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Bikes Not Bombs celebrated 30 years of using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change on July 4th! In the three decades since our founder Carl Kurz first brought two bikes to Nicaragua we are thrilled to have shipped56,981 bikes to partners in 14 countries. And, since our first Earn-A-Bike session in 1990 we have reached more than 3,500 youth through five sessions per year – including our girls-only version, Girls in Action. And all of our programs are taught and led by youth alumni who we offer meaningful, year-round employment through ourYouth Employment Pathways program and our youth organizing initiative, BOCA.
Our 30th anniversary not only provides us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come, but also to look forward and plan for the future. This summer we are welcoming our largest number of youth instructors ever – together with our Earn-A-Bike participants we’ll have over 80 young people people filtering through the Hub each day! And Bikes Not Bombs not only strives to provide access to bikes and trainings, but also to transform communities — locally and globally. BNB youth are participating in an equity evaluation of the Boston Bike Plan in conjunction with the On The Move Coalition and our International Team are exploring new partnerships as our current partners grow and become more self-sufficient.
All of this work would be impossible without the caring community of volunteers and donors who have supported Bikes Not Bombs since 1984. Thank You! Stay tuned for details about our 30th anniversary party in early December!
Adult Instructor Training is a free 30-hour course taught by BNB Youth Employees that provides the foundation in basic bike mechanics, teaching methods, role modeling and leadership, and age and gender sensitivity that you need to successfully volunteer in BNB Youth Programs. In exchange for this free program, Adult Instructors are REQUIRED to volunteer a minimum of one program day per week from 3pm-7pm in at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. Adult Instructor Trainings are held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, and upcoming training dates are September 8th – 24th, Monday - Wednesday, 6-9PM.
Applications are available online and for more information, contact Ashley Leary at [email protected] or617-522-0222 x 101.
Village Bicycle Project brings bicycles to the most rural areas of Ghana and Sierra Leone and organizes village-based workshops at which people can purchase bicycles at subsidized costs and receive training in basic bicycle maintenance. VBP also provides opportunities for local mechanics to purchase subsidized bicycle tools and receive training in advanced bicycle mechanics – building the repair infrastructure to sustain the bikes long-term. By partnering with rural communities, Village Bicycle Project creates opportunities for increased mobility, leading toward social and economic development.
Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Village Bicycle Project, Ghana!
Time: Sunday, August 10th from 10am – 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
Place: The BNB Warehouse on 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
Details: Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Since we’ve just reached our 30th anniversary, it is fitting to recognize a pair of volunteers who have a long history helping out at BNB, Jon Allen and Melanie Quigley! Jon writes: “I was pedaling a brand new Columbia 3-speed along Commonwealth Avenue in the summer of 1986 when a Ford Probe sped into me. The bike was totaled, but I felt that some parts might be worth donating to this non-profit I’d just heard about that recycled bikes and parts. We went to the address on Amory Street and we were told of a container loading that weekend where our help would be appreciated. (At the old space the bikes came out of the basement and had to be walked half way around the block to get to the truck so there was a lot more walking and less lifting then), so Mel and I went, and have been returning quite regularly ever since.”
Jon and Mel have been to almost EVERY loading for overseas shipments since, so they’ve now attended more container loadings than anyone else in BNB’s history! When BNB had to move in 2006, Jon and Mel constructed and painted a lot of walls and structures, first at the Hub, then the shop, then the warehouse. And they’ve become key volunteers for Bike-A-Thon logistics each year as well. This year, for example, they were here repeatedly in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon to check all the parts for our big tents, measure and cut ropes, sort food for the different rest stops, and prepare the bike parking tags. They traveled to Newton to help chef Brian Sway prepare food. And on the day of the Bike-A-Thon they joined the setup crew doing tents, ropes, banners, and slides. Thank you Jon and Mel for 28 years of steadfast volunteering!
Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Wednesday, October 22nd at 8am at Space with a Soul, near Downtown Crossing. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. Table Captains are critical to the success of this event.
Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs. As a Table Captain you will be responsible for bringing nine people to the Building Momentum Breakfast – friends, family, and colleagues – who you think will connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. The event will feature breakfast from our friends at Ula Cafe, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. We’ll guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. While this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.
BNB will be holding an information session for anyone interested in becoming a Table Captain onMonday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the BNB Hub. Please RSVP to Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected], or contact her if you would like more information about becoming a Table Captain.
Read about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.
Wednesday July 16 6:00pm
Museum of African American History – 46 Joy Street Beacon Hill Boston
Interview | Audience Q&A | Reception | Booksigning
ADMISSION: General: $5; youth (13 – 17) and seniors (62+): $3
Don’t miss the Boston Globe’s Derrick Jackson, an avid cyclist, history buff, photographer, and award-winning Op-Ed columnist, as he interviews author Lorenz “Larry” Finison about his new book, “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport and Society.”
The author and the journalist will share how athletes and individuals of all backgrounds made Boston a hub of 19th-century bicycling. The story includes a woman of color, Kittie Knox, who challenged conformity due to self-styled outfits and insistence on riding a man’s bike; Mary Sargent Hopkins, a self-proclaimed expert on women’s cycling and publisher of The Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, long affiliated with the League of American Wheelman and as a cycling advocate.
Finison’s book shows how these and other recreational and competitive bikers interacted on the road and in their cycling clubhouses, often constrained by issues of race, class, religion, and gender. Meet descendants of some of the early cyclists who will be in the audience. Bikes Not Bombs will co-host the program along with Discover Roxbury, Roxbury Bicycle Brigade, and UMass Press.
This July our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic will be on Wednesday the 16th from 8-9pm . Our Flat Fixing Clinic will be on Thursday July 24th from 8-9pm. As always there is no need to sign up, but please be punctual and show up by 8pm!
Women’s Bike Social
Join Boston Bikes on July 10th, 5:30 pm for a Boston Tasting Tour! The group will ride and eat their way through the South End and Back Bay before grabbing dessert in the North End.
Join the best Boston commuters at a commuting celebration! Free breakfast and coffee from Boloco at City Hall Plaza. Stop by the Bikes Not Bombs tent to say hi! Hosted by Boston Bikes July 18th 7-9am.
Boston Remembers Hiroshima: Moving from Violence to Unity
Boston Remembers Hiroshima: Join Mass Peace Action, Dorchester People for Peace and others including Bikes Not Bombs, in this event connecting neighborhoods of Boston to City Hall. First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, August 6, 3pm, procession through Common to City Hall Plaza. Taiko drumming, Japanese “Soran Bushi” dancers, singing, speakers, action.
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They say if you want to kill someone wait until they get onto a bicycle. In a tragic state of affairs a Suffolk grand jury has decided that running someone over with a truck and then leaving the scene caries with it no consequences, if that person is riding a bicycle.
A Suffolk County grand jury declined to press charges against a garbage truck driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on Sullivan Square in April, according to The Boston Globe.
Police had initially charged Ricky Prezioso, 41, with leaving the scene of a crash after he struck and killed Owen McGrory, 34, on April 3. At the time, Prezioso said he never felt the impact of the collision. Last week the grand jury declined to press the charge further. (via)
What the fuck…shouldn’t you at least be charged with poor driving, if what you say is true YOU DIDN’T NOTICE YOU RAN SOMEONE OVER!
This is the second time someone has run over a cyclist in broad daylight drove off and not gotten any charges, the same thing happened to a Dana McCoomb in Wesllesley.
The real reason I think these things happen is not that the police and prosecutors are not trying hard enough, its that most of the people on the jury drive cars. They all see themselves sitting accused of the same thing. They looked at their phone, or was not paying attention, but for the grace of luck they could be the one who ran someone over without noticing. So they let these people walk because they don’t think its a serious thing, they think it’s an “accident.”
It’s not an accident, its the same as shooting someone “by accident” you are in control of a deadly object, a huge powerful vehicle, and any lack of concentration on your part can and will result in the deaths of other people. Its just that guns by their design are killing machines so responsible people handle them with care. Cars are no less deadly, in fact they kill far more people than guns. (roughly 12,000 gun deaths in 2013, vs 30,000+ car deaths).
Prezioso should have been charged with something, you can not run someone down, and then leave the scene and not have broken SOME law. The members of this grand jury should all have to look Owen McGrory‘s family in the eye and explain to them why they felt no laws were broken. I assure you had McGory been driving a car and been killed by a guy in a truck that truck driver would have gotten charged with something.
For McGrory’s family, explanations are hard to come by.
“My mother — she doesn’t want to face it,” said John McGrory. “When I phone her, she keeps talking about the weather.”
John McGrory described his brother as popular both in Boston and his native Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
“He was such a likable, down-to-earth sort of lad,” said McGrory, who had visited his brother in November. Owen McGrory married his wife, Shannique, in December, and lived in Chelsea with Shannique and her son. He worked in construction and had been an avid bicyclist since childhood.
Shannique McGrory said in an e-mail that her husband was fun-loving and playful and cared deeply for her children.
“I am shocked and disappointed at the grand jury’s decision, but I believe that the truth of what happened that day will come out through the civil justice system,” she said.
“We believe that there is overwhelming evidence of gross negligence on the part of the truck driver in this case,” said Valerie Yarashus, a lawyer representing the McGrory family in the civil suit.
Prezioso and Capitol Waste Services did not respond to requests for comment.(via)
Tags: cyclist killed, failure of justice, murder, outrage
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Last week, the League of American Bicyclists released their list of Bicycle Friendly Communities for 2014, and named Lexington as Bronze Level winner. Lexington joins Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Northampton, and Somerville as a Massachusetts Bicycle Friendly Communities, and brings the commonwealth’s total to seven.
According to Lexington Patch:
The application process was coordinated by Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Peggy Enders, who worked with Town staff and bicycle advocates over the winter to assemble the data needed as part of the comprehensive assessment process required of applicants.
“The application process was essentially an exercise in benchmarking Lexington’s accomplishments in becoming a more bike friendly community,” Enders said. “There are a number of areas where the town has accomplished a great deal and other areas where there is room for improvement. It would be wonderful to receive a higher level designation in the future; the bronze level award is a great start that demonstrates Lexington’s growing commitment to bicycles and those who ride them.”
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes cities and towns that have taken steps to improve conditions for bicycle transportation, and incentivizes communities to continue improving through technical assistance.
Tags: awesome, bronze, Lexington
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In a sad story, an unitentified man who was probably a cyclist washed up on the beach last week. Authorities need our help trying to identify him. (thanks Marcie for the tip)
From the Suffolk District Attorney:
Authorities Seeking ID of Revere Beach Remains
BOSTON, May 5, 2014—State Police detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man whose remains washed up on Revere Beach last week.
The conditions of the remains have thus far hindered investigators’ efforts to identify the man or determine his ethnicity, but forensic anthropologists consulted by the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit have opined that he was an adult between 20 and 40 years old – and likely on the younger end of that range.
The jeans themselves were American Eagle brand blue jeans with a 30” waist, suggesting a slim build, cinched with a black, braided leather belt. Inside one of the pockets was the key to a Kryptonite bicycle lock. The key was not registered. He was also wearing boxer shorts bearing an image resembling a Volkswagen Bug with a surfboard on its rooftop.
A passerby spotted the remains in shallow water along the shoreline at about 11:30 on April 30 and contacted State Police, who, with Revere Police, are attempting to locate his family or friends. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause or manner of his death.
“Somewhere, there may be a mother, father, son, or daughter suffering the worst kind of uncertainty,” Conley said. “If we can identify this man, we can at least put an end to that waiting and worrying and allow them some closure. Even if members of the public don’t have specific information, they can share these details online and, perhaps, help us reach the loved ones who need to know.”
State Police detectives have already begun reviewing missing persons reports that may be of assistance and, through the Commonwealth Fusion Center, have notified law enforcement agencies across Massachusetts of their investigation. Members of the public who have specific information may call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817. Others without information but who wish to help are asked share the following link: http://wp.me/pKHdm-1Vk.
Tags: cyclist, death, mystery
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Training to become a Street Ambassador, May 7
Make change happen. Become a Street Ambassador this summer.
In 2012, our Street Ambassadors helped win huge interim improvements along the McGrath Corridor as part of our Remove McGrath Campaign. They even made national news while doing it!
In 2013, our Street Ambassadors helped win a safer and more livable Massachusetts Avenue Bridge as part of our Better Bridges Campaign.
In 2014, we want you to join our Street Ambassador team to:
-collect postcards in support of our Safer Streets Campaign
-help with tactical urbanism in Cambridge and Greater Four Corners
-represent LivableStreets at events throughout the summer
“Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” - 2012 Street Ambassador
Attend the training on May 7 at 5:45pm to become an Ambassador and help create safer and more livable streets in Boston.
|Next generation street design guide adopted by MassDOT
Major kudos to MassDOT for making Massachusetts the second state to officially endorse the National Association of City Transportation Official’s Urban Street Design Guide, considered the next generation manual for designing more livable streets. Yes to more innovation!
For years, advocates have hit a brick wall with government and their consultants: “The Green Book and MUTCD say you can’t do that.” Since 1914, the “Green Book” has controlled street design, such as how wide car lanes should be (and no separated bike lanes allowed). And since 1971, the Manual on Urban Traffic Control Devices has controlled the use of traffic signals, signage, and striping, providing barriers to good bicycle and pedestrian design (e.g., no bike signals, no leading pedestrian walk time). Mass. Transportation Secretary Rich Davey says the NACTO guide provides “essential design principles for safe, multi-modal urban streets and attractive public spaces that embody our sustainability mission.” You know change is in the air when the Federal Highway Association urges all transportation engineers to use the new guide. With Ned Codd as the new director of MassDOT’s GreenDOT transportat
In recent StreetLife newsletters, we shared news that major city centers across Europe, from Brussels to Madrid, are hoping to go car-free to reduce air pollution and traffic, and to create space to enjoy other activities.
The news continues about cities flirting with these ideas, but there is a catch. A recent article in The Atlantic Cities notes that even though places such as Boulder, CO and Portland, OR are known for walking and biking, they are still not seeing any significant mode shifts despite huge investments in these activities.
The cause? “The crucial component that’s missing is that we’re not implementing any policies that disincentivize driving,” says Daniel Piatkowski. The article suggests, “We could reduce parking availability or raise parking rates. We could implement congestion pricing. We could roll back subsidies for gas and highways and public parking garages. We could tie auto-insurance rates or infrastructure taxes to how much people actually drive.” Read on.
This is a really important point. Fitch Ratings, the third-largest credit rating agency in the US, discusses it in their March 12 press release, urging policymakers to plan for changing travel demands. Fitch Ratings highlights U.S. Census Bureau data revealing record transit use and multi-family home construction across the country. “In our view, the transportation needs of the next 50 years will be markedly different from those of the past 50 years. U.S. policymakers must begin adapting their current decisions to these future needs.” Read on.
One neighboring city that is exploring policies to discourage driving and plan for the future is New York City. On March 20, The Atlantic Cities published an article describing how NYC is toying with one policy idea to limit congestion and increase transportation options. The idea is called “fair tolling:” a plan to charge drivers fees that will go to funding public transit, led by group Move NY. Read on.
Questions for you: Where are the places that you choose not to drive to because of limited parking or high cost, and instead choose another way of getting there?
Tags: livable streets, update
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This is pretty awesome!
The Community Path is heading to Boston. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced today that the MBTA will build an extension of the path along the future Green Line from Lechmere Station to the forthcoming Lowell Street Station, connecting to the current path and bringing the total length of Somerville’s bicycle and pedestrian path to 2 miles.
Under an agreement between the MBTA and the City of Somerville, the MBTA will first build the path along the future Green Line from Lechmere Station to the forthcoming Brickbottom Station at Washington Street as part of Phase II of the Green Line Extension, which is scheduled for completion in late 2017 with the opening of the new Lechmere, Brickbottom and Union Square stations.
As the Green Line Extension project continues, the MBTA and will build the remaining stretch of the Community Path from Brickbottom Station to the future Lowell Street Station. Last May, MassDOT began work on extending the Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street.
Once the Community Path is fully built, it will create a seamless link from the Minuteman Bikeway to the Charles River paths, creating a 48-mile continuous path network connecting 11 cities and towns in the Greater Boston region. The Community Path will also provide emergency egress and a utility corridor for the Green Line Extension.
“When construction began last May on the Cedar Street to Lowell Street extension of the Community Path, I said it was only the beginning and that we would extend the path to Boston. That day is here thanks to the determination of so many,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “This project is about much more than biking and walking. It’s about building a community and a region that is equitable, connected and vibrant. When we create connections between neighborhoods and communities, economic health follows as our squares thrive, local businesses get busier and a resilient, self-sufficient economic base is built for our city and the region. That is the connectivity and vibrancy that will also help us bring back our historic neighborhoods like Brickbottom and Inner Belt.”
“Today’s announcement of funding for the GLX Community Path further demonstrates our vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Investment in transportation infrastructure that provides better access to more healthy, sustainable and cost-efficient options is necessary to continue to move Massachusetts forward.”
Bicycle infrastructure is an integral component of the Green Line Extension, which upon completion will have 1,100 bicycle parking spaces throughout the seven stations, including dedicated Pedal and Park enclosed bicycle storage units that can be accessed using a Bike Charlie Card. Last June, MassDOT agreed to fund a complete design of the Community Path from Lowell Street to Lechmere as part of the Green Line Extension; previously, the design ended at Inner Belt.
“MassDOT’s vision for sustainable, healthy, accessible transportation has no better example than the commitment made to the GLX Community Path made here today,” said Secretary Davey. “The Patrick Administration’s continued investment in transportation infrastructure is key to the future of transportation in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, and I’m proud to be here in the City of Somerville today celebrating what that will mean for its citizens.”
Somerville’s bike network has more than doubled under Mayor Curtatone’s administration, bringing the city’s total to more than 30 liner miles of bike lanes in a 4.1 square mile city, along with the installation of 75 new bike racks and 10 bike corrals. The City has also updated and added pedestrian safety infrastructure such as street trees, curb bump-outs and ADA-accessible ramps that make the city more walkable. Somerville is now the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation, regardless of population size, according the 2014 national Walk Score ratings, and a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community according to The League of American Bicyclists, a designation the city earned only two years after earning a Bronze level designation.
- See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/community-path-extending-boston#sthash.60jzntz2.dpuf
Tags: bike path, community path, somerville
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It is with great pride and excitement that we present our 2013 Annual Report! 2013 was a busy year for Bikes Not Bombs; we collected more bikes than ever before, launched a new weekly youth drop-in time, started two off-site bicycle programs that employ alumni youth, developed a new partnership with Bici-Tec in Guatemala, and had a record-breaking successful Bike-A-Thon! We encourage you to read our first-ever digital annual report which spotlights some of the stories and people that made 2013 especially memorable. We owe a big thank you to every volunteer, donor, supporter, participant, and member of BNB that made this year possible!
As you look through the Annual Report, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by our accomplishments and progress. But moving forward we are also keenly aware of how much is left to be done. We hope you’ll to consider gift to support Bikes Not Bombs as we move towards our goals for 2014 and beyond.
Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for Spring Girls In Action! The program will take place May 12th through June 12th from 4-7pm Monday – Thursday, and is open to girls ages 12-18. Participants will choose a bike from those donated to Bikes Not Bombs, and not only learn the skills to build it up, but to maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is hers to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and explore various environmental and social justice issues. No previous bike knowledge is necessary!
There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, the applicant’s availability, and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) or fee waiver must be submitted. Applicants who are not accepted for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned.
Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Join Bikes Not Bombs for the 27th Annual Bike-A-Thonon Sunday, June 8th, 2014 (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd)! We are excited to release four new routes this year including a family friendly 10 mile route and our longest route ever, 80 miles! All routes start and end in the Southwest Corridor Park, in front of the Stony Brook T. In the afternoon, riders meet back for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food! Our2013 Bike-A-Thon was the most successful yet, mobilizing 559 riders to raise over $170,000, and we’re hoping 2014 will be even more successful! The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! After registering, riders can create a personalized fundraising page and are responsible for meeting fundraising minimums ($150 for adults and $75 for those under 18). All proceeds benefit Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs.
Register online or in-person at the Hub or Bike Shop.
Beyond the thrill of a fun bike ride, all registered riders will receive 15% off labor for a basic or major tune up at the BNB Shop and there are tons of prizes available from now until the ride on our Twitterand Facebook. Make sure you check in every day to see what the latest #BAT2014 prize is!
Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, as well as designs and builds bicycle-powered machines. Bici-Tec also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines, such as pedal-powered water pumps and corn grinders. These machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable alternative to rural families and communities. Bicycle machines are locally produced and use locally repairable technology, and in the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”
Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!
TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.
You can RSVP online.
Bikes Not Bombs will screen the new documentary“Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change” at the Hub, 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, on Tuesday May 6th at 6pm. This 30-minute film features the story of Wenzday Jane, the founder of Metro Pedal Power. Wenzday grew up in a low-income household and was able to harness her mechanical skills to build a successful business — with priorities on social justice and community-building.
We will host a panel of 3-4 speakers after the film focusing on the process of personal and professional development, and the hard and soft skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high-school. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting film and panel! Email [email protected] for more information.
Our volunteer of the month is Sophie Greenspan! While you might not recognize Sophie by name, you will definitely recognize her style all over BNB! She has been our go-to graphic designer for the past year. In November, she designed our year-end newsletter, then immediately went “back to the drawing board” and created our Bike-A-Thon posters, flyers, and ads. Her work didn’t end there; Sophie is currently in the throes of designing the 2014 Bike-A-Thon t-shirt. While we’re not asking her to have a completed design until the end of April, Sophie has already presented us with three separate t-shirt options. Sophie’s enthusiasm for BNB and our graphic design projects is tremendous! Thanks Sophie!
Abdullahi (Abdul) Hussein is the April 2014 Youth Employee of the Month. He is the ultimate team player and leader amongst his peers. Abdul makes young people feel welcome at BNB and Chain Reaction, and is a really thoughtful and giving co-worker. Born in Kenya to Somalian parents, Abdul came to Bikes Not Bombs in 2010 to take Earn-A-Bike. After displaying motivation and a strong work ethic in Earn-A-Bike, Abdul joined the Pathways program to be an Instructor running Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. Since then, he has become our Chain Reaction Coordinator and has sought out many opportunities to develop new skills – including planning the February trip to the Youth Bike Summit in New York City, where he organized youth to lead a workshop. He takes initiative, works independently and with his peers to achieve goals, is focused and has an energy that is both positive and highly infectious. Always quick with a joke to break the ice, Abdul balances his personal focus on success for himself and Bikes Not Bombs with a lighter side that builds the youth programs team culture and cohesiveness. A veteran leader with a wealth of experience at BNB and with our coalition partners, we are honored to call Abdul a member of the BNB family and our April Youth Employee of the Month. Congratulations to Abdul!
