The Latest From BostonBiker.org
News, Events, Updates
Here is an update from Boston Bikes, with all sorts of goodies and info:
City of Boston
|#BeBrilliant Light Campaign Recap
Thanks to a donation of lights from Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC, Boston Bikes held the #BeBrilliant Light Campaign for a second year. During the week after the time change, volunteers distributed lights to more than 200 cyclists who were riding without them. Thank you, Bicyclecentro, Bikes Not Bombs, Bowdoin Bike School, CommonWheels, Dot Bike, JP Bikes, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Rozzie Bikes, and Southie Bikes for distributing lights in your communities.
Remember to use lights when riding at night or in the early morning: lights are required by law in the time between half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise. We’re all looking forward to December 23, when the days will start to grow longer. View more photos from the campaign on Facebook.
|Apply to Join the Boston Bikes Advisory Group
We are seeking applications for the Boston Bikes Advisory Group (BBAG), which consists of individuals who live, work, and/or bike in Boston. Members serve as liaisons to the greater biking community and advise the Active Transportation Director on priorities related to cycling in Boston including: the implementation of the network plan, safety and education campaigns, and community events. Members attend monthly meetings at Boston City Hall and are asked to support the work of Boston Bikes and the bike community in general.
Read the BBAG Overview and view the application. Applications are due December 22, 2015. Applicants will be notified in the middle of January 2016, and the first meeting will take place in February. Memberships last two calendar years.
|Hubway Station Closures
Hubway stations are heading in for the winter. The first round of station closures are taking place from November 16th to November 25th. Depending on the weather, most of Boston’s stations will be available in December.
You can view this week’s removal schedule on Hubway’s website. Want to be notified before your station is removed? Sign up for system alerts. You can also check the Hubway map or the Spotcycle app for real time updates.
|2015 Youth Cycling Program Recap
Our Youth Cycling Program (YCP) was once again a huge success! This year we visited 30 different sites and over 5,800 students had the opportunity to develop their biking skills – from learning to ride for the first time to navigating city streets safely. We owe thanks to the many partners and our Youth Cycling Instructors who helped to make this year a success!
We’ll begin accepting applications for the Spring 2016 session early next year. You canlearn more about host requirements on our website.
|World Day of Remembrance Ride and Vigil
Photo credit: Kyle Ramey – View more photos from the World Day of Remembrance Ride and VigilOn Sunday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition gathered people from the greater Boston to raise awareness about traffic violence in Massachusetts. Following a memorial bike ride, a vigil was held in front of the State House where people shared stories of those lost in traffic crashes and placed yellow flowers on the steps in remembrance. Read more about the event in the Boston Globe.
The City of Boston adopted Vision Zero in March and will release its action plan in the coming weeks.
|Connect with Boston Bikes & Women Bike Boston
Boston City Hall – Suite 932 | Boston, MA 02201
[email protected] | cityofboston.gov/bikes | bostonbikes.org
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— Cambridge Police (@CambridgePolice) November 18, 2015
Woo! Now all we can hope for is that this attempted murder gets treated as such, instead of the more usual case of having the charges thrown out or reduced to a ridiculous degree. Trying to kill someone with your car should be treated in the same way that trying to kill someone with anything else is, seriously.
Tags: asshole in a truck, cambridge, hit and run
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Got this in the email, seems someone has come into possession a bicycle they think is stolen. They think it belongs to someone named Brendan Liszanckie, who rode the Pan Mass challenge (judging from the stickers on the bike I guess), if you are this person, or you know this person, have them drop me an email and I will connect you with the person who has your bike.
Tags: brendan liszanckie, did your bike get stolen
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from Bikes Not Bombs:
Come Celebrate the Year With Us!
Join us to celebrate an amazing 2015! We’ll be unveiling our new video mechanics manual and celebrating the contributions of staff members David Branigan and Derek McIntire as they transition out of their roles at BNB, and Stephen Bosco who has stepped back to a lead volunteer role. All ages welcome at Doyle’s Cafe on December 16th from 6-10pm, we’ll provide light appetizers, cash bar available.
Join our Board of Directors!
The Bikes Not Bombs Board of Directors is seeking candidates to join our team! The Board is responsible for guiding and providing oversight to the organization as a whole. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in legal services, nonprofit financial management, fundraising, and human resources. People with a strong connection to our programs, mission, and the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop
RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm November 7th, please be on time for the clinics.
We’ve switched to our Winter hours and will now be open on Monday 11-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8-8pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pmand closed on Sundays.
Help BNB Load Bikes to Kenya!
We will be shipping our second container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on December 13th. Please join us! Stop by our warehouse for an hour or stay all day.
This will be our last container of 2015!
Volunteer of the Month – Susan Redlich!
Susan Redlich has been an invaluable part of Bikes Not Bombs since the beginning. She started collecting bike boxes in her basement to ship to Nicaragua in the 80s, and continues to load containers to this day. She says her favorite part about loading containers is “I can see in my mind the excitement of people unloading the bikes in Ghana, Guatemala, and other partner destinations.” Here is a photo of Susan visiting Maya Pedal in Guatemala. Thank you for all you do for Bikes Not Bombs Susan!
Successful 5th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast!
On Thursday October 15th 85 people joined us at Bikes Not Bombs’ Fifth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast. We are especially grateful that over 64% of guests were inspired to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work by committing to multi-year gifts and in total the breakfast raised over $69,000 for the next 5 years. Thank you to Ula Cafe for catering, Barrington Coffee for the coffee, Cambridge Innovation Center for the space and all of our guests and table captains for attending. Check out photos from the event.
News Outside of BNB
Bike Infrastructure Planning and Design Workshop – Join the Boston Cyclists Union on Saturday November 14th from 9-3:30pm to learn how to plan and design different kinds of bike route infrastructure!.
Cranksgiving – Come join the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving ride on November 21st 12pm at Copley! Cranksgiving is a bike ride and scavenger hunt where participants ride all over Boston buying food items to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and Somerville Homeless Coalition. Ride bikes. Buy food. Give back.
Delegation to Honduras – In January join a Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras to visit and connect with a variety of communities to learn about the struggles of Hondurans amidst unfair economic policies, repression and militarization.
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Who hit a cyclists on purpose and then drove off.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for the driver of a pick-up they say swerved towards a bicyclist on Webster Street shortly after 7 a.m. on Sept. 29:
Just before the hit and run, the operator of the pickup yelled, honked his horn and then made contact with the bicyclist’s handle bar, causing him to fall.
The bicyclist, Geren Stone of Somerville, is a doctor at Mass. General. He required surgery for injuries to his left arm, police say.
Read more about this here, anyone with info call the Cambridge police at: 617-349-3364.
Tags: asshole, cambridge, hit and run
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From Livable Streets:
We are excited to announce two opportunities – a StreetTalk featuring our Emerald Network Initiative and a limited time discount on some amazing bikes. See below to learn more!
Our fall StreetTalk will explore what role the Emerald Network can play in not only increasing mobility options for people in the Metro area, but also tackling challenges like economic development, equity, climate change and public health in urban Boston. To learn more click here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 pm Emerald Networking Reception (cash bar)
6:30 – 8:00 pm StreetTalk: Connecting our Urban Greenways
@ Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress St #200, Boston, MA 02210
Cost: $10 general admission; LivableStreets members get in for FREE
StreetTalks sell out quickly. What are you waiting for, register today!
|photo credit: Kyle Ramey|
Our friends at Urban AdvenTours are selling a limited number of Royal Dutch Gazelle bikes. And in the month of October they are offering a $50 discount to anyone who mentions LivableStreets. They’ll also give LivableStreets $50 for every bike sold!
For more information or to purchase a Gazelle call Urban AdvenTours at (617) 670-0637 and be sure to mention LivableStreets!
These are sturdy, comfortable bikes made for every day riding in the city. They include built in lights, bells, a rear wheel lock …and happen to be LivableStreets orange! Swing by the LivableStreets office if you’d like to check one out before purchasing.
And don’t forget, this offer is only available during October – so get your Gazelle today!
Save the date for our annual StreetTalk 10-in-1
Last, but certainly not least, we hope you’ll save the date forDecember 1, when we’ll hold our annual 10-in-1 StreetTalk.
We are planning an extra special 10-in-1 as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration and we hope you’ll join us. Look out for more details soon!
We hope to see you at our StreetTalk on November 3rd. Perhaps you’ll ride your brand new Gazelle there!
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From the city:
Share Your Transportation Idea with Go Boston 2030
What projects or policies do you think will help us to reimagine a transportation system that is more equitable, more responsive to climate change, and more supportive of economic opportunities?Share your idea at GoBoston2030.org.
When you’re done sharing your ideas,read the stories of people who live and/or work in Boston and shared their trips with the Boston Transportation Department. As part of the Go Boston 2030 initiative, these stories serve to help us all understand more about the diverse transportation needs of Bostonians.
If you’d like to share your idea in person, visit Go Boston 2030 at an upcoming Ideas on the Street pop-up location.
Wednesday, October 14th
11:00am – 2:00pm, Downtown Crossing, Summer St. at Macy’s
4:00pm – 7:00pm, Roxbury, Roxbury Crossing T Station
Thursday, October 15th
11:00am – 1:00pm, Mission Hill, Brigham Circle Farmer’s Market
2:30pm – 5:30pm, Jamaica Plain, Armory Street Apartments
Friday, October 16th
12:00pm – 2:00pm, Dorchester, Bellflower Apartments
3:30pm – 6:30pm, Roxbury, Dudley Square Farmer’s Market
Saturday, October 17th
12:00pm – 2:00pm, Hyde Park, Public Library
Dates and locations are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Please check the Go Boston 2030 website for the most up to date information.
NEW DATE – Women’s Bike Social Urban Orchards Tour – Saturday 10/24
Are you a woman looking for a fun afternoon on the town? On October 24th join us for an Urban Orchards tour of some of Boston’s hidden gems and enjoy delicious fall treats along the way. Meet at Roxbury Crossing at 2:00 pm.
Registration is free. If you identify as a woman, pleasesign up now!
Adult Women’s Learn to Ride
We still have a few spaces open in our adult-women’s learn-to-ride clinics. These clinics are for anyone who identifies as a woman and has never learned to ride or could use a refresher course. If you or anyone one you know meets those criteria please encourage them to register now for a session:
Please register for only one of our two sessions on 10/17 so that we can include as many new riders as possible!
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Johnathan Fertig is amazing! He was sick of seeing the slow progress of adding divider pylons on Mass. Ave. so he went and did it himself!
Inspired by a book about “tactical urbanism” and what he called the city’s slow response to making certain roadway improvements, cyclist Jonathan Fertig took matters into his own hands and constructed a separated bike lane along one of Boston’s most dangerous thoroughfares using house plants and orange traffic cones.
Now he’s raising money online to create more “flower lanes” just like it to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the same corridor.
On Sunday, Fertig, who commutes daily from his home in Dorchester to Cambridge, placed six potted plants and cones on a portion of Massachusetts Avenue near the Beacon Street intersection, the site of a fatal crash in August that claimed the life of endocrine surgeon Anita Kurmann.
“I went to Home Depot, bought the mums that were on sale for $6, and then just put them down and walked away,” Fertig said.(via)
The article also shares a tweet from our own Greg Hum.
— Greg Hum (@thehum) September 8, 2015
These sort of improvements are not rocket surgery, there are many well tested and well implemented examples of good bicycle infrastructure from both American Cities and the rest of the world all we have to do is copy and implement!
Tags: Mass Ave Bridge, Plant Lanes
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