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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 31

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 Rider Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities, and more. We can’t wait to ride with you for social change!

Advanced Mechanics InstructionAdvanced Mechanics In ActionAndry Nunez Youth Staff Member of the Month
Youth Programs Update!

Our youth instructors have been hard at work honing their mechanical skills in our Advanced Mechanics program with the careful guidance of Pathways Coordinator Evan and Youth Programs Manager Will. The new curriculum emphasizes hands on learning with a focus on enabling the youth instructors to build up bikes that will eventually be sold at our Bike Shop and Training Center. The program provides youth staff with the opportunity to become more proficient Earn-A-Bike instructors and to learn how to refurbish and repair bikes at our Bike Shop.

Check out our website in early February for Adult Instructor Training and Earn-A-Bike applications for our Spring programming set to take off in March. Girls in Action will be starting in May.

Youth Staff Member of the Month is Andry Nuñez!
We want to recognize Andry for his dedication to his work and his drive to learn. Andry has been a leader among his peers in the Advanced Mechanics program. He frequently takes the initiative to solve any technical problems he encounters and is always ready to provide mechanical assistance for a peer in need. Great job, Andry!

Help Load a Container on February 25th!
Help Load Bikes to Cycloville!

Help us load a container to send to Cycloville on Sunday, February 25th anytime between 9am and 6pmat the BNB Warehouse by registering hereCyclovilleis a network of cyclists and bicycle shops in Nairobi, Kenya that is working to grow the bicycle industry of Kenya, to create employment for young people, to engage more women in cycling, and to build a critical mass of cyclists to organize for policy and infrastructure change.

We're Hiring!
We’re Hiring! Share with your networks!

We’re seeking a full-time Bike Shop Program Manager who will be responsible for all shop functions, including integrating sales, service, vocational training and community engagement into a clear and cohesive vision. The Bike Shop Program Manager complete job description and application links can be found here.

We’re seeking a part-time Grants and Events Coordinator who is an experienced grant writer to help implement our foundation funding strategy for International and Youth Development Programs by assisting with foundation research, developing a grants calendar, writing grants and letters of inquiry, and helping with events and other Development projects as needed. The Grants and Events Coordinator complete job description and application links can be found here.

Allie Hunter McDadeXenia PantosAllistair MallillinBoard Accepting Applications
Board Member Transitions and Opportunities!

The BNB Board of Directors met on January 25th, 2018, for the Annual Board Member Meeting where our 2018 Budget was approved.

Allie Hunter McDade, who served for 6 years, the last 4 as Chair; Xenia Pantos, who served for a year as Clerk; and Allistair Mallillin, who served for 2 years, have left due to other commitments. We wish them well in their future endeavors and appreciate their individual and collective contributions as Board Members, including restructuring Board Member commitment, strategic planning, fundraising, risk management, and managing the Executive Director transition.

During the Annual Meeting, Board Members voted for new officers effective immediately: Patrick Cutrona is the Board Chair; Ronald (R.J.) Cross is the Vice Chair; Joseph Lieber is the Clerk. Lee Archung continues to hold the Treasurer position.

We are still considering applications to join our dynamic Board of Directors. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in 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. The Board Member application form with instructions on how to apply is available here.

Visit the Bike Shop!
BNB Shop Updates!

Check out our Bike Shop for some amazing winter deals! All 2017 new bikes are 20% off and the Complete Overhaul Tune-Up package is $150 (that’s a savings of $50) through February! Our Bike Shop staff is busy refurbishing hundreds of bikes while we get ready for spring, with new spring hours coming soon!

We are seeking Bike Shop volunteers with in depth mechanical experience, and/or experience supervising youth in a bicycle workshop setting. BNB volunteers earn credit by the hour, which can be cashed in for used parts, frames, or even whole bikes. Please email us at [email protected] if you’re interested.

J.P. Marsch
Volunteer of the Month J.P. Marsch!

J.P. was doored 2 weeks before biking in his first BNB Bike-A-Thon last year, and went to our Bike Shop to make sure his helmet was okay. Since then, J.P. has been a consistent and amazing volunteer who participates in flattening bikes at Thursday Volunteer Nights, helping at Container Loadings, and assisting Director of Operations Eric with Bike Collections! J.P. grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and got used to urban cycling while living in Chicago for 9 years, where he donated bikes to nonprofit West Town Bikes. What he enjoys most about volunteering with BNB is working collectively with a diverse group of people with whom he can enjoy a good time. He also likes the concrete nature of working on a bike that goes overseas and learning more about BNB. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, J.P.!

Suzanne Hinton
Donor of the Month Suzanne Hinton!

Suzanne has been an unwavering monthly donor since attending our Building Momentum Breakfast in 2014. She has been building and riding bikes as a source of joy and transportation for a long time, and supports BNB to encourage others to experience the bicycle’s many powers. The Director of Academic Engagement and Community Action at Emerson College, Suzanne says, “BNB’s focus on the capacity of individuals and communities historically underrepresented or marginalized aligns with my own personal and professional commitments to social justice. My heart soars whenever a group of BNB youth riders passes me on the Southwest Corridor, or when I read updates from partners abroad about how they’re using bicycles to transform their communities. Being connected to BNB through our shared passion continually teaches me about justice, freedom, and mobility and my own potential as an agent of change in organized solidarity with others.”
We truly appreciate donors like Suzanne, whose passionate commitment makes our work possible.


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BCU Looking For Board Members

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

From 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 lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation.

*Major responsibilities:

Planning

  • Organizational leadership and advisement
  • Review management’s performance in achieving organization’s strategic objectives
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Oversight of strategic planning and priorities
  • Personnel evaluation and staff development
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach
  • Approve major policies.

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of the Boston Cyclists Union. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Organization

  • Elect, monitor, appraise, advise, support, reward, and, when necessary, change top management.
  • Be assured that management succession is properly being provided.
  • Be assured that the status of organizational strength and manpower planning is equal to the requirements of the long range goals.
  • Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.
  • Propose a slate of directors to members and fill vacancies as needed.
  • Annually approve the Performance Review of the Executive Director and establish his/her compensation based on recommendations of the Governance Committee and President of the Board.
  • Determine eligibility for and appoint Board Committees in response to recommendations of the Governance Committee.
  • Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps to improve its performance.

Fundraising

  • Drive the development of a strategic plan that identifies budget requirements, and then determine appropriate fundraising goals.
  • Develop fundraising priorities, policies and approaches.
  • Target, rate and approach potential donors.
  • Contribute an amount of personal significance (and ensure achievement of 100% Board give).
  • Monitor and evaluate fundraising campaigns.

Audit

  • Be assured that the Board and its committees are adequately and currently informed – through reports and other methods – of the condition of the organization and its operations.
  • Be assured that published reports properly reflect the operating results and financial condition of the organization.
  • Ascertain that management has established appropriate policies to define and identify conflicts of interest throughout the organization, and is diligently administering and enforcing those policies.
  • Review compliance with relevant material laws affecting the organization.

Requirements:

  • Passion for the mission of the organization;
  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a volunteer for the organization, preferably on a Board committee, or similar experience in a like organization;
  • Documented commitment to execute the role and responsibilities of Board member for this organization;
  • Absence of any conflict of interest with the organization;
  • Willingness and ability to play a leadership role in this organization.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets monthly, generally on the fourth Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m. Meetings typically last two hours.
  • Committees of the board meet an average of twelve times per year, pending their respective work agenda.
  • Board members are asked to attend no more than two special events or meetings per year, as they are determined.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the Board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with Boston Cyclist Union finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of the Boston Cyclist Union.
  • Financially support the Boston Cyclist Union in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

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Share A Scary Biking Moment

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

From the Cambridge Bicycle Safety group:

First responders are called to 160 crashes every year involving a person on a bike being struck by a car according to Cambridge Police Department data, but we know there are many more that go unreported.

Every day people on bikes have close calls or are hit by cars on our streets. Unless it’s a major crash, we don’t know about it or don’t hear about it. Though they may not be in the statistics, these experiences exact a toll on the person riding a bike, their friends, and family who sometimes have to deal with years of trauma or injury.

The 160 moments project seeks to hear the untold experiences of people who ride in Cambridge and why it is so important that the City rapidly move toward a city-wide network of protected bike lanes.

The stories should be short, less than 160 words. Please submit by Wednesday, January 31stShare your moment now. It will only take a few minutes.

Thanks,
CBS core organizing team


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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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Cops Refuse To Charge Truck Driver With ANYTHING Even As Video Shows The Truck Driver Is Clearly At Fault

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 24

Its clear from these videos that the truck driver had plenty of time to notice there was a vehicle (a bicycle) in the lane next to them, the truck overtakes the cyclists, and then continues to turn into them, then flees the scene…shit.  What do you have to do to get charged with something in this town?

 

Warning these videos are hard to watch.

Very good work from Massbike here, more here.

 


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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 →
      jsallen
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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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