We will be holding our Flat Fixing Clinic on Thursday April 10th from 8-9pm and our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday April 23rd from 8-9pm. Full class schedule is online. As always, no need to sign up ahead of time, just be punctual and show up by 8pm! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be on Monday April 7th from 7-9pm. Tool Time requires both a BNB Membership and advanced sign up.
With the days getting warmer (and hopefully staying that way) the shop is starting to pick up again. Currently, we’re only booked a couple days in advance so it’s still a great time to bring you’re bike by to get tuned-up for Spring.
We have a great selection of refurbished and new bikesto come try out. Also don’t forget that we currently have some refurbished kids bikes starting at $50. This is a great way to get a safe and fun 16″ or 20″ wheeled bike for your child.
We’re happy to welcome Ernesto Botello to our shop staff. Ernesto recently completed our Vocational Training Program and has been a great addition to the bike shop staff. We’re also sad to announce that longtime employee Alex Twombly is leaving the BNB shop, but we wish him the best as he embarks on his through-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail!
Want to participate in the fun of Bike-A-Thon without riding? We’re looking for about 50 volunteers to help out on the day of the event, June 8th (rain date: June 22nd). We also have some volunteer roles in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon. Volunteers receive a free Bike-A-Thon t-shirt, food at the After-Party, and get to be part of the action!
Available positions include helping with the BNB info table, route marking, rest stop support, sign painting and more. Sign up online!
Hubway is Hiring
Hubway Bicycle Share is hiring a variety of positions for the spring and summer. There are a number of part-time and full-time positions available including Field Bicycle Technician and Corporate Sales Associate. Hubway operates a 3 year old bike share in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.
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I have been rambling on for years about how parking spaces are basically the worst thing you can put into a city (other than I guess the cars in them), but finally someone went and proved me right with math.
A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. cities from 1960 to 2000. They conclude that some car-centric cities forfeit more than a thousand dollars per parking space per year in potential municipal revenues by using land for parking rather than more lucrative alternatives. The researchers also found that minimum parking requirements inhibit development and exacerbate traffic by placing incentives on car use rather than on walking and cycling.
The studies chronicle changes in Arlington, Va., Berkeley, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass.—all of which showed only modest growth in parking over the past 40 years—and Hartford, Conn., Lowell, Mass., and New Haven, Conn., where parking spaces were added with great zeal over that span.
Parking-centric cities also sacrifice income. In all six cities studied by UConn’s researchers, land devoted to buildings provides at least 88 percent of tax revenue and sometimes as much as 97 percent; parking contributes very little. In other words, cities that turn themselves into car lots relinquish tax money in the bargain.
Hartford loses an estimated $1,200 annually per parking space, a subsidy of more than $50 million per year, according to Garrick. The city is no anomaly: “We pick on Hartford because it’s our state capital.” Cities such as Cambridge, where parking is kept in check and more heavily taxed, don’t lose money. (read more here)
Hindsight is of course 20/20, but lets go over a little recap of what happened to many cities since the 60′s. Build big highways into the city, allowing people to commute from the burbs, whoops there goes your tax base, then you build lots of parking lots so those people have some place to stash their cars when arrive from 20-10+ miles away, roads get torn up without the tax base to pay for them, and whoops lost tax revenue because empty concrete doesn’t make much tax revenue. Then what are you left with? A city that is a traffic jam twice a day, a parking lot during the work day, and a ghost town at night and on weekends. You also have lots of ugly highways and overpasses that make it impossible for the people left to enjoy the city…in short building cities for cars is a nightmare.
I am uplifted by the fact that there has been a big trend in tearing down overpasses, making it more expensive to commute by car into cites, and removing, or reducing the number of parking spaces built. But we have a long way to go, our cities are still not designed for people, they are designed for cars. Hopefully people will follow the money and replace the parking spaces with something useful, like a garden, park, business, home, or bike lane!
Tags: economy, parking, throwing good money after bad
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