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Rally For Safer Streets Sept 29th!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From Livable Streets:


The program will start at 6pm sharp with City Council President Michelle Wu and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. Show up early to meet with Councilor Wu and share your street safety concerns!

Streets are For People Rally
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston
**rally will go on rain or shine

Many of you have been helping us to spread the word via social media, thank you! Keep the momentum going so we can get the biggest crowd possible!

Together we can urge our leaders to prioritize safer options for people who walk, bike, and take transit. 

What you can do:

  1. Share this email with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join you on September 29th!

  2. Invite 5 friends to the event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1590398451256994/

  3. Wear yellow to the rally. Yellow is a color of solidarity for those killed or seriously injured in crashes.

  4. Spread the word via social media before and during the rally using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident

By participating in this rally you can show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people get around.

We know that Vision Zero can save lives. We hope to see you at City Hall Plaza this Thursday!

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

Event Co-Hosts: WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston, Walk UP Rozzie, Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition


Dear Boston City Council,

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition invited Mayor Walsh to speak at a Vision Zero rally taking place on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza. (We’ve included the invite below). We would like to invite City Council President Wu to speak at the rally, and invite all of you to be there to show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people are getting around.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston


September 14, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013

Dear Mayor Walsh,

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we would like to invite you to speak at a rally on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza, where we will gather with our friends and neighbors in solidarity with those who have been killed in traffic crashes to call for swifter action to prevent these tragedies in the future.

Specifically, we hope you will recommit to Vision Zero, the pledge to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030, and share what actions the City will take before the end of the year to achieve the goals it set forth in the Vision Zero Action Plan released in December of 2015. Additionally, we hope that you will commit more financial resources for additional staff and capital projects to ensure that the Transportation Department has the support it needs to reach these important goals.

Committing to Vision Zero was an important first step in improving safety on our streets. Unfortunately, in the wake of a series of tragic and preventable crashes, injuries, and fatalities, including 13 pedestrians who have died so far this year in the City of Boston, it is more important than ever to focus the priority of transportation policies and projects on safety.

The status quo is not working. We desperately need to invest in the infrastructure of Boston’s streets and sidewalks — and we need your leadership to show it is the mandate of city government to prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, take transit and drive.

Thank you for considering this invitation. We hope to see you on September 29th and look forward to working with you to accelerate progress toward achieving Vision Zero in the City of Boston.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition advocates for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout the metro area and state of Massachusetts. The growing coalition includes community-based organizations, nonprofits, businesses, civic groups and individuals representing communities across the state.

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As Cycling Grows Cambridge Proactive In Education

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 25

The City of Cambridge is handing out a copy of the bike laws to all the residents (including incoming Harvard students).  Education is a key component in preventing bike accidents, and I am glad they are passing it out to ALL new residents, because the vast majority of people in Cambridge are not riding their bike daily, and they need to know the laws just as much as the cyclists (if not more).

Perhaps this could be expanded to EVERY resident in Cambridge, as they could use a refresher on the laws as well.

From The Crimson:

New residents of Cambridge, including incoming Harvard students, will receive information on local bicycle regulations, the Cambridge City Council ordered at its weekly Monday night meeting.

A trio of resolutions, all focused on increasing knowledge about bike laws in Cambridge, passed unanimously. The resolutions, sponsored by Mayor E. Denise Simmons, requested that the City Manager’s office work with the city and local colleges to provide new residents and students with relevant bicycle safety information.

“There’s a good deal of volume of bicycles in the area, and people may be coming from areas where there aren’t as many,” said Sandra Clarke, Cambridge’s deputy director of community development. “[The resolutions are] intended to reach out to folks who may be new to the community.”


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DotBike September Update

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

DotBike has been busy!

From the email:


Dear Dot Bikers,

 

As we move from sweaty- to sweater-weather biking I hope you’re enjoying your riding! Thanks to many of you who have joined us for #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday group commutes and our new ongoing Bike Repair Saturdays at home.stead cafe.

There were several key legislative wins for biking in MA this session, including the bill which will allow Boston to drop from 30 to 25 mph in thickly settled areas. Read more at MassBike.

Help us build our local bike community via social media–  follow DotBike on Facebook and Twitter (@BikeDorchester)!

7 ways to get involved in your bike community this month:

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES

SEPT (date TBA) – Morrisey Blvd Redesign for Reconstruction

From DCR’s website: “At a public meeting anticipated to be held in September 2016, DCR will present an introduction to, and obtain feedback on, conceptual designs focused on reconfiguration of roadway lanes, intersections, crosswalks, and adjoining sidewalks and paths used by pedestrians and bicycles.  DCR aims to present final design plans in December 2016, and construction is pending the availability of funding.”

SEPT 27 – Vision Zero Boston: Neighborhood Slow Streets TNT Community Meeting

@ Prayer Tower Apostolic Church | 151 Norfolk St, Dorchester, 6:30pm

Join the Boston Transportation Department project team to learn about the proposed transportation safety project for the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle neighborhood and give us your feedback.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPT 15 –  Dorchester Bike + Brew Festival

@ Ashmont/Peabody Square, 5-8PM

Join Greater Ashmont Main Street, DotBike, Boston Cyclists’ Union  and MassBike for this family friendly community festival showcasing the growing cycling community in Dorchester and the burgeoning Boston brewery scene, along with food trucks, live music, DIY bike repair presentations, giveaways, etc.

SEPT 17 – Bike Repair Saturdays

@home.stead cafe, 10-12pm

Need help fixing a flat? Can’t figure out where that squeaking noise is coming from? Starting this September, volunteers from DotBike will be available for simple bike repairs in front of home.stead café.

We intend to make this a recurring event every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting (above 50 F, and no rain). Due to our limited tools and tubes we will only be able to perform small repairs. If you are willing to participate, work on your own bike, and share your knowledge with others, even better!

SEPT 20 –  DotBike General Meeting

@ Codman Academy, 6:30-8pm

All are welcome! We meet bi-monthly at Codman Academy Black Box Theater in Codman Square (14 Epping St.) from 6:30-8:00pm. Contact: [email protected].

SEPT 23 – #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday Group Commute

@Ashmont Cycles, 7:15am

Convoy will meet at 7:15am (7:20am departure) in front of Ashmont Cycles and ride down Dorchester Ave picking people up along the way.  We will have a brief stop at home.stead cafe for coffee and pastries.  We will then continue downtown with other Dorchester residents and meet up with other city cyclists at City Hall.  RSVP to Bryan ([email protected]).

SEPT 24 – Inter-neighborhood Ride Series: DORCHESTER

@ home.stead cafe, 11am

Join DotBike for the 3rd installment of the Inter-neighborhood Ride Series!  “Dorchester Heights and Highlights” – a little history, a little hill-climbing, but plenty of good views and good company! Play “Dot Bingo” as you ride and you could win a gift certificate to the delicious home.stead cafe! Ride starts and finishes in Fields Corner @ home.stead café (1448 Dorchester Ave).

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GET INVOLVED!

Join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy (14 Epping Street).


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

From the email:


Bikes Not Bombs
September 2016
Youth graduating from Earn-A-Bike this summer
Volunteer or Join with Youth Programs this Fall!

Adult Instructor Training starts on Monday! Are you interested in volunteering to help with bike repair and ride marshaling within Earn-A-Bike? Learn more and apply on our website.

Twelve to eighteen year olds, join us in Earn-A-Bike! Our Fall session begins October 3rd and runs untilNovember 3rd meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. In Earn-A-Bike youth learn about mechanics and safe riding practices, and fix up a bike that they earn through the program. Applications available onlineand at our Hub.

Kithinji, Program Coordinator for the Women's Bicycle Program
Cycloville launches Women’s Bike Program

Welcome to Kithinji Doreen, Cycloville’s new program coordinator for the Women’s Bike Program (WBP)! Kithinji is a bike enthusiast and a women’s rights activist. She believes that women and men should have equal access to bikes and in the benefits that bikes can offer to them. By launching the WBP, Cycloville is taking one more step towards institutionalizing biking culture in Nairobi for all people regardless of their gender. Learn more about Kithinji and the program!

Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA!
Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA!

Join BNB to load a container to our partner CESTA in El Salvador on September 11th. We will be loading from 9am – 6pm. Drop by for an hour or stay all day!

Please RSVP so that we have an idea of how many people are coming.

Ride with BOCA!
Ride with BOCA!

Starting September 17th, BOCA will be hosting bi-monthly Unity Rides! These rides will be to fun places with stops and information provided by youth employees. All riders must have a working bike and helmet, we can provide helmet loaners and may be able to loan bikes with advance notice.

Meet at the BNB Hub at 11am on Saturday Sept. 17th,Oct. 1st, 15th and 29th and Nov. 12th. Rides will return to the Hub around 3pm. Waivers required for all participants, youth under 18 need parent/guardian signature.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast on October 26th!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs’ 6th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Wednesday, October 26th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. We will give Table Captains all the information and training they need to be successful. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Visit the Bike Shop!
Happenings at the Bike Shop

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 9/12 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 9/15 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Thurs 9/22 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 10/3 7-9pm Adult Earn-A-Bike Alumni Night

We’re excited to begin building up 2017 bikes including the Raleigh Redux 1! With a lightweight aluminum frame and mechanical disc brakes, the Redux 1 will make commuting a blast. Come in to try one out!

Thank you ???
Volunteer of the Month – Gus Harrington

Gus is invaluable to our bike collections program. Not only does he attend our bike drives and container loadings to assist with processing bikes for shipment, he also lets BNB use the shed at his property in Salisbury, MA as a drop-off spot for people who want to donate bikes, but can’t bring them all the way to Boston. Gus says he likes supporting BNB because our programs educate youth about mechanics and help spread bikes as a viable form of transportation. Thank you Gus!

News Outside of BNB

Hub on Wheels – Join the 12th Annual Boston Bikes Hub on Wheels on Sunday September 18th for a 10 or 40 mile ride on car-free Storrow Drive! Registration is open, and look for BNB at the Finish Line Festival!

Femmechanics Bikepacking – Join Femmechanics crew for a bike camping trip on Saturday Sept. 24th – 25th! This event is for all femme, and/or trans*, and/or women regardless of how much experience or gear you have, or how many rides you’ve done.


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Awesome Goat Based Brush Removal On The Minute Man

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 31

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Saw these awesome little fellows going to town on some brush this morning.  Awesome and eco friendly way to clean up the minute man.

Feel free to say hi, but watch that electric fence!


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    • Two Hubway Stations Moved September 28, 2016
      TweetHappened last week, but if you haven’t noticed yet this might affect your commute. From Hubway: Stations to move after rush hour on September 22nd Effective Thursday morning, at 10am on September 22nd, after the morning commute rush, the two Hubway … Continue reading →
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    • Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign September 28, 2016
      TweetFrom DotBike: Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard! And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are. Department of Conservation … Continue reading →
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    • Submit Comments On Morrissey Blvd. Redesign September 28, 2016
      TweetFrom DotBike: Submit your comments re reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard! And don’t forget to copy your State Rep and State Senator so they know what’s important to you. Www.wheredoivotema.com is where you can check who yours are. Department of Conservation … Continue reading →
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    • Rally For Safer Streets Sept 29th! September 28, 2016
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: The program will start at 6pm sharp with City Council President Michelle Wu and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. Show up early to meet with Councilor Wu and share your street safety concerns! Streets are For People … Continue reading →
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    • As Cycling Grows Cambridge Proactive In Education September 25, 2016
      TweetThe City of Cambridge is handing out a copy of the bike laws to all the residents (including incoming Harvard students).  Education is a key component in preventing bike accidents, and I am glad they are passing it out to … Continue reading →
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    • Save The Date: Biketoberfest 2016! September 8, 2016
      TweetFrom the BCU   Thursday, October 13th in Somerville! It’s that time of year again! Join us for a celebration of local breweries, bike-powered businesses and a year of victories for safer streets and better biking in the Boston area! … Continue reading →
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    • A Simple Sign Change Could Make A Huge Difference September 8, 2016
      TweetSomerville has already started using this new language, Boston has in some cases, but its time to make this the standard. From Road.cc Signs treat cyclists ‘less like potential hazards and more like the legal road users that they are’ … Continue reading →
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    • DotBike September Update September 8, 2016
      TweetDotBike has been busy! From the email: Dear Dot Bikers,   As we move from sweaty- to sweater-weather biking I hope you’re enjoying your riding! Thanks to many of you who have joined us for #DorchestertoDowntown Bike Friday group commutes … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update September 8, 2016
      TweetFrom the email: September 2016 Volunteer or Join with Youth Programs this Fall! Adult Instructor Training starts on Monday! Are you interested in volunteering to help with bike repair and ride marshaling within Earn-A-Bike? Learn more and apply on our … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Free Ride Day, Sept. 10th September 8, 2016
      TweetHubway is giving away a free day of rides this weekend! Get Your Free Day Pass We’re teaming up with Blue Apron to celebrate the end of the summer season with free 24-Hour Passes on Saturday, September 10! Sign up today … Continue reading →
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