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Broadway Bicycle School Hiring Mechanics For 2017

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

From Broadway

Web posting: http://broadwaybicycleschool.com/news/broadway-is-hiring-2/

About Broadway:

We’re a collectively run and locally owned bicycle shop that has been in
operation since 1972. A subset of workers own and democratically manage the
business. As a full-service bike shop, we both repair and sell new and used
bikes.  Our tools and space are also made available for rent, so folks can
come in and fix their own bikes by themselves or with one-on-one assistance
from a mechanic. In the evenings we offer classes on the topic of bicycle
maintenance and repair.  Several times throughout the year, we provide on
location mechanical services for local business and organizations. Also we
are proud to offer a $15 per hour starting wage.

Walking into a bicycle shop for the first time can be an intimidating
endeavor for many, which is why Broadway strives to create a welcoming
environment for all persons that come through our door.  We encourage women
(including transwomen), nonbinary folks, and people of color to apply.  It
is NOT a prerequisite that you have previous shop experience, only that you
have a passion for bicycles and working on them.  We will provide the
necessary training in all aspects of the position.

Job Description:

We are hiring for a bicycle mechanic whose responsibilities also include
customer service and sales. This is a full-time (~40) hours per week from
February – April 2017 through the end of October 2017 with the expectation
to work one and sometimes two weekend days. This is a fast paced work
environment that often requires workers to jump back and forth between the
roles of mechanic and salesperson many times over the course of a shift.
Employees are hired “at-will” but due to the seasonal nature of the
business there is a period which usually begins at the start of November
when little to no hours will be available.

If you are interested in applying please fill out the 2017 Broadway Bicycle
School Application found on our website and drop it by the shop or email it
to broadway@broadwaybicycleschool.com


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Hubway To Stay Open Through The New Year

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 27

From Hubway:

 

All 149 winter stations will remain open through New Year’s, as we continue Hubway’s most expansive winter operations ever. Seasonal hibernation is scheduled to begin in Boston on January 3rd. The station removal schedule for the first week of January has been published, though please note it is subject to change due to weather or other access issues. Unlike prior years, each station will remain open until the day of its removal. And of course, all 43 stations in Cambridge continue year-round, so make sure to review our cold-weather riding tips.


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Protected Bike Lanes Installed On Mass. Ave. In Central

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 09

The good folks in cambridge fighting for improved bike safety are claiming their first (of hopefully many) victories, with the installation of protected bike lanes in Central Square.

 

from their email:

We are excited to report major progress in the push for bike safety in Cambridge! Today, the City started to implement pop-up protected bike lanes on sections of Mass Ave! Additionally, the City has has committed to begin building a broader network of pop-up protected bike lanes this spring.

These are a major achievements and they would not have happened without you. The City Council and the new City Manager Louis DePasquale are responding to our petition signatures, phone calls, letter writing, rallies, and council meeting attendance. As a measure of the city’s commitment, the traffic department will be hiring an additional engineer in large part to help with the plans for increased bike infrastructure.

Our road to success has not been without challenges. As you may recall, in early November, the city had stated publicly that establishing even a single protected bike lane before the end of the year would be impossible due to the time needed for planning and the practical problems posed by snow and cold weather. This surprising reversal in policy was the result of our calls, letters and presence at council meetings letting City Hall know that we were not satisfied with the pace of progress.

Even as we celebrate, we recognize that we are still a long way from our goal of a network of protected bike infrastructure on all major thoroughfares. During the Winter, conversations will continue with city officials to work out details for the Spring roll-out of additional protected bike lanes. The city has not specified the exact plan for the spring pop-up network and we want to make sure that it is significant in scope and is as successful as possible. It will be important to voice our opinion at public meetings and, if necessary, at the council to make this happen. Let’s continue to use our collective power to ensure that we get the safe streets everyone deserves.


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We Can Still Ride Our Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

I was having a conversation with a friend on our ride to work after Trump was elected, and it was pretty grim. We talked about all the many many bad things that are likely to happen to our state, our country, our environment, our economy, and we were pretty hopeless. But then I just sort of blurted out “Well we can still ride our bikes!” A smile spread over both our faces and in the days since it has been our rallying cry.

WE CAN STILL RIDE OUR BIKES!

It has given us something to start with, something to work from, a place to stand while we figure out what we do next.

Today our lovely senator Elizabeth Warren let loose this barn burner of a speech and I feel even better!


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Insane Truck Commercials

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

I stumbled upon these two videos for Nissan’s “Titan” truck line.  If you are not familiar with these behemoths the titan gets a shocking 15 mpg…which I guess makes it pretty standard mpg for “male overcompensation” size trucks these days, but is still pretty miserable.

What struck me most about these commercials is that all the environmental troubles this truck is supposed to help you overcome, (forest fire, floods, extreme weather, droughts, boiling heat, etc) are also all the problems caused by driving giant gas burning trucks.  

This couldn’t possibly be purposeful could it?

Have these companies no shame?  Are they really using climate change imagery (a problem caused by their own inefficient vehicles), to sell more of their vehicles?


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