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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 25

From Livable Streets:

StreetLife

Issue #122 – January 2018

In this issue:

  • Help fight for #TransitNotTraffic for Allston I-90 project
  • Check out our new Longwood Area Report, “Finding a Cure”
  • Mark your calendar for upcoming Community Preservation Act forums
  • Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing
  • Town of Brookline is recruiting a Transportation Board member

What’s happening

Help fight for #TransitNotTraffic for Allston I-90 project

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We need your help to ensure that West Station is a central component – not an after-thought – for the Allston I-90 Interchange Improvement Project. Better public transit is needed now, not in 22 years.

Here are three things you can do to support West Station and better transportation access for the region:

  • Participate in the People’s Pike’s Rally for #TransitNotTraffic tomorrow at 8am in Allston. Don’t miss it! Click here for more details.
  • Help us mobilize the community. We’re working with our community and advocacy partners to go door-to-door in Allston, Brookline, and Cambridgeport to let residents know what’s at stake. Ready to help? Contact Andrew at [email protected] to learn more.
  • Join us in opposing MassDOT’s proposal for delaying West Station until 2040 by submitting an official letter by February 9th. Get writing! Click here to learn more.

Event Details:
Rally for Transit, Not Traffic

Thursday, January 25th, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Meet outside DoubleTree Hotel
400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02134


Check out our new Longwood Area Report

LMA_report_cover.jpgFinding A Cure for the Longwood Area’s Transportation Challenges” is now live on the Longwood Area Cyclists’ website. The report analyzes our multimodal survey results from our 2017 engagement in the area, providing important takeaways and three recommendations for future transportation planning in the Longwood Area.

We hope you will help us amplify the stories and data included in our report to call for swift response!


Mark your calendar for upcoming Community Preservation Act forums

CPA_Forums.PNGLast year, votes overwhelmingly passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to create a $20 million fund annually for historic preservation, parks, and affordable housing. Come to a community forum to learn about how CPA is being implemented in Boston. Ask questions and share priorities for your neighborhood.

Event Details:
Community Preservation Act Forums

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Tuesday, January 30, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Roslindale Square Substation
4288 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131

Thursday, February 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Lena Park Community Center
150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester, MA 02124

We hope to see you there!


Opportunities

Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing

BCU_logo.jpgThe Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing. The Director of Organizing will work to further develop and lead the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements. For more information, click here.


Town of Brookline is recruiting a Transportation Board member

Brookline_seal.jpgA seat on Brookline’s Transportation Board (which oversees the Public Transportation Advisory Committee, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee) will be opening up soon, as one of its members is retiring. To apply, please get in touch with Brookline’s Transportation Administrator, Todd Kirrane at [email protected], as soon as possible.


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Boston Cyclists Union Is Hiring!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 19

From their website:

Director of Organizing

About the Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we teach bike repair, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

Our fast-growing, 1,000+ member grassroots organization is one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. We work to connect our neighborhoods, parks, paths and business districts with a network of low-stress bike routes including quiet neighborhood streets and protected bike lanes so that people of all ages and abilities feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

About the Position

The goal of the Director of Organizing is to identify and promote opportunities that will produce safer, more equitable bicycling conditions in the greater Boston area, and to engage the public in the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission, campaigns, and story.

The Director of Organizing will work with all parts of the organization (staff, board, members, interns, and volunteers) to further develop and lead the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements.

The Director of Organizing will work with the Boston Cyclists Union Activist Group, community and neighborhood groups, businesses, and elected officials to gather neighborhood input, grow grassroots and grasstops support, build consensus around progressive bike infrastructure and policies in the Boston area, and achieve the goals which are most important to people who bike in the city.

The Director of Organizing also works with the Membership and Events Coordinator and Executive Director to plan large- and small-scale events to grow membership and increase awareness, publishes the Union Rider (monthly newsletter) and Action Alerts, and manages social media communications.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and lead BCU’s proactive Bikeways for Everybody campaign
  • Plan and execute reactive advocacy campaigns for better road designs and policies as opportunities arise
  • Chair the Union’s Activist Group and help develop neighborhood leaders to champion changes in the bike network through outreach, relationship building, and conducting organizing and activist trainings
  • Plan programs and events to extend BCU’s reach and grow our membership and advocacy voice
  • Manage and work with staff, volunteers, and interns related to advocacy campaigns and associated programs, overseeing campaigns and programs and delegating to others as needed
  • Build relationships with Neighborhood, Civic and Business Associations and other bodies with the goal of gaining support for Bikeways for Everybody and other advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate volunteers and advocates in executing campaign strategies
  • Create Action Alerts to notify membership and community of important public meetings to attend and other advocacy actions to take to build campaign support
  • Create content for campaign materials and other collateral for BCU marketing
  • Meet with public officials, planners, engineers and other municipal staff
  • Represent the BCU on committees, task forces and other bodies
  • Speak at public meetings and other events on behalf of the BCU
  • Help produce talking points for media interviews and and public hearings
  • Help staff plan and execute fundraising events

Desired qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission
  • 2-5 years experience in community or political organizing or a related field
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Proven ability to build leadership into volunteer roles, creating a scalable network of volunteers.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful campaign planning and campaign wins
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media
  • Organized, and detail oriented
  • Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor; impactful public presentation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel and Google docs
  • Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response, WordPress, and/or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus, but not required
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills, excellent communicator, and a commitment to working respectfully with individuals of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences

Knowledge of bike advocacy is not required but an interest in learning every aspect of it is.

