways and Boston’s wonderful and eclectic neighborhoods.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

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Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston

(Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike.

(Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike.

Cindy Walling is the consummate bike commuter – it’s the primary mode of transit for her and her kids, ages 11 and 13. Katy Wetzel is a dedicated walk-to-work-er, but is intimidated by Boston drivers. She doesn’t even currently own a bike. But when friend and fellow parent Cindy sent out an email inviting her to join Team Menstrual Cyclists in the Bites and Bikes ride, Katy was quick to sign on.

“I think bike riding should be something people do in the city – getting around either on their feet or on a pedal – anything to make that accessible,” she shared when asked why she’d signed on. “Besides”, she added, “my friends were doing it, it sounded like fun, and it’s for a good cause!” The chefs weren’t unappealing either, she confided.

In fact, when Katy’s told others that she signed up, they asked how they could join. When asked why she decided to lead a team, Cindy shared that it was just so easy. “I sent an email to a bunch of women I know, mostly from my kids’ school – I didn’t even know Katy didn’t have a bike! I just figured I’d put the word out and see who got excited.”

Do you want to host a team? No special skills necessary – and no team is too small! You can invite friends, co-workers, neighbors…team prizes will be available! It’s easy to start a team – you will, however, have to compete with Cindy’s team name. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Start a team or register yourself now!

Can’t ride? We need a team of excellent volunteers – especially experienced bikers – but there are roles for all skills and folks!

Get Biking Challenge Final Results

The Get Biking Challenge, which encouraged Boston K-8 students to bike during the month of May, was a great success! Eleven schoolsparticipated, with a total of1,389 students entering into the challenge. These students reported biking a collective 597,760 minutes, which converts into a distance of 79,700 miles – or the equivalent of biking around the Earth’s equator three times!!! In terms of calories, the students burned about 859,810 calories, the equivalent of 6,230 cans of soda.

This was a friendly competition, with schools being ranked based on percent participation and days ridden. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School took first place, earning the Golden Pedal Award and a bike raffle, with Perkins Elementary and Nathan Hale Elementary coming in a respective second and third place.

Check out our blog for more details and pictures. Congratulations to all participants!

Join Us for Breakfast at Bike Friday on June 26th

Join us on June 26th for the next Bike Friday! Join a convoy of cyclists or pedal over to City Hall Plaza on your own. Bike Friday is your chance to mingle with cyclists from across the Boston area and learn more about Boston-based organizations that love cyclists. As always, food will be provided by Boloco,LARABAR, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods.

Registration is free, but we need to know you’re coming! Register now atbikefridays.org.

Pump-Up Boston!

Kat Waterhouse, of Rock Spot, and Andrew Prescott, of Urban AdvenTours, pose with a Pump-Up Boston pump that was recently installed at the Rock Spot in South Boston.
Image credit: Urban AdvenToursAs part of their new Pump-Up Boston initiative, Urban AdvenTours is partnering with local businesses to provide public bike pumps in the greater Boston area. You can find these green Pump-Up Boston pumps in Boston at:

  • Boston Cheese Cellar – 18 Birch Street, Roslindale
  • Rock Spot Climbing – 30 Old Colony Ave, South Boston
  • Whole Foods – 15 Washington St, Brighton

To learn more about Pump-Up Boston, visit the Urban AdvenTourswebsite. The pumps were donated by Giant Bicycles.


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Livable Streets 10th Year Birthday Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

Livable Streets is turning 10!  Got the email below.
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They are a couple of the many raffle prizes and activities we have in store for you at our birthday bash next Wednesday, June

Anniversary Launch Party details:

Date: Wednesday, June 24th

Time: 5-8pm
Location: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA

This celebration won’t just be a walk down memory lane. It’s the kickoff to our next decade of creating safer streets and vibrant communities, making the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play for everyone.

 

There is something for everybody at the celebration, including:
  • An interactive map and table activities
  • A photo booth for kids (and kids at heart!)
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Aeronaut beer (brewed onsite!) for purchase
  • Birthday cake, of course!

We’ll be scattering shoutouts and announcement throughout the evening, so swing by at anytime and feel free to stay for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Our party will wind down around 8pm, but you are welcome to stick around for the after party featuring a live band. To learn more and see the event schedule visit our event webpage.

 

If you are planning to join the celebration, please RSVP. The event is free, family friendly and open to the public, but its helpful for us to have a sense of how many people are coming.

 

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

 

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p.s. wearing orange to the party is highly encouraged!

Thanks to our host:


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Things To Do

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

Thanks to Yurij for this handy list!

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tonight, 6/8/15redbones, bikes, beer, bbq

tomorrow, 6/9/15 — buy anything all day in Whole Foods on Beacon St in Somerville and proceeds go to the Boston Cyclist’s Union
6/24/15 — support a bike team raising money for MS research while playing mario kart and drinking beer

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Be Happy You Don’t Have To Power Your Own Toaster

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 03

 

Look at them legs! Energy efficient toasters, get them. At least that is what I took away from this.


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Yo Dawg, I heard You Like Riding Bikes To Work

Written by Boston Biker on May 31

So I put bikes in your bus so you can bike while you bus…

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“We thought, what about doing something that we could do while the [vehicle] was moving? Maybe a bus would work, since it already has the emergency exits, it has the right weight, and it’s designed to fit a lot of people,” Brodie says. “We figured out that the most efficient use of the space would be to put in indoor cycling bikes.” (via)

Or you know, you could just ride your bike to work? This is a whole new level of silliness.


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Some Plain Talk about Plainville July 5, 2015
      TweetThe town manager in Plainville, Massachusetts, has complained about a new bike lane which has been installed in connection with upgrading of a casino by the side of Washington Street, US route 1. There is a news story including video … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Some Plain Talk about Plainville July 5, 2015
      TweetThe town manager in Plainville, Massachusetts, has complained about a new bike lane which has been installed in connection with upgrading of a casino by the side of Washington Street, US route 1. He thinks that the bike lane should … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Some Plain Talk about Plainville July 5, 2015
      TweetThe town manager in Plainville, Massachusetts, has complained about a new bike lane which has been installed in connection with upgrading of a casino by the side of Washington Street, US route 1. He thinks that the bike lane should … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Some Plain Talk about Plainville July 5, 2015
      TweetThe town manager in Plainville, Massachusetts, has complained about a new bike lane which has been installed in connection with upgrading of a casino by the side of Washington Street, US route 1. There is a news story including video … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • MassBike Summer Social June 29, 2015
      Tweet   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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • 2015 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon June 28, 2015
      TweetOn June 7th, I rode in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon for the third time.  I seem to participate every year, although it’s such a lovely event for a great cause that I need to commit to doing it annually.  I was … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Move By Bike! June 23, 2015
      TweetLast October I built myself a rather fetching bicycle trailer.  This summer I used that bad boy to move every single thing I owned from one part of Somerville down the street about a mile to another part of Somerville. … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so.  Not bad!   From the Cambridge bike … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Cambridge Installs Bike Counters! June 23, 2015
      Tweet Saw this little gem on the way home, I was lucky biker 267!  They had just gotten done filling in the dirt, so that is 267 bikers since around 4pm or so (it was about 5:20pm when I took … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Some Fun Upcoming Events June 20, 2015
      TweetBike 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 … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker