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Summer Bike Adventure For MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 22

This looks like an awesome way to go on a great ride and help MassBike at the same time.


If your summer needs a little more fun and adventure, you’re in luck – there’s still time to sign up for Cycle Massachusetts!  Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist or just getting started, we’re known as the Friendliest Ride in the East and we’d be delighted to welcome you.

There’s just a few weeks left to sign up for this tour – the ride is between July 30th and August 5th (join us from 2 to 7 days – it’s your choice!) and the registration deadline is July 15th.

Each year, we pick a different part of Massachusetts to explore.  This year, we start and finish in at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  We’ll also visit three additional states and ride in the famous Berkshire Mountains!

We have a NEW family-friendly weekend and a great group discount – and all the proceeds from the ride support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, so Sign up today

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Tweet:  Bring your friends to Cycle Mass, the Friendliest Ride in the East – groups of 6 or more get a club discount: www.cyclema.com

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Facebook post:  There’s still time to join Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East. Explore four states and the Berkshires too.  Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend.  Conveniently located just an hour from Boston! All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2016 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com


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Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon Moved To June 19th

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 09

from BnB.


The Bike-A-Thon is now June 19th!
Bike-A-Thon, now on June 19th!

With the rainy weather on June 5th, our 29th Annual Bike-A-Thon is now on Sunday June 19th! We’re planning on making the best of the next week and a half so please join us!

If you are now able to make the ride, you’re in luck!We’re offering half-priced registration untilmidnight tonight!

Already registered? Take these extra days to raise your fundraising goal, recruit a few more people to join your team or go out on a practice ride.

Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors, volunteers and donors who have stood behind us as we hold out for a sunnier day, we will see you on June 19th!

Welcome Manizha Baraki!
Welcome Manizha Baraki!

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Manizha Baraki who joins us as our new International Programs Coordinator! Manizha recently received her Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and previously has worked with UN Women in Afghanistan and New York.

At BNB, she will be communicating with international partners on a regular basis, traveling to provide technical assistance to partner organizations, monitoring progress and evaluating impact. Manizha brings a wealth of experience to BNB and is passionate about empowerment of women and youth in underserved communities.

Say hi to Manizha at our next container loading, or email her at [email protected]! .

Check out our new sticker!
New Sticker!

Remember back in February when we hosted a contest to redesign our sticker? The new stickers have arrived! We had a fierce competition between a number of skilled designers, but at the end chose a design that both recollects previous stickers and brings in a fresh twist. Huge thank you to everyone who submitted art, and especially to the winning designer, David Alderman.

You can purchase one of our new, reflective stickers at the Bike Shop, Hub, or at the many events we attend.

An Earn-A-Bike Graduate
Summer Earn-A-Bike

Know a 12-18 year old who has an interest in learning bike mechanics and safe urban riding skills? Encourage them to apply for Earn-A-Bike! We’ve got two sessions this summer, from July 5th – July 22ndand from July 25th to August 12th. Both sessions will meet MondayFriday 2-6pm.

More information and applications on our website, or available at our Hub and Shop.

Come visit our Shop!
Happenings at the Bike Shop

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/6 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Mon 6/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 6/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 6/20 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night
Tues 6/21 8-9pm Flat Fixing

Please be on time for the clinics. RSVP by 5pm theSunday ahead of time for Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night.

Thank you David Read!
Volunteer of the Month – David Read

This month we want to extend our thanks to David Read. We first met David at a Lunch Brake last May and knew right away he was going to be a super volunteer. He organized a table for our 2015 Building Momentum Breakfast even though he could not attend and has been a regular at Container Loadings ever since. Last month he organized a Bike Drive that brought in over a hundred bikes! When he’s not volunteering at BNB, he is helping to organize the Longwood Medical Area Bike Network, an effort to improve cycling experiences and keep cyclists safe in that area. David’s commitment and enthusiasm for our work, and for cyclists in Boston generally, makes him our volunteer of the month!

News Outside of BNB

Femmechanics The femme/trans*/women (FTW) group Femmechanics, who we partner with monthly, has a number of upcoming events this summer from camping to alley cats to social events! Learn more at their website.

Lives at Stake Join the Jamaica Plain Progressives for A Community Conversation On Mass Incarceration. National leaders acknowledge the mistake of “tough on crime” legislation, why is Massachusetts slow to respond? At the First Baptist Church in JP on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.

Inter-Neighborhood Ride Series: DorchesterJoin DotBike to explore Dorchester! Meet at Ashmont Cycles at 11am on Saturday July 9th. More details on Facebook!


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Save The Date: Dorchester’s First Bike and Brew Fest Sept. 15

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 15th will be the Inaugural Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest! (Scheduled as a lead in to the citywide Hub on Wheels Festival weekend)
 
This family friendly festival is being designed to showcase the growing cycling community in Dorchester, while also offering the opportunity to sample beers from several local brewers. We are excited to look forward to hosting several food trucks, live music, cycling repair and safety workshops, raffles, games, and more.  Stay tuned for more info, and if you want to help, please join us for the planning meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-7:30pm, in the Greater Ashmont Main Street offices, 1914 Dot Ave in the Carruth Building (across from Ashmont T).
 
Visit www.greaterashmont.org to sign up for Greater Ashmont Main Street emails.

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Bay State Bike Week Begins!

Written by Boston Biker on May 16

Got this great email from Hubway with a whole host of great bike week stuff that is coming up, get out there and ride!

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week, and Bay State Bike Week promises to deliver! During the week May 14-22, there will be dozens of events — including workshops, festivals, clinics, commuter rides, and more. With new Hubway stations recently installed and more on the horizon, we hope you’ll join in the Bike Week and Bike Month fun, and pedal with us all summer long!

The Challenge begins Saturday!

The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge promotes cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly transportation choice. Joining the Challenge is fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts! Log all of the miles you ride May 14-22 and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. The Challenge culminates in a Bike Bash on June 1 at Flat Top Johnny’s in Cambridge. Register today →

ONE OF THE BEST CYCLING WEEKENDS OF THE YEAR

Fri, May 20th: Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival

Boston Bikes is making it easy to participate in Bike to Work Day with guided morning commuter convoys, leaving from dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Rides will end at City Hall, where there will be free breakfast, coffee, and t-shirts! Select a convoy route and register here →

Sat, May 21st: The Cambridge Bicycle Committee presents “The Reel Ride”

This guided 2-hour ride will celebrate movies in Cambridge, including the theaters where they’re shown, the locations they’ve featured over the past half century — Love Story, Good Will Hunting, & more — and the people who film them. Preview the sites and get more info here →

Sat, May 21st: Somerville PorchFest

After the Cambridge Reel Ride, pedal over to Somerville to celebrate with more than 400 bands & musicians, playing from porches throughout the city! There will be something for everyone – Bollywood funk, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock, and more. Enjoy as many bands as possible by riding Hubway around Somerville! More details →

Sun, May 22nd: Brookline Bike Parade

New England’s largest bike parade begins & ends in Amory Park, and gives you a car-free ride up and down historic Beacon Street. Free ice cream at the finish line! Save time and register online today →

Hubway Expansion News

New Balance Hubway expanding in Roxbury & Northern Dorchester.
Thanks to the generous support of the Barr Foundation, Boston will add ten new stations in Roxbury and northern Dorchester this summer. The goal is to build a highly-connected bikeshare network in these neighborhoods, so that all residents live within a 5- to 10-minute walk of Hubway. So where will the stations go? Join Boston Bikes on Saturday, May 14th, 10-11:30am, at Dudley Square Library, to talk about what makes a good site and work together to prioritize general locations for new stations.


All four Brookline stations are back
The wait was long, but we’re happy to report you can once again snag a Hubway bike at Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and JFK Crossing.


East Somerville’s first station, more to come in Somerville
Broadway at Lombardi Way station in E.Somerville is now open, and four more in Winter Hill & East Somerville are are on their way later this year.


Newbury/Hereford, Kenmore, and Boston Public Library stations return
These three stations have returned in Boston and are fully operational.


Where do you want bikeshare in metro-Boston?
Hubway’s Suggest a Location tool is here, and better than before.

Where To Ride


Tue, 5/17, 7:30-9:30am    Broadway Bikes Bike Week Pancake Breakfast
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge. This annual event features a raffle to win great prizes and benefit the Green Streets Initiative to celebrate and promote the use of sustainable and active transportation.


