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A Simple Sign Change Could Make A Huge Difference

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

Somerville 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’

The US city of Columbus, Ohio is to phase out yellow “Share the Road” signs in favour of white ones reading “Bikes May Use Full Lane.” The city believes that the move will better get across the message that cyclists are entitled to ride in the centre of the lane.

Columbus does not necessarily have a reputation for being a trailblazer when it comes to its residents’ attitudes to cycling. Earlier this year, organisers of a Fourth of July parade were criticised after allowing a vehicle to take part with a bicycle attached to the bonnet, a pair of legs sticking out through the sunroof, and a message on the door that read, “I’ll share the road when you follow the rules.”

However, one local said that particular move had simply been ‘kickback’ because the city has a strong cycling community and was at that time in the process of building a number of new cycle lanes and paths.

Catherine Girves, executive director of local campaign group, Yay Bikes, welcomed the new signs. She said that Share the Road signs mean different things to different people; that some drivers see them as being aimed at cyclists, telling them that they need to “share the road” with drivers by staying as close to the kerb as possible.

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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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Hubway Free Ride Day, Sept. 10th

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

Hubway 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 to get your free pass. We’ll send you an email with a gift code that you can redeem at any Hubway kiosk on the 10th.*

Get My Free Pass
Invite your friends to join you for a free ride by sharing this URL:  thehubway.com/freeride

$30 Off Your First Blue Apron Delivery

In addition to a free ride, Blue Apron is offering Hubway riders $30 off their first Blue Apron delivery!

Start cooking →

Blue Apron delivers all the fresh ingredients and recipes you need, in exactly the right proportions, to make simple, seasonal home-cooked meals. New recipes are created each week by Blue Apron’s culinary team, so you’ll learn to cook with new ingredients, cuisines, and cooking techniques. Discover a better way to cook!
*When you redeem your gift code, the cost of your 24-hour Pass ($6 value) will be waived. You can take as many rides as you want while your pass is active, and the first 30 minutes of each ride is free. If you keep a bike out for longer than 30 minutes at a time, you will incur additional usage fees, which will be billed to the payment card you swiped at the kiosk. To avoid being charged additional fees, keep each ride to 30 minutes or less.

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Your Bad Driving Is The Reason Why Traffic Is So Bad

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 04

The main reason we have too much traffic, is because we have too many people driving cars…but it also has a lot to to do with the fact that people are horrible at driving.

Want a simple way to make your life a lot better? Stop driving your car to work!

Also, don’t blame cyclists we are speeding you up, not slowing you down.

Besides all the mental anguish people suffer from driving cars, there is the very real and very serious threat of climate change. It’s long past time when you could just close your eyes and do nothing, make your life better, make everyone’s life better, ride a bike!


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The Word On The Street

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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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker