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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

What’s happening

Become_a_Street_Ambassador.jpgBecome a Street Ambassador

We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Areacampaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us collect feedback from the public. This is a great experience for anyone interested in grassroots organizing. RSVP with us for one of the following trainings:
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Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session I
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7pm
@LivableStreets Alliance

Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session II
Wednesday, April 5th, 12-1pm
@Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Take our Longwood Area survey

Take_our_Longwood_Area_multimodal_survey.JPGWe recently launched a new initiative in the Longwood Area in partnership with the Longwood Area Cyclists. Throughout 2017, we’ll be collecting feedback from the public while working with area institutions and partners to identify key problems and implement solutions. Please help us by taking the survey and spreading the word!


Wins

Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan

Go_Boston_2030_release.jpgAfter two years of outreach and dozens of workshops, the City of Boston has released its Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. LivableStreets has been involved in this process since the beginning, and this ambitious plan encapsulates our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people. From Better Buses to the Emerald Network and Vision Zero, the proposed projects and policies directly impact our programs. Check out our overview of the plan here.

Now the hard work begins. Sign up as a Street Ambassador or join our Advocacy Committee to help us make this plan a reality. 


LivableStreets in the news

images.jpgOver the past month, our Better Buses and Go Boston 2030 advocacy has been featured in national and local media. Read CityLab’s pieceabout Everett’s pop-up bus lane and Boston’s efforts to roll-out similar bus priority measures. Also, be sure to check out what our executive director had to say about the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan in this WGBH News piece. Review all of our recent press coverage here.


Opportunities

Join us at Focus40’s “Ideas of March” event 

Ideas_of_March.PNGMassDOT’s Focus40 Team has received more than 3,000 ideas from the public about where they want to see our transit system go by 2040. Join us for the “Ideas of March” to explore these crowd-sourced concepts and learn how they’ll influence the T’s planning and future.

Event Details:
Focus40 “Ideas of March” Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-7pm
@MIT Media Lab


Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Join us at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration

WalkBoston.jpgWe hope to see you at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration to thank the organization’s for its over 27 years of incredible advocacy! Golden Shoe Awards will be given to City Council President Michelle Wu, Mission Hill/Roxbury activist Alison Pultinas, and Sarah Bankert, Caitlin Marquis & Dillon Sussman for their rural walking advocacy in Western Massachusetts. You won’t want to miss it! Register for the celebration here.

Event Details:
WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration
Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm
@Microsoft NERD Center


Submit your BRT station design proposals

brt_station_competition1.jpgHave you always wanted to redesign your local bus stop? Now’s your chance. BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile. Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the Boston BRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines.


Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

GreenStreetsFlyer_top-no_year-lt.jpgThe annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. Encourage your employer to register for the 2017 Walk/Ride Day Challenge to participate (and win prizes!) by checking in online on the last Friday of each month from April through October when you walk, bike, take mass transit, or carpool to work!


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Eat Pizza With Bikes Not Bombs!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

Bikes Not Bombs
July 2015
Let's eat pizza!
Flatbread Somerville Fundraiser!

Join Bikes Not Bombs at Flatbread in Somerville forpizza and bowling! On Tuesday July 7th, from 4-10pm, a portion of any pizza purchased will go towards supporting Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth and International programs. We’ll be there all night to answer any questions about BNB and have an awesome raffle with tons of cool prizes!

Bike Collections: Stephen and Eric
Bike Collections Transition

Our longtime Bike Donations Coordinator Stephen Bosco is stepping down from his staff role after 16 years. Stephen has built up BNB’s Bike Collections Program from 1,100 bikes in 2000, to our current level of 6,000 bikes per year. Stephen has been an outstanding volunteer staff member, donating an amazing amount of his time, energy and skills to BNB!

Bike-A-Thon team member Eric Mearns is taking over Bike Donations and is quickly becoming a familiar face at Thursday Volunteer Nights and Bike Drives. Eric has been working with BNB for three years in a number of positions and we’re excited to bring him on full-time! Thank you Stephen and Eric!

Container Loading, photo by Will Daniels
Help BNB Load Bikes to our new partner in Kenya!

Bikes Not Bombs will be loading our first container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on July 19th! Come help pack the container and learn about this exciting new partnership. We will be loading from9am to 6pm – stop by for an hour or stay all day! Food and refreshments provided.

Refurbished Bikes - Photo by Dan Behar
Free Clinics and Bikes for Sale at the Bike Shop

Wed 7/8 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Tues 7/14 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Mon 8/3 7pm Tool Time
RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm August 2nd, please be on time for the Flat Fixing Clinic.

The Shop has an awesome GREEN refurbished Trek tandem in stock, as well as a variety of new accessories! Take a peek online or at the shop.

Volunteer of the month, Chef Brian Sway! Photo by Jasmine Laietmark
Volunteer of the Month – Brian Sway

Brian Sway has been preparing gourmet salads, soups, and entrees for the Bike-A-Thon for the past 23 years and it is his commitment each year that makes the event a success! Brian spends over 30 hours in the kitchen with volunteers the week before the event. He uses his iron chef skills and donated veggies from Vangaurden Farms to make the most delicious food ever. His specialties include arugula pesto, pickled beets, and marinated bok choy. Thank you so much Brian!

Ride Along in the JP Porchfest!
JP Porchfest

On July 11th Bikes Not Bombs youth from Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action (BOCA) will be leading a Porchfest bike tour highlighting some of the premier porches and stages around JP! Come and join us as we check out some great music around Jamaica Plain!

Volunteer of the month, NAME!
Steve’s Great Divide Ride

Steve Reynolds, a BNB volunteer, will be riding 2750 miles this summer from Canada to Mexico while raising funds for BNB, and he’s looking for other cyclists to join him! The route was planned by Adventure Cycling and travels substantial distance off-road. Feel free to tag along for one night or the whole 3 month trip.

Reach out to Steve directly with any questions at[email protected]com

News Outside of BNB

Babes Bike BostonJuly 11th come ride a femme/trans/women (FTW) alley-cat! This will be a fun, inclusive, scavenger-hunt style ride where participants will ride across the city, completing different check-points. Part Ride, Part Race, Totally Awesome!

Boston Women’s Bike-Ride & Festival – On July 18th, Boston Bikes will host New England’s largest biking event for women. This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with 10, 30 and 50 mile rides followed by workshops. Sign up to ride or volunteer!

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday July 24th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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I Feel Like I Need One Of These, Fake Bamboo Cars For Bikes

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Just because you can slide past me with an inch or two to spare, while you race forward to get to that next red light, doesn’t mean you should. Maybe if we all drove around with these car’s would afford us more space? Or maybe they will see just how silly it is to take up all that space for just one person.

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A Perfect Example Of How Cars Don’t Work For Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 03

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Yesterday our fair city got a good dose of snow, a sizable storm in its own right, but combined with the big ass blizzard we had last week, the entire city was struggling to keep up.  Today the city woke up to an public transportation system crippled by yesterdays snow, the head of the MBTA actually told people to drive to work

Anyone unlucky enough to drive into the city today (or drove in any of the cities around Boston) knows that without the MBTA to carry most of the folks to work, driving simply is not an option.  Snow or no snow, there are just too many cars, and not enough road.  There was bumper to bumper grid lock for both the morning and evening commutes today.

This truck was stuck like this, cars were backed up for a long way in both directions, I just got off my bike and walked around.

This truck was stuck like this, cars were backed up for a long way in both directions, I just got off my bike and walked around.

I have been riding through this weather, and a lot of my coworkers have been telling me just how crazy I am.  But the only thing moving on wheels today was people riding bikes.

Not only did the cars fail to get people around, but they made removing the snow a lot harder as well. They also slid around crashing into things, getting stuck in snow banks, and potentially killing or harming people or property.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  If even 20-30 percent of people rode bicycles (levels many snowy northern European cities accomplish), the roads would be relatively unclogged, allowing the folks that absolutely needed to drive the road space needed to do so.  It is also a lot easier to clear space for cyclists on the road, as they need much less of the road clear in order to cycle safely.  The lack of cars parked on the road would also allow for more area to place the snow.

Sure it sounds like pie in the sky thinking, but as today’s epic traffic jams illustrate, the current system isn’t working for anyone.


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Baby It’s Cold Outside! (Book Give Away Mini Contest)

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 06

 

Brrrrrrrrrr!  Damn its cold out!  But that didn’t stop the dozens and dozens of cyclists I saw this morning from getting out there and riding.  Sure they probably are not going for leisure rides, but they are out there and they looked happy!

In the interest in getting rid of a bunch of cycling books I have, and in giving you all something to read while you wait for it to warm up I am going to have a mini-contest.

MINI CONTEST RULES!

The first 6 people to either send me a picture of themselves dressed in their full winter riding garb ([email protected]), or link to a picture of themselves in full winter riding garb in the comments gets a free random cycling book.  The books range from fitness books, to novels, to coffee table books, the names will be put in a hat and hat science used to determine who gets what book.

I will be posting the pictures here, so everyone can see what total awesome bad asses you are 🙂


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The Word On The Street

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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday! September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Now is the time to speak up for a safer Beacon Street! On Monday, October 2nd, the City of Boston is holding a “drop-in” meeting to share an update on the Beacon Street redesign project, a Vision Zero corridor project. … Continue reading →
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    • Action: Ask Council Candidates To Sign Onto The Bike Safety Platform September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Contact City Council candidates and ask them to sign onto the Cambridge Bicycle Safety platform (text below) urging a more aggressive implementation of the 20 miles of protected lanes called for in the City’s Bike Plan, along … Continue reading →
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    • 15th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal – This Sunday October 1st September 29, 2017
      TweetHistoric Bicycle Tour of Middlesex Canal On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 15th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  Because the MBTA is not running trains on the Lowell Line … Continue reading →
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    • Free Hubway Ride Today! September 29, 2017
      Tweet Today is Free Ride Day! courtesy of High Brew Coffee It’s National Coffee Day! Jump start your morning with a bike ride and an energizing can of cold brew coffee. Come see us at Hubway’s Aquarium Station or Congress Street … Continue reading →
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    • Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates September 14, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: CITY OF BOSTON Vision Zero Update NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations September 13, 2017
      TweetHubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this … Continue reading →
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    • Squirrel Head Badge Installed August 30, 2017
      One of my customers sent this awesome picture of my squirrel head badge installed on a bicycle. I think it looks awesome! Continue reading →
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    • Your Hard Work Paid Off! August 23, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: ————–   We emailed, we called, we showed up – and we won! Due to the tremendous support for protected bicycle lanes over the past 3 weeks–in emails, calls, and in-person testimonies–on Monday, August 7, the City Council … Continue reading →
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