Tue, 5/17, 5:45-8pm    Innovation in Transportation: a panel discussion
WeWork, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. A special event presented by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on the evolving mobility landscape and the future of transportation in Boston.


Tue, 5/17, 6:30-9:30pm    Boston Cyclists Union’s 5-year anniversary party
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St, Boston. Food & drink from your favorite local establishments, raffle prizes, and dancing into the night to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work going towards making biking better in the Boston region! Tickets include a 1-year membership to the Bike Union!


Tue, 5/17, 7-9pm    FREE Bike Week Screening – Jour De Fete
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge. In Jacques Tati’s 1949 film, a small-town mailman tries to outdo his American counterparts by delivering the mail at a frantic rate on his bicycle. View the trailer here.


Thu, 5/19, 2-3pm or 6-7pm    Healthy Aging in Cambridge – Urban Cycling Basics
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Workshop geared towards riders aged 50+. Each participant receives a free helmet!


Sun, 5/22, 2-5pm    Somerville Historic Bike Ride
Join the Historic Preservation Committee for a ride along Paul Revere’s famous route. Departing from the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street, Somerville.


Fri, 5/27, 8-9am    Bike and Walk Commuter Breakfast
Somerville Bicycle Committee hosts a breakfast at the Whole Foods at 45 Beacon Street, Somerville.


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Dot Bike May Events!

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

From Dot Bike:

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Bikes are in bloom! With the celebration of Bay State Bike Week, Boston Bike to Work Festival and thereturn of the Hubway fleets May can feel like a burst of new energy for bicycling in Boston. Maybe you can convince a friend, relative or neighbor to attend one of the local events below where they too can get a taste for life on two wheels…
Here are 8 ways you can get involved in your bike community this month:
ADVOCACY NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES:
 
In April, DotBike members submitted two advocacy letters on behalf of the group, urging local policy makers to support measures to increase safety and quality of life for vulnerable road users:
1)We supported Councilor Frank Baker’s proposal to lower default speed limit to 20 mph in Boston. Council votes this week, then passes to Mayor, then onto State House.
2)We asked State Reps to support specific budget amendments crucial to bike safety. These bills are on track to go to a full vote in the full House and Senate.
Once these move forward we will enlist you to help by contacting your state legislators via email or phone and asking for their support. See a sample letter and read more on MassBike’s website here.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
MAY 7- TNT Healthy Block Party @ Elmhurst Street 12- 4pm
Fun activities for kids and families including a bike rodeo, stunt show, double dutch, fitness challenge, healthy food BBQ and more! (see flyer attached for details)
Join the Dorchester convoy as we bike downtown for free breakfast and bike festival on City Hall plaza! Convoy departs Ashmont/Peabody Square at 7am, Fields Corner at 7:10am.
MAY 22 – Spring Into Action
Healthy Community Champions host a family-friendly bike fair with workshops, repairs, demos, sales and more at Pope John Paul II Park.
Explore more — join bicycling enthusiasts, advocates, and newbies from other neighborhoods and get to know some new streets through the locals who know them best.
SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 9th:
Greater Ashmont Main Street Vision Zero Community Forum
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
 
Saturday, May 7th- We need 2-3 more volunteers to help us table and support the bike events at Elmhurst Park. (See flyer attached)
Sunday, May 22nd – Seeking volunteers to help assist the Neponset Health Community Champions at the”Spring Into Action” event at Pope John Paul II Park.
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JOIN US!
Our next general meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy.
Happy Pedaling!
More details here (pdf)

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Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Got this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun.


Are you good with kids?

Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain?

If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or both) of our spring repair days.

Rozzie Bikes is not a bike shop; we are simply a group of people who want to make biking better in Roslindale.

Rozzie Bikes began Repair Days to fill a gap left by Boston Bikes Roll-it-Forward campaign that gives refurbished bikes to those in need.  Roll-it-Forward gives away many bikes to seven and eight year-olds at housing developments throughout the City of Boston.  However, there isn’t a City program to keep these bikes in good repair – the City’s short-lived Keep-it-Rolling program was not funded this year .  Many of these bikes end up not being rideable simply because the tires go flat, the chains become rusty, or something becomes loose.  Most of these problems can easily be fixed by someone with tools, parts and some knowledge of bike repair.  But many people don’t have the tools, knowledge, or spare parts to do the work themselves.  Even more don’t have the money to pay a bike shop to make the repair.