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $40-$50k/year based on experience. Benefits include a health care stipend, a bicycle commuter benefit, 10 days of paid vacation plus all federal holidays, and a commitment to training and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “Director of Organizing, YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email, and where you saw the job advertised. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received by February 1st.

Please note that we are preparing to hire an additional Community Organizer in the coming months who would work on the Organizing team. If you are interested in organizing work with the Boston Cyclists Union, but don’t feel you have the necessary experience for the Director of Organizing position, please feel free to submit an application to express your interest.

Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.


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Bike Jobs: REI Bike Shop Hiring

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

Bike Shop Mechanic – FT and PT roles  REI Reading, MA

http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Shop-Mechanic/7718

 

Bike Shop Technician – PT roles  REI, Hingham, MA

http://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Bike-Tech-Specialist-I-Bike-Shop-Hingham/7633

 


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Broadway Bicycle School Hiring Mechanics For 2017

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

From Broadway

Web posting: http://broadwaybicycleschool.com/news/broadway-is-hiring-2/

About Broadway:

We’re a collectively run and locally owned bicycle shop that has been in
operation since 1972. A subset of workers own and democratically manage the
business. As a full-service bike shop, we both repair and sell new and used
bikes.  Our tools and space are also made available for rent, so folks can
come in and fix their own bikes by themselves or with one-on-one assistance
from a mechanic. In the evenings we offer classes on the topic of bicycle
maintenance and repair.  Several times throughout the year, we provide on
location mechanical services for local business and organizations. Also we
are proud to offer a $15 per hour starting wage.

Walking into a bicycle shop for the first time can be an intimidating
endeavor for many, which is why Broadway strives to create a welcoming
environment for all persons that come through our door.  We encourage women
(including transwomen), nonbinary folks, and people of color to apply.  It
is NOT a prerequisite that you have previous shop experience, only that you
have a passion for bicycles and working on them.  We will provide the
necessary training in all aspects of the position.

Job Description:

We are hiring for a bicycle mechanic whose responsibilities also include
customer service and sales. This is a full-time (~40) hours per week from
February – April 2017 through the end of October 2017 with the expectation
to work one and sometimes two weekend days. This is a fast paced work
environment that often requires workers to jump back and forth between the
roles of mechanic and salesperson many times over the course of a shift.
Employees are hired “at-will” but due to the seasonal nature of the
business there is a period which usually begins at the start of November
when little to no hours will be available.

If you are interested in applying please fill out the 2017 Broadway Bicycle
School Application found on our website and drop it by the shop or email it
to [email protected]broadwaybicycleschool.com


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You Never Know Who You Might Meet At The Boston Bike Party

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 09

Like Eliza Dushku…

 

My 1st #BostonBikeParty #RIDE!!! 🎶💁🏻🙌😝🚴💃🏻 #Boston #Bike #Party #FridayNight #Jungle #Boogie

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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike February 8, 2018
      TweetFrom the email: Hello Quincyclists, I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us! Register here: http://www.massbike.org/ts101quincy This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling … Continue reading →
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    • Last all To Submit Comments For Allston I-90 DEIR February 7, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Are you willing to wait 22 years for your train to show up? Now is the time to let state leaders know that we can’t afford to wait. The Allston I-90 Interchange project can transform access and mobility for … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Winter Update February 2, 2018
      TweetFrom Hubway:   Hubway had a winning January! This past month, Hubway riders took over 40,000 trips, more than double the January record. Want to try out winter riding? You don’t need to be tough — you just need to be … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For Zoning Reform In MA! February 1, 2018
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Did you know that the last time Massachusetts updated its zoning laws was in 1975? We need your help today to ensure that our future includes responsible planning for great neighborhoods! Contact Massachusetts legislators and let them know that we … Continue reading →
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    • My e-mail in support of West Station January 31, 2018
      TweetAlexander Strysky is the reviewer for the Massashusetts Environmental Protection Agency reviewer for the I-90 Interchange project in Allston. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has backed off from plans for prompt construction of  anew West Station on the Framingham-Worcester commuter-rail … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe about the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • My letter to the Globe aobut the Kurmann fatality January 31, 2018
      TweetI’ve read the Op-Ed piece by Andrew Fischer and Alan Wright, “Killing Bicyclists should be a crime” in the Sunday, January 28 Globe. I agree with Wright and Fischer that a charge of involuntary manslaughter against the trucker in the … Continue reading →
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    • Take Action! Support Safe Streets Legislation January 31, 2018
      TweetFrom livable streets: Next Wednesday, February 7th is the deadline for legislative committees to act on bills, and An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities remains in front of the Joint Committee on Transportation. Will you help us make Massachusetts streets safer for all? The … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update January 31, 2018
      Tweet Save the Date for our Bike-A-Thon! It’s official, our 31st Annual Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday, June 10th, 2018! There are 4 routes to choose from again this year: 10, 30, 50, and 100 miles. Keep checking our website for updates about … Continue reading →
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    • BCU Looking For Board Members January 30, 2018
      TweetFrom Their Website: Boston Cyclists Union: Board Member Job Description Purpose: Provide governance to the Boston Cyclists Union organization, stewarding and protecting its mission, while representing the organization to the community and accepting ultimate legal authority for it. Mission:  We’re helping Bostonians … Continue reading →
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