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Hubway Winter Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From 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 cold-weather ready. Check out our helpful winter riding tips before hitting the road, and get ready to set more champion numbers in February!

Winter Operations Update

The Airport T Stop station and the Harvard Kennedy School at Bennett St / Eliot St station have been relocated due to snow removal management. [Details]

We hope the groundhog predicts an early spring, but until then, stay up to date on winter operations. Use the Hubway app to verify the location and availability of your intended station before your trip.

Rider Exclusive: Save 20% on Adam Trent Tickets

Get your discounted tickets now to The Magic of Adam Trent at Shubert Theatre March 9th-11th. Produced by the creative team behind The Illusionists, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, The Magic of Adam Trent is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music designed to entertain the entire family.

Where to Ride

Frog Pond College Night
Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm | Boston


Boston Winter: City Hall Skating Path
February 11am-11pm | Boston

Thurs, 2/1, 5pm-9pm | Boston

SOWA First Friday 
Fri, 2/2, 5pm-9pm | Boston


Somerville Winter Farmers Market 
Sat, 2/3, 9:30am-2pm | Somerville 


Book Sale at the BPL
Sat, 2/3, 10am-4pm | Boston


Bicycle Maintenance Basics: Free City of Cambridge Workshop
Mon, 2/5, 6pm-7:30pm | Cambridge


Beyond Bicycle Maintenance Basics: Free City of Cambridge Workshop
Wed, 2/7, 6pm-7:30pm | Cambridge


Winter Biker Breakfast
Fri, 2/9, 7:30am-9am | Cambridge


Free! Winter Bike Clinic
Sat, 2/10, 1pm-2:30pm | Boston


Winter Wellness Walks 
Sun, 2/11, 1pm-1:45pm | Boston


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Speak Up For Zoning Reform In MA!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 01

From 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 need zoning reform in 2018 that curbs sprawl and creates better housing choices for all.

Join us in supporting Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance’s Great Neighborhoods campaign today and make sure that the Legislature backs a comprehensive and balanced bill.

Long-overdue reforms to our state’s planning, zoning, and permitting laws will help make our neighborhoods more affordable, our downtowns more prosperous, and our communities more healthy and climate-friendly.

Will you contact your legislators right now and ask them to take action on Great Neighborhoods? It’s simple. Just use this legislator contact tool.

Share this message with three friends to have an even wider impact.

Thank you for helping us make this Day of Action a success!


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Take Action! Support Safe Streets Legislation

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 31

From 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 Committee needs to hear from you!

LivableStreets and the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to develop a comprehensive traffic safety bill that will prevent crashes and protect vulnerable road users. Act now and help us enact these street safety measures into law!

It’s easy, just follow these three simple steps:

1. Find out if your legislators are co-sponsors of the bill.

2. Send an email to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation and your state legislators (see template email provided below). Emails should be sent to the committee chairs, copying your Representative and Senator, by Thursday, February 1st.

3. Make sure to copy [email protected] on your email.

About the Bill
An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (S1905/H2877) will ensure basic, but necessary traffic regulations to guarantee that everyone on our streets can expect to get from point A to point B safely. The bill’s provisions that the Vision Zero Coalition believes will make the biggest difference to the safety of people walking and biking are:

  • Lowering default speed limit on state highways and parkways in thickly settled areas from 30 mph to 25 mph
  • Allowing municipalities to install limited traffic safety cameras exclusively for speeding and red light & right turn violations
  • Equipping state contracted trucks with safety side-guards to reduce pedestrian & bicyclist fatalities
  • Prohibits usage of mobile devices, except those in hands-free mode, while operating a motor vehicle
  • Vulnerable road user language

What’s Next?
If the bill is reported favorably by this committee, it will be sent on to the House or Senate Ways and Means Committee. If it is reported unfavorable or “studied,” it would essentially be dead for the remainder of this legislative session.


EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS AND SAMPLE TEXT

To: [email protected]gov[email protected]gov

CC: Your State Senator and Representative (if you don’t know who they are, click here); [email protected]

Recommended email subject: Support of An Act to reduce traffic fatalities S1905/H2877

Sample email text:

Dear Senator Boncore, Representative Straus, and members of the Joint Committee on Transportation,

I am writing to urge a favorable report for An Act to reduce traffic fatalities, (S1905 – Brownsberger, H2877 – Hecht and Rogers).

Serious injury and deaths from traffic crashes continue with troubling frequency on our streets. An Act to reduce traffic fatalities S1905/H2877 is a comprehensive piece of legislation which aims to create safer streets for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and passengers of motor vehicles.

[Tell your own story here. Why is this bill important to you?]

Thanks again for your consideration, and I urge a favorable report for this bill.

[full name
street address
city/town, state, zip
phone:
email: ]


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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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The Word On The Street

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    • Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow? April 13, 2018
      TweetFrom Cambridge Bike Safety: The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 7 April 7, 2018
      TweetThis is better! A sunny, somewhat cool spring day. Me on my bike, my daughter on a trail-a-bike, and my son on his bike. We rode down the Southwest Corridor, stopped at Ula Cafe for lunch, rode over by Jamaica … Continue reading →
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    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt should be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
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    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt shoudl be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Days 3,4,5, and 6 April 6, 2018
      TweetIt’s been cold, rainy, windy, and I’m not sleeping well. These days of biking are short rides on Hubway to get from here to there, head down, and shivering. This is not the joyous Days of Biking I signed up … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 2 April 3, 2018
      Tweet Easter Monday.  The first work day of April.  Today is the day I’m going to start riding my bike to work again! Or not.  Because it’s snowing.  And I’m tired and lazy. But every bit of biking counts no … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 1 April 2, 2018
      TweetI didn’t think I was going to go for a bike ride on Easter Sunday.  As tends to be my habit, I ride less and less in the winter time and then find it hard to get back into the … Continue reading →
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    • Police Seek Driver Who Struck Cyclist In Hit And Run March 23, 2018
      Tweet Cambridge police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who allegedly struck a 14-year-old boy on the morning of March 15 and fled the scene. A silver Toyota Prius struck the boy around 7:22 a.m. that … Continue reading →
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    • Pewter Cast “Gem” Earrings March 9, 2018
      Carved, cast and made these pewter (lead free) “gem” earrings.  They have a lovely faceted surface that catches the light and has a lot of depth and interesting texture.  My first real effort at making my own beads.  If you lik... Continue reading →
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    • Silver “Rock” Earrings March 9, 2018
        I carved and cast these silver “rock” earrings for my partner. The hardest part was getting those little jump rings soldered to the top of the “rock” without melting them or the rock…but I did it and she loved them. Continue reading →
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