Rozzie Bikes goes to these low-income developments and fixes bikes for free.  Any bike that comes along, gets fixed.  That is as long as we have people to do the work and the spare parts.  Our local Roslindale bike shop, Busted Knuckle Bike Shop, (152 Belgrade Ave) has provided us the spare parts that we need for the past two years.  That’s where you come in.

We need people to help organize the kids, keep track of the number of bike we repair, do ABC Quick checks, pump up tires and oil chains.  If you can do more mechanical work, great – we also need people to help repair other bike parts, especially adjusting brakes and replacing brake cables.  We repair 20-30 bikes in the three hours that we are there.  It makes a huge difference to these kids to have a bike that they can ride.

We also give away helmets, donated by the Boston Cyclist’s Union, for free to help keep kids safe at these two events.

Our repair day is:

May 14 at Archdale Development from 10:30-1:30, we set up opposite the Archdale Community Center at 120 Brookway Rd.

Google Maps: https:[email protected],-71.1200613,66m/data=!3m1!1e3

I hope to see you there, we really need your help this year, please let us know if you can come by emailing me at [email protected]


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April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 25

Unbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe.

From the email:


You heard it here first! — April Ghoul’s Day, that overlooked holiday on the other side of the month  😉  And we’re celebrating with a bike ride!
Join us on Saturday, April 30th for a scenic tour of some of Dorchester’s most famous burying grounds. Ride will be led by David Duncan, departing from home.stead café at 10am sharp. Event is rain or shine. For more details see flyer attached.April Ghoul's Day Edits-1

 


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Historic Middlesex Canal Tour 2016

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

from email looks like a fun time:

The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:

Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, 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 18thcentury.  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 Stationshortly 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 at 10:11 or just meet at Lowell Station). This year an early group will take the8:00AM train from North Station to allow more time in Lowell and breakfast at the historic Owl Diner (<http://www.owldiner.com/>, aka the Four Sisters).  Route visits the Pawtucket and otherLowell 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 [$9.25 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded <http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=LOWELL> 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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The Word On The Street

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    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
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    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • You Can’t Fix Shitty Design With Signs And Spray Paint June 28, 2016
      TweetWant proof?  Ride over the Longfellow bridge “bike path.” Every day I ride over the Longfellow, and ever day the farce that is the “bike path” gets more and more hilarious (and now that its warm, more and more dangerous.) I … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Amanda Phillips Dies After Being Hit By A Truck June 24, 2016
      TweetAs we mentioned yesterday there was a horrible crash in Inman Square.   Sadly Amanda Phillips has succumbed to her injuries and has died.   A 27-year-old woman was killed Thursday after she was hit by a truck while riding … Continue reading →
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    • Serious Accident In Inman Square, Cyclist Currently In Surgery June 23, 2016
      TweetYet another potentially deadly interaction between a large truck and a cyclist.  I hope she recovers. More info when I get it. From The Globe: Cambridge police are asking the public to stay clear of a portion of the Inman … Continue reading →
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    • Serious Accident In Inman Square, Cyclist Currently In Surgery June 23, 2016
      TweetYet another potentially deadly interaction between a large truck and a cyclist. More info when I get it. From The Globe: Cambridge police are asking the public to stay clear of a portion of the Inman Square area as they … Continue reading →
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    • Summer Bike Adventure For MassBike! June 22, 2016
      TweetThis looks like an awesome way to go on a great ride and help MassBike at the same time. If your summer needs a little more fun and adventure, you’re in luck – there’s still time to sign up for Cycle … Continue reading →
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    • Dedicated Bike Lanes, Other Improvements On Comm. Ave. June 22, 2016
      TweetFrom U-Hub State transportation officials signed off today on a $20.4-million reconstruction project along a bicycle-unfriendly stretch of Commonwealth Avenue that will include dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the road and wider sidewalks on both sides. Although only … Continue reading →
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